New Testament Greek Lexicon Meaning of the word “Sozo” pronounced “sode zo”: Sozo is a verb which means “to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction; one (from injury or peril) -to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health; to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue; to save in the technical biblical sense; to deliver from the penalties of the Messianic judgment; to save from the evils which obstruct the reception of the Messianic deliverance.”
We know things can be taken out of context, taken from the original meaning, and twisted to the point where it cannot be recognized or it is made to be as close to the meaning as possible but has a twist and turned into a lie.
Sozo has been taken from its meaning in the New Testament Greek Lexicon and has been twisted into a form of divination that is being allowed in quite a number of churches. Any church conducting Sozo Mediation and Meditation sessions are doctrinally unsound and theologically incorrect. Sozo requires a mediator “to walk with you through your subconscious” in one or more sessions, and that, Folks, is NEW AGE RUBBISH.
You can roll manure in sugar, but it’s still manure; And to allow your mind to be emptied to just anyone or to any form of divination, you will open a door that will lead you down a path you have no business being on, and in the end, you’ll regret it because you are opening yourself up to demonic spirits and their demonic world. In Ephesians 2:2, it states, “You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God.” Satan is going to make something look good. He is not going to show you what the sin and its consequences look like. In 2 Corinthians 11:12-15, it states, “But I will keep on doing what I am doing, in order to undercut those who want an opportunity to be regarded as our equals in the things they boast about. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their actions.”
YOU NEED ONLY ONE MEDIATOR. That Mediator is Jesus Christ Himself. The Word says in 1 Timothy 2:5, “For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity–the man Christ Jesus.” You do NOT need any man or woman on the face of the earth to intercede before God Almighty for you to be reconciled to Him. You have THE MEDIATOR. You have people of like precious faith you can ask to pray for you because we are told to pray for one another, BUT CHRIST IS LORD AND SAVIOR, and He alone is our Mediator, our Intercessor, and He is before the Father for us.
We know Jesus prays for us because we see in Luke 22:31-32, which states, “‘Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.'” (John 17:6-26, Jesus prayed for his disciples and all believers).
“Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons, influenced by the hypocrisy of liars, whose consciences are seared with a hot iron. ” -1 Timothy 4:1-2
The problem is most claiming to have a relationship with God are not studying their Bibles, are not walking in obedience to God, want to continue living in their life of sin (whatever the sin might be), want to hear preaching filled with lies and will embrace those lies, and will not check the Scriptures to find out if the teaching and preaching they have heard lines up with the Word of God.
As a result of those problems, false doctrines and teachings such as Sozo Mediation and Meditation are infiltrating the church. In Matthew 7:15-20, it states, “‘Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.'”
If you want to be victorious in your life, if you want to be made complete, if you need a healing (physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually), it will not come through any Sozo Mediation or Sozo Meditation. It will not come through any form of witchcraft, and it will not come through any false teaching. If anything, you will end up with more problems and illnesses than you began with, or you will end up with a cheap knockoff that will eventually fall apart. Jesus Himself said, “Apart from me, you can do nothing,” and He also said, “‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.'”
Christ is your Healer, and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Is your mind troubled? Do you have a broken heart? Do you need a healing from an illness? Sozo mediation or Sozo meditation is not going to help you, BUT it will hurt you more. JESUS CHRIST, however, is your Mediator between God and you and He is the One through whom your healing comes. No matter what your need is, Jesus is the answer. NO MAN ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH CAN HEAL YOU. Healing comes through Christ. The Word says in 1 Peter 2:24 states, “Christ Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness — by whose stripes you were healed.”
I’ll conclude with this: STUDY THE WORD OF GOD AND USE IT AS A BAR OF MEASURE FOR ANY PREACHING OR TEACHING YOU HEAR. Study the Word. Study the Bible, taking notes. KNOW your Bible so this way when you see or hear something, you will then be able to recognize whether it is of God or not. Just because something is a “church program” or “church function” or “church study” or “ministry function” does not mean it’s of God. You can tell by the fruit. In 1 John 4:1, it says, “Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.” TEST EVERY SPIRIT.
“This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you would have none of it.'” -Isaiah 30:15“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.'” -Matthew 11:28-30
Linda A. Knowles