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Sozoed from sozo? A closer look at the Greek definition and how Jude’s letter says to ‘sozo’…

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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.

 

Is the practice of sozo linked to scientology and kabbalah?

Is there a link between sozo, Scientology and Kabbalah? What do you think?  Scientologists do “auditing” while sozo people do “editing”.  Are these similar practices?  Please check out the following video! 

“There are major parallels that go beyond incidental…it all comes from the same spirit…all this stuff is strongly connected.” 

Interview from M’Kayla

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)

https://mkayla.wordpress.com/2016/08/10/looky-what-just-escaped-from-the-internet-2/

Escape from Bethel

Reblogged on WordPress.com

Source: Escape from Bethel

Calling a Christian a Pharisee

“The people they call pharisees are those Christians who talk of repentance, consecration, holiness, righteousness, getting right, sanctification, hating sin, and loving God. The people they call pharisees are those Christians who love God so much, they seek the truth from God’s word, even if it goes against the grain of our culture.

The Pharisees hated Jesus. They told lies and did whatever else they could to make sure they would see Jesus die.

That’s why it’s wrong to call people who love Jesus pharisees.”

Related:

http://www.radicallychristian.com/why-you-probably-need-to-stop-calling-people-pharisees

*This ministry does not necessarily endorse all teachings on the referred websites.

Calvary Chapel ‘anointed’ pastor pleads guilty to murdering mistress

http://calvarychapelabuse.com/wordpress/calvary-chapel-pastor-in-florida-pleads-guilty-to-murdering-his-mistress/

Calvary Chapel pastors should be very careful when they make the claim that they are “God’s anointed”.

Is your church guilty of spiritual abuse?

Is your church guilty of spiritual abuse?

Don’t underestimate the danger of spiritual abuse. It devastates one’s pysche, causes depression and post traumatic stress disorder, and leaves victims spiritually barren.

When those in spiritual authority manipulate, intimidate, and control others out of lust for power or fear of sin or insignificance. One or more of these signs doesn’t necessarily mean abuse is present, but the more signs, the more likely it is taking place.

Spiritual abuse is a stain on the body of Christ (I experienced it and write about it in my book). Today, many American churches and denominations are susceptible to it, particularly “reformed” Calvinistic churches or those with a highly disciplined authority structure. I cite examples from my experience including Sovereign Grace Ministries and Calvary Chapel. But spiritual abuse is also subtle and not easily recognizable unless one knows the signs. Learn these top ten signs so you can detect, expose, and help prevent abuse in your Christian community.

(click link above to read more)

NEW: A new booklet by Bill Randles called ‘Beware of Bethel’ examines some of Bill Johnson’s unbiblical teachings

Hi there, friends!  Just wanted to let you all know there is a new booklet out by author and pastor Bill Randles.  I hope that this blesses you and may all who you share it with have a changed heart and changed mind, in Jesus’s name.  Have a great week! 

Beware of Bethel: A Brief Summary of Bill Johnson’s Unbiblical Teachings by Bill Randles

“And many shall follow their shameful ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.” 2 Peter 2:2

Alert: New Video by Pastor Christopher Lawson on the Observations of Calvary Chapel

https://vimeo.com/158996319

CALVARY CHAPEL ALERT – THE RISING STORM and A CLARION CALL for HUMILITY, TRUTH and REPENTANCE: Observations for Calvary Chapel Leaders to Consider

Please watch this very loving and truthful video on the Calvary Chapel movement.  Please pray about this.  This is a problem in this town, Las Vegas, Henderson and not only here – it is everywhere.

“…Mark those who cause divisions contrary to the doctrine you have received.  Keep away from them.” Romans 16:17

The Misunderstood Gift of Discernment

The following was photographed from the Free Believers Network.  It is perhaps the best description of the spiritual gift of discernment I have seen so far.  I asked the author if I could use this and obtained his permission.

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