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Friday, April 26, 2013

The real roots and history of sozo: Randy Clark of Toronto Blessing, jungle and barnyard animal behaviors, Bethel Church, Argentina and more



HISTORY OF SOZO

In 1997 Randy Clark, a healing evangelist, held meetings at Bethel Church. At that time, Pastor Clark would send a team to train a congregation how to be prayer servants. A small portion of that training was a model of 'deliverance' from Argentina. This model became our first tool 'The Four Doors'.
The above is a direct quote from www.bethelsozo.com in the history section.  Elsewhere in this section, it states that the "Lord introduced" these tools for this healing ministry.  Interestingly, these terms are not found in the Word of God - anywhere.  
So here are the six tools introduced by "the Lord".  Why didn't the Lord introduce these tools in the Bible so that others could have been using these tools for the past twenty centuries or more?  Why did the Lord wait so long to introduce these methods if this is what "sozoes" (saves; heals; delivers) a person?  What did the early Christians of the previous centuries do for their sozoing (saving; healing; deliverance)?  Did they rely on the tools of humans for a price, or did they rely and have trust/faith in the shed blood of Jesus and the Lord's direct intervention done in His way?  Why would the Lord wait 2000 years to introduce tools used to save, heal and deliver?  Here are the tools:
  • Father Ladder
  • Four Doors
  • Presenting Jesus
  • The Wall
  • Trigger Mechanisms (Advanced Tool)
  • Divine Editing (Advanced Tool)
According to the official source of sozo, Randy Clark of the Toronto Blessing is part of the roots of this movement (as well as an Argentinian healing ministry). 

Who is Randy Clark and what is the Toronto Blessing?

BSR has provided a helpful summary from an informational source on the Toronto Blessing movement.  Please note that this ministry has researched the direct quotes about animal and barnyard sounds which can be found on an official ministry website.  Many people say "you can't believe everything you see on the internet," but direct quotes from official sources are true and undeniable.  The official sources really do tell others that the Lord sends barnyard and jungle animal manifestations and even drunkenness and uncontrollable laughter:


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Dear friends, the answer is Jesus.  He alone can save, heal and deliver a person.  And, He has been doing it (for free) for centuries.  

"Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar." Proverbs 30:6; NIV

"And such WERE some of you: but ye ARE washed, but ye ARE sanctified, but ye ARE justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." 1 Cor. 6:11; KJV

"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." John 8:36; NIV
Peace and joy! 
BSR 

Question: "What is the Toronto Blessing?" www.gotquestions.org

Answer: 
The Toronto Blessing refers to the supposed outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the people attending the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship Church, which at the time was the Toronto Airport Vineyard Church. On January 20, 1994, a Pentecostal pastor named Randy Clark spoke at the church and gave his testimony of how he would get drunk in the Spirit and laugh uncontrollably. In response to this testimony, the congregation erupted in pandemonium with people laughing, growling, dancing, shaking, barking like dogs, and even some even being stuck in positions of paralysis. These experiences were attributed to the Holy Spirit entering people's bodies. The pastor of the church, John Arnott, referred to it as a big Holy Spirit party. The moniker "Toronto Blessing" was given, and the church was soon in the international spotlight.

When this "blessing" is held to the light of Scripture, however, it can scarcely be called a blessing; abomination, maybe, but not blessing. Absolutely nowhere in Scripture can one find any precedent for what was happening at the Toronto Airport church, except, perhaps, the physical conditions demon-possessed people suffered. In fact, the Toronto Airport church became so embroiled in emotional outbursts and psychological displays that Pastor Arnott ceased preaching salvation, and instead preached about the party of the Holy Spirit. Experiences were being held in higher authority than Scripture. This was even too much for the already extremely charismatic Vineyard movement, which severed ties with the Toronto Airport church in 1995, prompting the name change to Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship.

A believer's focus needs to be Jesus Christ, the "author and perfecter of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2), not on oneself, one’s experiences, or even the Holy Spirit. The Toronto Blessing focuses on the last, to the detriment of biblical faith. Believers can have fun, dance, sing, even shout to the Lord. However, when a worship service resembles the dream of a demented schizophrenic and attributed to the work of the Holy Spirit, only one word comes to mind: heresy.

Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/Toronto-blessing.html#ixzz2RbWg2yzL

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    1. Good- isn't it amazing those suspicions are God watching out for us? I praise Him for His mercy and goodness.

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  2. Yes...test the spirits..n counter check with the scriptures.. there was never such a thing even when jesus was healing..n exorcising demons..these are not scriptural ...luke ..11.35...This is new age mysticism from the mystery religions...demonic at best

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  3. A friend of a fb friend of a Christian acquaintance asked to be my friend. What's the harm, I asked myself, and added him. All seemed fine at first, until he was blogging on Christians need to be performing miracles as Jesus did by.... "levitating", and we should be "Teleporting" across miles as miracles to draw others to Christ. I wasn't quite sure of what the proper term was, but felt the need to warn not only this man, but his audience as well. I told him that what the Word of God said was that Jesus rose to the Father, and levitating was NOT what Jesus did. I said it was a new age term or something, and we are not to mix ourselves up with new age. After telling him that he was risking being a false teacher, and leading people astray I deleted him from my fb friends, because he continued to blog his false teaching. Over the past 10 yrs or so, I have heard of some churches ignoring the "test the spirit according to the Word", and just doing whatever draws a crowd I guess, or allowing all kinds of craziness. It worries me, because they sprinkle bits of the Word into what they are saying to make their comments/teaching sound solid biblically. Yet, upon close examination, adultery, fornication, sexual sin, covetness, unforgiveness, gossip, and every evil work is running rampant. We must absolutely test all teaching using the Word of God to validate its soundness.

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