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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

Monday, July 11, 2016

NEW: A new booklet by Bill Randles called 'Beware of Bethel' examines some of Bill Johnson's unbiblical teachings

Hi there, friends!  Just wanted to let you all know there is a new booklet out by author and pastor Bill Randles.  I hope that this blesses you and may all who you share it with have a changed heart and changed mind, in Jesus's name.  Have a great week! 

Beware of Bethel: A Brief Summary of Bill Johnson's Unbiblical Teachings by Bill Randles


"And many shall follow their shameful ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of." 2 Peter 2:2

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, June 10, 2015

Tactic from the enemy to get sozo and Bethel members to not listen to the truth their loved ones present

Hi friends.

There is a tactic that the enemy is using to get Bethel members to shun family members or friends who are lovingly trying to warn them of this cultic group.  The tactic is a lie.  The tactic is to slander (the legal and Biblical definition of slander means to lie or speak falsehood; it does not mean to speak the truth) the family member and call he or she a "pharisee", "legalist", "religious spirit" and/or a "persecutor" if they lovingly warn of danger, and to not listen to them because they are just trying to keep you from entering God's blessing or a relationship with the "holy spirit".  This tactic is a lie, not the truth, and actually unnecessarily divides families.  It's not good or holy, and it's not of Christ or the real Holy Spirit.  It causes the Bethel member to falsely accuse or falsely believe that the loving family member is attacking them.  As a result, the Bethel member falls deeper into the cultic group, and further away from the Jesus of the Bible, the path of truth, and those who truly love them and are simply speaking the truth with love.  If only these Bethel members would see the truth of the people that love them so much and are trying to warn them of danger.  The leader or person (whoever that may be) teaching this evil tactic is a "conceited" false teacher who "understands nothing" and is placing divisions, "evil suspicions" and "strife" between Christians and those in the Body of Christ.  These are not the "sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Timothy 6:3).  Whoever is teaching this and dividing families will fall into the hands of the living God and will be eternally punished for their wickedness should they not repent.  Hebrews 10:31 says, "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God".

I will write more about this tactic the enemy uses in the coming days.  Hopefully this helps.

With the love and grace of Christ,
BSRG

Related:

Cult Warning Signs


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Have you lost a loved one to sozo or Bethel Church? A forum for support

I want this post to serve as a forum where people can share their stories and support each other.  Have you lost a loved one to Bethel or sozo?  If you have, you know exactly what I mean by stating that this can feel like a death.  Are you grieving?  Please share.

Indeed, losing people to cultic groups is not easy.  Often, these people don't know anything is wrong.  Often, these people change completely or are no longer the person they once were.

And, the more you try to tell them, the more defensive they become.  This can divide entire families.  After all, that's what Jude spoke of in Jude 1:19.

Let's hear some stories to support each other.

Blessings

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Gnostic teaching that Jesus was not divine before baptism and an interesting find about 'fear' being taught at Bethel


Several months ago, I was flipping through a Bible.  It wasn't my Bible.  It was someone who has been very involved with Bethel Church, Bill Johnson, sozo, etc.  I heard the Holy Spirit tell me to flip open to 1 John 4:1.  Here is what that verse says: 

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world".

I thought that was interesting, and I wondered why God wanted me to turn to that verse. I started reading the side notes. The person (who will remain unnamed, of course) had written in their Bible some notes. These notes said that false prophets are always motivated and characterized by fear. Over and over again, it said, "false prophets are known by their fear".

This really didn't make sense to me. In scripture, false prophets are motivated by their greed (see 2 Peter 2:3), lies/deceiving (Matthew 24:11; 2 Peter 2), and sorcery (Acts 13:6). Even in the Old Testament, the false prophets were known for their false words (Jer. 29:9 and 5:31). 2 John 1:7 says that those who don't acknowledge Jesus coming in the flesh are antichrist deceivers. That would be a sign of a false prophet. When you think about it, if Jesus was really only divine in the flesh just at and after his water baptism, like Johnson claims, wouldn't that be teaching that Jesus did not come in the flesh? I mean, if Jesus really came in the flesh, which He did, He would always be divine, even as a child.

