Is Being Slain In The Spirit Coming From God?

Most of you have seen this phenomena occur in the charismatic churches. This is where you see pastors or ministers laying hands on people, usually on their foreheads, and then they fall backwards.

The charismatics have named this phenomena as being “Slain in the Spirit.” Some people call it “Falling in the Spirit” or “Resting in the Spirit.”

Is this a real phenomenon? If it is – is it really God operating through the power of the Holy Spirit, or is it demonic spirits trying to masquerade as the power of Holy Spirit coming onto someone? There are many Christians and Christian groups who are really attacking this phenomena.

I will go ahead and give you the main Scripture verses where this phenomena is coming from. I will then give you some of the main arguments of those Christians who are against this phenomena, and I will then end this article with my own personal opinion as to why I think this phenomena is a true manifestation from the Lord.

The Scripture Verses

Here are the main verses from Scripture showing people falling to the ground whenever God would manifest His presence to different people. The first verse is from the Original King James Version of the Bible, the rest are from the New King James Version.

  • “… that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord; so that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.” (2 Chronicles 5:14)
  • Jesus said to them, “I am He.” And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them. Then when He said to them. “I am He,” – they drew back and fell to the ground.” (John 18:6)
  • And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.” (Revelation 1:17)
  • “And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid.” But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” (Matthew 17:6)
  • “And as he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” (Acts 9:3-4)
  • “So I arose and went out into the plain, and behold, the glory of the Lord stood there, like the glory which I saw by the River Chebar; and I fell on my face.” (Ezekiel 3:23)
  • “Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the Angel of the Lord standing in the way with His drawn sword in His hand; and he bowed his head and fell flat on his face.” (Numbers 22:31)
  • “And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east. His voice was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with His glory. It was like the appearance of the vision which I saw – like the vision which I saw when I came to destroy the city. The visions were like the vision which I saw by the River Chebar; and I fell on my face.” (Ezekiel 43:2-3)
  • “Then He brought me by way of the north gate to the front of the temple; so I looked, and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord; and I fell on my face.” (Ezekiel 44:4)

Now I will give you some of the arguments being made by those who are against this phenomena, and then some of my own arguments as to why I believe this a real manifestation from the Lord.

Arguments Against Being Slain in the Spirit

The Christians who argue against this phenomena really being from the Lord base their arguments on the following reasons:

  • Every time people fell when the presence of God would manifest, they would always fall on their faces, not fall backward.
  • Nowhere in the Bible do the prophets, the apostles, or Jesus Himself ever lay hands on someone and then the power of God comes through their hands to knock them backward.
  • The only time people fell in the presence of God was when God was rendering some type of judgment.

Now to some arguments that will counter some of the above arguments if you should ever need them in any kind of debate.

Arguments For Being Slain in the Spirit

I will take each one of the above arguments and see if I can give you an opposing point of view in order to try and defend this phenomena as being from the Lord.

1.  The First Argument – people always falling face down rather than falling backwards. Granted, 5 of the above 9 verses specifically state that these people had fallen on their faces rather than falling backward.

However, the other 4 verses say they simply “fell to the ground,” or that they “could not stand” when the presence of God would manifest.

Who is to say that when these people fell to the ground, they could not have been falling backwards. These verses do not say if they fell forward or backward, so I believe this means they could have fallen either way – thus showing that there was the possibility of falling backwards when the presence of God would manifest.

The first verse says that the priests “could not stand” when the manifest presence of God would enter into the temple. Again, they could have easily as been falling backwards as well as falling forward.

Since Scripture does not specifically say in which direction they were falling, I believe we are on safe ground making the assumption that these 4 other verses give us the possibility of people falling backwards whenever the presence of God would manifest.

2.  The Second Argument – stating that at no time did Jesus or the apostles ever lay hands on people causing them fall backwards.

Though I could not find any actual Scripture verses that did show this phenomena occurring as it does today by the laying on of hands, I feel the key argument for the possibility of this phenomena occurring is the following argument:

Sometimes when the presence of God would manifest like described in the above verses, people did fall to the ground. No question about it. However, there were other times God would manifest His presence and people would not fall to the ground.

This thus was a manifestation that was completely controlled by God. He, and He alone, would decide when people would get knocked to the ground and when they would not whenever He would manifest His presence.

I think the key point to really grab a hold of is that this phenomena can occur when God does decide to manifest His presence in this particular way. And sometimes God will manifest His presence through the hands of a pastor or minister.

And if He does decide to manifest His presence through the hands of a minister, then I believe it is only logical to conclude that God can knock people down to the ground like He did back in the Bible days if He should choose to do so.

There is no question that the manifest presence of God is coming through a pastor or minister when hands are being laid on someone for a healing. The manifest presence and power of God will literally flow through the hands of the pastor or minister and flow right into the person’s body, and then the Holy Spirit Himself will do the healing once inside the person’s body.

If “healing power” can come through a minister’s hands, then why not “knockdown power?”

God can either knock someone over with a direct hit Himself, or through the hands of someone who is operating under His anointing at any given moment. I believe God can and does go either way with this particular manifestation.

3.  The Third Argument – God only knocked people down when rendering some type of judgment on them. Look closely at the above 9 verses.

It was only on the apostle Paul that God was rendering judgment on when He knocked him to the ground. The others were priests of the temple, prophets like Ezekiel and John the Revelator, or the apostles themselves. None of them were under any kind of direct judgment when this phenomena was occurring.

In part 2 on Being Slain in the Spirit, I conclude and give you my opinion why I believe this is a true manifestation from the Lord

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  1. April - December 1, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I have a friend who was saved with a, “slain in the spirit experience” so I definetely think it is real. Although, one time I went forward to experience this at a former church and I totally faked it because everyone was watching me(I was a baby christian then).
    When I was saved I had a supernatural experience of something literally being lifted from my body. Also when I am standing and praying sometimes I feel the Holy Spirit come on so strong I have to steady myself against toppling over. It never occured to me not to resist untill right now….hmmmmm.

    • JaCee - February 2, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      I was also slain in the Spirit, and received the gift of speaking in unknown tongues, when I was Saved/Baptized in the Holy Spirit. So, I also know this is a very real phenomenon.

  2. Kathryn - December 4, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Thank you. Excellent article. I was slain in the spirit by a Lutheran pastor but wasn’t sure what had happened or what it was called. We were sitting at the time but I know if I had been standing I would have fallen, it was very powerful. Since then I have had improved eye site that even my optometrist was surprised by. My pastor was very happy for me and of course we give all praise and glory to GOD.
    Thank you and God Bless you for this article.

    • David Rothwell - November 5, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      I want to be slain in the spirit but I never feel like falling back when someone is forcing me to fall. Is there something wrong with me? I do not speak in tongues iether. Please relpy.

  3. Dave - January 5, 2012 at 12:42 am

    To whom it may Concern:
    I recently rededicated my life back to Jesus. The Holy Spirit has shown me some things about my sinful life and the effects it has had on my children. He showed me the reason my children were not serving the Lord was because of me. since giving my life back to Jesus my Lord, repenting of my sins, asking the Holy Spirit to show me what He wanted to change in my life, and change it as soon as it was revealed to me. My youngest son is now starting to read the Bible I had gotten for him 15 years ago.

    I was asking the Holy Spirit about all the different Bibles, which one should I read and He showed me in 1 John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is came in the flesh is not of God: and this is the spirit of the antichrist,…

    “that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh” is omitted from all translations except the King James Version. The new king james says in the notes to omit this verse.

    Being as how the bible is the word of God, His Spirit talking to us, Jesus dying on the cross for us, therefore, then, would you not say the bible is the spirit of God?

    Why then is the antichrist being taught through the other translations of the bible? Are our eyes blind that we cannot see? Are our ears deaf that we cannot hear? (oh, and btw, you won’t find “Jehovah” in the nkjv)

    So with that said I have been looking foe a church that only preaches from the King James Version and they are very few that teach from the kjv. As God said in his Holy Bible, 1 Cor 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

    The kjv is despised, I believe this is the only version to seek God’s face, seek the blood of Jesus that walked in the flesh on earth, seek the comfort and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

    • mmorgent - July 11, 2017 at 10:15 pm

      Sorry brother but the first bible was not the King James…please do some history of the Bible research….bless you.

    • B - September 11, 2017 at 12:15 am

      Depending where you are located, the Protestant Reformed Churches use the KJV. They are definitely in Canada and the USA. The one in Edmonton, AB definitely uses the KJV.

    • Mwilson - September 16, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      1599 Geneva Bible. 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is not of God: but this is the spirit of the Antichrist, of whom ye have heard,how that he should come, and now already he is in this world. I am reminded of a quote from George Muller…”Be careful listening to thoughts and impressions…it may leave you open to great deception.” May the Lord bless you with a deep love of the truth…..

    • Steven Benjamin - October 23, 2017 at 12:57 am

      The bible is not the spirit of God. The bible is the written word of God. The spirit of God is the Holy Spirit who is a real person.

    • Steven - November 15, 2017 at 2:33 am

      Amen !! Very few churches or pastors preach from KJV cause I have heard the it is to hard to understand. I don’t believe that ( but that’s just me) But I know the Author!!

  4. Zac - February 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I think you need to notice in every instance (except the one in Chronicles) the people that were falling were falling out of fear. It happens most of the time in the Bible when an angel appears to someone – they fall out of fear, then the angel touches them and helps them back up and tells them to “fear not”.

    Then if you look at the verse where the Pharisees fell backwards when Jesus told them “I am [he]” – they fell backwards out of shock. I Am was one of the sacred names of God (from when God told Moses his name was I am the I am). The people weren’t even supposed to use the name out loud apparently, and Jesus was telling the elders of the church He was God.

