Sozo Ministry of Bethel Church II

Had the opportunity to talk with an acquaintance who had been involved with the Sozo ministry and has since left. I wanted to get a clearer understanding of how a Sozo session was conducted. I will refer to this individual as “my Sozo source” in this article as they will remain anonymous.

While masquerading as a religious experience, the sozo ministry makes false promises of miraculous psychological cures. Pretending to be based on some radically new, profoundly innovative combination of Christian teaching and psychological science, it’s theories and practices are a travesty of both.[1] The concept of inner healing has its roots in the teachings of anti-Christian and occultist, Agnes Sanford. John Wimber, David Yonggi Cho, and Robert Schuller are some of the will known psychological practitioners of the inner healing ministry and it has been picked up by Bill Johnson as well as a number of lay therapist. 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.[2]

Inner healing is a theory in practice based upon the implication that we clearly need something more than God’s love and forgiveness in order to love and forgive others who are perceived to have wronged us in the past. The Bible distinctly teaches that Jesus can never be called-up and forced to perform at our command, any Jesus actually visualized would have to be deemed “another Jesus” and not of God. Visualization techniques are used and imaginary memory is created under a highly suggestible, hypnotic-like state.

Below is a snapshot of the Sozo methodology used by Bethel Church, Redding Ca. The Sozo ministry has spread out over the U.S. and is becoming more and more popular.

  • At least one hour before the sessions starts all the team members attend a “soaking prayer” session and as people arrive that are going to be “sozoed” they are asked to attend the soaking prayer session also; to prepare themselves for the session. Dimmed lights, soft music, laying on the floor or sitting in a relaxed position.

Since the 1990s there has been an increased focus on mysticism within various segments of Christianity. Bordering on the esoteric, these mystical experiences broaden the division between a “factual faith” and a “felt faith,” and threaten to replace sound biblical teaching with emotion-driven response. Soaking prayer is one such mystical activity. It is described as resting in God’s presence. This is accomplished by playing some gentle worship songs, either sitting or lying down, and praying short, simple prayers for an extended period of time, but otherwise keeping your mind free of other thoughts. At the point when you sense God’s presence through some type of manifestation like tingling skin, a sensation of heat or cold, or even a gentle wind seemingly blowing through your body, you are to just “soak” in that presence.

Although that might sound a little strange to some, it does not immediately come across as being necessarily bad. However, the rule by which we measure our experiences in life is the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17), and when soaking prayer is examined accordingly, we find that it comes up wanting for biblical support. Nowhere in the Bible can a model of prayer be found that soaking prayer follows.

Prayer in its simplest form in the Bible is calling on the name of the Lord (Genesis 4:26), and in each instance where it is found in Scripture, it is descriptive of communicating with God. Soaking prayer starts that way, but quickly devolves into a trance-like meditative state. This is when soaking prayer ceases to be biblical and becomes more like a New Age practice or something an adherent of Hinduism would participate in.

There is no denying that experiencing the presence of God can be powerful and life changing. It is not the goal of soaking prayer that is biblically off base; it is its methodology. Soaking prayer focuses on obtaining a spiritual high by seeking out the presence of God through mystical exercises. In this it is very similar to ”contemplative prayer” and contemplative spirituality, which are equally unbiblical. Biblical prayer is talking to God with His will in mind (1 John 5:14). A biblically praying believer already understands that God’s presence is always with him (Psalm 139:7; Matthew 28:20; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 Thessalonians 4:8; 2 Timothy 1:14), and he doesn’t need to experience any type of physical sensation to prove it.[3]

Is soaking prayer a real spiritual experience or is it psychosomatic? By empting one’s mind and entering into a trance-like meditative state it removes any defenses to spiritual entities infiltrating or otherwise influencing an individual. “Nor give place to the devil” (Eph. 4:27) emphasizes that believers can actually give ground in their lives to satanic control or oppression. However, the surrounding context balances the issue making clear that responsible believers cannot glibly blame the devil for sin they yield to in carnal disobedience. The Greek word topos translated “place” in our English Bibles submits that Believers are not to give opportunity, power, or an occasion for the devil to take action or operate in one’s life. The mystical experience which soaking prayer provides lays the foundation for such an action. Physical symptoms, which can include things like a tingling sensation, that occur during Soaking Prayer are similar to those experienced during the Kundalini experience, and both are dangerous and can take the practitioner into a demonic realm.

