Is Being Slain In The Spirit Coming From God?

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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.

Conclusion To Why I Believe Being Slain In the Spirit Is From The Lord

1. Being slain in the Spirit is simply when the presence and power of God comes directly at you causing you to either fall forward or backward.

This power can either come directly through the hands of someone operating under the Lord’s anointing at any given moment, or directly at you by God Himself, such as when you see people falling to the ground while just sitting in their seats with no one laying a hand on them.

This manifestation of God’s power can either come directly at you very lightly where you just start to lose your balance and then proceed to fall.

Or it can come at you very strongly to the point where you cannot resist it and you are literally blown to the ground.

When this happens, it looks like a cannonball is hitting someone right in the stomach and they fall backwards with a fair amount of force.

God decides how strong He will manifest this kind of power when He does decide to manifest it on someone.

Granted, there will always be some people in a church service who will be falling backwards out of their own flesh. The power of God is not causing them to fall backward.

They just want to be part of the crowd and they will fall backwards all on their own.

However, you cannot throw out the baby with the bathwater on this manifestation just because some people will always choose to act out of their flesh.

2. So what happens when people are slain in the Spirit? Sometimes just a nice, restful, peaceful, relaxed feeling will come over the person. Sometimes people can receive inner and/or outer healings while resting in the Spirit.

Some people can receive visions, instructions, or advice from the Lord on a situation that He may want to deal with them on. People can rest anywhere in the Spirit from 1-2 minutes or as long as 4-6 hours if God would choose to go that long with a particular individual.

For those of you who would like additional information on this phenomenon – there is a book titled “Overcome by the Spirit” by Francis MacNutt.

Francis MacNutt is an ex-Catholic priest who received a very powerful healing ministry from the Lord. He noticed that this phenomenon would occur quite often whenever he would lay hands on people for their healings.

He interviewed many people after they had fallen in the Spirit to find out what their reactions were, and exactly what had happened to them while they were resting in the Spirit. There are many direct quotes from the people he interviewed and it was all very positive.

He came to the conclusion that being slain in the Spirit was a very real manifestation of God that was occurring because of all the good fruit it produced in the people who had experienced this phenomena.

He said some of the actual healings that came through his ministry occurred when people were resting in the Spirit after he had initially laid hands on them.

This man, in my opinion, is a true servant of God. He explored this phenomenon with complete objectivity back in the 1970’s. He covers, in this most informative book, all of the things that he saw happen when this manifestation would occur.

Short Story

I will leave you with a short story on this manifestation occurring to someone I used to work with. I will never forget this testimony as long as I live. It was very touching and I felt like God allowed this story to come my way when it did to help confirm that this particular manifestation was really coming from Him.

About 20 years ago, I worked with a man who was a very devout Catholic. He was married with 2 girls, ages 8 and 11. There was a priest from Chicago who had come down for the Sunday service.

I cannot recall the name of the priest, but he had a healing ministry and he did a lot of traveling with the healing gift that God had given him. He too found that people would fall backwards whenever he would lay hands on them.

On the Sunday this event occurred, this man, his wife and his two girls all went to see this priest. When this priest then made the call for anyone to come up and have hands laid on them, all four of them went up just to see if God would do anything with any of them.

My friend said that absolutely nothing happened to either him, his wife, or his older 11-year-old daughter. They felt no power come against them and none of them fell backwards in the Spirit.

However, his youngest daughter, who was 8 years of age, was hit hard! He said she went down like a ton of bricks. He said it looked like a cannonball or bowling ball hit her right in the stomach blowing her backwards with great force. There obviously was a catcher behind her when she fell backward.

He said the minute she hit the ground, she started bawling profusely. He said she was crying as hard as she could. My friend initially thought there was something wrong with her because she was crying so hard. He then started to go over to see what was wrong with her, but he received an immediate check from the Holy Spirit that he was not to go near her, that God was doing something very special with her.

He said that she laid on the ground crying as hard as she could for a good 10-15 minutes.

After the 10-15 minutes, she all of a sudden quit crying and stood up. He immediately went over to her and started to walk with her outside. When they got outside, he turned to her and asked her why she had been crying so hard after she had been slain in the Spirit.

I will never forget these words as long as I live. This little 8-year-old girl turned to her daddy and said with a real big smile on her face:

“Daddy, Daddy, He felt so good, He felt so good!”