    Anyway I grew up in a church that practiced it and after I finally picked up my Bible and read it, there doesn’t seem to me to be any support for it in the scriptures. Every instance I can think of, the person was falling to the ground out of fear or shock. There’s also other things people preach from the pulpit as Biblical fact such as Peter being crucified upside down, which isn’t even in the Bible, to point out another example.

  5. Eric Brightwell - February 9, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Im a theology student and in my study slain in the spirit is man made not God. As for the scripture you quoted where they couldnt stand, stand in greek and hebrew simply means continue which would fit that context. This may help http://thecripplegate.com/suing-the-spirit/

  6. ginny - March 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    John 18:6 KJV “As soon then as he had said unto them, I am He, they went BACKWARD, and fell to the ground. This may be the only place in the Bible where it is specifically stated that someone fell backwards under the powerful presence of God, however, this, along with every other instance of people falling or not being able to minister because of the powerful ‘glory’ or manifestation of His presence is conclusive Biblical evidence that what is called ‘slaying in the spirit’ is indeed a move of God and should not be reasoned away.

  7. Ann - March 12, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I came to this site for literally searching where I cud find something written about the experience of the Holy Spirit…and then got in here…Slain in the Spirit. Although, I read and know the attributes n effects happening when annointing takes place (infilling and out-pouring), yet as yesterday I felt so humilated when the priest got down frm the main altar came towards me to cast off the demon in me. He thought I had a demon, in fact when it was God manifesting His power onto me. Since my body was raised up n standing on tip toes,talkng in tongues and I was shaking to n fro violently with eyes closed. the priest felt I was disturbing n began to rebuke me and also ordered me to open my eyes and sit down. I cudnt speak, nor sit. as I took the form of the Crucifix my body was stiff. with great difficulty, i told father I cant bend my knees. He kept ordering me n sealing me. nothing happened, cause it’s not what he is thinking ‘the evil’ within me. Then I told him, I will go to the Blessed Sacrament. He said ok go. And I just found myself pushed forward with so much force I went flying n like my legs were on fire jumping. I ran so fast, I wanted to kneel but the body was sitll in the cross form and I fell backwards front of the Blessed Sacrament. It was a great peaceful moment being with the Lord. for about 3-5mins I remained in tht position. then knelt down before the Sacrament, prayed n left to my seat still feeling the mighty power of God.

    Well, I am a faithful Catholic and very spiritual n religious too. When I was around 16yrs old (1989) I received my first annointing (infilling) of the Holy Spirit. No one layed hands on me, it was directly from God when we had a school retreat. I found many changes taking place gradually (not that I was a bad girl, but like stopped back-answering, tried to be more patient, an inner desire to read the Holy Bible frequently). I used to say my prayers faithfully from the age of 6-7yrs. Prayed the Rosary too then, kept talking to Jesus, God, Mother Mary in my lil room. I visited often and spent lots of time before the Blessed Sacrament during school days (may be from 13yr onwards. I began to get strange dreams, visions…and still do get them. Few have come to pass too. Well, as usual there wud b people mockng at my spirituality.

    Then aftr my schooling, and in the year 1991 I visited (alongwith with my aunt n sister) a retreat centre in Bombay whre Fr.Rufus was conduting an annointing service. Over there while father was praying, we all were kneeling and suddenly, I felt the power of God entering into my body. It was like great electricity passing thru and then cold wind blowing over you. My body began to vibrate slowly n then violently. I rose up and stood on my toes, of course there were around 12people holding me and controlling me as the power was too great and I cudnt stand alone. Before fr. Rufus cud come towards me, other charasmatic leaders came nd began to ask me some questions, to which I answered and also told me to say some prayers which I did. Then after the service, I was still slain in the spirit, but someone woke me and said go to father standing on the stage. I didnt walk for the first time felt flying off the ground. I forgot to mention earlier that I wept bitterly too, as even now I did the same, tears kept flowing on. Later father, spoke to me and being convinced that it’s the annointing of the Holy Spirit, he said congratulations you have received a great gift from God and may He used you for His glory. He blessed me and left. there were other leaders n people who came over me, hugged n kissed n wished me for the same. I felt so excited and what a great feeling it was being with the Lord.

    Then on, I was been regularly annointed in the church or at home during prayer session and invoking of the Holy Spirit. When in my teens I fell down people around me thought I had fits and gave me a key r somethng iron. but i refused as I didnt play any of those fits symptoms. since my eldest sister n her hubby were around they wud ask the people to remain calm. This happend very often in the church where at times I felt bad too and asked God to take control of my situation or dont pour His power powerfully. well sometimes, it ws very mild, normal, but as the years grew the annointing became strong and violent. seldom quiet that too I must requed n plead God since people in the church complained to parish priest I ws disturbing them. I never received any annointing frm any priests, pastors or layment, but directly frm God. so people wondered howcome, as the very first time I received they thought I was in a group and I never knew much abt groups, charasmatic prayer groups etc. One or twice fathers came over to pray over me to remain calm, believing the power inside me to be something else. Oh how I wish they knew really knew how the evil spirits will act…

    Another strange thing that God gave me around the same years whn teens, ws to experience His suffering n pain on the Cross. Every time the Body n Blood of Christ was offered during the liturgy or even during the consecration the Bread n Wine, I felt my body shiver and then pain. initially it was mild. then whenever I heard the Word of God too, as I listen very attentively and wth much eagerness, I often my heart beat fast, Words piercing my heart and also the annointing. During First Fridays, or whenevr I hear the passion of Christ I experience the pangs of pain on my head, hands, legs n body. Since past 7-8yrs I receive the invisible stigmata. For the first time when I rose up and stood like a Cross, talking in tongues, crying bitterly during a retreat, I never knew what was happening. 2 or 3 fathers when I explained my experience, they said a sign of redemption. but I wanted to share n talk so much about my life, yet to find one good priest to understand and speak with love n concern. The priests have seen me inumerable times falling down, crying etc. yet they didnt ask me a word. and I as eager as ever keep awaiting to see who will give me an ear and guide me or help me what is happening. when I found no one although I prayed to God to show me a spiritual director, but no one. I tried to contact fr.Rufus but very difficult. some are far from spirituality so dont understand the power of the Holy Ghost. Then I began to do selt studies, researching on net, books and only then came to know about the stigmatism…where saints n holy men experienced the wounds of our Lord…visible and invisible stigmata. since I have a very deep and cloase relationship with Jesus, I speak lots to Him and He has been guiding me by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    In the year 2000 when I attended a retreat at Pota Divine Mercy Centre, Kerala, India, there God gave me the gift of Tongues, Praying for others and also delivering others. This special gift I didnt know until one of a Hindu neighbors’s son and they wanted to come home and participate in a prayer session which I had at home. Often we pray at home with family members, and those who wish to come I welcome. and then when the Boy who was possessed asked me to lay hands n pray, to which I felt odd, yet seeing his belief and felt it wud humiliate him I stretched my hands n layed on his head. OH! he felt down to the ground and began to twist like a snake, I did fall too onto my sis’ lap, but regained n rose up within a minute. meantime, I saw many people around the boy trying to hold him n controlling him. he was riggling lik a worm, rolling eyes, and begging to leave him and let him go. first time I was witnessing somthng like this. while others were busy doing that, I held the Crucifix and began to pray to God, Jesus asking the Holy Spirit to send His Power n to take control of the situation. as I was new and didnt know wht to do, I just allowed the Spirit to use me. I prayed over the boy too, to which he didnt want to see me, He didnt want the Bible kept ovr him, spat out the holy water, oil. well we knew he had the anitchrist in him. after much praying the boy sat up and began to answer to the questions asked by my brother. well, I didnt want to since the Spirit never told me to do so, but due to excitement my brother started to handle the case. anyways, I later told them to stop. the moment the boy saw me, he wanted to run away, but others stopped him. my, my. how well the demon was acting, began to speak thru the boy so sweetly to his parents and since they were weak felt sad fr their son, it was trying to take pity frm them as it wanted to escape frm me. Then finally, when God revealed wht was stopping the casting off of demons, I made his parents to check his pockets and to utter dismay, a collection of lots of hindu gods n goddesses photos were with him. I ordered them to burn it, I meantime springled holy water all over the place, people beginning frm the boy and on the buring pictures. Ooooo….it took soooo much time to burn fully. Then after praying with the final prayer of deliverance, dont ask me what….all the Spirit took control off that day. and the boy was delivered. It was aftr this I came to understand that God gave me the gift of deliverance. He also gave me few othr gifts, which I use it for the glory of God. He has taken me to diff homes, put across me rare situations where I was to pray sometimes over the phone to cast off any evil, or for sickness. sometimes strange people calling me to pray…all this made me feel odd initially, as I felt I was so young and unworthy (26yrs….now I am 40yrs) God still keeps annointing me and still keeps using me as an instrument to do His work. I know I am very small yet I am happy n feel privileged God chosen me too.

    My life ws not an easy one, gone thru lots of trials n tribulations. still facing them. but I was not left one day without the mercy n love of God. and our Lord Jesus Christ was always beside me giving me victory as He gave me the strength to overcome the odds in life. Your first enemy is not the world….but your very own…family. I learnt to thank the Lord at all times as I give praise n glory to His Name now n forever.

