- Twelve Steps To Recovery
1.) "We have admitted we are powerless over Christianity - that our
faith has become unmanageable."
The first step to recovery involves simple admission that
Christianity controls you, that you no longer have the ability to
think rationally. This is the key component to liberation from your
religious chains. By falling victim to Christianity you must face up
to the fact that you have allowed a cultic religion seize your
powers of thought and of decision making. Once you can actually say
to yourself - "Yes! I am a victim. I am powerless to this
addiciton." - you can start looking to the second step. Firstly
however, you absolutely must work this first step. Stand up and
admit to yourself that you have allowed Christianity to overrun your
2.) "We came to the realization that Christianity could drive us to
In your illusory view of the world, seen through the deceptive and
unrealistic veil of Christianity, you have embarked on a journey
down the road to madness. As you have already admitted that you have
become a victim of your own religion, you must now face the reality
that it has the potential of driving you insane. A good way to
visualize this is to look at many of the religious leaders you see
on programs such as TBN and the 700 Club. The men and women
portrayed on these programs are clear-cut examples of the tragic
symptoms of this disease. You must recognize the insanity they
exhibit while they rant and rave, while they espouse their non-
sensical ideas and speak the lies their religion supports. This step
is of critical importance and yet it is one of the most difficult as
it mandates you to admit that you are ideed a part of an illogical
and dangerous cultic religion. You must face these realities head
on. A way to better come to grips with this task is to reevaluate
what your relgion asked you to believe in. Remember, you have been
ordered to worship a dead cult leader - Jesus Christ - of whom you
were told 'died for your sins', which you will soon see makes
absolutely no sense whatsoever. Further on we will examine your
belief structure to help this you absorb this step with greater
ease. Once you have a more intelligent view on your religion you
will be better able to extract yourself from it.
3.) "Made a decison to stop turning over our free will to the care
of a God we never fully understood in the first place."
This step involves taking back your most precious faculty - Free
Will! One of the first things you lost, and the most important, was
your ability to think for yourself. As a Christian you have
surrendered your ability to make rational choices and to think with
skepticism, which you will see is a critical element of rational
thought. By unshackling your mind from the mental imprisonment of
your Christian faith, you now have the weapon that Christianity
fears most - an unwashed brain! With your senses again in order you
can face Christian dogma face to face, and see it for what it really
is. Step Two taught you to come to the acceptance that your
relilgion was an exercise in insane humility. With your mind armed
with this knowledge you can now begin erasing each one of the
childish myths that you once allowed to control you.
4.) "Made a searching and fearless moral evaluation of our faith."
This step asks you to sit down and take a hard look at your beliefs
as dictated to you by your cultic religion. It is the folly of
Christians that most never bother to apply a shred of critical
thought to their religion's mythical nature. Hence, one becomes a
Christian by failing to use rational thought mechanisms and
inevitably falls prey to the emotional seductions of this
superstitious cult. By allowing yourself to actually analyze your
belief structure without the mental blinders imposed upon you by
Christianity, you will soon see that you have been a victim of the
greatest fraud ever perpetrated upon the human race. Later on we
will help you attain the necessary elemental thought patterns needed
to see your faith for what it truly is.
5.) "Admitted to society, the world and ourselves the exact inept
nature of our religion, which is totally wrong."
While one of our programs most difficult steps to take, it is also
the most important. Now that you have admitted that your faith is
out of control and that you have recognized the many follies your
religion represents, it is time to tell the world, to whom your
religion so loudly tried to corrupt, the truth about Christianity.
Having evaluated your faith you can now begin the task of helping
others recognize the treachery that you allowed to befall you. In
this process not only will you be able to strengthen your resolve to
become a better non-Christian, but will also aid others in leading
them away from their so-called "saviour". As you see that, even as a
recovering Christian, you can help others who are lost amidst the
madness of Christianity you will have the added bonus of reinforcing
your commitment to total seperation from your former self.
6.) "We are entirely prepared to remove these 'holier than thou'
One of the strongest hallmarks you have exhibted as a born-again is
your remarkable ability to believe you were somehow a "chosen one"
or that God had some special place in his kingdom reserved for you.
Christianity, in it's smug self-rightiousness, has filled you with a
spiritual ego that would offend even the most arrogant of Gods. The
extraction of this attitude is a neccessary step as it involves
removing one of the most offensive qualities a Christian carries
with him/herself. Additionally you are given a lesson in humility,
something every Christian is in dire need of.
7.) "Humbly agreed to keep our relation to God completely to
One of your greatest weaknesses as a Christian has been the
seemingly uncontrollable impulse of "ministering" or "spreading the
good news of the gospel". By doing so you have made yourself a great
nuisance to persons of other faiths (or of no faith at all) and have
essentally become a menace. Once you have mastered the early steps
of this program you will have seen how much of a pain in the neck
you were and want very much to resolve it. Having done away with
your childish outlook on religion (your Christian perspective)you
can now concentrate on keeping any further relationships with God to
yourself and no longer striving to tell the world about it. This
will help you make friends in the long run.