Brenda Craig’s “Journals of the Heart” says that Soaking Prayer is taking our nation, our churches, and the body of Christ by storm. Or should I say, “By saturation”? Soaking groups are springing up everywhere, in homes and in churches. Soaking is not a new phenomenon, just an acceleration of what we used to call “tarrying” or “waiting on the Lord.” It takes “waiting on the Lord” to a whole new level, ushering the participant into deeper realization of and communion with the Holy Spirit. [4]

With no biblical premise for Soaking Prayer and its relationship to the Kundalini experience and new age ideology the church is being swept off its feet by felt faith methodology. Used in connection to the Sozo ministry, it leaves the participant open to manipulation, or as my Sozo source said, spiritual rape. In the wrong hands, it can become a controlling tactic by the leadership as intimate details are indulged by the sozoee. Have you ever heard the saying, loose lips sink ships, once the word gets out it can be a very destructive tool used against people. (Just a thought)

You may have heard it said that people have more faith in the devil’s power to deceive believers than the Holy Spirit’s ability to lead them into all truth. However, I propose that people have more faith in mystical, emotional experiences, it enables and provides the devil opportunity to deceive. 1 Peter 5:8-9 says; “Be sober (self-controlled), be vigilant (watchful), because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” This means believers are to take an assertive stance against the Adversary’s operations. Satan has the ability to distort the thinking of Christians (Acts 5:5), just imagine what he can do once you “empty your mind” in soaking prayer! Hardly a self-controlled, watchful activity. Employing the armor of God described in Ephesians 6:10-18 includes praying while doing spiritual warfare opposing the antics of the devil. We are instructed to maintain a “battle-stance” against the devil and prayer is the means by which we engage the battle itself and the purpose for which we are armed to begin with. The armor of God enables us to stand in opposition to the scheming’s of the devil (Eph. 6:11). The elements of the armor; truth, righteousness, the gospel, faith, and salvation combined are more than just a passive protection in facing the enemy, it is to be used offensively against the adversary and his dominions. You can’t do that if you are empting your mind and floating away is some mystical experience. As much as it pains me to say this, most Christians today are illiterate to Biblical disciplines, in my analysis of soaking prayer I view it as just another devise of the devil (2 Cor. 2:11) to gain more of a foothold within an already desensitized Church.

  • The two or three team members take the “sozoee” into a room that is comfortable (much like a therapists office).

Even though they say it is not counseling, they create the same setting and atmosphere you would find in a therapists office. They throw in the disclaimer they are not professional counselors, yet they provide all the bells and whistles, presenting a therapy forum promising quicker results than a trained professional counselor. Theophostic counseling (which at first used to be written as “TheoPhostic Counseling”) is, essentially, Agnes Sanford’s inner healing in a new jacket. Theos = Greek for God. Phostic = Greek for light. Theophostic counseling is said to bring God’s light into a given situation. Whereas traditional counseling is said to teach coping techniques to deal with painful experiences (now or in the past), the heart of Theophostic Counseling is that Jesus is invited to address the lies and false beliefs resulting from painful experiences.

Though is it adamantly denied, Theophostic Counseling [5] includes a form of guided imagery and visualization, the possible acceptance of recovered memories, and Dr. Ed Smith, a Christian therapist from Campbellsville, Kentucky, believes that Christians can be inhabited with demons. Theophostic Counseling is strikingly similar to the Sozo methodology. The goal of theophostic counseling is to lead a person to Jesus for healing and allow Him to reveal the truth to the suffering person, similar to the process of the Sozo’s “four doors” of hatred, fear, occult, and sexual sin, taking the sozoee as far back as childhood.