    I should mentioned that Mother of our God Blsd Virgin Mary, guided me and helped me come close to Her Son Jesus. She was the first one person who came into my dreams…walking from the Heavens down to me when I was in class 8th. she appeared many times in dreams, once or twice in a vision. I daily tell my Rosary. When we can love and cant live without our earthly mothers, how on earth, can then we being the children of God not love, honour n respect the Mother of our God n Lord Jesus Christ who said ‘Yes’ nd brought forth the Saviour into this worl? She is the most loving Mother of all Mothers.

    Therefore, I do believe in the annointing of the Holy spirit and being ‘Slain in the Spirit’. unfortunately, many dont belive this happenning to me in the church, except vry few souls. and who have asked me to pray for them and also share their problems. And the strange thing is that neither the priests or the people praying explains what is the power of the Holy Spirit meaning the effects or the experience. They do preach and tell to experience the power and also to welcom the Holy Ghost, but since among the whole crowd very often I am the only owner of that special gift, others cant accept it to be true or its the annointing of the Holy Spirit. During the initial days, I felt insulted, humiliated and snubbed, but gradually getting over the feeling. what can I do when the Lord is pouring His Spirit onto me…this is what I told once my parish priest when he said not to sit in the front row as people complained and sit at the back. He askd me to control the spirit within. I did tell him I hav done all that, but sometimes, it’s too much to bear and I cant control. Next day it was sunday, and I abided to his saying although I was angry n hurt for tellng me sit back, for from my kid days I love to sit in the front row only in the church. but since God said obey yr authorities I did, but also asked God pls open show the priest yr power. Sometimes, even whenvr I receive the Holy Eucharist I do get the annointing and fall flat or backwrds. that day it happened to be the parish priest who told me sit back distributing the Host in the isle whr I was sitting back. I walked normally, but as I was nearing father, I rose to my tiptoe, tears began to flow and took the Host on my tongue. I was hit like a thunderbolt, and went flying…i landed onto the third row bench and knelt calmly, but kept shivering not violently. I was very happy and thanked the Lord for manifesting His power, since the parishners said I often get like this only when new fathers come to preach sermon. so now, front of my parish priest’s face while distributing the Host he saw what ws happening to me. I have so much to write, not sure whre to start n end. Yet I am surprisd I wrote so much. I have received God’s power directly and at times, the force was strong that I wud go flying pushing all the chairs or even far off to a distance. I was not hurt or felt bad at anytime. The experice only caused great ectasy and wonderful feeling of peace, joy n happines. most of the time I sing praises or talk in tongues with God during the Union.

    Pls pray that God sends someone who is truly spiritual to hear my story and guide me…if it’s the will of God. or just keep me in your prayers and I continue doing the good works of our Lord n save souls on earth and be worthy to face Him on the Last Day. Pls pray for the whole world. Amen. God bless you all.

    • David Anzaldua - February 26, 2017 at 11:30 am

      The spirit gives self control, if you weren’t in control of your body that wasn’t Jesus. I do speak in tongues but I’ve never been taken control of and God doesn’t take control of his children even in spiritual cases. BEware of false spirits sister.

    • Gifty D - September 4, 2017 at 6:06 am

      Ann, Thank you so much for sharing your story. I have been yearning so strongly for the power of God to fall on me the way He does on you. And I am so glad and blessed you shared your story. God bless you. May you continue to remain in His presence.

    • Min. Kenny - October 25, 2017 at 5:56 am

      My concern in this my sister is when you say you were being thrown around and injured the God I serve does not operate in that manner I see how you’re using stigmatism to explain your experience but in the name of Jesus I ask you to consider something why would you have these cases with pain as soon as you hear the word of God or even during communion the enemy does not want you to pay attention and focus on the word of God so as soon as you start to pay more attention it seems like you become affected by the spirit that does not want you to go that route. Think of the love of God and how he tells us to study his word to read his word to meditate on his word but you are unable to do any of those things I will pray for you and may God bless you

  8. Minstrel Dave - April 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    What concerns me is when people line up for prayer thinking the following…

    1. If this man or woman is anointed…I will fall over.
    2. If I am yielded to the Holy Spirit…I will fall over.
    3. If I do NOT fall over, it is a sign of my resistance toward God.
    4. I am more blessed and anointed if I fall over than if I do not fall.
    4. There’s a 225 lb man right behind me ready to catch me…so I think it’s safe to fall back.
    5. This gentle push on my forehead has to be the power of God … it couldn’t possibly be the arm of flesh.

    I believe it’s biblical and logical to think a mighty God could knock me over…even keep me down. I become suspect when those “manifestations” become as predictable as any assembly line.

    • Bee - October 3, 2017 at 6:53 am

      I get what you are saying to that and I was ALWAYS hesitant, I grew up in traditional churches and in the last 2 years started going to a pentecostal church as my husband grew up in pentecostal churches. I have been extremely apprehensive to falling as well as the gifts of the spirit etc and have NEVER faked it or thought I was less blessed if I didn’t fall, however last night I was prayed for and for the first time EVER I fell to the ground and was out to it and it was one of the best encounters I have ever had

  9. Ray D - April 15, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    All the people in the v.v above were falling on their faces in reverence to the power of God. The people you see doing this today are not doing it in reverence to God but to the command of a pastor or minister etc…this is a pagan Hindu practice that was introduced a few years back. A spirit called Kandalini or something to that effect where people are “being slain” or have convulsions and all that unbiblical nonsense! It is man made false fire.

    • David Rothwell - November 6, 2017 at 11:08 pm

      I am confused. I was at a church visiting. 5 people surrounded and their hands on me and forced me to fall down. I was very uncomfortable. It did ot feel real or from God. I dont speak in tongues either. Any comments?

  10. Robin - July 26, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    There is what’s true….. “IT felt great, I’m healed….I’m closer to God…”
    AND there’s TRUTH, the Word of God. Consider the feel of what’s true, vs the Knowledge of the TRUTH. What’s the fruit of the Spirit? (If you’d like to judge the tree) Is there Self control? The prophecy is subject to the prophet. RE spiritual warfare, Are you standing firm? Is Jesus standing? Is God the author of confusion? PLEASE don’t confuse what’s true with what’s TRUTH.

  11. Josh - August 11, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    So if people do fall backwards and get hurt…do they get to pray for healing from the injuries they had from being “slain” in the Spirit? Do people not realize how ridiculous this is? Its no wonder people see this stuff and think Christians are bonkers. If my church did this the first day I went to it, I would have laughed my way out of the door. They do it now but I refuse to participate in it and it makes me extremely uncomfortable. Simply because I know its mainly for show and not a part of a real spiritual experience. I’m not one to judge a person’s experience because I believe its the strongest evidence for God but, whatever happened to loving your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength? Why does it have to be this borderline insane practice of people falling all over, convulsing, yelling, etc? God knows the situation of the world and he knows people who are in the fence about Him would respond in a negative manner to this, for the most part. Christians need to stop believing the more “charismatic” you are the more you love God, which is one of the biggest lies being sold today. Along with the guilt trip that if you don’t tithe you aren’t expanding the Kingdom, but that’s for another day.

    • David Rothwell - November 6, 2017 at 11:13 pm

      I agree with most of what you said. I dont believe slaying in the spirit is real. I do not speak in tongues either.

  12. ArDT - December 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    AC Your comment is one of the most excellent. I just want to say you gave a very in depth and well explained answer and it is very helpful, matching up with what I had thought all along – I do not believe that the Holy Spirit would do anything to a person that would hurt or injure. The Holy Spirit is loving, gentle, good, kind, all the fruit – including self-control as you say. So how would it match up that a person could fall and maybe get hurt or lose control. We should definitely stick to what the Bible says and as you pointed out God is not a God of confusion. The very fact that ‘slain in the Spirit’ raises so much confusion could well be a sign that it is suspect. I think so in any case.

  13. Kelsey - December 13, 2012 at 1:06 am

    The pastor at my home church slays us in the Spirit occasionally. The first time I was ever slain in the Spirit was at this church (it’s a nondenominational Pentecostal church [the teachings are Pentecostal but our church isn’t part of the mainline Pentecostal denomination]) and the first time, I was still pretty new to the church and was one of the last to be slain. I don’t know if being one of the last was on purpose, to give me time to observe others and figure out how I was supposed to react, but anyway . . . I didn’t know what it was, I just saw the pastor laying hands on people and praying over them in tongues and then they would fall backward and be caught by the person helping the pastor, and he would lower them to the ground and they’d just lay there for different periods of time, some longer than others, and some people cried while laying on the ground.
    Well long story short, I fell over that first time, but I’m almost a hundred percent certain that it was out of peer pressure and because the pastor had a hand on my forehead and another on my shoulder and was pushing gently as he was praying over me, but it was enough to make me fall, because he gradually started to push more violently, and I have a physical disability that impairs my balance, so I fall more easily than most and I was very relaxed while he was slaying me in the Spirit. Another reason I don’t think my first experience wit this phenomenon was authentic is because I laid there on the ground, not really feeling any of the peaceful or relaxed feelings others have described–I was too busy thinking about what had just happened and trying to figure out if my experience was authentic or if I just gave in to peer pressure because I had seen everyone else falling–and I mean EVERYONE, we all eventually fell.
    Well, I have been slain the Spirit a time or two since then, the most recent instance being last night at church, actually, and though I’m still not sure if the falling was forced, I did feel all the right feelings and pray once I was on the floor, and I think that’s what counts most.
    However, a few weeks ago at church, the pastor was announcing prophetic words over us, and when he mentioned regaining a sense of hope and expectancy in life–that God would restore hope and expectance of good things–I immediately started sobbing so hard that I began to lose my balance, and when I took a step to regain my footing, I fell on my face. As soon as I realized I was on the ground, I started to try to get up but God told me to stay down and I kept crying and talking to God and apologizing for not having enough faith in Him, and people came and laid on hands on me and prayed over me as I lay there crying so hard. That experience feels much more authentic to me than the times I have been slain in the Spirit by the pastor praying over me, because no one else had a similar reaction to a word before I did to influence me to react the way I did, and my reaction was so sudden and intense it scared me, so it didn’t fel fake or forced or even doubtable.

