Sozo Prayer: Biblical or Mystical? A Practice from Bill Johnson’s Bethel Church…
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Sozo prayer is a new fad in the church world. It started in Bill Johnson’s Bethel Church in Redding, California by two ladies. Yes, this is the same church that feathers, gemstones and clouds appear inside the church building. Some people say these are lying signs and wonders prophesied in the Bible:
The Great Apostasy (2 Thessalonians 2)
“Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ[a]had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin[b] is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God[c] in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He[d] who now restrains will do so until He[e] is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
Is it Biblical and safe, or mystical and dangerous? Does your pastor follow Bill Johnson? Paul Goulet of International Church of Las Vegas is one local pastor who is on Bill Johnson’s ministry friend list. If you have friends or family involved in this group or practice, would you lovingly admonish/warn them? Check out this new research group called Bethel Sozo Research Group: