Question:

 

What do you think about being "slain in the spirit"? I found that it's not scriptural in the way that Pentecostal & Charismatics/Full Gospel folks practice it.

 

What do you think?

 

I've already come to my own conclusions, just wanted to know what you thought,

 

Tyler

 

Craig’s Answer:

 

Tyler~

 

The notion that God is in the business of taking time to make sure His people are being “slain” is completely contrary to everything the scriptures teach about Him.  Why would He “slay” His own children?  By definition, being “slain” means:

 

slay [slay] (past slew [sloo] , past participle slain [slayn] , present participle slay·ing, 3rd person present singular slays) vt 1.  kill somebody: to kill somebody or something (formal or literary)  2.  (past slayed, past participle slayed or slain)amuse somebody: to amuse somebody very much (informal) [Old English slean , from a prehistoric Germanic word meaning “to strike,” which is also the ancestor of English onslaught and sledge] -slay·er, n Microsoft® Encarta® Reference Library 2002. © 1993-2001 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

 

I’m familiar with the practice in charismatic/Pentecostal churches, whereby the “Spirit” is said to come upon someone with such force and strength they can no longer stand under their own power, and call this being, “slain in the spirit.”  Personally, after having seen and experienced this practice (in days gone by), I no longer hold to it as being either legitimate or scriptural.

 

There is absolute NO scripture ANYWHERE that mentions the church or individual believers being slain in the spirit.  I do believe God can knock someone over if he so desires, as was the case when God the Father knocked down the Roman cohort and the Jews that came to arrest the man Christ Jesus. 

 

However, in this instance, the circumstances were unfavorable, and God did this as a miraculous sign, so that Jesus’ disciples could go free at his behest, thus fulfilling the scripture, that not one of them (the disciples) whom God had given Christ should be lost.

 

·          John 18:3-9 Judas then, having received the Roman cohort, and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, came there with lanterns and torches and weapons.  4 Jesus therefore, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, went forth, and said to them, "Whom do you seek?"  5 They answered Him, "Jesus the Nazarene." He said to them, "I am He."  And Judas also who was betraying Him, was standing with them.  6 When therefore He said to them, "I am He," they drew back, and fell to the ground.  7 Again therefore He asked them, "Whom do you seek?" And they said, "Jesus the Nazarene."  8 Jesus answered, "I told you that I am He; if therefore you seek Me, let these go their way," 9 that the word might be fulfilled which He spoke, "Of those whom Thou hast given Me I lost not one."  NAS

 

The only other people I know that were slain by God in the New Testament Tyler, are Ananias and his wife Sapphira, who lied to Him about the amount of money held back from property they sold for voluntary contribution to the church.  Again, the context of their literal slaying is not good.

 

The irony of the practice you and I have witnessed all too often Tyler is that it smacks of utter fanaticism, ignorance of scripture, and thrill seeking to replace servanthood.  Quite often, the men and women that use the church pulpit to propagate this bizarre new phenomena dubbed, “the renewal movement,” and before that, “the Toronto Blessing,” are charlatans using the spiritual starvation of charismatics to capitalize on pseudo-evangelistic techniques such as being, “slain in the spirit.”

 

It sickens me Tyler; this disgusting abuse of ministerial power to lead God’s people down the path of spiritual bankruptcy, in order to line their greedy pockets with the offerings taken after they perform their spiritual mumbo-jumbo.  Sadder still is the fact that the charismatic churches and its members actually WANT these kinds of antics and believe such showmanship is so-called “proof” that God is moving in their midst.

 

Why do they have assigned “catchers” to break the fall of the person or persons upon whom the “spirit” suddenly falls with such power they can no longer stand upright?  Quite simply, it is their insurance against those whose backs and hips would surely be broken, and who would sue the pants off any preacher that practiced something so obviously wreckless!

 

Falling, catching, being slain, and slaying… it is all a mockery of the true gospel message Tyler.  Jesus taught by example; he showed his disciples what it meant to become a SERVANT.  Why is this essential truth so plainly ignored by the Christian churches?  It’s an indicator of a backslidden and lukewarm church that is so much like that of Laodicea described in the Book of Revelation, who say they are spiritually “rich” and yet they are poor, miserable, blind and naked.

 

We must pray for God’s people Tyler, and ask our Father in heaven to bring His righteous judgment upon the church, that they may buy gold refined in the fire, and that the shame of their nakedness might be covered.

 

Your brother in Jesus~

 

Craig

The Bible Answer Stand Ministry

craig@bibleanswerstand.org

 

1 Peter 3:15

Always be ready to give a logical defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it courteously and respectfully.

AMP

 

 


 

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