Dallas wrote:My first stint w/ sobriety was attained, not because I was trying to get sober or stay sober -- it was the natural effect that was produced by taking some actions on instructions that I found in the Bible. It totally transformed me and removed my desire for alcohol or drugs. It was a spiritual experience that was instantaneous. No withdrawal.
I believe, that had I had the knowledge of Step 1, AND if I would have continually practiced Step 1, daily, along with what I found in the Bible, chances are great that I would have continuously maintained the sobriety that had been gifted to me.
At about six months or 9 months sober, I was working for a rescue mission on skid-row in Los Angeles. My boss, a reverend, offered me a glass of whiskey. I recoiled from it, much like the experience written about in the Big Book.
The reverend asked me "What's wrong? Do you have a problem with drinking?" I said "No. It isn't a problem to not drink. I don't drink because I believe my body belongs to God, and I should watch what I put into it."
The Rev. then said "Well. I used to be an alcoholic. I was sober and active in AA for 25 years. But, when Christ came into my life, and I was born-again -- I was restored to whole-ness, and became a new creature in Christ." He then, proceeded to tell me how AA was like the anti-Christ, that they had their own God.
About two weeks later -- I started off w/ a cold beer. Just a half one to quench my thirst. Drinking it as a beverage for thirst relief (or so I believed). Within two weeks after that half beer -- the SWAT team came after me, I was locked up in jail and headed for prison. Yes. Alcohol really screws me up -- as a Christian or as a non-Christian -- I CAN NOT drink!
I'm glad you shared above. It ties in with what I woke up thinking today. "Spiritual progress -- without maturity -- can get messy for me. It's like an ice cream that melted all over my hands. It's nice and sweet -- but it messes us everything I touch!"
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