God was obviously manifesting His loving presence all over this little girl for the 10-15 minutes that she was “resting in the Spirit” to the point that she was crying as hard as she could. She obviously was in the manifest presence of God and He was allowing her to literally feel His love for her.

As I was driving home from work that day after hearing the above story, I then tapped in and asked God what had happened and was that really Him that did all of that.

These three words immediately came up out of my spirit and again, I will never forget these three words. The three words were – “I touched her” – with an emphasis on the word “touch.”

I then immediately started to laugh. He touched her, but she went down like a ton of bricks! I really felt like God was telling me two things with these three specific words:

  1. That it was His manifest presence that blew her backwards causing her to fall like she did, and that it was His manifest presence stirring on the inside of her causing her to cry as hard as she did.
  2. The fact that she told her dad that “He felt so good” – showed that God had to be literally manifesting His love to her where she could physically feel it all over her body.

You will each have to come to your own conclusions as to whether or not you feel this is a true manifestation from God.

For those of you who do believe that this is a real manifestation from the Lord, the above Scripture verses, and arguments off those Scripture verses, can give you some ammunition should you ever find yourself in a heated debate with another Christian over this topic.

As for myself, I really do believe this phenomenon is a true and powerful manifestation from the Lord when it really is Him doing it. But as with all of the other manifestations from God, there are always demons out there who will try and counterfeit some of His manifestations, along with other people just acting out and pretending God is manifesting on them when He is really not doing so.

These people are either operating under the power of suggestion, or they simply want to be part of the crowd if they see other people truly falling under the power of God.

But do not let counterfeit activity from the dark side, or some people acting out of their flesh prejudice you against what I feel is a very powerful and wonderful manifestation from the Lord when He does decide to do it on someone.

For those of you who have been truly slain in the Spirit, you know exactly what I am talking about since you have had this real experience. For those of you who have not – I challenge you to go direct to God the Father in prayer and ask Him to personally show you if this manifestation is something that is really coming from Him or not.

God loves it when you start to press in and ask Him specific questions on anything you may really want an answer on.

Ask, and you may just receive His direct answer on this topic!

Testimony on Being Slain in the Spirit

Since we have put up this article, we have received quite a few emails from people who have received this experience from the Lord. One in particular has really caught our attention. This one came in just a few weeks after publishing the article and this person has given us permission to release his testimony on our site.

This person is 55 years old right now and he personally had this experience with the Lord when he was a sophomore in high school. As you will see when reading his testimony, he initially went up there to see if he could possibly disprove that this manifestation was really coming from the Lord.

Here is this man’s word-for-word testimony on exactly what had occurred to him that day when he went up there to see if this experience was really from the Lord or not. I will then point out a few key things that had occurred to him both during and after he had this experience with the Lord.

I am two months away from age 56 and have been a Christian since a very young age. My relationship with God has at times, been rocky and rebellious.

Yet, He has always been there. I was Slain in the Spirit in high school and want to relate my experience. It is much like the little 8 year old girl you cited as an example.

I was about a Sophomore and going through a very rebellious period. I was doubting the very existence of God. I was attending Monte Vista Christian High School in Watsonville, CA and had gone with many from the school to a revival meeting at a local church. I do not recall the name of the traveling pastor but it was a healing service.

While sitting there in church, listening to the preacher describe those in the congregation that God wanted to heal if they simply had faith enough to come forward, I was undergoing a spiritual battle.

My explanation of what was going on is crude but it is the only way I know in which to describe same. It was as if I had a small little satan on one shoulder and a small Jesus or Angel on the other shoulder.

One was speaking to me telling me that what I was witnessing (Slain in the Spirit, healings) was BS and a fake. The other was telling me that God wanted me to come forward, that He wanted to bless me and let me know He was real. This spiritual battle continued for quite some time. Finally I decided to call out God.

I said to myself something to the effect of – ‘Ok, I will go up there and if I learn You (God) are not real, that this is all fake, and if I conclude you do not exist, this is all fake, I will immediately stand up after being knocked down and I will shout out that what is going on (Slain in the Spirit) is fake. I will expose this as being phony and You (God) do not exist.’

I went up front and stood in a line with others. The Pastor was approaching from my right (moving right to left). The air about me was palable, as if you could touch the air, or chew the air. It was as if the air had a physical substance.

