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A Faith-Based Christian Educational Training Program for those at risk, afflicted with alcoholism, addictions, and other life-controlling problems, including homelessness, abuse, and imprisonment. Our program offers "A New Way Out" for attaining a new life in Christ through reliance on the Creator – YHWH our God. Founded on the principles, practices, and teaching methods of “Akron Group Number One” – the Pioneer AA Christian Fellowship of Akron, Ohio, as led by Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith of Akron, Ohio, and also on the successful practices of the Salvation Army and Christian Endeavor.


·         In the words of A.A.'s Founders:

“We already had the basic ideas, though not in terse and tangible form. We got them…as a result of our study of the Good Book.”

- Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith,
Co-Founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, 1948
From Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers, 1980, p. 97

“Henrietta [wife of AA Number Three, Bill Dotson, as Bill Wilson addressed her:], the Lord has been so wonderful to me, curing me of this terrible disease, that I just want to keep talking about it and telling people.”

- William Griffith Wilson,
Co-Founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, 1935
From Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, 2001, p. 191

·         The situation today was described many years ago:

“We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God…Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!”

- Abraham Lincoln, 1863


“Bringing alcoholics and addicts to reliance for cure on the Creator through prayer and study of His Word and becoming a new person in Christ.”

A School for Training Leaders, Teachers, and the Afflicted in Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Bible Principles


Freedom Ranch Maui Incorporated is a non-profit charitable, religious and educational organization established to bring alcoholics and addicts to reliance on the Creator for cure through prayer and study of His Word and becoming a new person in Christ. By Internal Revenue Service ruling, dated May 9th, 2006, and effective August 5th, 2003, Freedom Ranch has been ruled to have a Public Charity Status under section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi); and is exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. And as to which contributions are deductible under section 170 of the Code. It is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers, or gifts under section 2055, 2016, or 2522 of the Code. Freedom Ranch Maui Incorporated is founded on the premise that the Christian Fellowship of early Alcoholics Anonymous [aka. “Akron Group Number One”, led by Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith] provided the model and answer to alcoholism and other addictions through its Christian program developed and utilized between 1935 and 1938. The pioneer program was thoroughly and accurately reported to philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. by his associate Frank Amos. The Frank Amos report explicitly stated how “medically incurable” alcoholics had achieved “permanent cures” utilizing this practical program.* The cures and the astonishing success rates of yesteryear are not even remotely paralleled today. The Freedom Ranch Maui Mission has been and is: (1) To research, study, report on, publicize, and enable utilization of the exact methods and sources employed by the Akron A.A.’s pioneer program; (2) To demonstrate conclusively to our school and learning audience the potential for outstanding efficacy today through a simple and practical utilization of the early principles; and (3) Through school classes; online education, radio and TV and and analog presentations.; as well as lectures, retreats, seminars, and conference addresses, to educate and train leaders, teachers, and the afflicted themselves about the early A.A. program of recovery, rehabilitation, and Bible principles.

* The Frank Amos description of the program of “Akron Group Number One” has been more fully reported by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. in the book Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers, 1980, pp. 130-136, to which readers are referred for details.

Freedom Ranch Maui Offers
“A New Way Out” Right Now


The history of the early A.A. Christian Fellowship, its Bible focus,
and the compelling success factors from its historical sources


Put a segment in your library, program, center, group, and your life.

Here are the specifics we offer

·         Nineteen years of solid research, documenting the early recovery programs and successes of A.A. Predecessors: Christian Endeavor; the Salvation Army; the Gospel Rescue Missions; the YMCA; the revivals and evangelism; and the “Great Awakening of 1875” that transformed the town, people, churches, schools, and lives of those who lived in Dr. Bob’s home village of St. Johnsbury, Vermont. And most assuredly, the Akron AA Christian Fellowship. We’ve got the evidence, documents, and histories that make the facts known.

·         All of A.A.’s real forerunners embraced similar ingredients: Abstinence, Reliance on the Creator, converting to Christ,  Obedience to God’s will,  Resisting temptation, Growing in fellowship with God and His Son Jesus Christ through Bible study, prayer, God’s guidance, and reading. And topping it off with unselfish, unpaid, compassionate love and service.

