I was listening to a podcast on carm.org and you were filling in for Matt and I'm truly grateful to the Lord for leading me to this knowledge about 12 step programs......though I've never heard of celebrate recovery.....if it was created by Rick Warren then I wouldn't want anything to do with it!!
I struggled with alcohol and drugs for year's and went to AA, Got a sponsor and so on..... fell off and admitted myself in 28 day program, and was released in 21 days..........I was on the so-called "pink cloud " and feeling great which I was warned that I would fall off that cloud.......and did......
Started drinking again, slowly, then before I knew it, I was addicted to illegal drug's and alcohol and out of control........For 11 year's this went on and I knew nothing about the bible, grew up Roman Catholic and didn't learn anything! But one night I was so desperate for help and instead of calling my sponsor or the AA hotline, I opened the yellow pages to Churches and I closed my eyes and where my finger landed, that's the church I called......It was very late at night or morning hours, and I talked with this Pastor for quite a while.....after hanging up, I decided I was going to face my fears and walk into this Church that coming Sunday with my 1 and 1/2 year old daughter.......And that's what we did!
That was August of 2009 coming up on 6 year's now!
I'm no longer at that church..... I did accept Jesus as my Saviour and knew I was a sinner and repented of my sins, and from that day, everything became to change! I began to diligently study the bible and wanted to know more and more about Christ and have a relationship with Him! I truly became a new creature, the old thing's passed away and I wanted to serve the Lord and become more like Him......I haven't attended an AA meeting since and haven't had a desire to drink, do drugs, and much more than that, I can't watch most movies, don't listen to music the world offers and am opposed to Contemporary Christian Music as well.......All this is because of what Jesus did for me! I had nothing to do with changing myself! This would be work salvation.....totally unbiblical! Though faith without work's is dead... yes.... but in James....he is speaking about when we have saving faith, then we will desire to do good works.....that Glorify Christ, not ourselves! If our motives are not centered on Christ and Christ alone, then we cannot bear good fruit.......
I just wanted to tell you something about what The Gospel of Jesus Christ did for me! And I have the Truth and purpose of life in this flesh, to serve the living God! The Triune God!!!!
You can share this with other's! And I would like to get some more information on this "celebrate recovery " so I may warn others!
Thank you so much!