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Welcome! If you are a BSSM student or involved with sozo and Bethel Church, please know this ministry loves you and prays for you. You are welcome here to browse this site. All the factual research on here has been conducted out of love for you with absolutely no financial gain. The research on this site is not merely anecdotal but research based on fact and careful study. Bethel Sozo Research does not hate any leaders or pastors at Bethel Church (no malice/ill-will toward them). We simply wish God's best for them - that they would change their deceptive ways and speak truthfully to people. If these leaders will not teach the Biblical truth about Christ's hypostatic union/divinity to the public, that is their free choice, but they must not call themselves 'Bible teachers' because that is not respecting the true Christian faith (Jude 1:3; Acts 4:12; 2 Cor. 11:4; Matt. 7:15; 1 John 4:1). This website has received comments from around the world from people who have suffered from Sozo - ruined individuals, marriages, families and entire communities. Enjoy this site and God bless you! With love and civility, BSRJ
Showing posts with label Mark and Avoid. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mark and Avoid. Show all posts

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sozoed from sozo? A closer look at the Greek definition and how Jude's letter says to 'sozo'...

Hello!  Please note that I have finally added a "follow" button to the right side of this page (that is, if you find these articles educational and would like to subscribe).  

The inventors of sozo have named it this, claiming they know the Greek meaning.  Whenever an individual says they know the "Greek" origin of a word, they (can) sound like they know just what they are talking about!  Perhaps this makes them look more competent and that they have done their research.  Many manipulative teachers carry out this tactic these days (claim to know the Greek language and origin of words) in order to trick their followers into thinking that they are intelligent and trustworthy.

The irony in all this is that the word sozo from the Greek origin (Strong's Concordance number 4982) literally does mean to "save, heal, preserve or rescue; to deliver out of danger and into safety" - but this is referring to saving from danger, and that includes the false, deceptive, dangerous practices like sozo and their teachers.  This is one of the dangers the Bible is warning about (see also 2 John 1:11, etc)!

Here is what Jude explains in his letter...  
"And others save [sozo 4982] with fear, pulling them out of the fire..." (Jude 1:23)
What was the purpose of the letter Jude wrote?   He was trying to warn and hopefully sozo the people from the false teachers' tactics (vs. 4).  

He urged people to "contend for the faith" (vs. 3) and warns of these "certain men" (vs. 4). 

They were men who were greedy for profit (vs. 11).  He even calls them "brute beasts" (irrational animals).  They "flattered people to gain advantage" (vs. 16).  I know that doesn't sound very nice or "loving", but he was looking out for the innocent people and their well being.  That was loving.

Jude then tells his hearers to "save (sozo) with fear, pulling them out of the fire". 
"We must watch over one another; faithfully..." (Matthew Henry's Commentary on Jude 1:23) 
Why do you think Jude, the brother of James, saw so much danger with false teachers and their practices?  Was he overreacting?  Do you think it was brave of him to speak up despite it being "negative"?  Do you see the irony in the name sozo?  Do you think this was done on purpose to confuse people into thinking that they need sozo?  Do you think certain institutions can be very tricky and deceptive?

It is ironic that the sozo teachers promise people liberty and freedom, when truly people need to be set free from this practice.
"While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage." 2 Peter 2:19
"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works." 2 Cor. 11:13-15
 
In His Love,
BSR    


Sozoed from sozo? A closer look at the Greek definition and how Jude's letter says to 'sozo'...

Hello!  Please note that I have finally added a "follow" button to the right side of this page (that is, if you find these articles educational and would like to subscribe).  

The inventors of sozo have named it this, claiming they know the Greek meaning.  Whenever an individual says they know the "Greek" origin of a word, they (can) sound like they know just what they are talking about!  Perhaps this makes them look more competent and that they have done their research.  Many manipulative teachers carry out this tactic these days (claim to know the Greek language and origin of words) in order to trick their followers into thinking that they are intelligent and trustworthy.

The irony in all this is that the word sozo from the Greek origin (Strong's Concordance number 4982) literally does mean to "save, heal, preserve or rescue; to deliver out of danger and into safety" - but this is referring to saving from danger, and that includes the false, deceptive, dangerous practices like sozo and their teachers.  This is one of the dangers the Bible is warning about (see also 2 John 1:11, etc)!