8.) "Made a list of all persons we had deceived and turned over to
Christianity and became willing to tell them the real truth."
This is a pertinent component in your recovery process. This step
involves reaching out to those you "ministered" to and brought to
Christ. When you did so, you never realized what potential harm you
were doing to the minds of your victims. In fact, you wholeheartedly
believed you were doing God's work. The real truth of the matter is
that you had a personal agenda in mind. You believed that by
bringing in new cult members you were sucking up to God, thinking he
would somehow have a higher opinion of you and would possibly reward
you in some form or another. This is the selfishness inherant in
most Christians. Many seek avenues that offer shameless self-
promotion and place them on what they assume is God's list of
favorites. What you never understood was that you were in fact
contributing to the "dumbing down" process already rampant in
today's society. As you are coming to realize, Christianity does NOT
offer salvation - only consternation, guilt, ego and self-
righteousness. By making a commitment to seeking out the persons you
sucked into your cult and admitting you were wrong, you are not only
helping to undo the damage you may have caused to these individuals,
but aiding greatly in your own process of recovery.
9.) "Made direct ammends to all persons we told would 'burn in hell'
if they did not believe as we did."
Like Step #8, this is yet another act of goodness you must execute
on your road to becoming an ex-Christian. You will no doubt remember
the terrible ideas you promoted as a Christian to non-believers.
These include the pushing on others of the concept of damnation to
eternal fire for not accepting Christ. As you, at this point in the
program, have come to admit, this is a ludicrous concept. It is one
of Christianity's most filthy and deviant weapons. Many ignorant
persons you told this to were almost certainly scared into joining
the ranks of the Christian cult. You yourself may have been sucked
into becoming a Christian via this method. This threat of death and
hellfire is the Christian Church's most effective weapon. What you
now must embark upon is a reconciliation with both yourself and
those whom you used this weapon against. As in Step #8, it inolves
telling them the truth about Christianity. This will be greatly
enhanced as you become more free-thinking and develop more effective
critical thought skills.
10.) "Continued to take a spiritual inventory of our former beliefs
and when we were wrong (which was almost always), promptly admitted
how naive we were."
Again, like a few steps you have already taken, this simply involves
reexamining your former beliefs and identifying those you now know
to be utterly false. It is a lesson in humility, something every
Christian needs. Naivety is the most telling trait of every
Christian cult member. As you progress from a theologically
brainwashed prisoner of Christ to a more enlighted, free-thinking,
self-governing entity, you will actually come to find this step the
easiest and perhaps most enjoyable of them all. You will, for the
first time, have the opportunity to laugh at yourself and be able to
see the great humor in your religion. You'll wonder how you could
have be so utterly blind. Regaining a sense of power over your life
will be this steps greatest reward.
11.) "Sought through education and common sense to improve upon our
disconnection from Christianity as we saw necessary, educating and
empowering ourselves to carry the renunciation of our faith out."
As your walk down the path away from the demons of Christianity
progresses, you will find solice in the fact that your mind will be
openeing to all sorts of horizons you probably never knew existed.
The greatest enemy of your religion is knowledge. Christianity is
fueled and kept alive by pure ignorance and intellectual immaturity.
The educative steps you embark upon will lessen the withdrawal
symptons you may experience and at the same time open the gates to a
new and wonderful life. For the first time you will be able to
respect and admire the fruits of knowledge and education. Previously
you often denied basic facts of science which you will now find make
more sense than ever. As science was always your greatest enemy, you
will now find it an antidote and ally. You will finally come to
accept such basic facts as evolution, both biological and non-
biological. You will come to laugh at your former beliefs in such
ridiculous stories as Noah's Flood and the infamous story of
Creation found in Genesis. As your beliefs in fairy tales fade you
will finally come to recognize these stories for what they really
are - myths. Also, for perhaps the first time, you will be able to
effectively utilize basic common sense and critical evaluative
thought. Christianity has kept these away from you for long enough,
now its time to enlighten yourself!
12.) "Having had an intellectual awakening as a result of these
steps, we tried to carry this message to other misled Christians,
and agreed to cease all further practices involving shameless
religious persuasion and, furthermore, to never again use God as a
As you take your last step towards spritual freedom you commit
yourself to spreading the good news of salvation to other cult
members. With having broken the chains of Christianity you now have
the knowledge in hand that can benefit persons lost in the madness
of Christian illusion. Furthermore, you make a promise to never use
your former relgion to frighten others into falling prey to the
Jesus-Cult. This means no further ministering of any sort, only that
of recovery. You can now think clearly about life; forever free from
the enslaving and hateful doctrine of Christian dogma.