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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Is Sozo a cult? What is Sozo? A look at the new Scientology, Bethel Church, Bill Johnson and the new age...

A while back, I wrote about Sozo being more dangerous than Scientology.  In a nutshell, Sozo is more cleverly disguised than Scientology. TruNews provides an audio discussion at the link below.

Below, Rick Wiles of TruNews describes Sozo:

New Age churches such as Bethel in Redding California are teaching people to vibrate and get into harmony with God and the universe.  They are also anticipating audibly hearing a new sound from Heaven.  And a popular craze currently circulating in many Charismanic churches – especially Bethel - is something called Sozo Prayer. 
We're going to discuss the Sozo Prayer movement today and some other weird things happening in the New Age charismanic churches.

Without a doubt, the premier name in New Age churches is Bethel in Redding California.  Over 8,000 people attend religious services each week at Bethel.   The senior pastor is Rev. Bill Johnson. They emphasize the super-natural. 
- TruNews with Rick Wiles

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

NEWS: CA mega-church has a fit over proposed conversion therapy legislation


The following is an excerpt about Bethel Church from The Slowly Boiled Frog by David Cary Hart:
What the folks at Bethel don't seem to get is that they are embracing a form of conversion therapy that is at odds with every mainstream medical and counseling peer organization. “Professionally-guided” conversion therapy is an oxymoron.

While I was at it, an exploration of Bethel Church was in order. The operation, run like a commercial enterprise, consumes a staggering amount of tax-deducted dollars. Receipts and expenditures are a secret known only to highly compensated church leadership.

Bethel Church's website screams “cult” — very similar in tone to Scientology or the Unification Church (Moonies). It is a massive operation, structurally and financially. They claim to have missionaries around the globe. The church operates out of a $100 million campus in Redding, CA. They have a television network and world-class video conferencing facilities. Several church members are on the Redding city council. Last year, the church donated $500,000 to the city and shortly thereafter received approval for a new campus in spite of dozens of formally submitted citizen concerns... READ MORE.

Stay Away from Sozo Prayer! What is sozo? Is sozo a cult or cultic sect? Who is Bill Johnson?

What is sozo?  Is sozo safe?  Is sozo a cult?  Is Bethel Church safe?  Does God still heal and do miracles (I believe he does).  Let's define sozo and take a deeper look below (click link)...

Stay Away from Sozo Prayer!

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.

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.


Stay tuned...

Friday, September 28, 2012


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- 
God bless you all. 
Andrew Strom.