Sozo after party video: youtube.com
There has been a lot of request for information on the Bethel Sozo ministry, below is part one. As more information becomes available more will be posted.
The above video of Bethel’s Sozo’s team after party shows them engaging in holy laughter and drunkenness in the Spirit as they stager around the room. The question you have to ask yourself is; Is this the type of people you want probing about in the profundity of your soul? Do we find evidence anywhere in Scripture where anyone after Salvation either needed or was further delivered from demons, past issues or needed through inner healing? We see in God’s Word “For in Him (Jesus) dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” Heresy is a devious method promising progressive spirituality in which Christ is demoted and the basics of Christianity is denied. To be “complete means you abound and are liberally supplied, you are filled up in Christ so much so that nothing shall be wanting. Christ in you (Col. 1:27) is sufficient. John 1:16 tells us “And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.” We need no supplementary sources of grace, Christ is the Head of all rule and authority. By virtue of our union to Him, we partake of that effectual grace which puts off the body of the sins of the flesh.
History on Sozo
Sozo’s inner healing methods were originally developed by Carlos Anacondia during the Argentina Revivals. However, Carlos Anacondia provided deliverance immediately after one professed Jesus Christ as Savor. Carlos Anacondia has participated in Revival meetings in the US with such men as Randy Clark founder of Global Awakening, Evangelist Steve Hill of the Brownsville Revival, Rodney Howard-Browne of Revival Ministries International, and Tommy Tenney author of The God Chasers. The sozo ministry of Bethel has quite a different dynamic as it appears to be offered only to those claiming to be Christian. Sozo was introduced to Bethel Church in Redding by Randy Clark in 1997. A young man who participated in the sozo ministry states the following:
“Statistics: In the US, only 6% of the people who come forward for salvation remain in church after 6 months, or are leading a committed Christian life. However, in Argentina, the percentage has been 85-90%, which continues to be the same after 5 years. What’s the secret? The Healing evangelist “Carlo’s Anaconda’s started a “sozo” type ministry at his crusades. They would get people saved, and rather than sending them out on their own, they would take them immediately to deliverance tents, and deal with past issues, and get them delivered of their demons, and take them through inner healing. you see most Christians get saved, but they don’t go through deliverance, or really go back and deal with inner healing issues, thus, after about 3 weeks, or 3 months, they are back to the way they used to be. Because they never cleaned out the house fully. (Yes, there is miraculous salvation’s, with complete deliverance, but this is not the norm, yet.) The Sozo ministry at Bethel has been amazing successful, they train churches all across the country. They have people come from all around the world, literally, to have a sozo. Much of it is based on the prophetic, and words of knowledge, taking people back to childhood issues, that they had figured “didn’t really affect them” and going through things, that the enemy has used to shape their character in negative ways. They tend to last 2-3 hours, and are very intense. Occasionally a demon will manifest, but they don’t let them usually. It’s very personal, and very serious, and everyone I have talked to has had an incredible experience of inner healing, and deliverance. It’s not just repentance, but it’s also about dealing with issues such as rejection, abandonment, and people who have sinned against you. It’s basically supernatural counseling, mixed with deliverance. And it’s very effective. They also have another branch of Sozo, which they use to handle people who have “fragmented personalities” (Multiple personality disorders.) http://jamesheth.blogspot.com/2007/10/whats-sozo.html
There are six tools which the SOZO team uses:
• Four Doors
• Presenting Jesus
• The Wall
• Trigger Mechanisms (Advanced Tool)
• Divine Editing (Advanced Tool)
The scary thing about these programs is that it makes pseudo-psychologists and teachers of people who have baggage of their own. Much damage can be done to fragile souls by people with a canned deliverance program. Spiritual warfare and curses are elevated above the recognition for simple repentance. So where in these “Sozo” techniques are the steps God has already laid out in His Word? Such as in Hebrews 6:1: repentance from dead works, faith towards God… ??? The six doctrines mentioned in verses 1-3 are the foundational principles of the spiritual life, they are the elementary principles of Christ. Once the foundation is laid (through salvation), they are not to be laid again but built upon. Or how about the instructions of Jude 20-21: build yourselves up in the most holy faith (doctrine), pray in the Holy Spirit… ??? Here we find four parallel participles: building, praying, keeping, and expecting. Building on “the faith” (Jude 3) is equivalent to building on Christ, who is the object of our faith. The four principles hear; building yourself up in your most holy faith, praying in the Spirit, abiding in God’s love and watching for Christ’s return are a combination of victories in the Christian life. Purity of life begins with sound doctrine, which is “the faith once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3).