I began to cry and was not sure why. The Pastor was two people right of me and had simply been saying, “In the name of Jesus” as he touched their foreheads.

I knew the Pastor had uttered such words and moved to his right, thus approaching me. I heard him utter the same words to the person second from me on my right. I began to cry harder. The Pastor then stepped in front of the person to my immediate right and uttered the same words. I began crying profusely. At this time, I simply do not recall if I had any thought at all.

I do not recall the Pastor stepping in front of me. I do not recall the Pastor saying anything to me or touching me. After he uttered the words “In the name of Jesus” to the person on my immediate right, my next recollection was a voice in my head while I laid on my back crying. The voice said something to the effect of ‘you thought this was fake, go ahead and get up’. At first I did not know if I had heard anything or what to think. I realized I was on my back, crying profusely.

The voice uttered the same message to me a second time. I think I had the conscience thought that I had been sitting in the audience, undergoing a spiritual battle and I had decided to call out God. I had decided to ascertain if this Slain in the Spirit thing was real or fake and it was my intention to expose the fake… if it was fake.

With that realization, I knew I had to get up so as to expose the lie…… I could not move. I was paralyzed!

As soon as I realized I could not move, literally, I could not move anything other than my mouth, the voice said to me, “I am God, I love you. Do not ever doubt me.” (As I am typing this to you, I am fighting tears. 40 years later, this is powerful).

With the above comments being made to me, by whom I believe from God, the floodgates opened. I thought I had been crying profusely before, but I was now crying more and harder than I had ever before or since cried. I began praising Jesus and thanking Jesus. I was speaking out loud and praising Jesus and thanking Him.

I do not have any idea how long I was on the ground in this state but I continued to cry and praise the Lord until I again heard God speak to me. He said something to the effect of, ‘It’s ok, you can get up now.’

Again, I was lost in emotion and praise and initially was not sure I had heard anything but was aware that I may have heard something. The voice spoke again and gave me the same message…. it was ok, I could get up now.

Realizing I was being told to get up, I tried to move and to my amazement, I simply stopped crying and got up. I remember saying something like thank you and again being told never to doubt God.

I walked back to my seat, emotionally spent. I was tired, but very much at peace and very much happy. (While I have no idea how long I was on the floor, those with me at the time said I was on the floor 2-3 times longer than anyone else. The average amount of time I recall those who were Slain in the Spirit lying on the floor was from a minimun of about 3-5 minutes to a maximum of about 10-15 minutes.)

I have no doubt God was trying to give me a message that He is real, does exist, created me and has power and authority over me. While my relationship over the years has at times been rebellious, I have never doubted I am saved by and through the blood of Jesus. Since being Slain in the Spirit, I have never doubted the existence of God and I have never doubted His love for me.

To this day, about 40 (+) years later, I still get chills and tears well up in my eyes as I recall those events. I was Slain in the Spirit only the one time… but that was God.

God bless. Let me know how it goes.


Notice several key things on this man’s testimony:

1. He initially went up to try and disprove this experience. I know a lot of people think that some Christians are under the power of suggestion when they go up to receive this kind of supernatural experience from the Lord. But this man had just the opposite attitude. He was going to try and disprove it if nothing would have happened to him.

2. Then notice what happens next. Before he actually receives this manifestation from the Lord, he starts to profusely cry. He had no reason to all of a sudden start crying. I believe the intense crying he was experiencing was coming direct from the Holy Spirit. I believe the Holy Spirit was moving on this man to help prepare him to receive this holy experience from the Lord.

3. Then notice what God does next after he actually gets slain by the Holy Spirit. He literally could not move an inch as he was lying under the power of the Holy Spirit, once more proving to him that he was really having this supernatural experience from the Lord.

4. And last but not least, notice the fruit it ended up producing in this man. He has never forgotten this incredible experience many years later and even to this day, he still wells up in tears just recalling everything that had occurred to him that day. This supernatural experience also help prove to him that our God really does exist and that He does truly love all of us.

As we had said in the testimony of the 8 year old girl in our article on this topic, this man was also truly “touched” by the Lord in a most powerful and intimate way that day.