·         Some A.A. parent sources were huge and widely known for their successes: 3,500,000 in worldwide Christian Endeavor; many millions assisted by the Salvation Army, hundreds of thousands by the Gospel Rescue Missions, and a 41,000,000 YMCA membership today. The children of our Heavenly Father who really tried in these agencies were delivered from the power of darkness because their early leaders uniformly studied God’s Word, promoted salvation, prayed to the Creator in the name of His son for help, and witnessed to others the freedom from fear, guilt, shame, alcoholism, bondage, substance abuse, addictions, homelessness, and criminal behavior His love, strength, guidance, power, and careprovided.

·         Several related websites tell the important facts free— http://www.dickb.com/index.shtml;

http://www.dickb-blog.com; http://recoverylife.com;



·         We have posted 170 articles—70 audio talks—two radio programs—links—all free. Free so you can see for yourself accurate records and discussions of historical facts.

·         Order books as a set, in bulk, at discount from through Amazon.com; Book Surge; and Lulu; see title pictures and details on http://www.dickb.com/titles.shtml


Our Websites Yesterday and Today

Our earlier focus was on adopting a mission statement and founding an actual recovery ranch program called Freedom Ranch Maui.  The idea of starting with an actual ranch with resident students has, for several reasons, now given place to a much broader vision. Hence our program is now fully presented on:

This new site (http://freedomranchmaui.org),

We decided to focus directly on training people on how the early A.A. fellowship and others before it conquered the terrible curse of alcoholism and addiction. The focus was to be on the curse exactly where it lies—with the new people just entering recovery or treatment or 12 Step groups.

This new site is directed at telling you how to bring to the still suffering alcoholic or addict full, accurate, and useful information on the priceless cures in the Alcoholics Anonymous Christian Fellowship program developed in Akron between 1935 and 1938.

This will be done primarily through online teaching and education that will be available to teachers, facilitators, counselors, clergy, medical practitioners, and most assuredly the newly afflicted alcoholics and addicts and their families who seek direct help through the ever-expanding Internet Super Highway. In addition, this will be done through media outreach on radio, television, press, CD’s, and instructional films.  Later, we hope, some of our work will be done through core classes on the island of Maui, which will train qualified students and teachers, who want to revive the successes achieved through reliance on Yahweh our Creator and the Lord Jesus Christ.



Freedom Ranch Maui Incorporated is a non-profit 501[c][3] charitable, religious and educational corporation, duly organized and incorporated in, and in accordance with, the non-profit corporation laws of Hawaii, USA on August 8, 2003.

1.  Its principal office, headquarters, and school are located at:

2960 South Kihei Road
Unit 509
Kihei, Maui, Hawaii 96753 USA

2. Its officers and directors are:

Karen A. Plavan, Ph.D., –  Pennsylvania -President, Director

Charles P. Mau, MRE – California - Secretary-Treasurer, Director


Scott Craven – Oahu, Hawaii –


3.  Its corporate file number in Hawaii is        20514202
     Its Hawaii GE number is 20131261
     Its FEIN number is 73-1676072

4.  Its mailing address is:

Freedom Ranch Maui Incorporated
P.O. 837
Kihei, Maui, Hawaii 96753-0837 USA

5.  Qualifications of principal program leaders:


Richard Gordon Burns, J.D.
Executive Director
(Principal Freedom Ranch Program Director and Teacher)


Residence: P.O. Box 837, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii 96753-0837
Phone/fax: 808 874 4876
Email: dickb@dickb.com
URL: http://www.dickb.com/index.shtml


A.A. (with Honorable Mention) U.C. Berkeley, Economics - 1948
B.A. Leland Stanford Junior University, Major: Law - 1949
J. D. Leland Stanford Junior University, Law – 1951




Sergeant, U.S. Army 1943-1946, Information/Education Specialist
Attorney, Clausen & Burns, San Francisco, 1951-1961
Solo Practitioner, Corte Madera, CA, 1961-1986
Advisor to God’s Way Ministry, Inc., a Christian Church, Hawaii, 1998 -
Author/Publisher, 1990 –


Phi Beta Kappa, Junior Year, Univ. of Calif. Berkeley;
President of Inter-Fraternity Scholastic Honor Society, U.C. Berkeley
Case Editor, Stanford Law Review
Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in The West, Who’s Who in Law, Who’s Who in Finance
Gale’s Contemporary Authors



125th Anniversary of Christian Endeavor International, 2006; Archives International, 2000 (Minneapolis, Minnesota); Nationwide A.A. History Conferences in Delaware and Arizona; Tampa Bay Clean and Sober Conference; Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation; Youth With A Mission (Hawaii), The Wilson House (Vermont); Conventions of Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholics Victorious, Shepherding the Shepherds; Hope Chapel, Oahu; Overcomers Outreach, Inc.; The N.E.T. Ministries; and numerous spiritual retreats for alcoholics and their families in Florida (1), Wisconsin (2), California (4), and Hawaii (1)


23 published titles on the History of Alcoholics Anonymous, Its
Spiritual Roots, and Its Early Successes
Listed in Books in Print and http://www.dickb.com/.titles.shtml
170 published articles on this subject: http://www.dickb.com/articles.shtml


American Historical Assn., Organization of American Historians, Alcohol and Drugs History Group, Association for Medical and Education Research in Substance Abuse, International Substance Abuse and Addiction Coalition, Christian Assn for Psychological Studies, Research Society on Alcoholism, Coalition of Prison Evangelists, Stanford Alumni Assn., Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Tau Delta, Phi Delta Phi.

Religious, Civic, and Community Activities:

President: Mill Valley Community Church; Redwoods Retirement Ctr.; Corte Madera Chamber of Commerce, Corte Madera Center Merchants Council, Almonte Improvement Club; Vice President and Secretary, Lions Club of Corte Madera; Director of Almonte District Sanitary Board; Member, Maui Writers Guild; Advisor to God’s Way Ministry, Inc., a Christian Church.


Rev. Ken Burns, M.A.

(Teacher of Biblical Matters, Freedom Ranch Program)


URL: http://godsway.org/


University of California, Berkeley, B.A., Rhetoric
San Francisco State University, M.A., Speech Communication


Major Account Sales, personal computer diagnostics companies
Director of Marketing and Research, Ethanol Research Hawaii, LLC
Lecturer, Fundamentals of Oral Communication, San Francisco State University
Bible student and Bible fellowship teacher since 1972
President, Good Book Publishing Company

Vice President, Paradise Research Publications, Inc.
Minister, God’s Way Ministry, Inc., A Christian Church



Charles P. Mau, M.R.E.

(Secretary-Treasurer, Director)



Residence: Manhattan Beach, California


University of California at Los Angeles – B.S.  (Physical Education)                           

Fuller Theological Seminary – M.R.E. (Master Religious Education)


Veteran, United States Army

Educator – Public Schools

President, Wyoming Pacific Oil Company


Karen A. Plavan, Ph.D.
(President, Director, Chemical Dependency & Counseling Teacher)

Karen A. Plavan, Ph.D.

Dr. Plavan is a professional educator and counselor. She served on the Graduate Faculty at Penn State University teaching courses in addiction in the Counselor Education Department. She has directed many projects in the field of addiction for a variety of social service organizations and is active in the international community. Currently, she serves as Vice President of the Allegheny County Alcohol and Drug Planning Council in Pittsburgh where she resides. Dr. Plavan is in charge of all GOAL counseling and training.  She travels widely in the United States and abroad.

Email: kap10@verizon.net


Scott Craven

(Director, Founder and Leader, Men’s Step Study, Oahu, Hawaii)

Scott Craven is an Oahu businessman, active in Christian church affairs, and the founder and leader of a Men’s Step Study on the Windward Side of Oahu. This group, has for several years, brought alcoholics and addicts together from treatment facilities, offered them group training in the Twelve Steps and in other matters pertaining to their recovery. In addition, Bible study, prayer, and religious and recovery literature are part of their classes. At the end of two years, those who have faithfully pursued the class and training are awarded a “graduation” certificate and urged to do likewise with others needing spiritual recovery. Scott works in collaboration with Hope Chapel, Kaneohe, HI



Karen A. Plavan, Ph.D., 143 Hawthorne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15209 - President and Director

Charles P. Mau, M.R.E., PO Box 3757, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-1757 - Secretary-Treasurer and Director

Scott Craven, 1338 Kaihee Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822 - Director


Richard G. Burns, J.D., PO Box 837, Kihei, HI 96753-0837 – Executive Director and Program Director

Rev. Ken C. Burns, M.A., – Faith-based consultant

Michael Lee Adams, B.S. (Computer Science), 1985 Sherington Place E 301, Newport, California 92663 – Business Development Consultant, Systems Analyst.