Anyway, so where did this idea about false prophets/fear come from? The idea that false prophets are motivated by "fear"? This really doesn't make sense to me. The Apostle Paul had "fear" - he feared for the church that they would be deceived (2 Cor. 11:3). The "fear" of the Lord brings wisdom... Proverbs 9:10. I guess there are healthy fears and not so healthy fears. Does this mean that someone suffering from a fear of spiders is a false prophet? What about someone who doesn't like elevators??? Really doesn't make sense, Biblically.

Anyway, I got to thinking...are the teachers at Bethel teaching this? Why would this be in this person's notes? I Googled it, and actually Kris Valloton DOES preach a sermon about this online. Here is what he says:

"1 John 4 reveals a test for a false prophet.  They don't acknowledge the redemptive power of God; they don't listen; nor do they love.  False prophets use fear and fear of punishment as a main motivation in their ministry to get people to do what they predict."
But, where is the teaching that false prophets are motivated by greed, lies, deceit, sorcery, false teaching, etc., etc.? John the Baptist warned the pharisees to flee from the coming wrath of God (Matthew 3:7). That sounds like using "fear and fear of punishment". Does that make John the Baptist a false prophet? Certainly not! The Bible says that John the Baptist was the greatest prophet in history. Besides Jesus, of course.

It is the false prophets who speak "peace, peace" all the time that God warned about (see Jeremiah 8:11). They speak of peace and prosperity when there is none. Therefore, God calls them false prophets. THOSE are the ones God warns about in His Word over and over again.

False prophets will be very popular with many people (Luke 6:26). True prophets won't (Matthew 5:12).

Here is the sermon that Kris preached, if anyone would like to listen to it to test it to the Word: https://shop.ibethel.org/products/false-prophets-11-00am-august-01-2010

The reason why this concerns me is that I have been accused before, when lovingly confronting (in a gentle manner) a Bethel Church follower, that I have "fear". The conversation went something like this...

(me) "Do you know that Bill Johnson preaches that Jesus laid aside his divinity? Those were his direct quotes from his books/articles."

(person) "What are you afraid of? Why do you have so much fear? You should not be afraid of deception. The elect cannot be deceived anyway. Bill Johnson is not false. False prophets and false people are known by their fear."

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This concerns me because...I wonder if Bethel Church is teaching their followers to disregard what other Christians lovingly say to them because they must be "fearful", and "fear" is evil. I wonder. Not saying for sure! Just a thought. Isn't this what certain other groups do? They caution their followers to not listen to advice from others who might be cautious of the group or point out error? Isn't this a fear tactic? I believe this is what the cults do (try to shun or quiet outside voices who are trying to warn with love).

In the middle of the night last night, I do believe God woke me up and reminded me of a page I read in my study Bible. It's from 2 John. I believe He wanted me to include this in my post today. Gnostics taught that the divine Christ joined the man Jesus when he was baptized. Isn't this what Bill Johnson's books say? Yes! I have checked this out. For a list of direct quotes, view this article: http://blogs.christianpost.com/grace-under-fire/birds-of-a-feather-flock-together-10395/

Please check out the following photo from my Zondervan family reading Bible. Be alert and watchful!!





Saturday, August 2, 2014

Beni Johnson posts another photo of herself on Instagram in cemetery!

I am so thankful that a reader of Bethel Sozo Research sent in a photo of Beni Johnson's Instagram page from about a week ago.  Thank you!

I have seen a similar photo before on Beni's Twitter page.  She is posting these photos of herself in cemeteries hugging or somehow embracing the gravestones of dead people.  I wrote about that previously and posted a photo of her hugging a gravestone.

What do you think of this?  Would God command someone to go hug a gravestone containing a dead body?  The spirit of the person is gone (2 Cor. 5:8).  This is not found anywhere in the Bible.  Except for maybe the scriptures concerning necromancy (communication/consulting with the dead is forbidden in the Scriptures.  God didn't like it then, and He doesn't like it now because He is the same God today; see Luke 24:5, Hebrews 13:8 and Deuteronomy 18:10).

Would the Holy Spirit really want someone to get some sort of "anointing" from a dead person?  Is it even possible to get an anointing from someone who is dead?  What benefit is there in hanging around dead people?

This is very sad that people are buying into this.  This practice was not done by Jesus nor the disciples.  None of the earlier Christians throughout the centuries did this.  The martyrs did not do this.

What's going on?  This is not Biblical Christianity.