In my opinion, I believe this man had a true, holy, supernatural experience with the Lord that day by the fruit it ended up producing in him, and the fact that he was not under any type of suggestion when he initially went up there to see if this experience was the real thing or not.


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  1. 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????????

  2. for me i believe because i have experience his manifastation.

  3. 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…

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    • Beautiful and Blessed comment.
      It is from Satan…and not Biblical. (Daniel 10.10 below) says that after falling on your face, you must get on your knees and Praise GOD ALMIGHTY.
      I attend a Pentecostal church and the Pastor invoked the occult to manifest and said : SANANDA !!! The kundalini Yoga term for EXTASIS.
      So after months putting up with “speaking in tongues” with no interpreter (UN-BIBLICAL)…turns out I become the interpreter and I get to unmask SATAN´S DECEPTION !!!
      The Holy Spirit is requesting strongly that I exhort those who seek spiritual manifestations and gifts without discerning /trying the spirits….. and also do not value a true permanent transformation achieved by understanding JESUS CHRIST and his Message of TRANFORMATION THRU WISDOM and AFFLICTION.

      THE HOLY SPIRIT IS JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF and HE wants you AWAKE and vigilant, not FALLEN and ASLEEP.


      Dan 10:8 Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength.
      Dan 10:9 Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my FACE toward the ground.
      Dan 10:10 And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my KNEES (Blessing) and upon the palms of my hands.
      Dan 10:11 And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and STAND UPRIGHT: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I STOOD trembling.

      IF YOU FALL BY THE POWER OF GOD….do it on your FACE !!!!! and then get up and PRAISE.

  6. 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.

    • 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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:

  9. 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!!!

    • 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.

    • 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.”;

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

  12. 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

  13. 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. 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.

  15. 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.

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

    • 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?

  18. 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.

    • 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

  19. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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

  20. 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.

    • I really fail to understand why the justification of John 18:6. The people who fell backwards where coming to arrest, torture, and crucify Jesus Christ. Those people were not believers. The fruits of the Spirit is self-control.

  21. 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

  22. 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.

    • I was TRULY Slain in the Spirit, TRULY! That was about 1984 or 85. Attending a workshop, given by Fr. Hampsch, The Healing of Memories. I was involved then in a Charismatic Catholic Youth Group, while attending college. I saw what I thought were fakers, for a lack of a better word.

      Of course, I was curious. Is it real, is it not? Hampsch challenged us to feel God next to us, as we stepped up to be anointed with oil. I have to say, I tried so hard, and did feel God next to. I conversed, Please God, I do not want to fall, that is so not lady like, not for me.

      Long story short. I was anointed with oil at the Mass, something shot through me, from the inside out. That was how I knew it was real. It came from the inside out. It was my proof. I fell under the power of God. I did not want to do that, but it just happened. I could have stood on my own two feet even if I wanted to.

      My response was the noise you make when you are startled. Like someone jumping out, and scaring you from behind a door. An honest response. That is how I know it was real, it came from the inside out, and I was honestly startled.

      I fell to the ground, I could not have stopped that from happening, no matter my will. It just happened. I fell, my body collapsed beneath me. I gasped, and fell. It went through me from the inside out.

      I stood up.. and proceeded to run out of the church proclaiming, I have the proof, I have the proof.. God is real! God exists! Then, realizing that the experience was my own, and many would not believe me, I resigned, sat in a pew and wept.

      God just touched me, for some reason, in that moment.

  23. 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.

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

    • 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.

    • 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…..

    • 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.

    • 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!!

  24. 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.

    • 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.

      • Hey David, there’s nothing wrong with you. I want to be slain in the spirit too, but I never have been. I stopped focusing on desiring to be slain. That is not the point of laying on hands, nor is that a sign that it worked. The only thing that should be on our minds when we get prayer is that we have the petitions we ask because God has granted it in his word. When we get prayer with certain expectations of manifestations, we stop walking by faith and begin walking by sight. Brother, just simply focus on your prayer request and don’t be concerned with being slain. I’ve had a pastor try to push me down while praying for me. That was a distraction from Satan that sent me into a long period of doubt because I was focusing on sight rather than faith.
        When it comes to praying in tongues, some people feel like the spirit is doing it for them (my wife). It is my belief that those people have the gift of tongues, as opposed to having the prayer language that all Christians have. Even then, they are speaking in tongues by yielding to the spirit and saying the syllables they hear. Speaking in tongues is something we do by yielding to the spirit, so the spirit won’t do it for us. You can at anytime decide to start speaking in tongues and say whatever syllables are easiest to say at the time. We control this. Paul talks about this is one of his letters to the church.*[[1Co 14:15]] KJV* What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

        Paul had control over when he spoke in tongues, and sang in tongues. My pastor tells testimonies of how he used to speak in tongues in his dreams but when he woke up he would stop and wonder why. He thought God was stopping, but God taught him that when he was awake, his mind got in the way and he stopped yielding.