  14. Lance - March 10, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    I have had many experiences being slain in the Spirit as people would like to term it. There have been times when a pastor has laid hands on me and there have been many times that during worship I have fallen under the power of The Holy Spirit without anyone coming close by to catch me. There has also been times that people have prayed for me and I have not felt anything. I don’t consider myself more spiritual than others. My first experience of this happening is when I gave my life to The Lord in 1985. I did not know about falling in the spirit. A pastor shared the gospel with me in his home afterwards we stood and he prayed for me and the next thing I found myself lying flat on my back begging God for forgiveness. I often have questioned God and prayed regarding the matter. Many times I have begged God that if this was not from Him but something in the natural or the flesh then I wanted no part of it.

    There are many people in our church who I have never seen moved in any way physically but they love The Lord just as much or even more than I ever could.

    I still question God and myself is this a move from God or is this just me. I don’t have the answers to these questions. all I do know is that I love Jesus. I really believe that if God did not want this move to take place in my life He would have removed it a long time ago. The bible teaches us that if we ask God He will give us the desires of our hearts. So if I have prayed earnestly asking God to not allow me to be deceived or misled then I would not have these experiences if they were not a move of The Holy Spirit.

    At the end of the day its a personal thing between you and God. Every one will have their own opinion regarding the matter. I have never had a vision but others have but I cant discount them that God did not speak to them or manifest His glory in their lives in a unique way.

    God is not a man. He does not think like us. All I know is that God is wonderful and He is creative. If he chose a donkey to speak to Balaam and He decides to work with me in a way which others find wrong then I’m rather gonna go with what God wants to do and not trust mans opinion on the matter

  15. paul kambulow - April 16, 2013 at 5:55 am

    Is it real?? Now I have ben prayed , hands laid on me and many times but I have never fell down or felt anything at all.. but I can say that my ministry subsequently was empowered next and directly related There are now many, many Christians who give testimony to a new, dynamic and personal, life-changing experiences as a result of their relationship with the Holy Spirit while other Professing Christians they still do not have any real encounter and experience of the Holy Spirit, and why is that? Not just these teachings of Jesus and the Apostles now but why also is the baptism of the holy spirit so neglected, opposed? When any biblical truths, even such as praying in tongues, fall into obscurity and neglect, too many people offer false explanations, false excuses for it instead of reviving the truths in their life. I too now have been often shocked as to how many professing Christians are holy Spirit hates, and they clearly hate him, oppose any of his manifestations and I have wondered why? Have you yourself wondered why some people really go really nuts, bonkers when you mention the word Holy Spirit.. I have! It is related to their false fear of admitting and confessing their sins, of their own repentance.

    Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”;

    • Carolyn - September 11, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      It’s real. I wasn’t pushed and I didn’t know about falling but it happened to me.

  16. paul kambulow - April 16, 2013 at 6:00 am

    Acts 8:18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

    1 Timothy 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

    Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

  17. LENRAY GANDY - April 20, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I am a minister of the gospel of Christ Jesus. In scriptures mentioned, each time a person fell was because they were showing high honor to God, all were in their right mind; the only time people feel backwards was in judgment. Slain in the spirit is man created, there is no biblical proof whatsoever. This is a way to get people in large numbers involved in church, thus causing them to stay and finally pay… It’s about money… No one is ever slain at home, on the road or the job, why is that? Why would God have man stand behind you to catch you? This is actually demonic worship and millions of people are doing it… Only satan wants to take over your body, not God. With Him, it’s about free will. I never read where the Holy Spirit took over one’s body. Why do people only get the Holy Spirit on Sunday or maybe Wednesday, is our God that weak that He can only do it one day or maybe two a week, hmmmmm???? Do they realize that they are blaspheming the Holy Spirit with their false practices. I pray that God show this for what it truly is. To God be the glory!!!

    • Omolara - November 14, 2016 at 7:28 pm

      I dont agree, but I noticed that people who never experienced it always say its not real. Many of the scriptures mentioned above dont mention how they fell. Also I know many that get goose bumps when the holy spirit does something I have never had goosebumps besides being cold. God works differently with all of us. Some fall out some cry, some see visions, some have dreams, some people have had Jesus come to them and talk to them, some hear the audible voice of God, some see pics. We dont get to choose how God works. The word of God says that unless we come to him as a child we will not even enter the kingdom of God. I begin to feel odd because I went to a worship service and it was so powerful it scared me. I had never seen anything like it. When I prayed and asked God what it was, he gave me the word “child” I begin to search through the bible for all references about children. He showed me that the purer our spirits are the more we see spiritual. Think of Nathaniel in the Bible He believed Jesus because he said I saw you by the tree. Jesus replied you believe because I said it? well greater than this you shall see. You will see angels ascending and descending. The Bible connects faith and purity with spiritual insight. The more “pure” our spirits the more God can show us. The more ways he can move in our lives.

    • Priski - March 9, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      Yes, it’s obvious that the people who haven’t experienced this yet will think that it’s a joke. I have slayed in a spirit couple of times, and that is the most peaceful moment in my life. Your tiredness will be gone, and you will be filled with the goodness of God. Holy spirit works in a various way in different person, so we can’t assume his ways. Human mind cannot guess how God is going to work, it’s beyond our creativity and knowledge.
      Here my dear friend, being a minister of the church, you should know the scriptures better than me. As Matthew 12:32 says,”Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” So, if you are not sure, at least try not to talk about it.

  18. Paul Kambulow - April 23, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I have never met so many know it all, rather nuts like I have on the internet.. they all seem have differing opinions but they all seem to be right .. and they also all seem to claim to be so spiritual now too.. they all seem to be pursing righteousness too it seems but with out love it seems..

    1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

    Romans 3:13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

    1 Corinthians 13: 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

    James 1: 19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. 21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. 26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. 27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

    James 3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

    6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

    8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

    1 Peter 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

  19. Leidy - May 19, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Thank you so much for writing this article. A few years back I was “slain in the spirit”. It was a beautiful experience. I felt God’s love all around me. I felt his presence and it was magnificent! So peaceful. So wonderful I could not stop crying and smiling at the same time. I however, did not understand why it happened or what it meant. What was it called. I just know what I felt. It was not something that I intended to do. While someone at church prayed for me I started feeling light and while I tried to remain standing I could no longer stand… And that’s when I felt so much joy. That he is real! I told very few people about my experience unfortanetly. I had seen it happen maybe twice before but I never saw people crying. I have never forgotten how I felt that day and when I read your article it made me cry once more. I had many questions that I had not asked, I feel now have been answered. You described what I felt! Thank you!

  20. Anon - June 25, 2013 at 8:30 am

    First of all “SLAIN in the Spirit,” I mean how can you not miss that, I’ve never associated the word “slain” with anything positive before. Secondly what kind of god would require you to draw closer to him by having seizures/fits, convulsing, writhing on the floor, falling unconscious, yelling and screaming and having people behind you to hold you after you fall to prevent your head from hitting the ground and cracking open.

    In all the passages you’ve used those who fell down fell in awe/fear. They were never pushed, nobody blew into a mic, nobody waved their hand at them. Also they weren’t even in the Holy Spirit! How could you associate that with the Holy Spirit? On the day of the Pentecost the ground LITERALLY shook but those praying for the anointing of the Holy Ghost NEVER fell, funny right? It’s not in the Scriptures, it’s not in the Old Testament or the New Testament, the apostles/disciples never did it and most importantly JESUS never EVER did it either. If you had been “HEALED” why do you need to continue to go back and get “slain.” The Holy Spirit doesn’t “slay” it uplifts, it guides us and it enables us to commune with God all of these are definitely not achieved when one is convulsing on the floor and/or unconscious. Please, go read the Scriptures properly and understand the history/context that they were written in rather than just picking out verses with the word “fall” and automatically associating them with this un-godly practice that stems from Pagan belief.

    • John - June 9, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      Everything you said is correct according to your experience. We have not experience many things which are from Bible, may be 99%.

      Think about what Jesus said. Jesus said in John 14:12 “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”

      Did you ever touched ( testified, prayed for some one who God healed from Blindness, Deaf or Lame healed… any one small experience that you moved by Holy Spirit God to minister others like Jesus) if not, you haven’t experienced the love of God. You have NOT living to the expectation of God who called you.
      If your answer is YES to John 14:12, then you should see by now many people might have been lead into Salvation, Healed, Delivered from all sorts of situations. And you are ready to receive the reward that God is preparing for you. If you have non of those this is the time to REACT. Otherwise you have nothing to receive and the Word of God has not come ALIVE in your life.
      God bless you my loving brother.

      Just to let you know…. because I have experienced few what is written in Bible (leading people into Salvation, when prayed people healed from small sicknesses to Cancer, When prayed people delivered from all sort of problems [financial, jobs, marriages, when there is no hope for Children, God bless them with Children… many more…) I am not a Pastor but a Software Engineer. So I am testifying.

  21. God'speed - July 26, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Question: “Is being slain in the Spirit biblical?”

