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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). Enjoy this site and God bless you! With love and civility, BSRJ
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Is the practice of sozo linked to scientology and kabbalah?

Is there a link between sozo, Scientology and Kabbalah? What do you think?  Scientologists do "auditing" while sozo people do "editing".  Are these similar practices?  Please check out the following video! 
"There are major parallels that go beyond incidental...it all comes from the same spirit...all this stuff is strongly connected." 


Thursday, April 4, 2013

An online question about sozo: What do you observe from this photograph? An interesting discovery...

Update: The photo below is of a ministry by a man named Avi Segal called Healing With the Light.  Christians, please be aware that this is a ministry which is similar to sozo in the testimonials, but this ministry supports the theory of "past lives" as seen in a session with "the light" many years ago, and therefore is unBiblical according to Hebrews 9:27.  Be very alert and test all things!  Even though people claimed nice results after their sessions, it does not mean the ministry is Biblical/Christian.  We must compare everything to God's Word to test ministries and practices. 

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Hello friends.  While researching this week, I found an interesting discovery.  Before I discuss this discovery, here is a simple question I wanted to ask you who have experienced or witnessed sozo:

Do these testimonials in the photo below sound similar to a sozo session at all?

  • If yes, what are the similarities?  
  • If no, how is this different?  
  • Please include as many details as possible from your observation.

Could you leave your comments and feedback in the comments section (you can do so anonymously if you would like)?  It would be much appreciated and helpful.  Thank you!


The above is a personal photo snapshot of an online ministry.  Please leave your feedback in the comments and I will revisit this topic in one week, Lord willing.  I will reveal the source of the photo at that time.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Alert! Jesus Culture Video, Part 2: A Call for Discernment! Are you Sure It's Your Jesus?



The Jesus Culture Band has a massive following, and just like sozo, has originated out of Bethel Church in Redding, California.  These are the roots of this band/movement that is sweeping across the world at an alarming rate.

Oddly, BSRG cannot find a "belief" page or "statement of faith" page anywhere on Jesus Culture's website.

We have asked and asked to no avail.  We asked the page owners at the Jesus Culture/Kim Walker Band event promotional pages.  No belief statement.  The best answer we received was a direction to the Bethel Church website.  This is mysterious and concerning, and BSRG is on a quest to find out why there is no belief page on this professed Christian movement.  Wouldn't a Christian movement have a belief page?  Red flag?

Another answer we got from a follower of Jesus Culture was to just listen to the lyrics of their songs and we will know they are of God.  Even more alarming is the massive numbers of youth who are following this band (blindly) without "testing the spirits" as Jesus Christ commanded.

www.biblecc.com


Stay tuned...

Friday, September 28, 2012

WARNING - BILL JOHNSON and BETHEL CHURCH by Andrew Strom

WARNING - BILL JOHNSON and BETHEL CHURCH by Andrew Strom 
September 27, 2012

 
I am really hoping to make this the last of this type of article for 
awhile. Some people think I "love" putting out this stuff. But I 
honestly wish it would all go away, so we could get on with the 
'real' work of building the kingdom. 
 
However, Bill Johnson is doing such damage to the Body of Christ 
around the world that I simply cannot stay silent. In New Zealand 
(where I am currently) he holds a huge Conference once a year 
called "Manifest Presence". This is amost certainly the biggest 
and most influential Christian conference in the whole country. 
And likewise in other nations, such as UK, Australia, Singapore, 
and many others. His influence is enormous. 
 
Bill Johnson is a very charming man. He also emphasizes a 
number of things that I heartily agree with - such as street 
evangelism using the gifts of the Spirit, prophecy and healing 
on the streets, etc. But the problem is that he endorses and 
promotes an "anointing" exactly identical to the one that Todd 
Bentley promotes. The "drunken glory", fire-tunnel, laughing, 
jerking, gold-dust, "Angel-mania"-type anointing that has done 
such damage to the Charismatic movement around the world - 
and in many cases reduced it to a shocking travesty of what it 
once was. What would Derek Prince or Keith Green think of the 
things these men are into - spiritual drunkenness, "portals", 
'visualization', spirit-travel, fire-tunnels, angel-orbs and the like? 
(Found all the way through the New Age movement, but not in 
the Bible). 
 
