I’m quite sure this will be controversial and many who read this will not like what it’s saying, but I wanted to post this for the sake of truth. I also wanted to post it to point out the growing trend among churches today that says, in essence, if it works it must be from God. Pragmatism is not the proper assessment of truth or godliness. If you have a co-worker that bothers you at work because of his constant foul language so you lie about him to your boss that he’s been stealing property and he gets fired, you’ve accomplished your goal of removing the negative influence from your work environment. Your method was pragmatic, but was it godly?
In the same way, the 12-step addiction recovery program called Celebrate Recovery is being embraced by churches everywhere because (so they say) it works. Whether or not it actually does work—which is far from certain—it’s a program that abuses Scripture and follows unbiblical methods.
Please read this article by T.A. McMahon of The Berean Call discernment ministry concerning Celebrate Recovery and its problems. (http://www.thebereancall.org/content/way-which-seemeth-right)
One minor disclaimer: I don’t know T.A. McMahon. As with all sources, known and unknown, please use discernment, taking all things to Scripture.
I welcome all civil comments. Since this topic is very controversial, I ask that you please check any uncontrolled anger at the door before commenting.