Equipping the saints for the work of the ministry - Ephesians 4:12

A Biblical Analysis of the 12-Step Program


Many churches have adopted and regularly use the twelve step program. Their reason for using it is the notion that the steps were originally part of the church, the world incorporated them into programs like Alcoholics Anonymous, and the church needs to take them back.

This is simply not true. There are elements of truth within the steps, which creates a cloak of deception. If something is a blatant lie no one will buy it. The fact that there are hints of truths within the program makes the steps easier to accept.

We can’t just throw a Jesus tag on a few “steps” to make them acceptable to the church. In this article, I comment briefly on each of the twelve steps, highlighting both the truth and error of the step compared to scripture.

Want to learn more about the role of recovery programs in the church? Check out Twelve Steps Versus the Church.

Starting a new church or ministry is one of the most rewarding things you can do to advance the gospel, but it can also be very challenging. With over 40 years of church planting and ministry experience, Dr. Linton's passion is to encourage, support and equip pastors and church leaders.