  • The “lead team member” does most of the talking and starts asking generic questions most always taking the person back to childhood memories. Attempting to open one or more of the Four doors (hatred, fear, occult, sexual sin) so as to address the memory and then close the doors with Jesus. Similar to getting closure in a situation.

By the time the sozoee enters the sozo session they are already in a heightened state of suggestibility sometimes called guided hypnosis also called guided imagery. ( A central belief is that we are the way we are because of past hurts that need to be healed through reliving the past and bringing Jesus into past events. The inner healer believes and teaches that present problems are expressions of past wounds (or, as with the person’s response to them) that must be healed before the person can overcome problems of living and get on with life. In a statement made by my Sozo source, they were told that: “we are a product of our environment and we have no responsibility until we are sozoed……no one is safe or healed until this happens……The Pastor actually said to me I will probably never be really truly done and able to move on from my past ( even with the professional therapy because they do not involve God ) and until I am sozoed I will not truly know peace…..My source finished their comment by adding this disclaimer: one has to walk through their torments with ” Jesus and half the church” before they can move on.”

In the interview with my Sozo source the question was asked if any visualization was done in the sozo sessions? My source replied: ” yes…..especially with the prophecy…..for instance I see you doing this….or even the suggested memory……I see you as a child or baby seeing this happen to you…..and then, the does that fit for you?…..what are they going to say…..”God” is speaking through the person….how can you argue with that…..come to think of it, this reminds me of a séance.

  • The second team member will listen and sometimes write what they think God is saying. If a third team member is present they usually will sit and listen until the end of the sozo session and then say what they “feel.” Questions are littered with words and phrases like “what do you remember, feel, or sense?” Lots of “prophetic words” are spoken over the person, generally about half way through the session. After listening to the person give them some idea of what to “prophesy.” So the prophetic ended up being regurgitated information already shared by the person.
  • Most of the people attending the sozo’s were already Church members and some of the things that were shared were extremely personal and intimate and it was stated that most would not look you in the eye after they were sozoed in a regular church service. They were ashamed and embarrassed.
  • The Father ladder was all about the person and their issues and what God the Father, Jesus His son and the mother or the Holy Spirit could or would do for them.

What is being taught as inner healing/healing of memories is nothing but basic sorcery, which is an attempt to manipulate reality in the past, present, or future, and denies God’s omnipotence by implying that He needs our “creative visualization” in order to apply effectively His forgiveness and healing, while simultaneously, sets us up as gods who can, through prescribed rituals, use Him and His power as our tools. In fact, inner healing/healing of memories is nothing but “Christianized psychoanalysis” that uses the power of suggestion to solve so-called problems, which the technique itself has many times created.[6]

The Word of God teaches that moral choices rather than past traumas determine our current condition and actions, the Bible teaches it is not the act in the past but how one reacts to the act that determines “which soul has sinned” (Ezek. 18). Repentance, Confession, and Faith is all that is need to acquire both a right standing with God, and inner healing.

  • This person interviewed is seriously concerned about the mental, emotional and spiritual health of anyone that goes through a sozo and the damage that is done and even more concerned for those who may go through a sozo that has serious or sever personality disorders.
  • The one thing that was made clear and I have been given permission to quote this person is “This is a spiritual rape that goes on and the pastor and the sozo team are all a part of the rape.

[1] Psychoheresy Awareness Ministries

[2] Inner Healing/Healing of Memories:

[3] gotquestions?org (

[4] Journals of the Heart (

[5] gotquestions?org

[6] ] Inner Healing/Healing of Memories:

193 thoughts on “Sozo Ministry of Bethel Church II

  1. Hey Lost. I know your comment was along time ago, but if you see this I’d like to talk to you. I know what it’s like to continually get knocked down. It’s definitely no fun. I went from running marathons and working as an icu nurse to being stricken with chronic side pain. I can’t walk very far. he pain never goes away. I just got a medical bill for $2,650. I have $2,630 total in the bank. I’m at a point where I have nothing. Don’t give up on God. Remain faithful and he will use you for amazing purposes. Pass your trials. Remain faithful even unto death and you will be rewarded. After being jobless for 2 years I just got one last week and start next month. If it wasn’t for my pain I would’ve never met the girl I’m marrying at the end of the month. I would’ve never started part time preaching either. Of course I never would’ve been suicidal on multiple occasions. I would’ve never had bloodclots in my lungs and I’d be able to run. Those things would be nice, but my life belongs to God to use how he sees fit. Let God use your weaknesses to become your strengths. He has apurpose for you. Read about Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane. He prayed for the cup to betaken from him. But not as he willed, but as the Father willed. That’s how I pray now. Pray for strength. Pray for peace. Persevere my brother. Jesus knows what its like to suffer. I wish my life was better, but if this is how God wants my life to be, I will gladly make the most out of it I can. Like the man with the few talents. I don’t have much, but I will use what I have to make more so God will be pleased. Your life can help others going through similar things. Don’t give up hope.

  2. As an elder in my church I have concerns that our church is leaning toward implementing a sozo ministry. I would appreciate any information from reputable sources including Pastors of Christian churches. Thank you and GOD bless you, Stephen Foley

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  4. Joyce I think your missing the whole point. There is no part of the sozo ministry, tools or otherwise that can be justified by scripture. If it is not contained in scripture it does not exist, is made up from the imagination of depraved men and God is not in it. Study the Scripture.

  5. I have had sozo prayer and I pray with people using these techniques from Andy Reese’s book, Freedom Tools. I have found them to bring me and people in direct relationship with God and He speaks to them and tells them what He thinks about a situation which changes them for the better and breaks the lies of satan. I’ve seen good fruit from this. Anything can be turned and distorted to something not of God. When done in humility and prayer, this is a beautiful thing.

  6. Many of the recent comments have discussed whether SOZO is Biblical. Often, those defending it say something like:

    “Who is to say that it is wrong simply because we do not find it in Scripture?”

    It is true; we cannot deem an idea or practice wrong based solely on its lack of reference in the Scripture. However, that is not sufficient license to institute any practice that we choose into the Church.

    When we are considering instituting a new practice or teaching, we have to consider and “interpret” the Scripture. It is not enough only to “quote” a Scripture in connection with a new proposal as if that somehow magically transforms it into truth; and therefore endorses it as bona fide ministry.

    If a church is considering starting a softball team to compete in a city league for fun and an outreach, it is safe to say that Jesus and the Apostles did not really have much to say about it. Granted, we can assume that they would not condone planting a cleat into the second baseman’s thigh. However, when it comes to prayer we are not left in a void. It is not the same thing. The life of Christ and the teachings of the Apostles are replete with teaching about prayer, and the methods practiced in SOZO are not found in the Scripture.

    The following is an excerpt from a writing project of mine and I think that it has some applicability to this conversation:


    “…….Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”

    Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”
    John 21:20-23”

    We have here a reminder not run ahead of the truth. It provides for us some logical boundaries in which to contain our understanding of the teachings of Christ the Lord.

    “……. But Jesus did not say…….”

    We cannot take something that Jesus said and run anywhere we want with it and John is illustrating that for us. There are boundaries in the teachings of the Lord.

    When we couple this with the later teachings of John an even clearer statement appears.

    “…….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.
    II John 1:9”

    We cannot simply “quote” James 3:9-10 and try to suggest that it teaches that anyone can cause a curse on another person simply because of a verbal invocation.

    “…….With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.
    James 3:9-10”

    When we consider the correction given by the disciple, whom Jesus loved, we see that it is not enough to “quote” a scripture. We must be adults in our thinking, move a step beyond, and actually interpret the Word of God.


    Although that is from a dialog about curses, it illustrates there are boundaries to what we can consider to be ministry.

    Those who defend SOZO are very quick to say things like,

    “It is not wrong just because it is not in scripture.”

