Christian Twelve Steps
The Christian Twelve Steps are an adaption of the Twelve Steps of AA. They are based upon principles found in Scripture. There are those who say the way of deliverance from addiction is one step (from darkness to light through Jesus Christ) not the twelve steps. This can absolutely be true. But once a person is delivered/set free from addiction, they must walk it out. The biblical principles in the Christian Twelve Steps if applied prevents a person from being a ‘dry drunk’ and from relapsing. There are many individuals who no longer have an addiction after accepting Jesus in their life but they are living a life like a dry drunk.
Dry drunk is a colloquial expression which describes an alcoholic who no longer drinks but otherwise maintains the same behavior patterns of an alcoholic. (The same for any other can of addict.) So there are those who will call themselves Christians that at one time were in active addiction who are no longer ‘users’. But it is clear they still have characteristics of an addict. It is because they are not growing in Christ, they are not allowing God to transform them, they have taken on side addictions, etc. Bottom line is they are not being sanctified. This certainly is true of ex-addicts that are not born again, who have not eceived Jesus as their LORD and Savior.
If a person who has an addiction, or had an addiction, will apply the biblical principles found in the Christian Twelve Steps, their lives will be transformed. (True transformation cannot occur without having a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.) HERE IS A REALITY-Every single person should read the Christian Twelve Steps and apply them in their life. There are plenty of Christians who have never been an addict but have the characteristics of an addict, or certainly have behavior that does not reflect Christ.
There is not a single principle found in the Christian Twelve Steps that is not biblical. There is not a single step that will ‘harm someone’ if they apply it in their life. It will only help them to become more Christ like.
Christian Twelve Steps
(Click on each link for an in-depth look at each step.)
Step 1 – We admitted that we had become powerless over alcohol or the substance we had abused (alcoholic or the substance abuser) and that our lives were unmanageable.
Step 2 – Came to believe that through Jesus Christ we could be restored to right relationship with God the Father, and subsequent sanity and stability in our lives.
Step 3 – Made the decision to turn from the things of the past and invite Jesus to be Lord and manager of our lives.
Step 4 – Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Step 5 – Admitted to God, ourselves, and another human being the exact nature of our wrongs
Step 6 – Were entirely ready to have god remove all these defects of character – (repented – became willing to change)
Step 7 – Humbly asked him to remove all our shortcomings and to forgive us believing and receiving.
Step 8 – Make a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
Step 9 – Made direct amends to such people, wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Step 10 – Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
Step 11 – Sought through prayer and meditation on God’s word to increase our fellowship with him, praying continually for the knowledge of His will for us and the power of his might to accomplish it.
Step 12 – Having been spiritually restored and set free from “the sin which does so easily beset us”, we attempt to share this freedom and the one who has freed us with those who still suffer, and practice the Lord’s principles in all our affairs.