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Curious

Glasgow, KY

#1 Jun 12, 2011
Anyone know what this is? I heard the word mentioned in church, but not sure exactly what it is.
Google it

Apopka, FL

#3 Jun 13, 2011
I'm curious why Curious didn't just Google it.

If you had, here's one of the links you would have found: http://www.studylight.org/lex/grk/view.cgi...
familiar

Horse Cave, KY

#4 May 19, 2012
Curious wrote:
Anyone know what this is? I heard the word mentioned in church, but not sure exactly what it is.
Read about it in Gethsemanebaptistchurch.net in their good newspaper online
It is cultic
Only Jesus

Cave City, KY

#5 May 22, 2012
The word "SOZO" is transliterated from the Greek word "swñ" It means to "save, heal , make whole."

It is mentioned 103 times in the new testament.(You can read them all at the link below)

( http://www.studylight.org/lex/grk/view.cgi... )

Sozo ministry is a Prayer/Healing ministry that focuses on prayer time specifically devoted to removing hindrances to a person's connection with God,(unforgiveness, unconfessed sin, bitterness, offense, etc.

Matthew 18:11 says “the Son of Man is come to save (sozo) that which was lost.” Jesus came to completely restore back to us all that the lies of the enemy have stolen from us.

I have had one Sozo "session" and Christ worked through the prayer leaders to minister to me and pray with me and it was gentle, loving and at no point was there any confusion. It was a wonderful prayer time and helped me overcome a lot of bitterness I had harbored towards certain people. At no point did any part of it feel uncomfortable. There was nothing "cultic" about it.

That being said, it's a ministry meant to be conducted with integrity and honor but it can be abused by people. Just like a great resource (such as a christian newsletter) can be abused to incite fear, breed confusion and create division.
concerned

Horse Cave, KY

#6 Jun 3, 2012
I read that article in the Good News paper from Gethsemane. No Christian should ever be a part of sozo sessions. It is a form of divination and only cults are involved in it.
Clementine

Glasgow, KY

#7 Jun 3, 2012
Google it wrote:
I'm curious why Curious didn't just Google it.
If you had, here's one of the links you would have found: http://www.studylight.org/lex/grk/view.cgi...
People on this site amaze me. They are on a computer, linked to the world wide web where information about EVERYTHING is readily available yet they will come to topix and ask about something instead of using one of the many search engines.
Whats this

Horse Cave, KY

#8 Jun 4, 2012
Clementine wrote:
<quoted text>People on this site amaze me. They are on a computer, linked to the world wide web where information about EVERYTHING is readily available yet they will come to topix and ask about something instead of using one of the many search engines.
There is nothing on the website you posted that refers to what has been mentioned here. Sozo "sessions" and Sozo-- the greek word-- are two different things. If my family and I hadn't read the April issue of the local Good News paper, we would have no idea sozo sessions are going on locally and that it has nothing to do with the orginal meaning of the word. So if you are ignorant about this topic you have no contribution unless you research relevant sources. I suggest you start with the Bible.
Clementine

Glasgow, KY

#9 Jun 4, 2012
Whats this wrote:
<quoted text>
There is nothing on the website you posted that refers to what has been mentioned here. Sozo "sessions" and Sozo-- the greek word-- are two different things. If my family and I hadn't read the April issue of the local Good News paper, we would have no idea sozo sessions are going on locally and that it has nothing to do with the orginal meaning of the word. So if you are ignorant about this topic you have no contribution unless you research relevant sources. I suggest you start with the Bible.
You linked your comments to my post referring to a website I posted. I didn't post a website.
sozoed

Horse Cave, KY

#10 Jun 5, 2012
Had family members that were sozoed and they ended up in the crisis unit in Bowling Green days afterward due to seeing crazy things that were'nt there and hearing voices.
answers

Horse Cave, KY

#11 Jun 14, 2012
I went to gotquestions.org and typed in Sozo. Here's a couple of paragraphs of what it says:

Sozo prayer, or Sozo ministry was created by a group of people from Bethel Church in Redding, California, and modeled after spiritual practices observed at revivals in Argentina. Sozo is strongly mystical in its approach and relies heavily on ideas about God and the Holy Spirit that are not based on biblical fact.

Sozo prayer requires the presence of a mediator / guide, who is trained to walk participants through a time of prayer and reflection that is supposed to facilitate intimacy with God. Intimacy with God is definitely something to be sought; however, the method of attaining intimacy via a journey through the subconscious is questionable at best. Intimacy with God is achieved by Bible study, prayer, regular church attendance, and obedience, not by a mystical “journey” through our past. The Bible warns us to be discerning and wise, and not to be fooled (Hosea 14:9; Hebrews 5:14). The Bible and the Holy Spirit—not our subconscious thoughts or a fallible human being—are our connection to the counsel and the voice of God (John 17:17). Many types of ungodly mystical practices include the presence of a “spirit guide,” but the Bible tells us that our connection to the Father is a direct connection, mediated by Christ (1 Timothy 2:5) and guided by the Holy Spirit (John 16:13). No other spirit guide is necessary.
more answers

Horse Cave, KY

#12 Jun 14, 2012
Here's the rest of what sozo is about according to gotquestions.org (a Christian research site):

The methods and practices of Sozo are of human invention and require human instruction, without reference to Scripture. In fact, Sozo is much closer to new age mysticism than to Christianity. Participants are encouraged into a mild trance state, while being “led” into a series of mental / emotional rooms or stages where, by connecting to their own deeper feelings and thoughts, they believe themselves to have a new experience with God. Whatever participants feel has happened to them, the Bible tells us it is dangerous to open ourselves up to something that has not been sanctioned by God (Ephesians 4:11-14). Preaching and teaching, evangelism, and the practice of anointing a person with oil, or laying hands on them, for instance, are all shown in Scripture to be spiritually safe and useful. But Sozo prayer does not have that kind of “backing”. It’s kind of like taking a drug that isn’t approved by the FDA. It might not damage you, but why take the risk?