    In doing so, they put SOZO’s critics on the defense. However, according to the Gospel John and the Epistle of John, they are the ones that should be on the defense.

    Show me in the Word of the Living God where it says that “soaking prayer” is NOT running ahead of the teachings of Jesus the Christ.

    Show me where the Holy Scripture says that the “4 doors” is continuing in the teaching of the Savior of the World.

    Lest I be guilty of only “quoting” a Scripture instead of “interpreting”, let us look for a moment at this word:


    and at how it is found in the previously mentioned II John 1:9 passage:

    “…….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.”

    The Encarta Dictionary says of the word “continue”:

    1. keep going – transitive and intransitive verb to last, or make something last, beyond the present or throughout a period of time

    How does one continue or “keep going” something that never began? Neither Jesus nor the Apostles began any type of prayer ministry that involves:

    soaking prayer

    the 4 doors

    inner healing

    healing of memories


    Unless someone can demonstrate that, these things are a “continuation” of the teachings of Christ, then:

    “…….Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God”

    Adding the word “vision” to a practice does not make it a continuation of the Ministry of Jesus.

    Adding the word “prayer” to a practice does not make it a continuation of the Ministry of Jesus.

    Adding the word “healing” to a practice does not make it a continuation of the Ministry of Jesus.

    The SOZO proponents have demonstrably “run ahead” of the teachings of Christ.

  7. Thank you for your comment and the information on the “Immanuel approach”. These false teachings, doctrines and ministries always continue to morph and it’s always a more tantalizing mystery that “they” have “knowledge” of, that is dangled like a carrot to many who are deceived in believing there’s more to just the simplicity of God’s Word.I’ve read a little on the Immanuel approach and it’s the same thing as SOZO. They promise and proclaim a quick easy “fix”, then of course SOZO was expanded upon to include “Shabar” for those who can’t quite keep their healing and need more. They mix psychology and cherry picked scriptures….it’s a mixture, like leaven. Continue to use the discernment God has given you. God bless.

  8. Hello everyone,
    this blog has been extremely helpful. I’m charismatic Christian. I do believe that the gifts of the Spirit are for today but am greatly concerned with the lack of discernment I see in so many churches; either complete denial of the Holy Spirit at work or just polar opposite where anything goes. I just returned from a retreat where the guest speaker used the Immanuel approach to have everyone “see” Jesus in the room with them, including a description of his clothing etc. This is something new that I hadn’t seen before. I already knew that SOZO was weird but this was worse to me… It really breaks my heart that so many of my dear friends are getting caught up in this type of extra Biblical false teaching. :(

  9. A response to Georgina’s post on March 22 2014.
    Georgina, you wrote:
    “I have never been more free closer to my God and my family. This suggests to me that this ministry is of God. If it wasn’t then why would I have a peace I’ve never know or feel more complete and free then ever before? The Devil lies, cheats and kills. I haven’t experienced anything that suggests my sozo session wasn’t God based and God facilitated.”

    Because I have also experienced extra-biblical phenomena in my lifetime, might I gently remind you that Satan can also appear as an angel of light. And for awhile, it looks, feels, sounds, smells, and tastes real good.

    Having worked for a ministry in the past that helped people come out of religious cults, I would add that not only can Satan appear good, He knows the Word of God. Indeed, he quoted same to Jesus in Jesus’ own temptation in the wilderness. Satan can pull a convenient Scripture verse or portion of a verse out of context so fast and with such appeal one is hard pressed to know what is being “suggested” and what is real…

    I also grew up in and went to school for twelve years in the Roman Catholic religious system (before I became a Christian in my early twenties). I often experienced “feelings” of peace and joy and closeness to God when I practiced the various and sundry rites, rituals, prayers, novenas, devotions to saints and artifacts (rosaries, medals, “blessed” holy cards and other items) and so on (and there are a lot of “so ons”) available in that system.

    Religion class was replete with stories of the saints who manifested all manner of psycho-visceral manifestations and “ecstasies” that we were told to take at point-blank-value as being “authentic”.

