Victims of Bill Johnson’s SOZO Ministry speak out

Victims of Bill Johnson’s SOZO Ministry speak out

Many churches are bringing a practice called SOZO into their ministry, at the peril of damaging the sheep and possibly shipwrecking their faith. SOZO Prayer is a technique based on psychology and used by so-called “inner healing ministries” sweeping churches today.

This psycho-spiritual deliverance and inner healing methodology is designed to exorcise demons from Christians. Not that a Christian can be possessed by demons, but that is one of many apostate teachings from the New Apostolic Reformation, or NAR.

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How deep and wide does the NAR rabbit hole go?

How deep and wide does the NAR rabbit hole go?

How do you discover which networks of Apostles are working together to reclaim America and build God’s Kingdom here on earth? You click. Just keep clicking, and clicking, and clicking some more, until things click. It takes time to research, and if you’re looking for an easy, bullet-point list of what I’m sharing in this report, you should put this aside for when you have time to investigate.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Jack's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Jack's story

They revel in false prophecies and the greedy liars who give them. They have rejected the Word and me as the giver of the loving truth to them."

Jack's friends are lost to a counterfeit movement that goes by many names. But by God's Grace, Jack and his wife have found freedom in the Word of God. In this series, I want to take readers beyond the textbook What is the New Apostolic Reformation Movement explanation, into the personal experiences from those who have been there, and what happened when God opened their eyes to the truth.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Shelly’s story

Leaving the NAR Church: Shelly’s story

"The pastor said we were in rebellion, and asked us to leave the church before we caused any division. He asked the other leaders to avoid us and not to engage in any conversation with us. We were so dependent on this system that even though we spent the next 7 years looking for a church, nothing gave us the "thrill" that the former one gave us."

Many victims of the New Apostolic Reformation-style churches become very co-dependent on the authority of their church leaders over them. In Shelly's case, she has not been a member of any church since leaving this one.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Eliza's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Eliza's story

I write this to you not to come out to bash people but to sincerely warn people of the dangerous trend that has engulfed the N.A.R. church.

Eliza remembers being pushed down at the altar if she didn't willingly fall to the ground in the "spirit." She was part of a well-known "apostle's" church, and we are going to name him as to mark and avoid him. If you are part of one of these churches, take heart that you are not alone, and praise God that He is opening your eyes.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Olivia's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Olivia's story

I was exposed to the "kundalini" spirit, and saw some people barking like dogs. At one of these meetings a well-known & respected AOG pastor declared that these manifestations were indeed from the Lord. I didn't stand a chance.

Olivia found a church in Australia, and began to grow in truth – or so she thought. Unfortunately, the New Apostolic Reformation is a counterfeit dominionist movement, and not biblical Christianity at all.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Derrick's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Derrick's story

"The fruit of this movement is destruction. It’s true though, when you are in it, you cannot see what is wrong.  You think, "oh, that is just a different way of looking at that verse."  You don't realize the full extent of what all the doctrines are that they are teaching."

Derrick is from the United Kingdom, and was introduced to the N.A.R. by a female relative who married a "prophet." From there, Derrick was plummeted into a dark world of demonic experiences and teachings that are opposite of the true Gospel of Christ...

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Leaving the NAR Church: Andrew's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Andrew's story

"The pastor stopped in the middle of a sermon and said, “God is telling someone here that if you don’t stop doing that thing, He’s going to kill you.” Imagine how everyone must have felt that day – “Is it me?”

Andrew was submerged and drowning in every kind of N.A.R. practice one can imagine, and his congregation was abused at the hands of his "apostle." 

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Leaving the NAR Church: Mandy's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Mandy's story

"I started watching GOD TV. There were stories of angelic encounters, oil dripping from the speaker’s feet, feathers and gold dust falling on the worshipers, rain falling inside of the buildings, and supernatural gems being found all over the church. Due to my strong Christian upbringing, I knew that those things were not coming from God, but I was so intrigued with it all that I kept watching it.

What you are about to read next from Mandy's GOD TV experience is one of the most frightening N.A.R. encounters I've posted yet (and this is number 20).

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Leaving the NAR Church: Phil's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Phil's story

"Something supernatural is going on in the NAR movement. I once thought this to be the Holy Spirit. I now believe it to be demonic, Satan disguising himself as an angel of light."

Phil's hunger for God was idolatry. He was focused on wanting more and more experiences of God's "presence," but instead received the Spirit of the Age. That's because the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), is a counterfeit. It's not biblical Christianity at all.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Sean's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Sean's story

"These people could see angels, see visions and interpret dreams. Some of the leadership would travel to Bethel for inspiration and guidance."

