What’s Wrong With The 12 Steps? Absolutely Nothing! Everything they cover is helpful and good. The problem is what they don’t cover. They don’t cover what is necessary for a person to be free. This is a list of what’s not covered.
“It is for freedom Christ has set us free.” Galatians 5:1
1. The Person of Christ – Christ is our life
2. The Work of Christ -God’s only answer is the cross
3. Forgiveness – God’s only answer for anger
4. Our identity in Christ which determines our behavior
5. Grace – God’s method of dealing with us
6. Faith -The only way to get what God has for us
7. God’s unconditional love and acceptance
8. The part and work of the Holy Spirit
9. An answer for guilt and condemnation
10. An understanding that the battle is in the mind
11. Our position in Christ gives us victory over Satan
12. Spiritual warfare – How to win the battle
13. Our co-crucifixion frees us from the power of sin
14. Dying to the law frees us from performing to gain
acceptance and a sense of worth
15. Dying to the world frees us from other’s demands
16. The part of the flesh (our learned independence)
18. The Word of God
In essence the 12 Steps are most likely the best program for enabling a person to cope with a problem, but they lack the necessary components to set a person free.
In Romans 7:24 Paul did not say, ‘What will set me free?” There is no “what”, no program that will set you free. He said “Who will set me free?” The answer is “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord?’ (Romans 7:25).
Jesus said, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”(John8:36).
The issue for the one in bondage is not whether he wants to quit, it’s does he want to be in right relationship with God? Only then will he be able to find freedom in Christ.
Taken from “Freedom from addictive behavior conference”
Mike and Julia Quarles
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