    Answer: Most commonly, being “slain in the Spirit” happens when a minister lays hands on someone, and that person collapses to the floor, supposedly overcome by the power of the Holy Spirit. Those who practice slaying in the Spirit use Bible passages that talk about people becoming “as dead” (Revelation 1:17) or of falling upon their face (Ezekiel 1:28; Daniel 8:17-18, 10:7-9). However, there are a number of contrasts between this biblical falling on one’s face and the practice of being slain in the Spirit.

    1. The biblical falling down was a person’s reaction to what he saw in a vision or an event beyond ordinary happenings, such as at the transfiguration of Christ (Matthew 17:6). In the unbiblical practice of being slain in the Spirit, the person responds to another’s touch or to the motion of the speaker’s arm.

    2. The biblical instances were few and far between, and they occurred only rarely in the lives of a few people. In the slain in the Spirit phenomenon, falling down is a repeated event and an experience that happens to many.

    3. In the biblical instances, the people fall upon their face in awe at either what or whom they see. In the slain in the Spirit counterfeit, they fall backwards, either in response to the wave of the speaker’s arm or as a result of a church leader’s touch (or push in some cases).

    We are not claiming that all examples of being slain in the Spirit are fakes or responses to a touch or push. Many people claim to experience an energy or a force that causes them to fall back. However, we find no biblical basis for this concept. Yes, there may be some energy or force involved, but if so, it is very likely not of God and not the result of the working of the Holy Spirit.

    It is unfortunate that people look to such bizarre counterfeits that produce no spiritual fruit, rather than pursuing the practical fruit which the Spirit gives us for the purpose of glorifying Christ with our lives (Galatians 5:22-23). Being filled with the Spirit is not evidenced by such counterfeits, but by a life that overflows with the Word of God in such a way that it spills over in praise, thanksgiving, and obedience to God.

  22. Sheila - September 18, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Great article. After many years in the word,I had an experience that “made a believer out of me”. I never quite brought into the idea of people falling down. but then I was touched by God. My knees just went weak and could no longer hold me. It was intense. I was so incredibly peaceful.I just wanted to lay their and bask in the love of God. Until that experience, I was probably as skeptical as they come.

  23. paul kambulow - September 18, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Many even religious persons, people are falsely trying to reach Heaven, serve God in their own efforts neglect God’s provisions for them, God’s spiritual gifts. if you oppose tongues you are not even a Christian led by the holy Spirit. and that is your main problem still.. not being filled with the Holy Spirit.. You do need to learn what sins are holding you back from this…http://postedat.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/so-why-is-it-you-do-not-pray-in-tongues/

  24. edmond kemei - December 2, 2013 at 8:18 am

    for me i believe because i have experience his manifastation.

  25. lillyanne - March 29, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I have observed that everyone of my friends who had been ‘slain in the Spirit’ have made very little, it any, progress towards their state of maturity. Another thing that bothers me is that according to the bible one has to repent first and then receive the Holy Spirit later as in Acts. So how can you receive the Holy Spirit by being first slain in the spirit? My friend told me that she received the Holy Spirit first after being slain and then repented????????

  26. John Smoth - July 24, 2014 at 4:59 am

    None of the verses quoted above REALLY point to being ‘slain in the spirit’.They are just vague excuses to explain something which is NOT from the Lord . And how many of such ‘slain’ people do you know who show the fruit of the Spirit? Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

  27. Halie - August 21, 2014 at 9:47 am

    I think you’re making quite a stretch with those verses. They don’t really correlate. Too much “who is to say” and not enough black and white.

  28. Bob - November 23, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    I believe that “slain in the spirit” is coming from God. But could you explain me why for some people, it didn’t happen. So for me after 25 years, I can’t experience that, some times it’s seem that God reject me, but I know that it’s not true. I know that some anointing of God is transmitted through this and I want the anointing of God to serve Him with His power. Thank’s in advance.

    • Dakota - July 21, 2017 at 8:05 pm

      Bob,
      We are the only ones hindering our receiving from the Lord. Be child like in faith, as a child look to your daddy in heaven and make your petition known, now we know he’s a good daddy, is He going to give you a stone or scorpion? NO!
      Believe, receive and bask in the open Heavens that opened up 2,017 years ago. Your sense of rejection is a lie from the enemy, awakening your God consciousness and peeling your spiritual eyelids back and gazing upon His glory and realizing the grace and mercy on you is unending and limitless. Be filled with unspeakable joy and full of Glory today in Jesus name !

  29. Nick Mayfield - January 9, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    1st. This is for those who have cast judgment of what the Holy Spirit can do, if he so chooses (slain-fall in the Spirit). Please be carful what you say. Matthew 7 says judge not lest you be judged. Me personally I don’t want that. If it is of God then you are in total disrespect of what He is doing. If its not of God then go ahead and cast judgment but know this, you will be judge for what you say. So again please be slow to condemn something you think you know something about to make your theology in God line up with what YOU believe.

    2nd. In the early 90s I had the privileged of helping Benny Hinn on stage for almost 2 years. All I can say is what I have seen and experienced in that time frame. In the Bible He says there will be signs & wonders. Signs can be seen. Wonders are just that I wonder how He did that. Psalms 96:3 says Declare His wonders among all people. So I will. In those 2 years I saw many signs of miracles and a lot of wonders, like being slain or people falling down. I was on stage with him being a catcher of those who were being slain (or what ever you want to call it) Countless times I was there to catch them and the power was so strong I hit the deck as well and couldn’t stop it even though I tried. Sometimes it felt like electricity running through me. Other times it was a mighty rushing wind. Then there was fire but not like fire that it burns you just a lot of heat that felt good. There was just a power that I can’t explain but felt in all of these experiences. I felt the presence of God, love, peace & joy. Never judgment or the feeling of evil. Sometimes when I picked the people up they got up fast, then sometimes they were in a deep sleep or something because I could not wake them up. I just pulled them to the side and eventually they would arise. In the thousands of people I have caught and laid down 90% had a smile on their face. I can only imagine the stories they told of the signs and wonders of our God and what has happened to them.

    I hope this does what He has ask me to do (Declare His Wonders among all people). What I have wrote here is as much truth as I can recall.
    Nick Mayfield

  30. Rene - February 6, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    I was about 22 when I was slain in the spirit. The pastor barely touched me and I woke up on the floor .i am now 60 . God has touched my life profoundly by these unexplained things . The Holy Spirit seems to touch my life when a life event is happening. I am in need of healing for breast cancer now. Why can’t God touch my life in any way he sees fit. I love you Jesus!!! I’m a believer in his power

  31. judy siciliano - April 9, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    i was slain in the spirit many times years ago at healing masses. What confuses me is that while i was on the floor I really didn’t feel anything happening to me. But what I did feel was totally paralized, like was nailed to the floor. At first my eyes were closed and just resting, then after about a minute my eyes could open, but could not move. I could speak, and aware of all around me. I do remember the priest walking around me and the others on the floor. When he would pass me his white floor length garmet would brush over my hand. I always remember saying if only I could touch the hem of his garmet, like it says in the Bible, i could be healed. But I was never healed of my deafness on the floor. The other incident was that slowly I began to move little by little, but not my head. I could not move my head at all to get up. So I stayed down there. Others in the church could not explain why I could not get up and I was embarrassed, but I was soon able to get up after around 8 more minutes. When i finally got up I was feeling a little weak and sat down. But soon aftre felt fine. I had a feeling of gratefulness towards God for allowing me to fall. Every healing mass I went to I fell, but did not feel anything unusual. Today I think about it and miss it. They don’t have healing masses anymore here, and wish they did. When I was young around 11, an evil spirit appeared to me in my bedroom and I was terrified. Nothing came of it, but I know it was an evil spirit or the devil, I don’t know. I was afraid for a long time that I may see him again. I do know that I am interested in learning about evil in the world and what it does to others. I am very tuned in to recognizing it when it shows itself in others and circumstances. Would you say that my being slain in the spirit is from God or does the devil have somethink to do with it? Please reply by my E-mail above. Thank you for your time. Judy

  32. Jummy - April 21, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    I think we should be very careful in making judgements regarding the experiences of others. I was slain in the spirit in the year 1998. I had gone through a very rough time. Prior to that, I was happy-go-lucky, not thinking about anything. I had been a believer, but never truly understood the concept of God in totality. On this night, I prayed by myself and fell backwards, with bolts of beautiful lights followed by a pure white light going through my mind and body. I saw my body draw back and all that was left was pure conciousness. That was the first time, I understood the greatness of God. Up until then, God was in the Church. After that, I knew God was truly in me as He is in those who are willing to accept Him as such. It didn’t pefect me immediately, but it got me to a point where I knew God was ever present in me no matter what the day brings. I want to speak hope in to Rene’s life. Rene, I believe with you that you are healed. You were given victory before the earth was created. Jesus win your battle way before now, so please agree with me and decree that you are healed. I know it and see it. Peace be with you.

  33. VR - May 4, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I find the entire article unconvincing as the arguments were the “straw-men” of what any actual biblical critique of the practice might actually put forth. The fact is that the biblical apostolic gifts that came about in order to legitimize the message of the gospel are nowhere seen in today’s church. The article’s point that there are biblical passages that seem to point to some kind of falling out simply proves too much. For if there is no evidence that tells us that it is explicitly from God, then why not go to the other extreme and say, “well, I’ll see your mere fainting in the spirit and raise you levitational trance.” The point is why. Why would God “give” this fainting to his people. Imagine a loving father giving a humanly son a fainting spell as a present. I’d ask, “why?” What is the point? Worship? Surely not, since all my faculties have been incapacitated for the duration of my spell. For witness? Surely not, since the phenomenon cannot be tested as legitimate therefore none can say with any objective certain that it happened for the reasons they espouse.