In another part of the Bethel Sozo website, one of the goals of Sozo is to enable participants to “heal your relationship with God to enable you to fulfill your destiny.” But the Bible tells us that a Christian’s destiny is death to self and obedience to Christ through faith in His power and saving grace (Luke 9:23; Ephesians 2:8-9). The things that make us one with God are produced by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22), and a Christian does not need to be led on a mystical prayer journey to attain them. Every believer is conformed to Christ’s image by His power and has already been blessed with “every spiritual gift in the heavenly realms”(Ephesians 1:3).

In summary, we do not believe that Sozo ministry / prayer is a godly practice or something that is needed, or helpful, for a believer’s fellowship with God. Sozo is much more closely related to mysticism and spiritism than to true intimacy with God. True intimacy with Him happens by illumination of the Word of God by the Holy Spirit and fellowship with Christ as we show love for the Father through obedience to and imitation of Him (Ephesians 5:1).
hello

Glasgow, KY

#13 Jun 15, 2012
This sounds like what my friend has gotten into h at that new riverchurch How can I convince them this is not of God when they insist its so inocent?? they even act scary now and say stuff like they can see into the dark reelm.
outcome

Horse Cave, KY

#14 Jun 21, 2012
hello wrote:
This sounds like what my friend has gotten into h at that new riverchurch How can I convince them this is not of God when they insist its so inocent?? they even act scary now and say stuff like they can see into the dark reelm.
I contacted the writer of that sozo article in Good News she's not the topix type but she said all you can do is pray for them and try to educate on what the Bible really says, because once they get into that cult they focus on demons,the past,every new thing that comes along and how they can try to control everything, including people but they forget that Christians are supposed t realize only God is in control
andy

Cambridge, UK

#15 Jul 17, 2012
Avoid at all cost!!!!! I have lost a loving caring mother to this ministry.she and a small group of friends started to go to sozo meetings and began to talk as if they where all superior Christians because the fact that they had been "sozo'd" my mum seemed to imply that it wasn't enough that my father was a born again Christian and that he needs "saved healed and deliverd" through this sozo ministry which looking more in to it seems to be the message that's being taught therefore its definitely not of god! Another teaching taught is that NO one is to stand in the way of your destiny not even your family e.g. husband,children,grandchildren this is wrong marriages are sacred in the bible as well as family is and god wants no ministry to brake this family unit that's the plan of Satan to devide an conquer!!! so you can probably guess the choice my mother has made the wrong one! which has left a trail of destruction and broke a lot of hearts.since this happening we have descoverd my mother was sozo'd by a sozo counsel which seems to have opened old wounds and have caused erratic and non godly behavior! So let this be a warning u can tell a ministry by the fruit it bears and this one brings nothing but misery and sadness! all hope might be lost for us but hopfully by sharing this I've saved a soul cause I believe many souls could be lost through this occult. God bless
not suprising

Horse Cave, KY

#16 Jul 19, 2012
Recently found out sozo is at glasgow crossroads pregnancy center A therapist there specializes in it and the power of suggestion. Sozo causes people t think they have multiple personality or demons or worse, causes false memories.
No Name

Glasgow, KY

#17 Jul 19, 2012
What churches in Glasgow does SOZO?
info

Horse Cave, KY

#18 Jul 20, 2012
No Name wrote:
What churches in Glasgow does SOZO?
Mainly the River church on cleveland avenue, www.theriverofglasgow.org
but also any church that supports the pregnancy center is involved even if they don't realise what's really going on behind closed doors.
No Name

Glasgow, KY

#19 Jul 20, 2012
Is this mentioned in the Bible?
info

Horse Cave, KY

#20 Jul 22, 2012
No Name wrote:
Is this mentioned in the Bible?
Dont have all answers but know somebody who knows the bible side of it cause she used to be involved in it and was even "sozoed" herself at the pregnancy center.
gethsemane baptist in glasgow prints some of her articles on it on second page
Had to find out myself because people I love were hurt by it. Finding out it was a type of witch-craft solved alot for us.
Jacs

Cambridge, UK

#21 Aug 13, 2012
Well said Andy, I am in 100% agreement with you. sozo is a mystical spiritual practice relying on ideas about God and the Holy spirit that are not based on biblical fact. The bible warns us to be discerning and wise and not to be fooled. (Hosea 14:9, Hebrews 5:14). this information was and can be found by searching the web. I am so sorry that your mum has got involved with this and I stand with you all in prayer. People be warned and take heed, this so called sozo will destroy people and the families of people. Do not be deceived.

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