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Christian: Separating from A.A.

Christian in Alcoholics Anonymous:  Will you allow, “The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.” (Tradition 3, 12x12 pg.139) be the oath/promise you adhere to - that causes you to  lock-arms, hand-in-hand with A.A. members (regularly praying together in unity) and become “unequally yoked with unbelievers”.?!  - 2 Cor. 6:14-16. 

A Call to Separation

Arthur Pink (1886-1952)

"Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and the Devil? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?" 2 Corinthians 6:14-16

This passage gives utterance to a Divine exhortation for those belonging to Christ—to hold aloof from all intimate associations with the ungodly. It expressly forbids them entering into alliances with the unconverted. It definitely prohibits the children of God walking arm-in-arm with worldlings. It is an admonition applying to every phase and department of our lives—religious, domestic, social, commercial. And never, perhaps, was there a time when it more needed pressing on Christians, than now. The days in which we are living are marked by the spirit of compromise. On every side we behold unholy mixtures, ungodly alliances, unequal yokes. 

At the beginning of the New Testament we are shown the forerunner of Christ standing outside the organized religion of his day, calling on men to flee from the wrath to come. The Savior announced that, "He calls His own sheep by name, and leads them out." (John 10:3) On the day of Pentecost the word to believers was, "Save yourselves from this perverse generation." (Acts 2:40) Later, to the Christian Hebrews Paul wrote, "Let us go forth therefore unto Him—outside the camp." (13:13) God's call to His people in Babylon is, "Come out of her, My people! 

"Do not be yoked together with unbelievers." This is God's word unto His people today. Nor does it stand alone. In Romans 16:17 it is said, "Mark those who cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned, and avoid them." In 2 Timothy 2:20 we read, "In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work." 2 Timothy 3:5 speaks of those "having a form of godliness—but denying the power thereof," then it is added, "from such turn away." What a word is that in 2 Thessalonians 3:14, "If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of him. Do not associate with him." How radical is the admonition of 1 Corinthians 5:11, "I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother—but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat!"

No one can be an unshackled follower of the Lord Jesus who is, in any way, "yoked" to His enemies. He may be a truly saved person—but the testimony of his life, the witness his walk, will not honor and glorify Christ. 

"Do not be yoked together with unbelievers." This applies to membership in Secret Orders. A "yoke" is that which unites. Those who belong to a "lodge" are united in solemn oath and covenant with their "brother" members. Many of their fellow-members give no evidence of being born again. They may believe in a "Supreme Being," but what love have they for God's Word? what is their relation to God's Son? "Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?" (Amos 3:3) Can those who owe their all to Christ, both for time and eternity, have fellowship with those who "despise and reject" Him? Let any Christian reader who is thus unequally yoked—get from under it without delay. [Editor’s note: Alcoholics Anonymous, (A.A.) has a common requirement/oath that binds Christians and causes Christians to be “yoked with unbelievers”. The Christians only requirement for A.A. membership is: “A desire to stop drinking”. This is the common denominator which must be present to attend closed A.A. meetings and consequently causes the Christian to lock arms-hand-in-hand (praying together) and be “unequally yoked with unbelievers.]

"Do not be yoked together with unbelievers." This applies to business partnerships. Disobedience at this point, has wrecked many a Christian's testimony and pierced him through with many sorrows. 

"For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and the Devil? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What union can there be between God's temple and idols?" How explicit and emphatic are the terms used there! No excuse whatever is there, for failing to understand the terms of this exhortation, and the reason with which it is supported. This command is so plain—that it requires no interpreter. All unions, alliances, partnerships, entanglements, with unbelievers are expressly forbidden to the Christian. It is impossible to find within the whole range of Holy Scripture, plainer language on any subject than we have here. Righteousness—and wickedness; light—and darkness; Christ—and the Devil; God's temple—and idols. What do they have in common? What bond is there between them?