    Christians are equipped by the word of God with everything they need. EVERYTHING. A supernatural gift to faint seems completely unjustified biblically although, I have dear friends that will swear they have experienced something not unlike what the article describes. Although everything that we do to worship God does not need to be explicitly stated to do it that way (see the debate between normative vs regulative worship), gifts that God gives should be things that the Bible does say that he will give his followers. How does being slain in the spirit glorify God and where is this said to be a gift non-singular gift (differentiated from singular gifts such as are appropriate to individual circumstance, e.g. a random bank account error where you got the exact amount of money that was required for your dying daughter’s surgery, contrasted by gifts that God may give to many people commonly) to believers? It can’t be justified biblically and that should our primary concern here. Nothing that the author posits would hold to any serious exegetical critique.

  34. Joe Mwangi - May 29, 2015 at 3:46 am

    I disagree completely with this phenomenon of being “slain in the spirit”.This cannot be the work of the Holy Spirit because according to Galatians 5:23 , one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is SELF CONTROL and NOT loss-of-control and paralysis as occurs in these events.When the Holy Spirit came upon our Lord in the form of a dove during His baptism ,He did not throw Him on the ground and cause Him to be “slained”.When Ananias laid his hands on Paul and he was filled with the Holy Spirit in Acts 9:17-18 , Paul did not fall to the ground and become “slained”.Instead he rose up (since he must have been kneeling or sitting down) and was baptized.The genuineness ( or lack thereof ) of something is not based on some subjective experience one has but on the objective truth of the word of God.Bless you.

  35. Godfrey - July 6, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Scriptures! Scriptures! Scriptures! And I say again Scriptures! Everything has to be tested against the Word of God and nothing else!

  36. Rick - August 4, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    I have never “pushed” anyone or tried to make them fall, it is a very beautiful move of God when you feel His power flow through you and into someone you are praying for. Some people become “staues” they don’t move and just stand where you pray for them. Others burst into laughter and you see the Joy of God all over them, and others burst into tears and release the burdens they have carried for far to long.
    And yes some people and Pastors fake it. Hoping to appear holy and powerful. All power comes from God. He uses all of the willing as He wants not as we want.
    Give God the glory.
    Great article. Thank you!

  37. Sandra - August 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    last week being prayed for at the Alter, I went out cold. I fell hard. I don’t understand it, but I know it was God.
    This is why Christians. Are losing a lot of the battles. (Yes. We know the end of the story)
    We are so judgemental of other Christians. All of these items are not a way to save lost souls. God is huge. He ministers to each of us as we need it and He chooses.
    Stop wasting time letting me know I’m doing it wrong. Just be joyful I know Jesus as my savior.

    • LCTC - August 8, 2016 at 10:57 am

      Amen Sister! I was recently overcome by the Glorious presence of God! 🙂 In my experience, I was being delivered from being molested as a child! I thought that I had dealt with that issue a few years prior….:/ Evidently I didn’t… :/ You see, I still dealt with it in my mind from time to time…..But Glory to God I’m finally delivered! 🙂 You see….people tend to try and put GOD into a little box! If you’re a TRUE Believer, worshipper HOLY-SPIRIT FILLED Christian, you SHOULD KNOW that Our GOD is SOOOO MUCH BIGGER THAN THAT! 🙂 Also, No one laid hands on me, and I fell down to the right(not forwards or backwards)! :-)….Thank you God for that Glorious Experience! 🙂 I have had many spiritual experiences in my life, but being “Overcome” or “Resting” in the presence of Our Glorious God was the 1st for me! 🙂 Continue to Be Blessed everyone! 🙂

  38. Jody - September 14, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    I am an Apostolic Pentecostal.

    While your attempt is genuine some is a far stretch to come to conclusion. But, the positive side is I do agree with you that it doesn’t mean it’s demonic. Yes I have been in churches where clearly something was “off.” I was in a Methodist church where every person who had hands laid on them did the fall. Then they would lay cloths on them all. Now THIS seemed against the Bible to me. It seemed odd that every person every time would fall and that these cloths were being draped over them… Which is NOT scriptural. I suspected by the symbols on this churches walls and their proceedure (and their 20 minute sermon on asking for money before the 10 minute sermon on the Bible compared to my church’s two minute prayer on giving and an hour to an hour and a half sermon on scripture) that they may be operating under familiar spirits. The Bible DOES warn us there will be false churches. However the devil operates as God does, does he not? He is a manipulator and will use God’s ways to mimick the faith and deceive. In this case one can assert that some truly do fall by the Holy Spirit. In my church, a hundred people will go to alter call… An estimated quarter to half of those people may be touched by a pastor or associate pastor and anointed with the laying on of hands. And only a few times have I seen one or two actually fall. I myself have “fallen backwards” in my church on two occasions out of maybe 16 times or so that I have been to the alter…. At least 10 of those times having hands laid on me by a pastor and at least 15 of those times having others lay hands on me. So obviously I don’t fall in the spirit every time. This seems more accurate than the church where everyone falls every time they go up. I will also add that the times I did fall, there was still a lot of darkness in me… I was new in my faith and God is/was still working on me … As my faith gets stronger I seem to stand before God at the alter as the days go by. Instead of falling lately I get the sudden urge to get on my knees. So what do I PERSONALLY feel about being slain? That it is attached to wickedness before God. If you are in a false church practicing a false version of what the Bible preaches you are going to be in constant sin and probably will be in a church that everyone falls at all the time. We pray that we are worthy to stand before God. If we cannot stand before him at alter it should be a sign from God we need to work on something sinful hindering our walk with the Lord. And your church itself could very well become that “thing. Additionally I would like to add that on one occasion I almost fell straight down but the person laying hands on me had to manipulate my fall by pushing back more to ensure I fell backwards into the safety of my sisters who were holding me. Therefore If I had actually fallen down the way I was originally going, I would have eventually leaned forward and fallen on my face… So I conclude it is my belief you are forced back by the pastor for a reason. It’s safety. Liability even….

    • TBZ - February 27, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      They drape a cloth over the people who have fallen in the Spirit in order to allow them to lay modestly comfortable. There is no significance of draping a cloth over the person other than to cover the person’s body parts that could be vulnerable if looked at by another person walking by or standing near. It is a courtesy and respect for the person’s body only.

  39. Daniel - October 12, 2015 at 5:39 am

    Hi. I want to be perfectly honest about how I experience this without ever wanting to offend anyone, please allow me to beging by saying this: My heart was an apostate one before I came to really know God the Father, my Lord Jesus -Adonai, and the very Precious Holy Spirit as three distinct Persons in Holiness yet as One in Counsel with each other. To me the understanding of the Trinity in all Creation has opened up the Word of God to my heart and have followed through at a late age to be re-educated about so many things regarding spiritual faith in God. Yet, to be honest, coming from a Pentecostal upbringing, I too have experienced many things which drove me away from the church and Christianity, but not God. When I came to true heart repentance, I had to be really re-educated and my story (testimony) of a life changed by grace continues to this day. I cannot ever go back to the “world” ever again. So here is my problem and if any of your readers can advise me, I will welcome your heart-to-heart maturity in giving me answers directly from the Word of God. Firstly, the standard by which I measure my new life in Christ is not by my words, but by my actions and attitudes being a Spirit-filled born-again believer. The make-over was in my spirit-man and the Holy Spirit taught me how to be filled up with His Power to strengthen me when I needed more of God’s Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Faithfulness (Obedience) Goodness, Gentleness, and Holy Spirit-filled self-control. I do not understand the “laughter” part of this ministry of Rodney Howard-Browne. For God is my strength, my Joy, my peace etc. My faith is a settled matter because the Word says that He gave each “a measure of faith.” I become slightly “unsettled” when people add-on to the Character and Nature of God. Yes, God is so real and nothing can change it. But, I am asking where did any of God’s people in either the Old Testament, or in the New experience this “laughter”? Please don’t misunderstand me, I am juist careful in adding something to God’s Character, Nature and His Word. I desire a revelation from God through His Holy Spirit to my spiritual man hidden in Christ Jesus. If God Inspires, He will reveal, If He reveals, He will Instruct, If He Instructs, He will Direct, If He Directs, He will also Correct by His Word, and from His correction because of His Love for us, He will Exhort/ encouraage us through His Word, which will Manifest His Presence in Miracles, Signs and Wonders be it any of His Gifts of His Holy Spirit He imparts to us as He wills to give them. When my heart experiences this move in my spirit, I know God has gvien me more than I expected. Then with a heart humbled by His Presence, He Comforts my heart. How is it then I question the “holy laughter” experience? I saw it in a Mega-Church here in South Africa and experienced something of the sort of ” Power of suggestion” and the responses created a mass histeria. Can this be from God? Please help me! I will talk with God on this matter too. Best Regards from a loving heart. Daniel

    • Dave - March 26, 2016 at 11:13 am

      Dear Daniel, I feel your case. Have peace in this matter. From what I sense in your message is that your heart is for the Lord. His grace is sufficient for us. We witness acts that we cannot always discern it’s motives, but rest assured that God will receive glory regardless of the motive of any man. Trust in the Lord and let His shalom be your strength.

      • Janie Zambada - April 26, 2016 at 10:42 pm

        I have heard laughter too at a church I was at when Nathen Morris was speaking,,, few laughed,, I cried, The Glory of God was So So Powerful in this church It touched some if us in different ways. Some people were on the floor rocking back and forth crying. We serve an AWSOME GOD !!!!

  40. Evan Grimminck - October 31, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    There are many other things that happen other than falling. some people shake or act on fire or like wild animals. I think that have a valid point, but I do beleive that there are demonic powers that imitate the holy spirit. The key is testing the spirit.

