This is a made up ministry by Bethel & exported to the world just because…
There are six tools that the SOZO team uses:
Trigger Mechanisms (Advanced Tool)
Divine Editing (Advanced Tool)
From what I can understand this is a system defined by these different elements each developed by persons outside of Bethel & put together as healing strategy & presented as their own.. for example Patricia King of XP extreme prophetic & friend of Bentley uses ”Divine editing” in her minstry… it is odd & certainly unbiblical.. it uses guided visualisation – trance like states ) altered concsciousness. hypersuggestability & regressive therapy which is pretty much outlawed in the USA & the UK .
One of the Problems is that if a person isn’t completely healed or delivered through the HR they can access Sozo (for a fee) & if still after that they have not come into freedom- they are referred to do Shabar… which is even more indepth….
Can we see here that this is a never ending roundabout- we will never be in “perfect holiness” this side of being in Heaven- who says & who knows what full release & freedom is ?- & what about bearing our cross – laying things down & putting to death the things of the flesh – with its passions & desires in order to follow Jesus very carefully in accordance with biblical instruction… all of these things work out differently in each of our lives to produce growth. Now I’m not saying – dont bother with healing & deliverance – thats not my heart at all. & I do believe that these things are available & that we have a mighty God able, to do these things
However, we must have balance with God’s will v our will – if we are living in complete submission to him- there are different considerations to be made that may require our understandings to be outside of the emphasis of these “river” teachings we have been sitting under. If they are not weighted in the full counsel of scripture for our application then there will be the outworking of error… One size definitely does not fit all- we are all called to different things & grow in different ways too… sometimes, & although difficult this includes suffering & trials….. No one in their natural mind (& flesh) wants this. But the word of God does say that these things are necessary for our growth in him Hebrews 12 v 7- 11 says:
Endure suffering as discipline: God is dealing with you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline? 8 But if you are without discipline—which all receive—then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we had natural fathers discipline us, and we respected them. Shouldn’t we submit even more to the Father of spirits and live?10 For they disciplined us for a short time based on what seemed good to them, but He does it for our benefit, so that we can share His holiness. 11 No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (HSBC)
Being people that live for truth & live by the Holy Sprit – we absolutely must take this into account…in our understandings.
the underpinning mindset in these circles is that perfection & complete physical wholeness can be “achieved” through this ministering…in part because BJ teaches that Jesus paid for that as part of the “atonement”- whilst yes we can be made “complete” in Christ.. it does not mean that bodily healings & emotional restorations to the point of perfection are our “right”.. BJ’s teaching here is “off centre”… the atonement is for Salvation, made whole & redeemed from sin… & (re) connected to the Father through Jesus sacrifice… the above passage demonstrates how far these teachings have drifted.
SOZO hasn’t come to the UK in all its fullness yet but it will do, Bethel are already marketing the training manuals & providing the training courses. Leaders who are into all things Bethel will adopt it in time.
The problem with all of this methodology is that it is more to do with, the law of attraction- in declaring things over people/Guided visualisation/hyper -suggestability than it is the word of God.
Originated in Spokane under the ministry of John G Lake & was revived in recent years. Many Churches including mine- decided to adopt a HR practice simply because it had been modeled by Bethel.
What happens is they make use of 2 large ish rooms one for prayer & ministry & one for worship. Lights are dimmed to make it cosy… People are vetted & trained up before they can minster at HR.. Then individuals come along for prayer.., they first fill in a card stating what they would like prayer for.. & the card has a measure of a disclaimer about it .. like you have to declare if you are on related medication for the ailment you wish to have prayer for.. & that you would see your GP before testifiying to a healing… & confidentiality clauses where no one is permitted to discuss out side of the room what has been prayed for… that kind of thing.
People would come for prayer for life issues & emotional needs too.. So it’s done on a rota basis if there are too many clients for the ministry team… in the other room, people who are waiting join in with the worship. The time I was on ministry – the prayer room was very, very intense… there were about 10 prayer teams of 2-3 people all praying for clients at once. People were ministered to in the same fashion as is common & this more than any other time produced kundalini style manifestations…
I did not hear any reports of anyone making a definate claim of healing in all the time I was at the church from HR… People feeling better maybe or having subjective joy/peace…. that kind of thing… the worship room though…. that was a place where we played Bethel songs over & over & over.. especially the slow soft ones – The lights were dimmed & there was a large carpet area with cushions set out for soaking… people were doing lots of creative art in that space too… the idea was that we created a worship environment… It was not congregational worship. as people were free to mill around, soak & engage in small conversation or do prophetic art or a combination of these activities…
Virtually every client being prayed for, we placed a different colour silky cloth on their heads, some were doing an extreme bowing thing & some had other capes draped around them…On reflection it just looked sooo odd out of place weird… the other thing I noticed was that most of the clients being prayed for when I had first done a ministry session were the very same people back for more… I absolutely knew at that moment something very odd & very wrong was happening. Clearly not much healing or they wouldn’t have needed further prayer. The night this happened was one of the 1st times I really started to question what was really going down….
In the UK I feel that many churches who are in deep- will extend their HR to become TRANSFORMATION CENTRES which in time will include Sozo & Shabar.. This is why we need to find out about these “ministries” before they really get entrenched.
Acts 3 v19 says:
Therefore, repent & turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out, that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.
Seasons of refreshing & being FREE in Christ do NOT come from paying a fee to have a made up method imparted in your life.
Please don’t part with your money, time & the treasure of God’s truth for this false stuff.
- Inner Healing – Christian or Occult? (thewordonthewordoffaithinfoblog.com)
- Lake, John Graham (1870-1935) (digilib.bu.edu)