Acts 8: Should ‘saved, healed and delivered’ come at a fiscal price? Giving and receiving money for supernatural abilities/giftings vs. receiving/giving freely

Bethel Sozo claims that the Holy Spirit helps in sozo sessions.  I was personally told by a sozo practitioner many years ago that the Holy Spirit actually does all the work in the session.  If the Spirit does all the ‘sozoing’ work of healing, why are men and women getting paid for this healing?  If sozo is “not a counseling session” as Bethel Church claims (see below), but simply an interaction with the Lord, why is money involved?  If the Holy Spirit does the work, then why is the sozo group getting glory (see below) and being paid?    

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Sozo ministries have a “suggested donation” per session.  It appears that sometimes people have an opportunity to do “a sozo” session at no cost.  

Bethel Church says there is indeed a suggested donation.
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Here are some questions.  What are your thoughts?

  • Is it Biblical to collect money for a “sozo” (a non-counseling session of healing/deliverance)?  
  • Did the apostles mix money with the healing gift or delivering others from demons?  What did the apostles and earlier New Testament Christians collect money for?
  • In the Bible, was healing (or any of the other spiritual giftings) ever affiliated with money or wages?

“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay” (Matthew 10:8; ESV) and “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8; KJV).

  • Are all these “supernatural schools of healing” encouraging others to purchase the “gift of God” (healing) with money, and if so, how does this concept relate with Acts 8:20? Were there healing or spiritual gifting schools (collecting money) in the New Testament, or did the Holy Spirit give Christians all they needed for their spiritual giftings (1 Cor. 12:1)?  Who got the glory – God or man?
  • Did pastors collect money in the New Testament, and if so, what happened with the money? Did pastors give their entire lives for the Gospel (thus giving up their day job)?  Did they collect money at an hourly rate?

Thank you for taking the time to visit this website.  What has been your experience with sozo?  

Praying you have a blessed week filled with the Lord’s goodness, love and redemption.

Acts 8 

The Sorcerer’s Profession of Faith

But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great, 10 to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the great power of God.” 11 And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long time. 12 But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. 13 Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done.

The Sorcerer’s Sin

14 Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, 15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
18 And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, 19 saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
20 But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money! 21 You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God. 22 Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.”
24 Then Simon answered and said, “Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me.”
25 So when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.
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