  41. Carleen Dunn - December 10, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    To God be the GLORY! I thank our Father for your article is from the very heart of God in explaining a “mustard seed” portion of His Glory! We very recently came back from Nepal on a trip to work with the Christian women in their walk with God and we experienced the BEAUTY FULL POWER of the Holy Spirit when we prayed over them, even children with no preconceived judgements received a “touch” from God Himself!! We can only testify of what we have experienced ourselves and declare that this sweet gift of the Holy Spirit is REAL and INCREDIBLE! I am powerfully encouraged to see the fruits of His visit in the time to come- For HIS GLORY ALONE! Thank you and God bless your wonderful ministry!

  42. BiblicalCorrectness - January 3, 2016 at 6:15 am

    So a few verses with Jesus or the holy spirit doing this makes it ok for TD Emmanuel a prophet from God? Falling on your hands is more like covering your face. What prophet or apostle touched someone on the head and caused this reaction? This is biblically false, only Christ and the Holy spirit had this power, not men for their own glory

    • Connie - April 11, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      John 13:12, KJV, in Jesus’ words, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” I still have this page in my KJ Bible, and I believe it.

  43. Witness of his Glory - January 12, 2016 at 3:02 am

    I was caught up in the Spirit on Sunday after the pastor had all married couples read a decree over our marriages for 2016. Between the unison in speaking, the force and boldness we had in speaking forth the decrees, the music in the background and the wails of joy from the saints, I fell to my knees and cried. I fell on my face, essentially. I cried for all I’ve been through in my marriage for the past two years and thanked God in my mind for all he’s done. I couldn’t get up and when I did, I was exhausted. I was exhausted for the next hour. But, I know it was God and I felt lighter as the load of the strongholds on my marriage have been removed and the chains broken. The enemy tried to make me feel ashamed for this experience but I rebuke that in the name of Jesus! I believe in being slain in the Spirit and I thank the Lord for his manifestation in our lives to show himself to his children.

  44. Debbie - January 12, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    I have been a Born-Again Christian for over 40 years and I would sometimes see this happen on TV. To be honest, I always thought it was not real. Last Friday night that all changed for me, I was at a service and I knew some of the people and it was definitely without a doubt real and happening. I did not go up but I found it quite interesting, I love this church but never expected a guest pastor to have people come up for a deeper knowledge of the Holy Spirit and His vision for us. Over 75 people were “slain in the spirit”. Prior to this we were worshipping with music and it was powerful. I left with a feeling of what just happened?

    The Bible is an awesome and amazing book. When referring to Bible verses from it to help understand this practice, I must say sometimes with the Bible we are given some information in various Bible verses on different topics but we are not necessarily given all the details. This happens occasionally and we are required to pray about it and trust in the Lord. We know to “test the Spirit” and that night it was definitely the “Spirit of Truth” and “Love” so it was definitely the Holy Spirit speaking to each individual in my opinion.

    I went home and said I was enjoying the worship, music and service before this “slaying in the Spirit” so why did they have to do this? After meditating and praying to the Lord to show me, I just came to this realization. Many Christians today lack the power of the Holy Spirit. They are Christians in name sake and they have no knowledge of the power that our God possesses. Perhaps this would be a light to others to put them in AWE of our AMAZING GOD and the deep down driven desire to want more of His Holy Spirit which speaks in truth and love! The important thing is not the details but to grow in love and truth of our mighty God, our El Elyon most High God!!!

    I am in AWE and blessed to have witnessed this experience with others. It has taught me so much. The questions we can save for our Lord one day when we get to Heaven but for now, I am challenged to fulfill my mission here on earth!

    Love to you all, IN CHRIST!

  45. Nancy Donnelly - January 17, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Nancy. I attended a service with a huge auditorium in St. Louis of Evangelicals praising and worshiping Jesus Christ. After the service the audience was informed if they wanted/needed pray there were “pray warriors” in other rooms. I was facing surgery for breast cancer two days later, so I went for pray. When I entered a large room with a mature woman standing there. She asked me if I believed in the Holy Spirit and ofcourse I said I did! I was always close to Jesus from early childhood. I was raised Catholic and wanted to be a Nun! As soon as she asked me the afore mentioned question tears ran down my face and I fell backwards. Actually I floated backwards and never felt the floor. I did a lot of sobbing/emotional cleansing! When I got up I felt elated and healed! I was definitely in the healing presence of the Holy Spirit. When I was being wheeled back to my hospital room I was praising God. The nurse was Ethopian and Very Beautiful dressed all in white. I asked her what her name was. Saleem she said! Her name meant Peace. I had been supporting a Ehopian little girl in Africa who years later became a nurse! The power and grace of God Almighty exits! How blessed we are if we are believers!

    • bernie javier - March 6, 2016 at 8:00 am

      Nancy, my sister in faith and Spirit. God’s power and love, unstoppable and never changing will always reveal itself. Thanks for posting your encounter with the Holy Spirit. Our Bible study group is presently studying the “Forgotten God” by Franchis Chan and I am the facilitator. I will include your testimony in our next meeting if you don’t mind. Thanks again. To the King belongs the glory!

  46. Nuruodo - March 20, 2016 at 9:52 am

    I’ve only recently found out about “slain in the spirit” and right away it made me suspicious of the whole thing, because in my stupidity I’ve messed with the kundalini but fortunately It didn’t open my third eye (I know it is not part of the awakening process but it can happen because of kundalini), anyway I had some beginning of energy raising and I got worried so I stopped and I started to question the whole thing. Then I read a lot about dangers of opening to spirit world through meditation and prayer is a kind of meditation, even saints who prayed a lot had demonic possessions like for example Saint Mariam Baouardy.

    When Jesus sent Holy Spirit onto the Apostles, they received tangible gifts out of it, like for example the knowledge of foreign languages so they could spread the Gospel. Apart from something so profound like this I tried to find anything what people get from their encounter with Holy Spirit in “slain in the spirit” experience but there is nothing. I think making people who received it better, meaning more good to praise God’s glory would be not unreasonable. And as lillyanne March 29, 2014 at 1:56 pm said she had not notice any difference in people who received it.

    I personally would not want this to happen to me, unless it happened on its own when I prayed, without anyone “doing it to me”. I have to say that people who had NDE are the ones who really receive gifts from God and really do change for the better, most of the time they change their lives totally to be selfless and helping.

  47. Dave - April 30, 2016 at 1:13 am

    I had an experience where I felt I was dying helplessly in a dark place. It was a complete feeling of darkness present while crying and laying flat in bed. It was not hopelessness but rather a resignation I was at my end of my being. I fell asleep. When I awoke the next morning my previous emotional problems had totally subsided. My emotions and emotional reactions had become much less although I cannot say I was happy or at peace. I felt it as a relief which I still experience since then.

  48. Richard - May 17, 2016 at 9:28 am

    I have know of people being overcomed and falling or passing out from fear or emotional overload and in a act of homage or worship fall to the ground the first involluntary and the second an intentional act of the individual the bible shows both.

  49. derrick - September 14, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    I am sure that being slain in the Spirit is real. On several occasions, i have been slain in the Spirit during a dream. Here are a few examples:

    I have experienced the sensation of falling backwards after seeing the glory of the Lord. Jesus was behind me in the dream and caught me on the way down. He held my hands.

    In another dream, I was encouraging a lady to lay hands on someone. She then touched my lips and i spoke in tounges before falling to the ground.

    It is a wonderful experience. Ask the Lord to give you the gift of the Holy Spirit and to experience some of the supernatural. He gives abundently! One day i will experience it in the flesh…

  50. josh - November 21, 2016 at 7:44 am

    But God never used a third party to show his power.
    Disciples and others encountered spirit bcz of some reasons …
    This is just like a third party /(exactly like a Trojan) forcefully throwing here and there…some are laughing madly like hell..

    If you believe jesus is risen and still alive,he’s willing to answer your prayer then why you are worried about every Tom,dick and harry.

    Pray to Jesus for holyspirit…

    Christ already mentioned that it is fake …( Mathew 24 ) read it very carefully…. Repeat and understand
    ..

    The claimed evidences based on scriptures are right,but either some people had an encounter ‘directly’ with God or Jesus.

    exactly encouter bcz of some reason.

    This is spirit of” fallen angel’.

    Once he was in Lord’s ministry.
    He was the worship leader.. That’s why the slain of spirit use main leaders of worship and ministry to reach everyone….

    Jesus claims (Mathew 24) they will do miracles,healing,claims his (Jesus) name….

    These leaders use phrase such as,, ” in the name of Jesus”,fire, power…

    Who knows they may command bad spirit in Jesus name to hit on people…

    I heard that these leaders first ask are you ready?those who agrees ,then it would be more better to Dominion over you…

    Let’s look scriptures..

    God strongly commanded not to mix up with other people in the world
    Bcz you may worship other Lord in the world
    (Written in old testament)

    In these centuries, everyone welcomes mixed culture,tradition and worship

    ..that is

    Choosen people are mixed with charismatic
    ……
    ……..

    ( now I am leaving upto you….)

    I am sorry to say that my English is extremely poor…try to understand

    Read Bible more and more,maintain a personal relationship with God

    May Lord Jesus give you Abundance of life

    • H. D. - February 19, 2017 at 4:11 am

      I know there are counterfeits as God has warned of them. I also know that there are also authentic Christians still.

      This article is not talking about demonic spirit. It is talking about the Holy Spirit (which is God) and about the human spirit.