Pastor Ed Gazmen, PO Box 1555, Wailuku, HI 96793 Homeless Outreach Program Manager; MCCC Prison Ministry

Capt. Daniel J. Cretton, PO 562, Haiku, HI 96708 Maui Prison Visitation and Programs

Scott Craven, 1338 Kiheei St., Honolulu, HI 96822 Leader, Men’s Step Study Group, Oahu

Patience Boersma, 45-532 Waikalua Place, Kaneohe, HI 96744, Coordinator, Homeless, Addiction Faith 0utreach, Windward Side, Oahu


Timothy Eldred, Executive Director, ALLFORONE, The Youth Ministry Movement, a Ministry of Christian Endeavor International, PO Box 377, 424 East Main St., Edmore, MI 48829

Bishop Frank Constantino (just deceased), Coalition of Prison Evangelists (COPE) and Bridges of America, 2055 Mercy Drive, Orlando, FL 32808-5613

The Rev. Dr. Robert Hughes, Professor of Theology, President of GOAL

Darvin Smith, M.D., Addiction Medicine Specialist, Director of YWAM Addictive Behavior Training, Colorado

Robert Turner, M.D., Professor of Neurology, Medical University of South Carolina

Bonnie Lepper, Managing Director, The Wilson House, East Dorset, Vermont

Ray G., Archivist, Dr. Bob’s Home, Akron, Ohio

Rev. Jay Sprout, Pastor, North Congregational Church (UCC), St. Johnsbury, Vermont; and Bob Swartz, archivist; stewards of the Dr. Bob Core Library at that church.

Senator Daniel K. Akaka, Chair, Committee on Veterans Affairs, 143 Hart Senate Building, Washington, D.C. 20510

Lt. Governor James R. Aiona, Jr. Office of the Lt. Governor, State Capitol, PO Box 3226, Honolulu, HI 96801




Program Sources:

·        History of early Alcoholics Anonymous

·        Teaching materials of Karen Plavan, PhD, Professor, Penn State McKeesport, in Chemical Dependency and Counseling

·        Coalition of Prison Evangelists, Prison Directory

·        A Twelve Step Guide for those who want to Believe by Three Clarence Snyder Sponsee Old-Timers and their Wives

·        Publications of Dick B. on History and Roots of A.A.

·        History Publications of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

·        The Good Book-Big Book Guidebook

·        Holy Bible


Library Sources:


·        The Griffith Library, Wilson House, East Dorset, Vermont USA

·        St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Akron, Ohio USA

·        Calvary Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

·        Dr. Bob Core Library, North Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury, Vermont

·        Good Book Publishing Company, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii USA


Publications of:

Paradise Research Publications, Inc; Golden Text Publishing Company; Baker Book House; The Bishop of Books; Glen Abbey Books; Hazelden Publishing; Came to Believe Publications

·        33 titles by Dick B.

·        1 Title by Three Clarence Snyder Sponsees

·        170 published articles


Public Addresses by officers at:

·        Archives 2000 International Alcoholics Anonymous conference, Minnesota

·        Nationwide Alcoholics Anonymous History Conferences, Phoenix and Delaware

·        Alcoholics Anonymous History conferences and seminars open to the public at Mill Valley, California; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Minneapolis; Covington, Kentucky; Tampa, Florida

·        ISAAC, Indian River, Florida

·        N.E.T. Ministries, Okeechobee, Florida

·        Alcoholics Victorious, New Jersey

·        Lutheran Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota

·        YWAM (Youth With a Mission), Kailua Kona, Hawaii

·        Overcomers,: Florida, Minnesota

·        Overcomers Outreach, Inc., California

·        Research Society on Alcoholism Pre-Conference Workshop, Vancouver, BC

·        Shepherding the Shepherds, Costa Mesa, California

·        Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens Gate Lodge Opening in Akron.

·        Various Retreats conducted in California, Florida, New York, Hawaii, and Wisconsin

·        CLEAR (Coalition for Leadership, Education and Advocacy for Recovery)

·        Wilson House Heritage Seminars, East Dorset, Vermont – 9 seminars.

·        Christian Endeavor International.


Bibliography Database:

·        Reference: Making Known the Biblical Roots of Early AA, by Dick B.

