Popular Heresies - Slain in the Spirit
What is â€œSlain In The Spiritâ€?
Enthusiasts of this phenomenon declare that is the action of the Holy Spirit overcoming the recipient with His power to the point that the recipient becomes debilitated and collapses on the floor, often without being able to move or speak, and sometimes in convulsions. It has been become another proof of the Spiritâ€™s presence and proof of the Spiritâ€™s anointing.
Where is it found in the scripture?
There isnâ€™t a hint of this experience to be found in scripture. When the Holy Spirit came on Jesus and later on the apostles and early believers, no one collapsed to the ground.
What is in the scripture?
Believers can be baptized (1 Cor. 12:13) and filled by the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18). People can grieve or quench the Holy spirit(Eph. 4:30;I Thes. 5:19. There is even a warning of blaspheming the holy Spirit (Mk. 3:29).
Are displays of power the proof of the Spiritâ€™s presence?
John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit before birth but never performed a sign miracle. ( Jn. 10:41-42 )
Exposition versus Experience
Proponents speak of â€œNew thingsâ€ that the bible prophesies for the church but as always their exposition lacks. ( see â€“ Is. 42:9; 43:19)The word of God is objective and trumps any experience that isnâ€™t objectively aligned with scripture. People need to be â€œcut by the Spiritâ€ through the word of God. The word of God is sharper than a two edged sword. (Heb. 4:12,13) The Holy Spirit convicts the heart of men like a cutting . (Jn. 16 - Acts 5:33)
Falling backwards or forward
Those who advocate this experience seem to always fall backwards (only when someone is there to catch them it seems). The bible has many examples of people overcome by Godâ€™s presence and their reaction to the experience. (Gen. 15:12-18 â€“ Gen. 17:3- Josh. 5:14; Ezekiel 1:28; 2:1; Dan. 10:4-11; Mt. 17:6; Jn. 18:4-6 Rev. 1:17; 7:11; 11:16-17) In every case they fall forward, only in cases of the lost do they fall backward. (Jn. 18:5,6)
What about Saul in the book of Acts?
Saul was an unbeliever when he had that experience. (Acts 9:3-4)
Seeking the blessing more than the Lord
Many people travel for miles, hours, or even days to get this special experience from the anointed mediator of the anointing. One can safely ask what is the purpose of getting knocked down to the floor and then to be picked up only to repeat the procedure several more times. Wasnâ€™t one anointing enough? Sometimes people are piled up on each other like a giant free way accident.
The anointed mediator of the anointing, such as Benny Hinn, can send the experience by blowing on people, waving His coat over them, winding up and throwing a Holy Ghost baseball, and breathing the anointing on people. Down they go like bowling pins in a bowling alley.
Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit onto His disciples but they didnâ€™t fall down. (Jn. 20:22) Is Benny a greater than Jesus?
People who have sought these kinds of experiences are in danger of receiving "another spirit". I have personally cast demons out of people who have pursued "the blessing" instead of Jesus. Satan will gladly give a counterfeit and God will allow it when people go against the plain teachings of God's word and seek "experiences" over truth.
No Christian needs to seek an anointing from any anointed one "so-called" because all Christians are already anointed. There is no such thing as an anointed ministry, only anointed people, namely, all Christians. (IJN. 2:27)
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is self-control
In Gal. 5:22 we have a list of fruit that is produced by the Holy Spirit. It is proper to ask the question, Would God give me an experience that sacrifices the character of the Holy Spirit? Would He cause me to act in a way opposite to His own nature? God wants us filled with His Holy Spirit, (Eph. 5:18) not to be dumb and numb or knocked out. This filling brings us into joy, singing, worship, service, not to collapse like a rag doll convulsing out of control. In Eph. 5:18 there is a stark contrast between being drunk with wine and being filled with the Holy Spirit. Drunkenness takes the person into a state of being out of control whereas being filled with the Spirit brings us into self control.
There are many preparations for this false spiritual experience.
1. The anticipation; the autosuggestion of going down. The people accept the experience as valid and are predisposed to the idea that when the Spirit comes upon them, the experience will take place.
2. When the touch comes, or whatever method is used the people go down.
3. There is peer pressure to conform to the anticipations of the audience. There is fear of embarrassment if what happens to others doesnâ€™t happen to them. They might be considered un-spiritual, or people might wonder if something is wrong with them. Some donâ€™t want to disappoint the speaker, because they are great admirers of Him or her.
Can this experience be dangerous?
â€œSlain in the spiritâ€ isnâ€™t a new phenomenon. Students of the occult know this for a fact. This power is found and practiced in Hinduism. As the â€œShakti the forceâ€. When the devotee is touched on the forehead by the Guru (spiritual master), they go into convulsions, fall to the floor, go into ecstatic, un-controllable laughter, or come into some kind of illumination. They call it a â€œforceâ€, but God would call it demonic. I believe this is a open door for demonic spirits because it is derived from doctrines of demons. (I Tim. 4:1) I encourage anyone who has experienced any of the aforementioned experiences to have the spirits tested and consider the possibility of demonization. In no way would it grieve the Holy Spirit to do so, since God Himself is the one Who wants us to, "Tests all things and test all spirits". (II Cor. 11:4; I Thess. 5:21; IJn. 4:1)
Test the spirits by the word of God
Jesus had the greatest anointing, but no one was knocked over by his touch or ministry. The same is true of the disciples. The only people ever biblically slain by the Spirit were Ananias and Saphira who were stone-cold dead when their dead corpses were dragged from the assembly place. ( Acts 5:1-9) The Spirt of God is portrayed as a gentle dove, not as a force that knocks down people, or is thrown around by the so called anointed ones.
The Spirit is likened unto a wind that blows here and there. No one controls Him. No one has the power to dispense Him or predict what He will do next. (Jn. 3:8) Mature Christians go to the word of God and test everything, but babies, weak and fleshly Christians avoid testing. (Heb. 5:13-14) Their idea is, â€œDonâ€™t ruin my experience with the facts. My experience is good enough for me.â€ This kind of thinking invited demons into the their lives and fall backwards into destructive demonic practices that attacks the word of God and the very kingdom of God.
The ancient words of Hosea still ring true today for the church of Jesus Christ, â€œMy people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hos 4:6 ) When experience replaces biblical truth, then we have abandoned Godâ€™s only standard for the testing of all things. Yes, correct knowledge can be painful when it corrects, but is far more costlier to follow falsehood, which by nature is easier to swallow and often for more pleasing to the palate.