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Monday, April 29, 2013

New Bethel Sozo Research post: The Holy Spirit wants us to be sober-minded not drunk: What does drunkenness have to do with the Spirit of God and Christians?

1 Thessalonians 5

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Day of the Lord

But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you.For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.
11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

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Hello friends.  Hope you're having a good day.  In my Bible reading this morning, the Lord showed me something. I believe He (the Spirit of Truth) wanted me to share.

God wants His children to be alert and sober-minded.  He does not want us to be intoxicated or out of control.  He does not want us to act like crazy animals or drunken men or women.  The fruit of the Spirit is "self-control" (see Galatians 6:22 for all the fruits).  It is the real Spirit of the Lord that gives "self-control" as opposed to drunkenness.  Remember in Acts 2 -- the apostle said they were "not" drunk. The apostle did not say they "were" drunk.  Rather, it was the scoffers/mockers who were falsely slandering/ridiculing these holy men that they were drunk.  Now, some modern pastors will tell you that in Acts 2 (at Pentecost) the apostles acted drunk/out of control and were speaking gibberish that only God could understand.  This is not what happened at all at Pentecost. Rather, the opposite.  See here in the Bible: 

The Gift to Speak Languages (Acts 2)
4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
6Now when this was sounded abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because every man heard them speak in his own language.
7And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these who speak Galileans?
8And how hear we every man in our own tongue, in which we were born?
9Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, Jews and proselytes,
11Cretans and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
12And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What means this?
13Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
Peter's Sermon
14But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, You men of Judea, and all you that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
15For these are not drunken, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
16But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel...
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The tongues the multitudes from the different regions (like the Egyptians, Arabians, etc.) heard were (quote) "in their own language". Peter the apostle told the mockers that these holy men (quote) "were not drunk". Peter then proceeded to deliver an eloquent sermon that people understood. He started by quoting the prophet Joel.

When pastors today say that the apostles were acting drunk and crazy, they are not acting like the holy apostles, but rather, they are acting like the mockers/scoffers that Peter corrected.  These men were mockers.  The NIV says these mockers were making fun of the apostles.  The NLV says these mockers were ridiculing them.  The Greek word for mocking is chleuazo which means to jest, mock or jeer.

This is rotten doctrinal fruit and a twisting in scripture.  Jesus said, "by their fruit you will know them" (Matthew 7).  

Throughout the Bible, the Lord exhorts Christians to be of a sober mind and to be wise.  Not... to be out of control or drunk (in body or spirit). I truly hope this post edifies and encourages you in sound doctrine. 

Have a truly wonderful day in the Lord filled with His goodness, mercy and truth! 


Sunday, April 28, 2013

Acts 8: Should 'saved, healed and delivered' come at a fiscal price? Giving and receiving money for supernatural abilities/giftings vs. receiving/giving freely

Bethel Sozo claims that the Holy Spirit helps in sozo sessions.  I was personally told by a sozo practitioner many years ago that the Holy Spirit actually does all the work in the session.  If the Spirit does all the 'sozoing' work of healing, why are men and women getting paid for this healing?  If sozo is "not a counseling session" as Bethel Church claims (see below), but simply an interaction with the Lord, why is money involved?  If the Holy Spirit does the work, then why is the sozo group getting glory (see below) and being paid?    

Photo of www.bethelsozo.com

Sozo ministries have a "suggested donation" per session.  It appears that sometimes people have an opportunity to do "a sozo" session at no cost.  

Bethel Church says there is indeed a suggested donation.
Photo of public Google cache of http://www.ibethel.org/sozo-personal-ministry-sessions-at-seminars

Here are some questions.  What are your thoughts?

  • Is it Biblical to collect money for a "sozo" (a non-counseling session of healing/deliverance)?  
  • Did the apostles mix money with the healing gift or delivering others from demons?  What did the apostles and earlier New Testament Christians collect money for?
  • In the Bible, was healing (or any of the other spiritual giftings) ever affiliated with money or wages?
"Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay" (Matthew 10:8; ESV) and "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give" (Matthew 10:8; KJV).
  • Are all these "supernatural schools of healing" encouraging others to purchase the "gift of God" (healing) with money, and if so, how does this concept relate with Acts 8:20? Were there healing or spiritual gifting schools (collecting money) in the New Testament, or did the Holy Spirit give Christians all they needed for their spiritual giftings (1 Cor. 12:1)?  Who got the glory - God or man?
  • Did pastors collect money in the New Testament, and if so, what happened with the money? Did pastors give their entire lives for the Gospel (thus giving up their day job)?  Did they collect money at an hourly rate?

Thank you for taking the time to visit this website.  What has been your experience with sozo?  

Praying you have a blessed week filled with the Lord's goodness, love and redemption.

Acts 8 

The Sorcerer’s Profession of Faith

But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great, 10 to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the great power of God.” 11 And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long time. 12 But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. 13 Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done.

The Sorcerer’s Sin

14 Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, 15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
18 And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, 19 saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
20 But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money! 21 You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God. 22 Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.”
24 Then Simon answered and said, “Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me.”
25 So when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.

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


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:

Photo of www.catchthefire.com
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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! 

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

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

Friday, April 12, 2013

Is leaving church (when there is false teaching) a sin or a command? Is it wrong to leave church? No!


The above is a helpful news article for those of you considering leaving your church due to error and apostasy.  We must remember that it is okay to leave a church for the right reasons.  Many may judge people who leave church and condemn them, but if there is doctrinal error or false teaching entering the church, the Bible commands us to "mark and avoid" (see Romans 16:17).

Bethel Church is the same church that teaches (via senior pastor Bill Johnson) that Jesus was non-divine (before age thirty water baptism).  This simply is taking away from the person of Jesus.  The real Jesus is both 100% divine and 100% human.

Take a look at the newsletter!  It is very helpful.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Are other people 'googling' sozo and if so, what are the keywords they are asking? Answer: 'sozo bethel cult', 'gold dust appearing on christians', and 'fire tunnel bethel'...

Hello.  The following is simply the truth posted for your consideration.  All is said with love for all readers including those who may be involved with sozo.  :-)

Curious if other people are researching sozo too?  They are!  BSR made a discovery today... google search keywords in the stats section! In the blog, you can see what people are googling to get to your site.  Technology...amazing!  (Just catching up I suppose).

So, in case you were wondering, here are the keywords people, like you, are searching for in regard to sozo:

You are not alone.  Have a nice day...


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. 


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.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Bethel Sozo Research Facebook Page Link!

Hi friends,

Bethel Sozo Research has a Facebook page where you can contribute your thoughts and insights, ask questions and edify one another with love and truth...

CLICK HERE:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bethel-Sozo-Research-Group/119119404899244