by Pastor Alec Taylor

The charismatic movement has promoted some strange ideas and introduced some bizarre practices into many churches for example a system of counseling known as ‘inner healing’ or ‘healing of the memories’

by Got Questions

'Christian' inner healing practitioners use various techniques that are also used in mysticism, including 'prayer' that encourage people to remember past hurtful situations and visualize Jesus with them at that moment.

September 1, 2017

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.

by Michael Houdmann

Sozo ministry, or Sozo prayer is defined as 'a unique inner healing and deliverance ministry in which the main aim is to get to the root of those things hindering your personal connection with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

by McMahon, T.A.
March 1, 2014

How serious a concern is the use of visualization, a technique of hypnosis, by Christian psychologists and inner healers? “Visualization” and “guided imagery” have long been recognized by sorcerers of all kinds as the most powerful and effective methodology for contacting the spirit world in order to acquire supernatural power, knowledge, and healing.

by Psychoheresy

Psychological counseling theories and therapies encourage individuals to look outside themselves to explain why they do what they do and why they feel the way they do. This blame game places the main source of adult problems back into one's early childhood.

by Bob DeWaay
April 2010

My claim is that Theophostic Prayer Ministery is neither prayer nor ministry as defined in the Bible. The first four key principles described by its founder show themselves to be speculative theories that have no relationship to anything taught in the Bible. Dr. Ed Smith lists 12 key principles all together, and the last eight take their meaning from the key ideas of the first four. If the key premises are false, the whole process is false. Must we believe that our personal interpretations of first memory events are the key to happiness and well-being? There is no ground to do so.

by Bob DeWaay
October 2006

In the 1940’s Agnes Sanford invented a new ministry called “inner healing.” She claimed that during an out-of-body experience that supposedly brought her back to before her birth as a pre-existent soul, Jesus asked her to come into the world to relieve suffering. Sanford gained her inspiration from very questionable sources such as Theosophy, New Thought, the depth psychology of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, and Emmet Fox of the Unity School of Christianity (New Age). She became the mentor of John Sandford, whose inner healing theories are still followed by many. She was also associated with Morton Kelsey, a mystic who was a proponent of the theories of the occultist Jung.  The theories and practices of nearly every popular inner healer can be traced back to Sanford or can be shown to be based on the same premises.

by Jan Fletcher

Theophostic Prayer Ministry (TPM) is taking thousands of churches by storm around the world. This fast-growing inner-healing technique isan offshoot ofAgnes Sanford's teachings. Sanford, deceased for over two decades, advocated healing of the memories through mystical prayer. She taught that one should visualize a past situation, and then envision Jesus coming into the memory to solve the problem. 

by Anton Hein

Inner healing - also known as "healing of memories" - is a popular, but controversial, counseling technique which assumes that many current problems are rooted in past, hurtful experiences that have not been dealt with. 

by Orrel Steinkamp

Ellel is another version of the inner-healing phenomena based on Freud's deep unconscious teaching and the need to regress people into the hidden inner regions of the so-called unconscious mind and heal current seemingly unexplainable habits and hurts.

by J Beard

Healing of the memories, or inner healing, or healing of the emotions has its roots in the teachings of anti-Christian and occultist, Agnes Sanford. It was carried on after her death by those she influenced...