A Journalist Thought Celebrate Recovery Was Started At Local JC, In Reality It Started At Rick Warren’s Church

August 21, 2010 at 5:39 am Leave a comment

Speaking of a major gaffe in news reporting

The Celebrate Recovery group that meets at San Jacinto Assembly of God follows the 12 steps outlined by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous — but with significant differences.

Participants don’t need to be alcoholic or addicted to drugs to come. Nor will groups be drawn by type of addiction. And where traditional 12-step groups leave it to each person to define his or her “higher power,” the Christian-based Celebrate Recovery says that higher power is Jesus Christ.

Married couple Vic and Debbie Caldwell are ministry leaders for Celebrate Recovery. “The Word tells us that we need to reach out. … We need to look at where we can help,” Vic said.

Because they both abused alcohol and drugs, the Caldwells said Celebrate Recovery was the ministry where they fit.

“We could have been greeters,” Debbie joked. “But this is something we know.”

A national program started by Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Celebrate Recovery is not just for alcoholics and drug addicts

Excuse me, when did Saddleback College become a church for Jesus Christ.  Saddleback College is a community college in Mission Viejo that I will personally attend during the fall semester.

In reality, he meant Saddleback Church, but to confuse Saddleback Church and Saddleback College is one of the major gaffes that I have seen in a long time.   At Saddleback College, you cannot teach that Jesus is the Christ because it is a secular institution.  At Saddleback Church, they teach Jesus is the higher power that will save your from addiction to drugs and alcohol.  I have  personally have been to Celebrate Recovery meetings while I was in rehab and it is a good program. I personally do not attend meetings of Celebrate Recovery because I prefer the traditional,  12-step secular program.

At Saddleback College, if teacher started share their faith during the classroom, it would cause a major uproar and be in the OC Register and OC Weekly.  At Saddleback Church, sharing your faith with somebody is building community and relationships.

So there is a huge difference between a Christian church and a secular, public junior college.  And that writer of the subject article should have known that and that is why I considered the error to be a major gaff in reporting.


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