    The most macabre to me at the time was the “saint,” a nun, who levitated in “worship” into mid-air and then believed God “pierced her” with swords in her swoon of devotion to (Him). The reigning pope’s imprimatur was all that was needed to stop critical thinking concerning such “manifestations” (and a lack of understanding of the kinds of physical, mental, and psychological hallucination-prompting damage that can be done to a body in the austere conditions of cloistered convent life of bygone days on a diet of bread, water, self-imposed “penances” and sleep deprivation).

    FAR more importantly, however, in the Roman system, was that that “sacred” stamp of approval from the pope was all that was needed to stop a “Berean search” of the Scriptures in context sans feelings, presumptions, and assumptions, with a clear and honest heart to know God’s truth via the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

    But of course we know better now! We would never consider such “experiences” as that nun had, though reportedly producing “ecstasy,” “peace,” and “freedom,” as being of God!

    Satan is not ignorant, either.

    He has centuries of practice luring and alluring people away from God’s Words and context into his own “gospel” served up with, if it is more expedient, incense and candlelight by lovely and no doubt well-intentioned people who also long for visceral manifestations of God because of great injustices and hurts in their own lives. It’s just that we have more information now about such phenomena than we had “in the old days.” What worked for the “saint” of old no longer works today. And, again, Satan knows this.

    But we still have God’s Word. We still have Jesus Christ Who, as the Word Made Flesh, is not changeable, but is, rather, the same “yesterday, today, and forever.”

    Have you ever noticed that there is always a “new” practice/belief/teaching/phenomenon that successfully culls some away from core Gospel truth? I’ve certainly been tempted away from time to time, even after salvation! There is, however, nothing new under the sun…

    And, a truth I gleaned over and over again working for the ministry, we are all vulnerable.

    However, and here is the best news, God’s power is still able to deliver us not just one-time, but daily, as needed, back to Him in big and/or baby steps as we stray off to some land of trinkets, idols, “feel goods” and lies. He knows we need Him and He knows Satan’s appeals.

    I always say, if the love and power of God could deliver ME out of Roman Catholicism, He can do ANYTHING for ANYONE! And to date I’ve been out of that system forty years.

    And so, with all the love and understanding I can muster for you, Georgina, I urge you to test all things, try the spirits, study the Word of God in season and out. Make sure you find precedence and substantiation, in context, in Scripture for whatever new experiences you might have had and are now having in the Bethel brand of “sozo.”

    Phyllis Nissila

  10. Georgina, unfortunately there is no such thing as “My truth.” That statement tells me you believe “truth” is relevant and what is deemed truth from an individual’s perspective or opinion is not truth at all. God’s Word is the only source of truth and is the foundation for faith and doctrine. Secondly, what you describe as your Sozo experience is simply opinionated from an extra-Biblical felt faith experience and cannot be proven by the exegesis of Scripture to be a move of God. Third, the word “Sozo” is a Greek term used to describe “Salvation, Deliverance, or Healing” depending on the context of Scripture and never describes anything remotely close to the Sozo Ministry. Neither Jesus Christ, the Apostles, nor the Church in Scripture is seen practicing a Sozo session as you have described. And yes, this ministry is being abused by Satan, so much so it is lulling people from both the truth and conviction of God’s Word. The Sozo Ministry of Bethel Church is simply a mystical, New Age, Hindu practice Christianized serving as a powerful deceptive tool to keep people from the truth of Jesus Christ. The “four doors” is simply a secular physiological practice used to rekindle supposed regressed memories in an attempt to heal past hurts. A practice that even the physiological field now rejects. You should know your Bible since you say you’ve been saved all your life. Jesus is not a mystical mind melt servant who can be summonsed to do our bidding or will.

