Bethel Sozo: Redefining “Salvation”?

The Bethel Sozo website appears to redefine “salvation” not as an accomplishment of Christ at a moment in time but as a process of perpetual deliverance (with the help of their tools, of course):

The SOZO ministry 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…. SOZO is the Greek word translated “saved, healed, delivered.” Sozo contains the whole package of being made whole or well.

At the very least, this confuses salvation (the purchase of God) with ongoing sanctification of the believer (which comes as we mature in the Lord and respond in obedience to His word). The Sozo tools, according to Bethel, become part and parcel of a believer’s journey to complete the salvation (sozo) process. This subtle shift in terminology raises a critical question: In what then, does Bethel church encourage believers and non-believers to put their faith and hope: Jesus Christ, or the Sozo experience?

The Berean Call: Climbing Up Another Way…

9 thoughts on “Bethel Sozo: Redefining “Salvation”?

  1. Another false teaching that uses experiences as the basis of truth instead of God’s Word. Seeking experiences is hedonistic which is idolatry. One of SOZO’s supporters used “Touch not My anointed” as her defense began to falter. Sigh…when I hear this said I know that the person is defending a false ministry or teaching because they do not understand, in truth what that scripture is about.

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  2. In the Berean Call’s article it mentioned Shabar. So, I figured it may be related to New Age and googled it. Here is a post I found which says this:

    Shabar Mantras: defined as “instruments” or “tools” of thought; used during occult meditation, along with “positive confessions” in order to identify with “Christ-consciousness” and transcend every obstacle

    Shabar Ministry: an advanced form of Sozo … that uses inner healing “tools” that have parallel implications within the occult. Yet, it is secretly slipping into many mainline churches and organizations such as Crisis Pregnancy Centers; promoted as “Christian counseling” under the Hebrew guise Shabar,* which means broken. For those being targeted are the broken-hearted…

    *Jewish occultism (kabbala) has been making big inroads in Christians churches for some time.

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  3. FTA: Sozo is spiritualized Freudian psychoanalysis that includes psychic determinism and searching out the unconscious through techniques that include various forms of guided imagery. Anyone involved in Sozo needs to take to heart the admonition given twice in Proverbs:

    “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prv 14:12; 16:25).


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