Bill Johnson (right), Bethel Church Redding Head Pastor, doing grave sucking, a form of necromancy, a highly dangerous black-magic art.

Bethel Sozo website home page:


SOZO is the Greek word translated “saved, healed, delivered.” Sozo ministry is a unique inner healing and deliverance ministry aimed to get to the root of things hindering your personal connection with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. With a healed connection, you can walk in the destiny to which you have been called.

A Sozo session is a time for the Sozo team to sit down with you and with the help of the Holy Spirit walk you through the process of freedom and wholeness. Sozo is not a counseling session but a time of interacting with Father, Son and Holy Spirit for wholeness and pursuing of your destiny.

“I have had the incredible privilege of being ministered to on several occasions by Dawna DeSilva and the Bethel SOZO team. They are an amazing, gifted and powerfully anointed healing group…””


My comments:

This “Christian” ministry superficially sounds good and helpful, however, is it Biblical, and what are the dangers?


Bethel Church, Redding, California

The first danger about Sozo is that it is a “Christian” ministry of Bethel Church based in Redding, California.

I’ve shared on this site previously about how Bill Johnson and the Bethel crowd are into ‘grave sucking’, which is a form of necromancy, a highly dangerous black magic art. I’ve published an article of mine about Bethel and ‘grave sucking’ to follow this article, to give the heads up on Bethel and it’s strange non-Biblical spiritual practices.



Bill Johnson’s wife Brenda is into New Age stuff. If you google “Brenda Johnson Bethel” you’ll see the books she has written and the types of things Brenda believes. All very New Age and non-Biblical.

Bill Johnson is softly spoken, polite and he seems articulate, intelligent and persuasive. Please be careful. Bill talks about ‘portals’ and uses other occult terms. Bill talks about manifestations of “gold-dust” and “angel feathers”, none of which is found in the Holy Bible. Again. Please be careful and shun anything to do with Bethel Church, Redding, California. It’s just another End-Time Apostate Church likes Hillsong Church based in Sydney, Australia and Joel Osten’s Lakewood Church in Texas.


Sozo and Psychotherapy

Bethel’s Sozo Ministry is quite akin to psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, practices developed by Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, the fathers of modern psychology.

I’m not against Christian behavioural counselling. It can help in certain circumstances. For example, to talk through a divorce or trauma in a clinical environment with a professional qualified behavioural psychologist or qualified counsellor.

I do have reservations about psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Sure Bethel’s Sozo Ministry says on it’s website homepage, as quoted above, “A Sozo session is a time for the Sozo team to sit down with you and with the help of the Holy Spirit walk you through the process of freedom and wholeness”, but is this the way the Holy Spirit works?

The Holy Bible says that the Holy Spirit will be our Personal Guide and Healer and that He will lead us individually into ALL TRUTH.

The Holy Bible says the Holy Spirit will be our Helper, Guide and Comforter.

The Holy Bible says that in the glorious New Covenant (New Testament), no one will need to be taught through a leader, but that each individual will know God personally. This is the freedom into which Christ has set us free. This is the Blessed New Covenant.

Bethel’s Sozo is not a Biblical way of doing things.


Sozo, like psychotherapy is a form of witchcraft

I’ve always felt that there are elements of control and witchcraft in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy and I sense these elements in Bethel’s Sozo ministry. Witchcraft is a Satanic form of manipulation and control over other human beings.

Bethel’s Sozo however well-meaning is using psychoanalysis and psychotherapy methodology.

Christians, please avoid these kinds of things like Bethel’s Sozo Ministry like the plague.