Here is what Jude explains in his letter...  
"And others save [sozo] with fear, pulling them out of the fire..." (Jude 1:23)
What was the purpose of the letter Jude wrote?   He was trying to warn and hopefully sozo the people from the false teachers' tactics (vs. 4).  

He urged people to "contend for the faith" (vs. 3) and warns of these "certain men" (vs. 4). 

They were men who were greedy for profit (vs. 11).  He even calls them "brute beasts" (irrational animals).  They "flattered people to gain advantage" (vs. 16).  I know that doesn't sound very nice or "loving", but he was looking out for the innocent people and their well being.  That was loving.

Jude then tells his hearers to "save (sozo) with fear, pulling them out of the fire". 
"We must watch over one another; faithfully..." (Matthew Henry's Commentary on Jude 1:23) 
Why do you think Jude saw so much danger with false teachers and their practices?  Do you think it was brave of him to speak up despite it being "negative"?  Do you see the irony in the name sozo?  Do you think this was done on purpose to confuse people into thinking that they need sozo?  Do you think certain institutions can be very tricky and deceptive?

In His Love,
BSR    


Friday, September 4, 2015

How important is 'doctrine'?


How important is doctrine to Jesus? Very! So important is right teaching to Jesus that He says anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in it does not have God. "Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work" (2 John 1:9-11).

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Are you a 'vessel of honor'? Cleanse yourself from the false teachers and become one!

Been looking at a few verses in the Bible.  2 Timothy 2:21 speaks of "vessels of honor".  Here is what it says... 
"If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and fit for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work" (emphasis mine).
If we as Christians want to be used by God, we must purge, or cleanse, ourselves from "these".  If we don't, we will be a "vessel for dishonor".  What is "these" referring to?

Many people want to be used by God, set apart for Him, and useful to Him.  Some people pay a lot of money to go to supernatural schools of ministry to learn how to be "used by God".  Ironically, many of these schools of ministry are run by false teachers who are teaching unbiblical ideas that may look good, and "these" are exactly what God wants us to purge or cleanse ourselves of in order to be useful to Him!!!  


Let's go back to what "these" means.  God tells us in scripture that in order to be useful to Him, we must do something: we must "purge ourselves from these".  


In order to find out what it is we as Christians are to cleanse ourselves from, let's look at the chapter in context.  Earlier in the chapter, in verse 17, the Holy Spirit referred to Hymenaeus and Philetus.  These guys were heretics.  They were teaching false things.  They were not "rightly dividing the word of truth".  That's what many teachers do today. These two false teachers were ruining the Christians they were teaching their "babblings" to.  The Apostle Paul called these "babblings" or false teachings cancerous.  They spread like crazy and hurt many Christians.  Their teaching was a twist on the resurrection.  They were not teaching the right thing about it.  The false teachings they taught tended to prevail at Corinth.  Many teachers today teach the wrong thing about Jesus and who he is (his deity, etc).  Paul called them out by name. 


I started to wonder more about what it means to be a vessel of honor.  I see that many people want to do great things or miracles for the Lord, seeking to be a useful vessel for Him.  All the while, they are falling into a trap and are living with the pollution of false teachings instead of purging themselves from such teachers/teachings.  We are commanded in scripture to "mark and avoid" false teachers (Romans 16:17), yet how often do we see Christians flocking to them or being casual about fellowship with them and reading their books?  


I own a Bible commentary from 1935.  Here is what it says...

"In the visible Church there would be some hearts of gold incapable of being seduced, but there would also be some of less precious material liable to be led away by the heterodox teachers; if the latter purged themselves from their false teachers by rejecting their doctrine and ministry, they too would become vessels unto honor."

What about you?  Are you a vessel unto honor or dishonor?  An approved or disapproved worker?  God has always approved rejection of heresy and its teachers.  





Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Good division or evil division? Division in the church....what did Paul teach? Bethel Church and Christianity and 1 Corinthians 1:12

For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. (1 Corinthians 11:19)

This scripture really stuck out today. This comes right after verse 18 in 1 Cor. 11 which speaks of divisions in the church. Paul was telling the Corinthians that when they come together, there are divisions. I checked the cross references for this, and the divisions Paul is speaking of is that in Corinth, some Christians were saying they followed Paul, others Cephas while others were saying they followed Apollos and some simply stated they followed Christ. Because of this they were separating into groups and not having unity. This can be found in 1 Corinthians 1:12.

Here I see two different kinds of division right next to each other in two verses (verses 19 and 18). Sometimes, people who follow Bethel Church will tell their confronters (who warn them about false teaching) that they are "divisive" and use the scripture from 1 Corinthians 1:12 to prove their point.

The problem with this is that Paul had an issue with the church being divided over the WRONG things. Here in this verse, we see that Apollos, Cephas, Paul and Jesus were all teaching the same thing about Christ. None of these men were teaching falsely!!! One was not saying "Christ was not divine at all times" while the other was saying "Christ was divine at all times". No! These leaders were all of one mind in their teaching. If one of them was a heretic, than Paul says that the Christians that are approved (by GOD) will be made manifest (will become obvious). That is, those who follow the heretic are unapproved by God. Those who separate from the heretic are approved by God. It would be manifest and evident who was REALLY following Jesus and His Word by who divided away from the heretic.

What Paul the apostle did not like about Corinth divisions is that they were being divided for a foolish reason. If pastor A and pastor B both teach correct sound doctrine from the Bible, but I am divided with you because you don't follow pastor A and I do, than that would be the unpleasing division that Paul was referring to. That is what was happening in Corinth. It was just stupid. It's like saying, my favorite color is blue and yours is red. Therefore I am not your friend. Totally immature. Paul says stop.

HOWEVER...

If Pastor A and Pastor B teach two totally different and contrary teachings about Christ, than only one is correct. God is a God of truth! He cannot be right and wrong at the same time. He cannot lie!

If Pastor A teaches correctly but Pastor B teaches heresy, and we are divided because of it, THAT IS THE KIND OF DIVISION THAT PAUL SPEAKS OF IN 1 CORINTHIANS 11:19. Paul explains that the very purpose of heresies is to see which Christians are approved by God!. It is those Christians who "mark and avoid" the false teachers who are mature and obedient followers of Christ (Romans 16:17). They are divided away for the right reasons. To not do so would be disobedience to the Lord Jesus.

Here are some supporting scriptures:


"If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder,
and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ' Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’
you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the Lord your God is testing you to find out if you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul." (Deuteronomy 13:1-3)

Heresies are a test, people!  God is testing us to see what our reaction will be with heresies.  Are we going to flunk and keep following the false teachings down the broad road to destruction, or are we going to study the Bible and get on the narrow path (Matthew 7:14)? 

Here, being divided is a command!  Again, there is righteous division and unrighteous division.  Check it out...

"Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them." (Romans 16:17)

Marking and avoiding sounds pretty "divisive", yet it is a command straight from Jesus for His followers!


As you can see, not all division is a sin!  It is a sin to be divided for the wrong reasons.  There are also right reasons to be divided!  Jesus Himself said people would be divided:


Jesus Brings Division (Matthew 10) 
34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
37 He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
38 And he that takes not his cross, and follows after me, is not worthy of me.



If there can be true, righteous division and false, unrighteous division, can there also be true, righteous unity and false, unrighteous unity?  Would being divided away from true Christians who teach true, sound doctrine be good division or evil division?  Have a blessed day.  ~ ADMIN 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Is it really the Holy Spirit? Bethel Church and Christianity...

Was reading in the Word this morning, and a question came up in my mind.  I posted this question on the Bethel Church and Christianity Forum today:
"Acts 5:32 -- "And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him." I read this today and was wondering if these people are really teaching by the Holy Spirit, why is it that they are not departing/separating themselves from the false teachings/teachers? That would be obedience to God (Romans 16:17), and the Bible says that the Holy Spirit is given to them that obey him."
Will let you know what replies I receive.  What do you think?  These people speak of the Holy Spirit so much.  In fact they are a part of a regular conference called, "the Holy Spirit Conference".  Would the Holy Spirit be comfortable with all the teachings from books, sermons, etc. that we see coming out of Bethel Church?  I don't think so...

Doesn't Jesus say to "mark and avoid" in Romans 16:17?  Not meaning, mark and avoid those who uphold/defend sound doctrine (like Jesus did!) - but those who cause divisions/offenses CONTRARY TO sound doctrine in the Bible (like the false teachers do).

"Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them who cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned; and avoid them." (Romans 16:17)