        I’ve had people tell me of some pretty cool things that God has allowed them to experience. I started to feel left out at one point and to desire to experience those things but I have learned that God does everything for a reason. If God used those manifestations for some people, it was necessary. If he does not manifest itself in that way to us, it is not necessary at the time. I would love to be slain, see the glory cloud, be caught up to heaven, have the gift of tongues manifest and see angels. However, I try my best not to focus on that and remember that if it was necessary, God would do it.

        • I’ve been slain in the spirit many times. Thank you for this wonderful article. I needed to hear it. Many I know and ME are getting pulled into the NEW AGE, I’m not now, but for a while it was touch and go and I’ve had to cut contact with most of them but one is my friend and I’ll never stop praying for her to come back. Jesus is enough, MORE than enough….but then Jesus explained, yes Jesus talks to me, and I’m not special or crazy, just an average sinner, the deceptions of the devil never stop and won’t stop until all prophecy is fulfilled. But we have gifts of the Holy Spirit andthe Book of Acts describes the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We all have some! I have a few: a seer gift, something I call sound and vision, as I can hear and see from the Holy Spirit, Jesus gave me a vision of his horse and I wrote a short story about it, another time He took me to heaven, it was too wonderful and I didn’t want to come back, it seemed like we were gone for a long time, but it had only been about 20 minutes as I’d looked at the clock before the LORD took me on that tour of heaven. There have been many other visions some I write about just in a journal or to share with a few friends but most are just used in calling out to the LORD and in time spent in praise, though I never spend enough! The gift of tongues came after many long years of praying that I would get it in order to praise Him, I mean over a decade, then it came and it was so wonderful to use it to praise. Then about a year ago Jesus gave me the gift of “understanding” what I’m saying in the tongues. It translates in my head in English which is amazing, it goes like this, I’ll utter what the Holy Spirit sends me in tongues, then simultaneously I understand in English what I’m saying. WOW what a blessing. But I have SO much to overcome: I struggle with jealously, I am disabled and get frustrated at my level of poverty then must readjust to shout out thank you God, I have everything I need. I get angry though often it’s righteous anger at good vs. evil, I so want to understand scripture and sometimes I just don’t….even after lots of prayer sometimes I don’t understand scripture, this isn’t too often but often enough that I sometimes yell out, what does this mean LORD I don’t understand, as a former historian I want to understand, and as a chlid of God I want to understand. Some of the parables still elude me. Well, that’s enough about me, thank you again. This is very helpful for those of us who have been slain in the spirit.

          • Hello, Terri! Thank you for sharing! I, too, had struggled with some of the parables and tried to understand how the scriptures are congruent with each other. After much searching and asking the Father to help me, even after studying for 30 years plus and going to formal Bible school, He began showing me truths about many things in order to open me up to the Truth about his Word that was the very Key to understanding those scriptures that didn’t seem to make sense or match up with the rest of His Word, or that didn’t seem to apply to me. It was incredible, this journey.
            I have since found that this has become a realization that the Holy Spirit has revealed to people, individually, who are really seeking all around the world…totally independent of another. But He allows us to find one another and be able to fellowship and walk in the Truth, the whole Truth and nothing BUT the Truth, praise YHWH!
            Much of the Keys to understanding simply are a result of looking up the original Hebrew words that we’re written (and sometimes the Greek in the NT)! What rich meaning that finally cuts to the Truth of these precious scriptures! There are now quite a few ministries that help do just that! One of my favorites is 119 Ministries, NowYouSeeTV (on youtube),, Lion and Lamb Ministries, etc.
            Well, I hope this helps and again, thank you for sharing…I would Love to read about the experiences you’ve had and pray for blessings and peace in your life!

  25. 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.

    • 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.

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