Sean writes to me from Cape Town, where the New Apostolic Reformation deception is thriving. He has seen his own pain in the many testimonies I've been writing about in this "Leaving the NAR Church series," and wants his brothers and sisters in South Africa to know that there is hope; that this is not what church is supposed to be.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Maaike's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Maaike's story

"After literally hours and hours of that prayer I saw myself as a 3 month old baby being raped by my father. I recovered memories about being raised in a satanic cult, abused in the most awful ways possible and suddenly the prophecy about giving my heart to Satan became clear."

Maaike is from the Netherlands, and her story of inner healing took her back to her childhood, where false memories were inserted into her head. This Sozo or Theophostic - type healing is foundational to New Apostolic Reformation "deliverance ministries," which Maaike was a part of.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Carter's Story

Leaving the NAR Church: Carter's Story

"After their prophecies, visions, and declarations were all proven false, not a single one of them apologized to the grieving father or repented of their vain and powerless deeds."

Carter has watched his dear friends fall hard for the counterfeit promises of a most dangerous deception. He has allowed me to share his story as part of a series on the practices and beliefs of the New Apostolic Reformation, or NAR.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Jared's Story

Leaving the NAR Church: Jared's Story

"The deliverance ministry counselor told my wife to close her eyes and allow the demons to speak through her. He explained that each demon has a name, and if bound “by the blood” must be truthful and submissive."

Jared and his wife had been experiencing what they called demonic thoughts, and sought help through a spiritual deliverance ministry. These spiritual warfare sessions are common in New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) churches and are gaining popularity in mainstream Evangelical churches. Spiritual warfare is one of the hallmarks of the NAR movement.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Tom's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Tom's story

"I gathered her up in my arms and went forward, excited and hopeful that my little grandchild was going to receive a MIRACLE. I really believed, in that moment, that this fellow actually had some kind of special anointing that would assure that the baby would get healed."

Ever been promised a special "Word from the Lord," during a revival conference? Or an immediate healing by someone commanding that God cooperate?  That's what Tom experienced seven years ago in Canada.  Tom's experience with some big-name New Apostolic Reformation celebrates gave him a unique window into how these so-called miracles work.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Glenn's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Glenn's story

"I saw what I was doing as a band member as not leading people in worship, but participating in 'conjuring' the Holy Spirit to 'come down'.  The Holy Spirit being defined as the euphoric feeling that the droning music creates."

As you'll learn from Glenn, oftentimes NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) teachings filter into churches by way of worship music.  While contemporary styles can glorify Christ, there are certain methods musicians like Glenn are taught to use repeating phrases, musical tones, and ethereal lyrics designed to seductively manipulate your mind into a mystical consciousnesses.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Heather's Story

Leaving the NAR Church: Heather's Story

Our pleas have fallen on deaf ears. According to my family, we are “troublemakers,” “harsh,” “divisive,” “ignorant,” and my favorite, "tricky."

Fortunately and by God’s grace, Heather and her husband were not tricked into believing the counterfeit doctrines of the New Apostolic Reformation.  But, like many of you, her extended family fell hook, line and sinker for the NAR, and is trapped in the bondage of a movement that contains doctrines of demons. 

Heather has allowed me to include her story in this series about a movement called the New Apostolic Reformation, or NAR for short.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Erin's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Erin's story

“Everyone seemed to feel God's love all the time and have crazy experiences, dreams, visions, prophesies. I was dissatisfied with just Bible study. I wanted more, and was constantly seeking more prophecies and visions and signs.”

Erin has allowed me to include her story in this series about a movement called the New Apostolic Reformation, or NAR for short. In this series, I want to take readers beyond the textbook What is the New Apostolic Reformation Movement explanation, into the personal experiences from those who have been there, and what happened when God opened their eyes to the truth.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Dylan's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Dylan's story

"I had the most painful conversation with my wife that night that I've ever had when she got home, and I knew that we had to move out of town and leave Pentecostalism..."

Oftentimes I've found that psychological abuse goes hand-in-hand with the hierarchy model of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). The emotional and spiritual abuse from Dylan's Australian church (not to mention the false teaching), was so intense that he packed his wife and five children up and moved away.  Australia is rife with New Apostolic Reformation and its mystical teachings.  

Dylan gives us an inside glimpse at the heartache of his small-town church. Make that former church.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Joshua's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Joshua's story

"We would have classes on how to interpret dreams. Many of the people in the church would claim to see angels quite often."

Joshua served on a worship team in Dallas, where he saw first hand the devastating impact of "NAR" teachings on his faith and the faith of his friends.

He has allowed me to share his story in a series about a fast-growing movement called the New Apostolic Reformation, or NAR for short. It is at its core an anti-biblical counterfeit that sounds almost like biblical Christianity.

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