  11. This is my testimony. Some may agree with it and others may not but this is my truth.
    I have been a born again christian all my life and have known about my savior’s incredible and unfailing love for me always.
    I had a sozo a few months ago and it was the most healing experience of my life. My session was looking at the Four Doors. There were two other people with me to help me but this was Holy Spirit facilitated. By this I mean that I asked Jesus if there were people I needed to forgive in order to close the doors and there were. The team members only gave me the techniques. God is the one that showed me what and who. Sozo has taught me the tools to forgive people. It has taught me how to hand over my hurts to Jesus. These are basic biblical principals. It says in the bible ‘Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry’ (Ephesians 4:26). Doesn’t that mean forgiveness? And it also says ‘Cast your cares on Him because He cares for you.’ (1 Peter 5:7) We weren’t meant to carry our burdens ourselves. In fact, by doing so it is ignoring the fact that Jesus died to set us free from this very thing. We live in grace! There is nothing we can do to earn anything. It’s been done. When you surrender to God fully He will change your life. We are royalty now. We don’t need to live like paupers any more.
    Sozo is about learning to understand the relationship God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit want with you. It’s about breaking down whatever is holding you back from the most love and freedom that you could ever know. We don’t have to live in bondage any more!
    I’m not saying that this ministry hasn’t been abused by Satan. For each person they need to do what they feel is right with their spirit. Be careful about who you let pray over you. Hold their words lightly in your heart. Words hold a lot of power so if you feel that someone has spoken something over you that doesn’t agree with your spirit then waste no time in cutting it off in the name of Jesus.
    Sozo isn’t something unbiblical. It simply teaches you how to get to know the author of the Word much more intimately. It takes what is written and turns it into tools to help grow in your relationship with God and others.

    I believe that I have prophetic and discerning gifts. We look at the fruit of something to judge it’s worth. Some may think I’m nuts and have been tragically deceived but for me I have never been more free closer to my God and my family. This suggests to me that this ministry is of God. If it wasn’t then why would I have a peace I’ve never know or feel more complete and free then ever before? The Devil lies, cheats and kills. I haven’t experienced anything that suggests my sozo session wasn’t God based and God facilitated.

    So this was my testimony. I am aware not everyone will agree with me but this is my point of view about Sozo.

  12. Your first impression is correct…run or at least give heed to what the Holy Spirit is warning you about and look into the Scriptures to see if what they are teaching is true. I can grantee you it is NOT. This is false teaching. Wow six months is a long time for a “class” would you send me information on this class, as I have not heard of a “trauma prayer session? It’s been a while since I have looked into SOZO and I know that while they the basics may remain the same false doctrine will always morph farther and farther into error. Just like the initial SOZO then they “added” Shabar “extended sozo” for those who just couldn’t receive their healing….anyway thank you for commenting and praying you get out and are not harmed by it. God bless

  13. I am in a healing class, course – stuck for six months. Thought there was something wrong with me when my spirit rose up within me in great anger in the first small group meeting. Because my course was paid by someone else, I have felt obligated to continue. Now I am really upset because I have been scheduled, along with everyone else for a trauma prayer session. This is really odd. I take my trauma to Jesus. I ask for wisdom to do the thing that the Holy Spirit would want. I don’t know if the anger is my soul or righteous indignation. My first impression is that my spirit is correct.

  14. It all sounds to me like the “Bakers” Pat & Tammy a cult. Whatever happened to attending church on Sunday’s reading the bible, joining the choir and following a morale code throughout your life. The world does not require a group of people to drudge up old memories of childhood or even adulthood this is not the word of God. This is nothing more than a glorified following of a team brainwashing their congregation. Read the bible follow self control, have morale’s, treat everyone with respect, do not commit adultery, do not judge people, forgive and pray to God daily. Forget about following a Sozo cult you are only asking for a troubled life. I personally know a family member who has stated “just because we are family I do not have to like you” this person has a cult like following with Sozo training seminars. All you really have in this life is prayer, family in the end “FAMILY” matters not all these individual people who you have come to call friends FAMILY will always be there for you. Can all of you only imagine what a comment like our family member has made HURT some family members. Is this the teaching of SOZO to forget about family even make statements that are hurtful. Well people you can keep your cult and our family member too.

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