Bill Johnson was one of the biggest supporters of the Lakeland 
revival led by Todd Bentley. And even after the fiasco that it 
became, he publicly endorsed Todd Bentley's ministry again in 
2011. But Bill does it all with such "down-to-earth" charm and 
wise-sounding words - "how could this be deception?" That is 
what makes him so dangerous. 
 
His wife Beni is co-pastor with Bill of Bethel church in Redding, 
California. And interestingly she is even more open about the 
bizarre things that they are into. She even puts it in writing on 
the Internet, for all the world to see. 
 
For example, in her "Life and Wellness" blog on July 6 this year, 
here is what she wrote in an entry called 'Love Shack Time': 
"I was talking with Ray Hughes the other day and was telling him 
about using a 528 HZ tuning fork as a prophetic act. Someone 
told me that this tuning fork is called the tuning fork of LOVE..." 
(Please note that crystals and tuning forks are used in NEW AGE 
therapy - and have nothing to do with Christianity in any way). 
 
Beni continued: "Recently I got up to speak at a meeting and 
walked up to the song "Love Shack" by the B52's. I was calling 
people to more love. It was so fun." 
 
I guess we are now beginning to get a sense of the strange 
spiritual world that these people inhabit. Another blog post that 
Beni wrote about 'WAKING UP ANGELS' in March 2009 was 
also very revealing: 
 
"In the last couple of months, I personally have become more 
aware of the angelic activity in this realm. One of those times 
was when we were on a prayer trip to Arizona... One morning as 
we were driving up over Tehachapi Pass and coming down into 
the Mojave Desert, I began to feel angels. The closer we got, 
the stronger the impression felt. I could see them everywhere!.. 
I announced this to the group and said, "We have got to stop! 
We have to stop somewhere..." As we drove around a corner I 
said, "I think that we are going to wake up some angels here..." 
 
"We knew we were to turn around, get out of the RV and wake 
up the angels. I wish I could convey to you the energy and the 
quickness of how God was working. We jumped out of the RV, 
I blew the shofar and rang the bell, and we yelled "WAKEY 
WAKEY." We got back into the RV and drove off. As we drove 
off, hilarious laughter broke out! We were stunned at the speed 
at which this all took place and were spinning from the adventure 
and the angelic activity. What in the world had just happened?! 
Heaven collided with earth. Woo hoo!! 
 
"Since that time, there has been a stirring in me to awaken the 
angels for use in this Kingdom reign that is upon us here on earth. 
I have shared these two stories in other places and have done a 
prophetic act of waking up the angels: having everybody cry out, 
"WAKEY WAKEY!" I know it is strange but it is very effective... 
One of our gals who enjoys God's angels... gets pretty wacked 
when they are around..." 
 
The reference that Beni makes here to "Heaven colliding with 
earth" is of course directly tied to Bill Johnson's most famous 
teaching on "When Heaven Invades Earth". Clearly, this is the 
kind of thing they mean when they use that phrase. So if we 
get with their program so-to-speak, we too can go around 
"waking up angels" and getting "pretty wacked" when these 
'angels' are around. 
 
I guess the obvious question is whether they are "serious" about 
all this. Sadly, the answer is "Yes." When you get so completely 
deceived that you think "drunken glory" and 'tuning forks' and 
getting "wacked" are normal Christian behaviour, you are open 
to anything. Tragically, if we look at all that these people have 
said and done now for years and years, we have to conclude that 
one of Christendom's biggest leaders (Bill Johnson) inhabits the 
most bizarre quasi-spiritual universe that you can imagine. And 
he is spreading this deceived foolishness in the Body of Christ 
on a mass scale. It might seem almost "funny" if it wasn't so 
'New Age' serious. 
 
