The magnificent reality. While also providing a witness and a rebuke to the women leaders or the womens group, as it was preaching different gospel, and a different Jesus/Yeshua. 2 Cor 11:13For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. The program seems to tip-toe around sin and evil instead of calling it out as such. What followed was the fairly usual experienceit was a strange mlange of Aristotle, St. Francis, diverse archangels with odd names, deceased friendssome in purgatory and others doing nicely, thank you! Download Celebrate Recovery and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. I know several people who were addicts and now can occasionally partake in rare occasions because they no longer want the life they had before . A person could choose Buddha, Allah, Shati, Satan, as well as AA itself. Also, by their fruits you shall know people. It is a tactic of the enemy within the thoughts of men to say well, how can this be bad, if I have seen good in it. Because even darkness can appear as something good, that is why Eve took a bite of the forbidden fruit. I believe that God has put me there for some reason so Im waiting on Him right now. John was a great leader, and he will be greatly missed, but the impact of his faithful obedience will go on for generations, Ackerman wrote in tribute. I do believe reaching others, Addicts, Alcoholics and whom so ever will through the church is the area of your calling. A.A. teaches that alcoholism is a disease for which there is no ultimate cure. This is why we are warned throughout the NT writings to not be deceived. Anything that impairs your mind, will also affect your spiritual wellbeing, and can lead into sinful choices. (Pg 5), Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.What can we believe in? Once a person has repented, turning from sin, they are no longer defined by that sin, but rather are set free, and become a new creation: 1 Cor 6:9Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? I told her, I know, but it has nothing to do with with you telling me, but rather it was already the Fathers will for me not to come back after this. One of the worst things that an individual can do in early recovery is jump headfirst into romance. These were also women who professed His Name, one even ironically being from Saddleback. 1 Cor 6:9Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? I see it as a ripe mission field to share my testimony and experience; to share the Word of God and what Jesus Christ has done for me. 8All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. B. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. We are called to be in the world, but not of the world. Celebrating each milestone is encouraged, as long as you can find safe celebration activities! Life after the Military does not always make sense. I dont doubt that God is using those willing, to draw people away from this into the truth. There were many practices/beliefs that I was led to not partake in. From that point forward, I was actually prohibited from bringing or reading my Bible in the group. Celebrate Recovery is a proven 25+ year old Christ-based 12-step program based on the Beatitudes. And He came to set the captives free! This is what brings us to our Lord. However, I have a slightly different view. C. C.R. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this sites author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Embarrassed to receive recognition and praise, or gifts. It becomes an addiction because the flesh craves it. Whatever my point of willingness to believe and have faith to walk in and with him is where he meets me. Christian Fellowship has an active missions program. The magnificent reality. I previously completed step studies and attended CR as a participant. When Jesus stated, By their fruit you will know them, (Mat 7:16) He was speaking about wolves who appear to be good through what they do, and what they teach, yet are false. Worrying about the past and dreading the future makes us unable to live and enjoy God's plans for us in the present. This is why I had thrown away the Blue Book, as well as an Alateen book I had aquired when I was younger. Many of C.R.'s teachings are constructed from eisegesis rather than exegesis - misusing Scripture with an erroneous hermeneutic. My KJV Bible is all I need in this life plus my brothers and sisters in Christ. All things including our evil ways will work to the glory of God somehow, and that is something I do and must believe in my journey. Life's problems can be stumbling blocks or stepping stones. Ebony, thank you for taking the time to share that with me. BE SOBER-MINDED. Amen brother, you are correct, we cannot be unequally yoked with unbelievers, or mixing light with darkness(2 Cor 6:14). Step Two is a rallying point to sanity. With 40% to 60% of those with a substance use disorder who receive treatment relapsing within the first year, some people even refer to relapse as a natural part of recovery. I know what you are implying with sin sickness as it has to do with things I already addressed in my blog and is a strong lie taught within AA/CR. This very much includes programs like AA/CR which do not have a grounding in the Bible at all. AA/NA holds people in bondage, making them think they are free. There are many who have either themselves or known someone to have gone through AA, NA, Alanon, etc. It is a bafflement that many professing believers would condone and endorse such a program knowing the full thoughts, intentions, and beliefs of AA and its origins. I am glad that you found this blog edifying. Thank you for sharing. Lost faith found in A.A. Celebrate Recovery founder John Baker, who turned his testimony recovering from alcoholism into a biblical 12-step program used by more than 7 million people, died unexpectedly on Tuesday at age 72. It can come as a shock to many individuals to discover that the good times can also be a test as well. 3525. nph His whole purpose of me going there was to gain insight into these areas, help those who He placed across my path, and then expose and confront the lies of it. I warn you, as I did before, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Jim, thank you for your comment. Bakers ministry began in 1991 at Saddleback Church in California and has spread to 35,000 churches nationwide over the decades. The Birthright: Salvation and the Role of the Firstborn, Christmas Unwrapped: Why I No Longer Celebrate Christmas, The Deception of the New Age Awakening through DNA, Why I No longer Vaccinate: A Veterans Story. Philippians 2:13. Within AA, the introduction is similar in the person identifies as their addiction, My Name is, and I am a drug addict/alcoholic. 15Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. "This is a great place to hold an event. Any spiritual experience that is not vetted through the written word, and the Spirit of Truth, could lead a person down a path of destruction. Satan manifests as an angel of light, and his workers as ministers of righteousness(2 Cor 11:14). Giving that asks no reward. I was also told that alcoholism is a disease, and that once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic. According to the Scriptures Alcoholism is defined as drunkeness, so if you profess to be an alcoholic, or once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic, then you are stating to be a perpetual drunkard. Our staff is up-to-date and knowledgeable, and we are standing by to help you on your road to recovery. The desire of alcohol is a lust of the flesh. (Heb 10:26) God has grace and mercy for us when we are being led in ignorance, yet we are held to a higher standard when the truth of a matter is presented to us. The group leader has been through step studies multiple times and still struggles with her problems. So, with my final mission in view, with bible in hand, I walked into Celebrate Recovery for the last time. Over the years, many celebrities have chosen to use their voices and their platforms to speak openly . 8,093 talking about this. This is the very definition of deception, to appear one way, but with the intention to do another. Many coming into AA are ready for a change in life spiritually; its a great harvest ground. More insights from your Bible study - Get Started with Logos Bible Software for Free! We must be a willing vessel to share the truth with others, even at the cost of suffering, for if we dont, then we are not picking up our cross. I have found that times when I am feeling too comfortable, that I am not growing or stepping out where I should be. Compromise your own values and integrity to avoid . It may use terms like god, creator, higher power, however, the god and creator that they speak is not that of Jesus/Yeshua. (KJV), Deuteronomy 18:10There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 11Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. Get our Question of the Week delivered right to your inbox! Never believe one persons opinion about something. Some people understand what weve been through and some do not. (Pgs 8-9). It wasnt until I became a facilitator that I began questioning the program. Celebrate Recovery gives the support and love that so many churches fail at. A sister meeting called The Landing is available for students in grades 7 and up. Perhaps if you took the time to look into this further, you might begin to see a lot of the deception surrounding this, as while I do appreciate your comment, and believe it to be sincere, the deception is still very strong. Initially when I went through rehab, now over 13 years ago, I went briefly through AA(Alcoholics Anonymous) as it was a requirement of the rehabilitation program I was part of. 11AND SUCH WERE SOME OF YOU: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.(KJV). As the story goes, Warren replied, Great, Johngo do it! and the program soon launched at Saddleback. Manny blessings, and I will be praying for you! Copyright 2002-2023 Got Questions Ministries. Even if you do not believe God or His Word, consider this from the view of simple logic: how can a behavioral choice be a disease? 9I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. I was a facilitator for CR at my church. Anxiety causes us to waste precious energy dealing with past hurts hiding stuff and fear of being found inept kept me from present Hiding kept me Change can only happen in the present . I say dont throw out the baby with the water. While I want everyone to come to know Jesus Christ our Lord, it is ultimately their decision. We all have issues that may be interfering with our fellowship . To discern good fruit you have to know if the doctrine, character, or practice, aligns with the word of God, and this should be your measuring line. Colossians 2:8 states: "See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the . I appreciate you sharing your insight and the leading of the Lord that you have followed without wavering. So with that said, we all have to start somewhere and often its on the wrong path before we truly find our Lord. In such ways we want them to get sober in any way that works for them so not to affect others. R It will just be painful, like ripping into old wounds that Jesus has already healed. Gal 5:19The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; 20idolatry and sorcery; hatred, discord, jealousy, and rage; rivalries, divisions, factions, 21and envy; drunkenness, carousing, and the like. So, I was immediately led to Acts 2:38, and the Spirit had me to start at repentance. Willingness is the key. Alcoholism is not a disease. Dependence as a means to independence. Celebrate Recovery is a substance abuse recovery program based primarily on biblical teachings and the words and loving power of Jesus Christ. Whether you choose a Christian rehab center that uses the Celebrate Recovery program or follow a different approach, you can find the help you need to live a sober life. The ministry is "group based." All groups are gender specific and use the Small Group . Blessings! No person has the same journey and everyone has something to recover from. They know that it worked for them, and thats the greatest story they have.. Celebrate Recovery is a ministry committed to seeing lives changed and healed through Christ. I read this and the Spirit of God prompted to reply. Celebrate Recovery at Family Life Church is a Christ Centered program that uses valuable principles to help free us from the effects of our hurts, habits, and hang ups. His whole purpose of me going there was to gain insight into these areas, help those who He placed across my path, and then expose and confront the lies of it. Self-righteousness. All those in A.A. are "recovering" alcoholics, who, according to A.A., never completely recover. I also, have experienced Gods grace and mercy through the Holy Spirit through some churches I have encountered that was amazing. Ive experienced His amazing grace and mercy through both programs. Yet, this is an occultic practice, which is a form of witchcraft. Hello Patrick, thanks for reading and commenting. We will all stand before the judgement seat of the Lord, and give an account of our lives. for the living to the dead?(KJV). However, unlike negative energy that simply attaches itself and hovers over us like a dark cloud, energetic parasites feed on our energy. for less than $4.25/month. Plight of the disillusioned. The ministry has also expanded to serve the incarcerated, as the program became adopted by state prison systems in New Mexico, California, and beyond. Celebrate Recovery Bible by Zondervan Staff (2007, Hardcover) (4) $9.99. We have all been lied to or deceived on some level or another, however once we know the truth, we are held accountable and can no longer hide under the mercy of the Father while we were in ignorance. We all need to be encouraged from time to time, and I am thankful that this has helped you to be able to make some difficult decisions. Happy are those who know they are spiritutally poor.