Sozo – a dangerous “inner healing and deliverance ministry”

Before I get to Kim Olsen’s blog post, those who are unfamiliar with Sozo prayer need to know more about it.  First of all, Sozo prayer is the brain child of husband and wife team Bill (self-proclaimed modern-day apostle) and Beni  (New Age guru) Johnson, both of whom are pastors of the infamous Bethel Church in Redding CA.  The word comes from the Greek “save” or “deliver.”  Allegedly Sozo is “a unique inner healing and deliverance ministry in which the main aim is to get to the root of those things hindering your personal connection with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”

The Berean Call describes Sozo thusly:

Although claiming to be biblical, Sozo is a problem-solving approach based upon discovering root issues that are blocking spiritual growth. The issues supposedly reside in the subconscious memories of the individual and are identified as a person is regressed by the use of guided imagery and suggestion by the Sozo therapist. Of course, the Sozo therapist is trained to believe that the guided visualization is superintended by the Holy Spirit. This again is spiritualized psychotherapy, using techniques drawn from occult methodologies. (Source)

Sozo is decidedly unbiblical.  And it is dangerous!

Now to Kim’s piece over at DiscernIt.

Guided imagery

Sozo – The Seeking of the False Jesus

Learning about SOZO occurred when I was working with a woman who was dealing with oppression and darkness. Many are deceived when they enter into a spiritual realm that they have no business delving into.

Today we easily find  mysticism, false teaching, divination, abuse of spiritual gifts, and love of experience trumping the Word of God. When you fall into this area the problem is that the spirit world will deliver. Those seeking to be in the “presence of Jesus” will indeed find themselves in the company of a entity but it will not be  Jesus of the Bible. Remember that “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” 2 Corinthians 11:14.

Satan is the prince of darkness and well-meaning Christians will fall into the trap and deceitful workmen will also masquerade as “apostles of Christ.”  2 Corinthians 11:13

There are so many who love the Lord and want to serve Him with all their hearts but the way we do this is laid out in the Epistles to the church in the New Testament. We also find many warnings of false teachers in the scriptures.

When we read about Jesus as our shepherd and recognize ourselves as the flock, it must be remembered that sheep are not very smart. They need to be led. They often cannot discern the enemy among who are clothed in sheepskin but inwardly are wolves. These wolves will be found IN the church, they are among God’s people.

Acts 20:29
For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

The false self-claimed apostles, Bill Johnson, Mike Bickle, Todd Bentley, John Arnott, Todd White, just to name a few, are promising that people can walk among the streets and in the power of the Holy Spirit, heal people of their diseases. Of course this speaks of the pride of man, to be just like the apostles in the book of Acts. These early  men were hand selected by Jesus and therefore Apostles. Paul was the last Apostle. God does still does heal today but not like what we are seeing in these false ministries.  Continue reading


HT John Lanagan

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10 Responses to Sozo – a dangerous “inner healing and deliverance ministry”

  1. Jack January 20, 2016 at 9:32 pm #

    This girl does a good job of explaining Sozo and her experiance with it.

  2. john mushenhouse January 31, 2016 at 11:38 am #

    That is just the old David Seamand’s healing of memories. Jesus was your Spirit guide. david was raised in India where he bought into that. It was big in the 70’s practiced by many. David was a little God at Asbury Seminary even after he got caught in adultery.

    Different time same devil

  3. Liberty Ministries February 28, 2016 at 11:17 pm #

    Thank-you for sharing your opinion.

  4. kate September 25, 2016 at 2:45 pm #

    Where do people go for help then? I am stumbling with depression and anxiety and imo a lot has to do with false, biblical teaching and I don’t need nor want any more.
    Tired of being overlooked or just thrown out into thecworld c of the wolves looking for more prey with apathy by the “christian” community and leaders.
    Is there ANY where I can turn b efore it’s too late then?

    • peter lewis December 23, 2016 at 6:56 am #

      why dont you check out adonai ministries in bangalore . pastor victor dmonte.
      they have inner healing and deliverance,

    • June Burrow January 31, 2017 at 7:50 pm #

      Go to a church where the people believe in healings deliverance go to a church where They believe in the oneness of the God head . get the elders of the church to annoint u and pray the prayer of faith for your deliverance / Healing . even if you don’t see it , or feel it tell God Thank you for my deliverance say it everyday as long as it takes. stay in a church where they speak truth. Don’t listen to the devil rebuke him . I wouldn’t tell u if I hadn’t already been in your shoes .

  5. Deb October 10, 2016 at 2:36 am #

    hello kate – watch Christian Pastor counselor Patrick Doyle on you tube (the dove) and he has great biblical counsel on almost every relationship problem. he teaches how you can discern who are safe people, hoe to determine if you can trust someone. many professing Christians (even some pastors), today are false teachers, wolves in sheeps clothing. Watch Patricks free you tube videos such as topics titled, unsafe relationships, or setting boundaries, reconciliation, several on abuse and addictions and on depression and forgivness. Also men’s roles and womens roles are also just awesome for helping with our walk with Christ! They are all great and very practical and biblically based. Without resolving conflict/problems Gods way, we may get temporary relief from pain, but we won’t truly resolve anything fully and problems will expand and multiply! it is never too late to turn to Christ and rely on Him fully. Only He can truly heal us! Also, what state and city are you located in and I may know of a bible believing church in your area!

  6. NP January 29, 2017 at 7:45 am #

    Sozo is not a good thing to participate in. It has ruined my marriage, my finances are screwed up, my so called friends have disappeared. Life was not a fairy tale but I wish I could go back to the one I had before Sozo. This is hypnosis. I know this now because I am a student of psychology now. PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM SOZO. If you need help speak to a professional counselor or pastor and don’t let anyone talk you into needing Do so.

  7. Anonymous March 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm #

    The devil cannot masquerade himself as Jesus.

    • Manny1962 March 23, 2017 at 3:47 pm #

      “13For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their actions.”

      2 Corinthians 11:13-15

      Satan doesn’t need to masquerade as Jesus, he masquerades as an angel of light. Why go through the trouble specially when ignorant sheeple follow his servants.

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