By Leigh Fuller.
There is in the Pentecostal churches, a phenomenon referred to as being "slain in the spirit" This usually occurs when a person or persons come forward for healing or to receive the so called "baptism in the holy spirit". The Pastor or the “anointed one " usually walks up and down the line of people, praying in tongues and touching the forehead of those present and calling down the fire of the "holy spirit". Others called catchers stand behind those falling to prevent them being physically hurt, and to cover the ladies bare legs. This in itself should alert us to the danger, as I'm sure that the Holy Spirit of God would not hurt or expose anyone to embarrass or to cause those looking on to lust seeing bare legs and thighs. The result of the “baptism “is that the person is literally knocked over backwards by the power of God? This is taken as a positive sign of the in flowing of the Holy Spirit. The main point is to notice that all fall backward.
Several Christians have told me that when touched by the “anointing” that they were powerless to stand, and they felt a rushing power overcome them usually accompanied by a warm sensation. Others cannot remember anything until waking up on the floor several minutes later. Almost without exception they began speaking in tongues. One woman I interviewed said she was flung across the floor and hurt herself, but still believed God touched her. This same woman was later delivered from demons of false tongues that admitted they entered her that night.
What are we as Christians to make of this??? The Pentecostals say that they are the ones assuming the power in the latter days. They point to the gifts of the Spirit manifesting, and the signs and wonders happening almost every night. The question that we, as Bible believing Christians must ask is, what scriptural evidence is there to support or refute this doctrine of being “slain in the spirit”. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 says, “Test all things; hold fast to what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.”
Let us examine this "doctrine" in the Light of God's Word. What happens when people come face to face with the Presence, Power, and Glory of Almighty God Please do not take my word for this, search the following scriptures out for yourself.
The Glory of the Lord.
1. “ when I saw it, I fell on my face.” Ezekiel 1: 28.
2. “ like the Glory and I fell on my face.” Ezekiel 3: 23.
3. “ behold the Glory of the God of Israel, I fell on my face”.Ezekiel 43: 1-.4
4 “The Glory of the Lord and I fell on my face.” Ezekiel. 44: 4.
5. “Then the Glory of the Lord they fell on their faces” Numbers 16: 19-22, 45
The Presence of God.
1. “Abram fell on his face and God talked with him.” Genesis 17:
2. “...Balaam saw the Angel of the Lord and fell on his face”. Nunbers 22: 31.
3. “ the Commander of the army of the Lord. Joshua fell on his face”. Josh 5:14-15. 4. “ the Angel of the Lord... Manoah and his wife fell on their faces.” Judges 13:20
What happens when people are healed by the Lord?
Others in the Presence of Christ ALWAYS fell forward. See the following scriptures. Luke 5: 12.
Luke 5: 8. Note the Greek “prospipto “means fell forward. Luke 8:47 As above. Mark 5: 33. As above. Mark 7:25. As above. Revelation 7: 11. Even angels fall on their faces. Revelation 11: 16. And even the twenty-four elders fall on their faces.
The previous scriptures prove without a doubt that where God is manifest ALL fall forward on their faces, as an act of reverence and humility at His Majesty and Glory. There are three references to falling backwards in the Old Testament and they all are to do with evil coming upon a person. In Genesis 49:17 a rider falls backwards as a serpent bites the horses heels; 1 Samuel 4:18 Eli fell off his seat backwards and broke his neck; Isaiah 28:13 the drunken priests fall backwards and are broken, snared, and taken captive.
Anyone should be able to see that the power behind this “slain in the spirit” from the previous references, is certainly not the Holy Spirit but comes from the enemy, Satan.
1Corinthians 14: 25 says it plainly. “the secrets of his heart are disclosed; and so falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.”
Paul gives excellent advice to Timothy on how to correct those who are in error in 2 Tim. 2:24-26.
“ and a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentile to all, able to teach, patient, in humility collecting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his wi11.”
If you have been deceived in this area of being “slain in the spirit”, seek the Lord's Face and repent of any involvement in Satan's lying wonders. Christ is faithful and just, and His Blood will cleanse you from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1: 9.