·        Catalogued Titles at Griffith Library, East Dorset, VT


Multi-Media Dissemination:





·        Cornerstone Television (Christian Television Series)

·        Hawaii Community Television (all islands) – 30 one-hour broadcasted program presentations

Radio Talks:

·        Radio talk shows, news interviews, specials [Christian and secular]

News Media:

·        Interviews

·        Press releases

·        Journal articles

·        Columns

Audio/Video Talks:

·        Over 60 Dick B. Audio Talks

·        Over 15 Maui Community Television Presentations

·        Seminar Tapes by Glenn K. Audio Tapes and Smile God Loves You Tapes


·        Open Ended

Intern Training:

·        Maui Community Television Network

·        Websites mentioned above

·        Class and individual instruction at headquarters in Maui

Prospective Collaborative Partnerships:

·        Jean LaCour, Ph.D, Dean, Net Training Institute, Orlando, Florida

·        Karen Plavan, Ph.D, Vice President, GOAL Project, Pittsburgh


·        AHA (American Historical Association)

·        ADHS (Alcohol and Drugs History Society

·        COPE (Coalition of Prison Evangelists)

·        CAPS (Christian Association for Psychological Studies)

·        AMERSA (Association for Medical Education & Research in Substance Abuse)

·        RSA (Research Society on Alcoholism)

·        ISAAC (International Substance Abuse and Addiction Coalition)

·        AKAKU (Community Television Network of Hawaii)

·        N.E.T. Ministries


Previously Proposed Spirituality Survey Project by Richard K. and Dick B.:

·        See the Callahan-Knipe Research Institute materials immediately following

The Callahan-Knipe Research Institute



The primary purpose of the Callahan-Knipe Spirituality Survey Project is to research and analyze the efficacy and potential for cure of alcoholism of a recovery group or organization. This project will compare the spiritual program and practices of the early Alcoholics Anonymous “Akron Group Number One” Christian Fellowship, developed and utilized between June 10, 1935 and April 10, 1939, with various “recovery” fellowships today.

Spirituality Defined:

“The great fact is just this, and nothing less: that we have had deep and effective spiritual experiences, which have revolutionized our whole attitude toward life, toward our fellows, and toward God’s universe. The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives in a way which is indeed miraculous. He has commenced to accomplish those things for us which we could never do by ourselves…We never apologize to anyone for depending upon our Creator. We can laugh at those who think spirituality the way of weakness. Paradoxically, it is the way of strength. The verdict of the ages is that faith means courage. All men of faith have courage. They trust their God.”


- William Griffith Wilson, Co-Founder of Alcoholics Anonymous,
From Alcoholics Anonymous, 1st Edition, 1939, pp. 35-36, 81



1. The original “Akron Group Number One” AA program is thoroughly and accurately described by Frank Amos in the historical narrative Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers [NY: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc; 1980]

2. Spirituality as defined by William G. Wilson in the textbook Alcoholics Anonymous, 1939:

“The great fact is just this, and nothing less: that we have had deep and effective spiritual experiences, which have revolutionized our whole attitude toward life, toward our fellows, and toward God’s universe. The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives in a way which is indeed miraculous. He has commenced to accomplish those things for us which we could never do by ourselves…We never apologize to anyone for depending upon our Creator. We can laugh at those who think spirituality the way of weakness. Paradoxically, it is the way of strength. The verdict of the ages is that faith means courage. All men of faith have courage. They trust their God.”

3. The “real alcoholic” is and should have:

a. The desire to quit alcohol and other illicit substances forever
b. The desire to be cured
c. The willingness to go to any lengths for cure
d. The decision, determination, and discipline honestly to concede to his innermost self that he is an alcoholic and that an alcoholic cannot have a reservation of any kind that he will be immune to alcohol.

Belief Assumptions:

1. The Creator has a personal name, YHWH, revealed in the Holy Bible, and usually pronounced “YHWH,” and so appearing in many modern Bible versions.

2. The only way to establish a Father-son relationship with our Creator YHWH is through Jesus Christ as the way, the truth, and the life [John 14:6]

3. To be a child of the Creator, one must be born again [from above] of the Spirit of God [John 3:1-8; John 3:16]

4. One must be saved and is born again only by a belief in, and confession of, Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior:

·        Acts 2:36-40; 4:10-12

·        Romans 10:9

·        John 3:16; 4:2; 4:15; 5:1


5. Jesus was crucified, buried in the ground for three days [per Jewish custom], was raised from the dead by YHWH his Father [Romans 10:9], was seen by over 500 witnesses, promised to deliver the gift of the Holy Spirit through his Heavenly Father, ascended to Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Creator

·        Acts 1:3; 2:22-24; 2:30-32; 4:10; 10:36-40; 13:26-39

6. The Apostles’ Creed has been reported in English in a variety of ways, but the most likely version accepted as a rule of faith among the Akron AA believers between 1935 and 1939 is as follows:

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ, His only son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into Hades; the third day he rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. And I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy Catholic church; the communion of saints]; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. [For the variations, see The History of the Christian Church, Volume Two; Ante-Nicene Christianity. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm D Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1910, 1981, pp. 534-537]

7. Becoming a child of the living Creator does not require religious affiliation, church membership, liturgical observances, accepting a creed, or sacraments

8. The Holy Bible is the only standard for faith and practice

9. Access to faith and God’s will is through:

·        Revelations in the Word

·        Revelations received from God via the Holy Spirit

·        Revelations received through prayer

·        Revelations received through the assistance of devotionals and other Christian books


10. Cure of alcoholism and addiction can be and has been accomplished by reliance upon the Creator

11. Reliance also requires obedience of His Word

12. Witness is essential

13. Fellowship with like-minded believers is important

14. Church attendance is favored

15. CURE means:

·        Abstinence, primarily as defined by Bill Wilson in Alcoholics Anonymous, 1st edition, p. 97 [ceased fighting; sanity has returned; seldom interested in liquor; if tempted, recoiling from it as from a hot flame; reacting sanely and normally; a new attitude toward liquor; the miracle of it; a position of neutrality – safe and protected; problem removed; neither cocky nor afraid”]

·        The “Double Cure” as perhaps Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith saw it in terms of the Bible in two Christian healing books in which he was very interested:


From the Holy Bible:

“[Christ]: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose strips ye were healed.” [1 Peter 2:24]

“And [Yahweh] said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.” [Exodus 15:26]

From “Heal the Sick,” frequently studied by Dr. Bob:

“…Our Lord co-ordinated, with His ministry of Healing the soul, His Ministry of Healing the body….We need to come to God with the humility of little children, definitely accepting Christ as He has revealed Himself to us, as the Saviour of our spirit, soul, and body, desiring earnestly to ‘forsake our own thoughts’ wheresoever they are opposed to His, and to learn of Him. Then Christ will manifest Himself to us, and by the power of the Holy Spirit we shall be changed until that mind is in us which was also in Jesus Christ….Christ’s ministry was to deliver humanity from the bondage of sin, sickness, and disease, and as He draws us to Him to find forgiveness, so He draws us to Him to find healing.” Hickson, James Moore. Heal the Sick, 1924, pp. 240, 245

From Healing in Jesus Name, frequently studied by Dr. Bob:

“A Promise of God – Salvation and Healing: And all down through the ages this promise was spoken of by the prophets, even as far back as the days of Moses. It was understood that salvation and healing were to be provided for in the atonement, through the slain Lamb of God....The Psalmist David spoke of the double cure in Ps. 103:2-3 – ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits; who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases.’ The trouble with people today is that they have forgotten the benefits of Calvary – the double cure, salvation for the soul and healing for the body.” Willitts, Ethel R. Healing in Jesus Name, 1931, pp. 183-184

·        Belief in YHWH the Creator [Hebrews 11:6]

·        Complete in Christ [Colossians 2:6-10]

·        Successfully resisting temptation [James 1:12-16; 4:7-10]

·        Observing the two “Great” commandments [Mathew 22:35-40 – Love God and thy neighbor]

·        Prosperous and being in good health [3 John 2]


1. “Akron Group Number One,” the original pioneer Alcoholics Anonymous group

2. Born-again Christian members of Alcoholics Anonymous

3. Roman Catholic members of Alcoholics Anonymous

4. Members of Alcoholics Victorious

5. Guests of the Saint Jude Retreat House, New York

6. Clients of the Salvation Army

7. Clients of Teen Challenge

8. Members of the general Alcoholics Anonymous population

9. Members of Narcotics Anonymous


·        Men

·        Women

·        Young adults and tens

·        Older adults

·        Minority populations

·        Hawaiian population

·        Other miscellaneous special sub-groups


REGARDING THIS PROPOSED SURVEY: Richard K. of Mass. is no longer connected with Freedom Ranch; and it was he who framed the original survey and also the items listed above. Therefore the survey has never been conducted. On the other hand, it seems clear that most, if not all, present-day surveys of the effectiveness of a “spiritual solution” based on belief in God and often called “faith based” simply omit the scope mentioned above, ignore the basic assumptions connected with a belief in God’s ability, power, and will to alleviate healing and eliminate sinful conduct, and hence fail to survey those who have actually “recovered,” been healed, and been cured of their malady by what once was conceded to be, and called “religious means.”

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