The Pentecostal/ Charismatic “Slain in The Spirit” Lie

A few years ago at a small Pentecostal church in a neighboring community, a visitor who was “slain in the spirit” sued the church for $50,000 due to his being “slain” caused him significant bodily injury, I mean, the man had to have surgery and this was after the “prophet” hit him in his ear and told him that God was going to restore his hearing and that he would never need to wear a hearing aid again! The entire event was captured on video tape that was made available to purchase by the church for $5.00. The pastor settled out of court. After that occurrence, a number of Pentecostal evangelists in the area began to erect signs in their church that read,“FALL AT YOUR OWN RISK,” that alone should satisfy any doubt that many people have concerning the validity of “being slain in the spirit.”  It seems like this is the latest trend occurring in many Pentecostal churches today- people suing for damages caused by being “slain”. 

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Terms such as being “slain in the spirit” and “falling under the anointing” or “being drunk in the spirit” are not found in the bible. The only mentions of being drunk in the bible always has a negative connotation. The only place that mentions “spiritual drunkenness” is Isaiah 29: 9-14, and it refers to God’s judgment upon sin and apostasy. The false teachers who promote being drunk in the spirit point to Acts 2:13 as justification for their aberrant practice. On the day of Pentecost, as the apostles were preaching the gospel, some in the crowd said, “They have had too much wine.” The statement was obviously a mockery of the apostles, and Peter denies even the slightest inebriation (verse 15).  False teachers of today take that verse and say it’s “evidence” that Peter and the apostles were preaching in a senseless stupor. Such twisting of scripture dishonors the Holy Spirit, but the one’s who are twisting it don’t seem to care about that. 

 

 

 

There are no scriptures that explain or even reference anything about one being prayed for and falling to the floor and remaining unconscious for a period of time! Some people even behave as if they are having convulsions! Revelation 1:10-17 that talks about John falling at the feet of Yeshua when he was “in the spirit” on the Lord’s day” and  Matthew 17:1-8 that talks about the transfiguration of Christ when Peter, James and John fell on their face at the revelation of Christ’s glory, doesn’t explicitly say or mean that someone laid hands on them and then they collapsed as if they were dead and laid unconsciously on the ground for any given amount of time. Occurrences such as the one’s indicated above didn’t happen very often at all and didn’t happen to a large congregation or number of people. 

I have heard reports where people claim to have been “pushed” or “forcefully assisted” to fall backwards. Many people claim to experience an energy or a force that causes them to fall back however, there is no biblical basis for this. There may be an energy or force involved, but it is most likely not from God or His holy Spirit.

Paul wrote “Be very careful, then, how you live- not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery, Instead, be filled with the Spirit” Ephesians 5: 15-18. Paul said that getting drunk is akin to our old way of life with its worldly and self-serving desires. Such behavior is debased and “leads to debauchery.” Debauchery means “lawless insolence or unmanageable caprice” and Paul deliberately contrasts the state of drunkenness (a loss of control) with the indwelling of the Spirit of God (a gain of self control) Galatians 5:23.

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God wants every aspect of our lives as His children to be under the complete control of His Spirit, this doesn’t come by drunkenness and it does not mimic the effects of drunkenness. Acting drunk and blaming it on the spirit of God is sin and those who teach spiritual intoxication are more closely allied with Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and drunkenness than with the true God of the Universe. When God breathed life (His Spirit) into Adam, I don’t believe that Adam laid on the ground unconscious for hours or walked around as if in a drunkard stupor. If he did, it surely was omitted from Genesis.  

Being filled with the Spirit is not an ecstatic or emotionally charged experience and is not a heavenly high or spiritual buzz. Being filled with the Spirit of God is a steady, continual submission of one’s life to the God of all creation (1 John 3:24), and will always reflect in one’s lifestyle- in private and in public. 

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The woman above can’t even dress modestly as God commands all women to do, so how could she along with those who wear tight and/or revealing clothing possibly be so engulfed and overtaken by the holy spirit of God when they can’t even obey one of His commandments? 

Look, as far as I’m concerned- if the holy Spirit of God overtakes someone to the point of rolling on the floor, laying unconscious and dancing, it should overtake that same person to LIVE ABOVE SIN and to BE HOLY not to dance around, fall unconscious then afterwards go home and indulge in willful sin again! The Holy Spirit should have the SAME EFFECT on these people at home, when they are alone in prayer as they claim it does in church (showtime). Do I believe in the Holy Spirit? YES, I do! Everyone and everything in existence that has life has the Spirit of God in him, her or it. I believe the Holy Spirit of God to be the power of divine inspiration, as well as the dramatically personified divine voice engaged in ongoing dialogue with those who study the commands of God and the writings inspired by His Spirit. 

Have you ever called one of your church members mid-week and they said, “I didn’t hear your call because I was on the floor of my kitchen slain in the spirit.”?

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Here’s one way to know if you’re REALLY in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:26)

16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, (it doesn’t say be drunk or slain) and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness { He didn’t make exceptions for being “drunk in the Spirit”}, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.   God said that those who partake in drunkenness would not inherit His Kingdom! 

The sole purpose of being in the Spirit is to overcome sin and to inherit the Kingdom of God! 

These are signs also that one is in the Spirit :

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Many people are good with unauthentic public displays of what appears to be the fruits of the Spirit, but behind closed doors they do the opposite. God see’s EVERYTHING, nothing can be hid from Him. Do a reality check and it won’t be difficult to determine for yourself if you’re really living in “the Spirit” or not. Falling out and rotating on the floor doesn’t make one holy! 

 

5 thoughts on “The Pentecostal/ Charismatic “Slain in The Spirit” Lie

  1. THANK YOU-FINALLY someone with enough courage to write the truth! Anyone with any sense should consider who God is- He’s the Creator of the entire universe, the heavens and everything above the heavens and the earth and everything below. If God were to REALLY literally touch someone to the point of someone falling to the floor [when lightning “touches” people they die or are left seriously injured] and He is the Creator of lightning that kills people…. I will NEVER believe that God causes people to fall to the floor, rotate and convolt without that person BEING CHANGED FOREVER! I have seen hundreds of people “slain” on Sunday and are cussing and gossiping by Wednesday.

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  2. THANK YOU-FINALLY someone with enough courage to write the truth! Anyone with any sense should consider who God is- He’s the Creator of the entire universe, the heavens and everything above the heavens and the earth and everything below. If God were to REALLY literally touch someone to the point of someone falling to the floor [when lightning “touches” people they die or are left seriously injured] and He is the Creator of lightning that kills people…. I will NEVER believe that God causes people to fall to the floor, rotate and convolt without that person BEING CHANGED FOREVER! I have seen hundreds of people “slain” on Sunday and are cussing and gossiping by Wednesday.

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  3. Thank you for posting this truth! If the same lightning that was created by God causes DEATH and/or SERIOUS INJURY when it touches people- one would think that a touch from God that can cause one to fall to the floor would be more powerful than lightning! There’s a lot of people lying to themselves and underestimating the power of God! If God causes one to fall on the floor and the same person is lying, and verbally/emotionally abusing someone by Wednesday, that means being “slain” by God has no real purpose!

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  4. I have seen MANY PEOPLE falling on church floors, running around in the church and doing all sorts of things (claiming to be “in the spirit”) and one was on drugs and ended up committing suicide, another one committed suicide, one sexually molested a little girl, one cheated on her husband with someone else’s husband…. Why didn’t a “touch from God” change them? Why didn’t that “touch from God” remove their sin nature? People need to WAKE UP! A REAL encounter with God should produce REAL CHANGE!

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