One young lady named Johanna who had been a student for many 
months at Bill Johnson's 'Bethel' school wrote to me the following: 
 
"In August 2008 I moved to Redding, California to attend Bethel 
School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM). I graduated in May 
2009... Almost right away I began to question the bizarre behavior 
that is so normal there. 
 
"At Bethel, there are many sayings that are tossed around daily... 
"God only has nice things to say," "There´s no high like the Most 
High." There would be all kinds of distracting behavior (random 
shouting, laughing, etc.) during school sessions and church 
services. When any guest speaker came to school, students 
would flock to the front to get as close to the speaker as possible. 
We were taught that any anointing we wanted could be received 
by simply "claiming it" for ourselves. Students would rush the 
stage and the front of the sanctuary so the speakers could lay 
hands on them. 
 
"Among the guest speakers were Bob Jones, Heidi Baker, 
Georgian and Winnie Banov, Randy Clark, John and Carol Arnott... 
We also had regular sessions with Bill Johnson, Beni Johnson... 
and other Bethel pastors. The drunken behavior and questionable 
teachings from some, if not all, of these speakers was shocking 
at times. I can safely say that I never heard the word "repentance" 
once in any teaching. 
 
"I remember when the Banovs came, the whole place was complete 
chaos. When they touched someone, that person would jerk 
violently or stumble around as if they were drunk. The Banovs 
minister to people in trash dumps around the world... What I 
remember them talking about was love, joy, bliss, and the new wine. 
 
"Angels were often talked about. I remember Beni Johnson actually 
took an RV across Arizona and New Mexico to wake up angels 
that were supposedly sleeping. (Another one of the common 
phrases, "Wakey wakey"). I would always hear people talking 
about their encounters with angels and how they visited heaven. 
One young woman I knew said she could see angels everywhere, 
she talked to them all the time, and she would help her friends to 
do the same... God becomes like Santa Claus. Without the 
preaching of the true gospel, the fear of the Lord is lost." 
 
ANDREW AGAIN:  As you can see from all these reports, the 
ministry of Bill Johnson is highly suspect. Sadly, because the 
deception is not as "obvious" as Todd Bentley, people are 
charmed into thinking he's "fine". Charismatic leaders around 
the world flock to his meetings and openly endorse his teachings. 
For this reason I believe he is far more dangerous than Todd 
Bentley ever was. The Bible says that in the last days will come 
false teachers and "lying signs and wonders" to deceive if 
possible the "very elect." And what do we see today? New Age 
practices and spirits are flooding the church. And it is men like 
Bill Johnson that have become the "acceptable face" of this 
invasion. Please, friends, steer well clear. 
 
Please forward this email to anyone you feel may be in danger 
from this deception. And please comment at our website below- 
 
http://www.johnthebaptisttv.com/ 
 
God bless you all. 
 
Andrew Strom. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sozo and 'Healing of Memories'


"And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."  Luke 9:62 


During sozo sessions, practitioners may have the client close their eyes, use visualization and go back to a memory of the past - "speaking into" that memory or to a person in that memory.  Closing Stages Ministry explains, "There are a variety of memory-healing psychotherapies masquerading under Christian terminology today, the most deadly are 'regressive' therapies designed to probe the unconscious for buried memories to be uncovered and healed".  

Oddly, we do not see Jesus nor His disciples ever practicing this memory healing.  The Apostle Paul even said, "But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead..." (Philippians 3:13).  Why would a new, born-again creation in Christ (who is saved, healed and delivered) need to return to the old man to be delivered again?  Isaiah 53:5 says, "by His stripes we are healed".  The prophet does not say we are partly healed.  He does not say we are almost healed.  He does not say we were healed but need three more healing sessions at Bethel Church for a fee.  He does not say, you were healed but may not hold on to that healing.  It says, present tense, we are healed!  "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:32).   