Deliverance programs ends up being more about psychological manipulation and brain washing than a moving of the Holy Spirit. Add to that, the Shabar ministry of Bethel’s sozo ministry with those who are troubled with personality disorders should cause you to pause, seeing there are no trained psychologist involved. After all, they are calling the Sozo ministry supernatural counseling, mixed with deliverance. Shabar is a ministry to individuals who have continued to have inner healing ministry and yet cannot hold on to their healing. Spending time in soaking prayer before your sozo session is encouraged, which opens you up to the power of suggestion and to spiritual entities while undergoing your two to three hour session.
Another problem with the Sozo Ministry of Bethel and its affiliate churches and ministries participating in the Sozo program is the suggested $50.00 donation and higher. An individual who was involved in the Sozo ministry (who will remain anonymous) spoke to me about the Church leadership of their church bragging about the finical income of the Sozo ministry. This individual believed it was not ethical to require money for such a service. After speaking to the Pastor about this concern, the individual left the program, and later, the church. Not only that but if you investigate very far into the “SOAKING PRAYER” you will find several products that are on the market for sale including your very owe “SOAKING KIT!” As we look out at Christendom today; marketing is the name of the game. This marketing-mania we are seeing is more a indicator of apostasy rather than progress. Merchandising is as American as hamburgers, and from our youth we have heard the praises of capitalism. Merchandising is both a spirit and an exact science of carnal man. It does not belong in the True Church, or the kingdom of God. Listen to the words of Peter who says; “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you (…make merchandise of you; KJV) with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber” – 2 Peter 2:1-3. If our deliverance was bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ, why then do Churches require payment for that which Christ has already provided?
Bethel stipulates that the Sozo sessions are not counseling sessions nor are Sozo teams trained professionals. Yet they use regression therapy by dealing with past issues, although much of it is based on the prophetic, and words of knowledge, in the session they take people back to childhood issues, and deal with things that the enemy has used to shape their character in negative ways. The process of regression therapy is based on the premises that everything the individual has ever experienced is retained in the mind. We all have unresolved issues that haunt us and become a hampering factor in our growth both as individuals and in the bigger scheme of things. Regression Therapy helps people to understand these deep routed issues and to help resolve them within to enable you to live a fuller life, which is free from these deep routed conflicts within. Whether or not Bethel’s Sozo ministries are using Psychiatric methods, consciously or unconsciously, it appears to be strikingly similar to it as it is an inward healing of past trauma, childhood issues, and past hurts. Whatever the case, you have untrained people probing into the subconscious mind of some individuals who are otherwise troubled. It is a slippery slope to say the least. But not to worry, they have their bases covered, a release form must first be signed by the individual relinquishing the Sozo ministries any responsibility should something go wrong.
On Bethel’s Sozo site, on the FAQ page it says this about the Shabar sessions:
“When complete integration is not accomplished, focus on providing information, hope, and some integration. Don’t force the person or parts to accomplish something you want done. When the parts are no longer wishing /wanting to talk to Father God or Jesus, then the session itself is finished.
When you get to a point when there is no progress toward Father God or Jesus, this could be a place to add more time between the sessions. This extra time will allow the client to process what has occurred up to this point. The client will have the time to see if they like the parts being gone and would wish for more ministry sessions.
Ask the client at this point, if he/she wishes to make another appointment, or live with this point of healing and call at a later date to make an appointment.”
The Shabar is an advanced Sozo Training conducted at Bethel and is being taught at all the Churches/Ministries across the country participating in the Sozo Program. It’s another branch of Sozo, which they use to handle people who have “fragmented personalities” The goal for the Advanced Sozo training is to provide support and additional information for any problems or issues occurring because of providing the sozo ministry. This then is an indication that problems have occurred during Sozo sessions. So you have to ask yourself, what exactly are the issues occurring because of providing the sozo ministry? I seems the advanced training is a reinforcement of existing problems, the question is, will it only ad in further problems? The seminar will be teaching two additional sozo tools: Triggers and Divine Editing. This seminar also includes training for Prophetic Deliverance (Familiar spirits & Breaking curses) and also the Shabar ministry (a ministry to shattered individuals). http://bethelsozo.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=22&Itemid=36