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?
|Photo of www.bethelsozo.com|
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.
Photo of public Google cache of http://www.ibethel.org/sozo-personal-ministry-sessions-at-seminars
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.