Sozo is tied to Bethel Church in Redding, California, which has strong affiliation with the Latter Rain Movement and Dominionism. Dominionism is also known as the New Apostolic Reformation or the Seven Mountains Mandate. All these movements can be likened to separate, polluted “rivers” which come from the same muddy waste dump. In America, sozo originated at Bill Johnson’s Bethel church in Redding, California. The following is some rather awesome information on the “sketchy” history of sozo and its related movements:
“The origins of the movement are sketchy, but trace back to at least two influences, the Latter Rain movement and Dominionism.
The Latter Rain movement gained traction in the 1950s as a movement holding Pentecostal beliefs but largely outside the existing Pentecostal denominations, teaching the imminent rise of a victorious church that transcended denominational organizations and endowed with supernatural power through miraculous working of the Holy Spirit. The early Latter Rain movement is sometimes linked to William Branham, although most reject Branham’s Jesus-only baptism beliefs, and may have also had some influence on parts of the Jesus Movement and on the Discipling and Shepherding movement. Among the Latter Rain movement’s teachings were that the rise of a victorious church of “overcomers” endowed with supernatural power to wage spiritual warfare and perform miracles would usher in the second coming of Christ. The terms “Manifest Sons of God” and “Joel’s Army” referred to these “overcomers”.
Dominionism is a movement that began in the 1970s with Calvinist roots, teaching that the Biblical admonition for Christians to “take dominion” over all the earth includes taking dominion over civil government and law, and that civil law should be based on Biblical teachings.”
The problem with dominionism of course is that it is fascist and militant all the while hiding behind the cloak of being “good” and “Christian”. The dominionist leaders have an agenda to wipe out other Christian denominations and to take over civil society. They believe that they, as God’s elite group, are mandated by Jesus himself to do this by force.
Unless we want a fascist system to gain foothold in our nation, we need to be aware of the dominionists’ influence on politics and America. There are many conservative politicians who are dominionists (I will talk about that more in the coming weeks).
The interview below is quite eye-opening.