The fascist and dominionist roots and history of sozo and its ties to Latter Rain, NAR and Dominionism
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.
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
— Matthew 28:18-20 NLT
Our verses today form what has come to be known as the Great Commission, the virtual marching orders for the church. There are three orders: make disciples, baptize them, and teach them.
The reason the disciples are to do these three things is that Jesus has been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Why is this relevant? Because Jesus has been given all authority, it follows that there is nothing that can prevent the church from fulfilling His orders. Jesus is in control “far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else” (Ephesians 1:21). Although the church may yet face opposition to its task, it will not be stopped from fulfilling the commission.
Given Christ’s authority, the disciples are to go forth and make new disciples from all nations. They do this by leading people to faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. In effect, they go forth and make new members of the church, new citizens of the Kingdom of God.
The disciples are also to baptize these new disciples. Baptism is significant because it is a symbol that represents the disciples dying and rising with Christ and having their sins washed away. Baptism signifies the disciple’s having passed from citizenship in the kingdom of darkness to citizenship in the Kingdom of God.
The disciples are also to teach the new disciples to obey all the commands Jesus gave them. In its broadest sense, teaching the commands of Jesus means teaching the whole Bible, because Jesus’ commands presuppose previous biblical revelation and form the foundation of the biblical revelation that was yet to come. It means to teach the new disciples everything they need to know to be effective citizens in the Kingdom of God.
As a member of the church, as a citizen of the Kingdom, you are participating in some way, shape, or form in fulfilling the Great Commission—and Jesus is with you.
The persecution of Christians: A look at what the Bible says about work for the Kingdom and Christianity…
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
— I Corinthians 15:58 NKJV
At the end of Chapter 15 of I Corinthians, the Apostle Paul proclaimed to the church at Corinth the glory of their final destiny. He proclaimed to them that the “corruptible must put on incorruption” and the “mortal must put on immortality.” He proclaimed to them that when this happens “Death is swallowed up in victory.” And all of this is because we have the ultimate “victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Corinthians 15:53-57).
Given the glory of our ultimate victory through Christ, Paul exhorted the church in our verse for today to do three things:
First of all, they should remain steadfast and immovable. It was part of Paul’s practice in all the churches to warn them that “all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (II Timothy 3:12), and that “after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock” (Acts 20:29). Despite all of this, the church should stand fast in the faith.
Second, the church should always abound in the work of the Lord. The persecution and the savage wolves will be sent by Satan for the very purpose of stopping this work. Nevertheless, the church should stay steadfast and immovable and abound in every work. That is, they should not just do some work, they should do an overabundance of work. The church should do all they can to advance and enhance the Kingdom of God.
Finally, the church should know that their labor will not be in vain. Despite the persecution and the savage wolves, the work of the church will go forth and be successful. Jesus’ prophecy that the church will be His witness “to the ends of the earth” will come true (Acts 1:8). Further, if the church will remain steadfast and immovable and abound in the work of the Lord, they will reap Jesus’ promise of “a hundredfold now in this time” and His promise of “everlasting life” (Mark 10:30).
There may be persecutions and savage wolves that have pushed you to the point of giving up your work. Remain steadfast and immovable, for that work is not done in vain.
© 2016 by Bible League International
There are so many verses in the Bible that are over-preached and then many which are conveniently ignored by modern-day teachers who preach unity at any cost. Yes, unity is a good thing, but to have true, Godly unity…it must be a unity based on Truth, not compromise.
“For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.” (1 Corinthians 11:19)
Paul said there “must be” heresies among believers. The word heresies comes from the Greek word hairesisa (Strongs 139). It means a self-chosen opinion, or a religious or philosophical sect. Basically, any teaching (man-made) that is against (contradicts) the Bible’s sound teaching and sound doctrine, rightly divided (2 Tim. 2:15), is a heresy.
Often, God allows heresies or sects (divisions away from the truth of God’s Word) to arise. The Christians with the spiritual gift of discernment (or prophetic gift of standing on the truth) who very plainly see this will not have it easy in these times where truth is not popular at all, even among churches. This is a sacrificial gift as it is often ignored, misunderstood and even abused by leadership (spiritual abuse is very real and prevalent today more than ever). It’s very important for people with this gift to learn more about their gift and to stand strong. It is crucial to understand this gift (whether you have it or not) because it is the most abused gift. The apostle Paul said to “not” be ignorant of spiritual gifts.
Back to the verse. The apostle Paul was saying here in this commonly forgotten verse that heresies and false teachings are a test to see who will stay faithful to God’s Word and who will not. Often, the people who will not stay faithful to God’s Word will accuse the faithful of being divisive or ungraceful, or worse, thus bringing the way of truth into disrepute. This is a warped twist on the truth, and this is partly what the Bible means when it says, “And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of” (2 Peter 2:2). This is speaking of the “many” people who divide away from God’s Word while at the same time falsely claiming to be “tolerant” or “graceful”. The Christians who stay true to God’s Word will be slandered or evil spoken of. This is exactly what happens today. The people who stay faithful to His Word are worthy of His Kingdom. We must not cave into deceptive teachings, for they are a test for God to see who is genuinely loyal to Him and who is not. So, stand strong today in the truth of God, and seek to understand God and how He mysteriously works!
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they draw to themselves teachers, having itching ears…” (2 TIm. 4:3)
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The inventors of sozo have named it this, claiming they know the Greek meaning. Whenever an individual says they know the “Greek” origin of a word, they (can) sound like they know just what they are talking about! Perhaps this makes them look more competent and that they have done their research. Many manipulative teachers carry out this tactic these days (claim to know the Greek language and origin of words) in order to trick their followers into thinking that they are intelligent and trustworthy.
The irony in all this is that the word sozo from the Greek origin (Strong’s Concordance number 4982) literally does mean to “save, heal, preserve or rescue; to deliver out of danger and into safety” – but this is referring to saving from danger, and that includes the false, deceptive, dangerous practices like sozo and their teachers. This is one of the dangers the Bible is warning about (see also 2 John 1:11, etc)!
Here is what Jude explains in his letter…
“And others save [sozo 4982] with fear, pulling them out of the fire…” (Jude 1:23)
What was the purpose of the letter Jude wrote? He was trying to warn and hopefully sozo the people from the false teachers’ tactics (vs. 4).
He urged people to “contend for the faith” (vs. 3) and warns of these “certain men” (vs. 4).
They were men who were greedy for profit (vs. 11). He even calls them “brute beasts” (irrational animals). They “flattered people to gain advantage” (vs. 16). I know that doesn’t sound very nice or “loving”, but he was looking out for the innocent people and their well being. That was loving.
Jude then tells his hearers to “save (sozo) with fear, pulling them out of the fire”.
“We must watch over one another; faithfully…” (Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Jude 1:23)
Why do you think Jude, the brother of James, saw so much danger with false teachers and their practices? Was he overreacting? Do you think it was brave of him to speak up despite it being “negative”? Do you see the irony in the name sozo? Do you think this was done on purpose to confuse people into thinking that they need sozo? Do you think certain institutions can be very tricky and deceptive?
It is ironic that the sozo teachers promise people liberty and freedom, when truly people need to be set free from this practice.
“While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.” 2 Peter 2:19
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.” 2 Cor. 11:13-15
In His Love.
Check out this interview!
“This is an interview I did nearly three years ago. Many people have said it was helpful, so I wanted to reblog it. Blessings, and peace in the name of Jesus as you continue to search for His truth!” (M’Kayla)