But false prophets will tell you that Christ's blood was not enough for your complete and final healing and new creation, and that you need additional help and multiple 2-3 hour sessions for your complete healing and deliverance. And if that doesn't work, you will need further, more advanced "shabar" sessions. According to Bethel Sozo, "Shabar is a ministry to individuals who have continued to have inner healing ministry and yet cannot hold on to their healing. This ministry is not a first grab tool but is a tool to use toward the end of the inner healing process. The Shabar ministry was launched in 2002 by developing a Shabar team to ministry to individuals requesting the ministry".  The Greek word for "are healed" in Isaiah 53:5 is rapha.  If you look at the Bible concordance, this Greek word is defined as: 

"completely healed and made fresh".  

Have you ever read of an incident in scripture where Jesus healed someone and that healing was incomplete or a mere first step? Many sozo practitioners want you to think that you are not quite healed so that you can come to them for more healing ($).  That is why they named their practice sozo which means "saved healed and delivered".  Don't buy into it.

Bethel church and other sozo ministries often refer to Isaiah 53:5 and Isaiah 61:1,2.  What they do not tell you is that Jesus fulfilled that scripture when (in Luke 4:14-20) Jesus told the people that on that day the scripture from Isaiah was fulfilled: "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing" (vs. 21).       

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" 2 Corinthians 5:17

In a free ebook called Evangelicals and Contemplative Mysticism, David Cloud explains the following in reference to Richard Foster:

"Foster believes in the heresy of the “healing of memories", which he doubtless learned from the aforementioned Agnes Sanford.
My first experience was with a man who had lived in constant fear and bitterness for twenty-eight years. He would wake up at night, screaming and in a cold sweat.  He lived in constant depression, so much so that his wife said that he had not laughed for many years.  “He told me the story of what had happened those many years before that had caused such a deep sadness to hang over him. He was in Italy during the Second World War and was in charge of a mission of thirty-three men.  They became trapped by enemy gunfire. With deep sorrow in his eyes, this man related how he had prayed desperately that God would get them out of that mess. It was not to be. He had to send his men out two by two and watch them get killed. Finally in the early hours of the morning he was able to escape with six men--four seriously wounded. He had only a flesh wound. He told me that the experience turned him into an atheist.  Certainly, his heart was filled with rage, bitterness, and guilt.  “I said, ‘Don’t you know that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who lives in the eternal now, can enter that old painful memory and heal it so that it will no longer control you?’ He did not know this was possible. I asked if he would mind if I prayed for him--NEVER MIND THAT HE WAS AN ATHEIST; I would have faith for him. He nodded his consent. Sitting beside him with my hand on his shoulder, I invited the Lord Jesus to go back those twenty-eight years and walk through that day with THIS GOOD MAN. ‘Please, Lord,’ I asked, ‘draw out the hurt and the hate and the sorrow and set him free.’ Almost as an afterthought I asked for peaceful sleep to be one of the evidences of this healing work, for he had not slept well for all those years. ‘Amen.’  “The next week he came up to me with a sparkle in his eyes and a brightness on his face I had never seen before. ‘Every night I have slept soundly, and each morning I have awakened with a hymn on my mind. And I am happy ... happy for the first time in twenty-eight years.’ His wife concurred that it was so. That was many years ago, and the wonderful thing is that although this man has had the normal ups and downs of life since then, the old sorrows have never returned. He was totally and instantaneously healed” (Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home, p. 205) 
The bottom line is that this experience is strictly and profoundly unscriptural. There is not a hint of such a thing taught in the Bible.

Some are impressed with the results of such practices, but if the only standard for the truth of a practice is its effectiveness, then we are left with no certain standard, because the devil can imitate many “spiritual” things. Psychics and psychoanalysists have produced the same results that Foster achieved with his “healing of memory prayer.” Note that he does not say that the man was scripturally born again through this experience. He just became happy, and the manipulation of the emotions is easily within the realm of the world, the flesh, and the devil."