      Slain in spirit is a state, not an actual demon.
      Demons hate Christan prayer and worship of God. Demons want to stay inside a person, not get kicked out. Demons don’t want people to be near God. People under strong demonic influence, can’t even enjoy church.

      I have experience it myself, a dislike of church in my early days. I’ve seen same experience in other troubled people. And as our lives are set right, doors of sin closes, low level demons leave. Higher level ones must be commanded out. The person experience a loss of their dislike and can actually enjoy God’s presence.

      Christians obedient to Christ is not 3rd party. They are the body of Christ on Earth. I.E. the extension of Jesus.

      If we continue in Jesus we are His disciples.

      Jesus commanded His disciples to cast out demons, heal the sick, preach the good news, feed the poor, etc.

  51. H. D. - February 19, 2017 at 3:50 am

    My experience appears to be gradual increase in the amount of outward manifestation of the flesh reacting to God, starting with unnoticeable muscle tremors in my early days, eventually leading to stronger quakes as I grow spiritually. Plus praying in tongues becoming easier/ more fluid.

    I didn’t fall during the beginning when I’d go and receive prayers at the altar. I’ve seen people get slain. I’ve also seen people encourage to fall and experience the coaxing from catcher also. Since space was a bit limited in my church, I don’t think they were trying to encourage false manifestation, but it was more of encouragement to fall away from people should there be a true manifestation of slain in spirit.

    I think I experience my first slain in spirit over a year after holy spirit baptism. Again I think its an extension of the tremors experience, because quaking was strong that I couldn’t stand and my knees just gave. It was accompanied with praying / speaking in tongues. I think I felt warmth too, only noticed it at my ears.
    I didn’t feel peace/ happiness or anything. I think in my case God touched me to administer some form of healing (mental / emotional).

    I believe I had a revelation from God, some months ago, before regarding tremors are associated with breaking off spiritual bondages. It came to me when I had been seeking to know why some people quake. My tremors mostly manifest in my lower arms /hands, and as I was pondering about the question in my mind, I received key words handcuffs and opening of prison gates ( associated with earthquake releasing the jail doors of where Paul was captive.)

  52. Carolina - March 16, 2017 at 1:03 am

    I had been seeking spiritual healing for some time now. I have been praying and seeking guidance from fellow Christians and priests, but never really receive an answer that convinced me it was the right way to go. I did not stop seeking and kept praying and I remember what one priest told me, that I should not seek help from a human being but that it is only through Jesus that I will find healing, he is the Divine Physician. So I kept praying, visiting Jesus in the Blessed sacrament and especially during Eucharistic Adoration. Earlier in the day, I went to daily mass at Holy Family and after mass , on the door was posted an announcement that in the evening there was going to Adoration and healing service with the laying of hands later in the evening. I thought about going but was not entirely convinced about going. I went to adoration at another church, while I was there I ask Jesus if I should go to this healing service and he answered “Yes, I will be there.” So I did, the Deacon came out and placed the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance and place it on the altar for adoration. There was singing and the Deacon said a prayer and spoke to everyone there that Our Lord is present and ready to hear our prayers and that he invites us to come up to Him and tell him what is in our hearts and to lay our fears, worries, struggles down at his feet and he will lift them up to himself. The Deacon said that he is only the instrument of God and it is through the power of the Holy Spirit that he can bring forth healing by laying his hands upon us. A reading of the Gospel Acts 3 Peter Heals a Lame Beggar was read by one of the prayer warriors, she expounded on how the beggar was expecting money from Peter but instead Peter told him “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” (Acts 3:6) The beggar go up and walked and gave praise to God. The crowd were astounded and Peter asked why are they surprised, “Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? (Acts 3:12) Peter exclaims, “By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.” (Acts 3:16) She use this passage from Acts to emphasized how the Deacon like Peter is an instrument of God’s healing power. The Deacon then invited all who wanted healing to come up to the altar, a line of people formed and I was toward the end of the line. I had gone to other healing services such as the anointing of the sick which I receive consolation but I never experience this type of healing service with the laying of hands. I kept singing the songs being played and started to feel nervous then I noticed that certain people were falling back and wondered what was happening to them. I must admit I was getting more nervous and I was getting closer to the altar and prayed to God to give me strength. It was my turn to kneel and the Deacon, told me to open my hands , he started to make the sign of the cross on my head and my hands, he held my head and began to pray and told me to tell Jesus about anything that I want to tell Him, that he is here and listening and want me to be healed and to be happy. I started praying and noticed I began to shake, I began to feel like I was going weak and felt myself going back and falling on the floor. Two assistants helped me down while another covered me with a white cloth. I felt paralyzed, my hands were on top on my chest , I was trembling from my face and down to my feet. I could not stop trembling, I just prayed to God to help me, after a few minutes I was able to get up but my hands were still stiff I could not move my fingers, I was still trembling, and one of the assistants pulled up a chair to sit noticing that I was still trembling. I sat there and prayed to God to help me , I was able to get up and go back to my pew, but I was still have that feeling and eventually by the end of the service I felt at peace and sense of joy from the experience. I felt a strong prompting by the Holy Spirit to share my story in this website, because it was only through the grace of God that I was able to experience firsthand his healing power especially in His presence in the Eucharistic Adoration. Praise and Glory to our Lord Jesus Christ!

  53. Floyd - July 25, 2017 at 1:14 am

    I know this is an extremely controversial subject amongst modern and especially lukewarm Christians. As members of the Church of Laodicia I feel we tend to argue and worry more about who’s right and who’s wrong and point the demonic finger at each other more than we worry about lifting up our fellow brothers and sisters and edifying the Church. I was recently “slain” during a revival I was attending. The only reason I even found this website is because I for one never even heard the term “slain in the spirit” until after this happened to me. I went to revival just with the intentions of praying for people who were attending. Anyway the place was getting fired up and the gifts of the spirit were manifesting all around. A woman came up to me and asked me if I had been hurt. 3 years prior I sustained a severe spinal cord injury while working. I spent 40 days lying motionless in a hospital bed and was classified a C6 quadriplegic. I was miraculously healed and have made a 100% recovery which led to my acceptance of Christ as Lord and savior of my life. This woman was a complete stranger yet still knew I had been injured somehow previously although I have been healed. Nonetheless she asked if she could pray for me which I graciously accepted. Before we go any further I must make very clear that I am not a charismatic. I am a pneumatic. Charismatics focus all too much on receiving the gifts like they’re a spoiled child at a birthday party wanting all there friends to see them open presents. A pnuematic focuses on the workings through the gifts in order to convict lost souls of forgiveness needed through the blood of Christ and to edify the Church in order to help it function properly so that it be effective at reaching unbelievers which we’re commanded to do. Anyway she prayed for me and as soon as she took her hand off me I felt myself thrown toward the prayer alter benches and went black. When I came to I was laying over top of a bench that had been knocked over and slid forward about 4 ft. on carpet nonetheless. These benches were solid oak and extremely heavy to the point they would be hard for a grown man to knock over if he tried. I was in the front pew when I was “thrown” at least 8 ft to the bench which I pushed forward another 4 ft after knocking it over and coming to rest on top of it. When I regained my senses I began to weep like I have never before and all I could think about was how violent, cruel, humiliating, and undeserving of a death my savior paid as ransom for my soul and forgiveness of my sin. I felt utterly humbled and undeserving of his grace although accepting of it. If this experience was indeed demonic then brothers and sisters where on Earth do we even begin? Do we even have a chance? Oh and the 500lb bench that I was told I took out like an NFL linebacker didn’t leave a mark on my body. Never felt it although I may have pulled a muscle trying to stand it back up and slide it into place. Brothers and sisters if demons are in church while the gifts and workings of the Holy Spirit are present and people are praying and worshiping and reading scripture aloud we are all in serious trouble. Just my $.02. Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the lamb. These are the true words of God.

  54. Kereama Williams - September 17, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Glory be to God and blessings to you all. I have been bowled over by the Holy Spirit without anyone touching me and being metres away standing in line.
    I warn with love to the doubters to be cautious of claiming it is demonic and not of God.
    Blaspheming the Holy Spirit is the only unforgivable sin, and has tragic consequences Mark 3:29.
    God bless you

  55. Allen - September 28, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Am thrilled, Thanks for sharing your story Ann, it amazing to know God still works through people and your exepreinces are beyond reasonable boubt, his grace found you… i get excited having read your story of how the holyspirit manifest in your case, many yearn to have such an encounter with the lord, i wouldn’t want to know your background but this God working through His spirit and i believe you must have the prophetic gift accomanpied by other gifts… i know why i say so i wouldn’t want to go further
    am blessed having read your story.

  56. Allen - September 28, 2017 at 2:17 am

    I love the way you explained it sir… makes it meaningful, what i do know is; as far as the heaven is from earth so as Gods ways, plans thought and wisdom far off from men.
    many do even know the move of God that’s the more reason the attack or have fault in it… this my favorite statement “the taste of the podgin is in the eating” most time becuase of ignorances we are left out to the move of God… there are things that can be explain and thing explaination can not handle but “experience”, get an encounter of, i have seen men slained most times as a result of impartation of gift, healing, deliverances, even to the move of the holyghost etc i see no reason to doubt

  57. C.J. - November 5, 2017 at 12:41 am

    I didn’t grow up in this. I know it’s real because I experienced it when I visited my husband’s church. I fell unexpectedly and suddenly. So suddenly I could not be caught and I hit my head. It was cut open about 4 inches and it did bleed. I looked on the internet to try to find an explanation. I didn’t find one. Why when I went up to get prayer would I hit my head so hard it bled. I’m just confused about it.

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