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.

Johnny

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. What about convolutions and shaking. How is slain in the spirit edifying to the body, the gifts are used to edify so if your shaking and passed out how can you feel edifyed to obey God? And if your shaking that can be painful so why would the spirit of God make a fool of you or give you convolutions.

    The scriptures referred speaks about people falling out of fear and Gods presence.

    Also I seen pastor yell fire, move hands and blow on people that’s not scriptural.

    I also know about the Hindu and yoga practice of the kundalini and they pass out after laying on of hands and shaking. Can you explain!

  2. Requesting for clarification. Can people who are not born again operate in the gifts of Holy Spirit. Is there any scriptural back up on this

  3. Absolutely wonderful article. I have been slain in the spirit. Can’t explain the feeling, you don’t want it to end. I have fallen forward and back. God works in marvelous ways. We should all want to be slain in the Spirit.

  4. This phenom is or Satan and is received by young and unlearned Christians. The Word of God tells us to live by faith, not sight. 2 Cor. 5:7. 1 John 5:4-5. Those who are looking for another sign other than Christ risen are deceived. 1 John 5:10-13. Rom. 4:25. God has given us the record of His Son. He doesn’t need to give more signs and wonders. No one was ever saved by believing a miracle. It is by faith you are saved. Daniel 9:24 lists what the messiah would accomplish. When He said it is FINISHED, those six things listed in Daniel 9:24 were done. He didn’t pay a penalty He took away our sin so we could be holy and justified and acceptable to God. Eph. 1:4. The wages of sin are still death and the Spirit is not here to make you FEEL things. He is here to teach us, guide us, and comfort us. To give show us the peace of God which is received by FAITH, just like all else is received. Heb. 11:6. Heb. 6:1-6. We are free from sin and deception when we believe the record God gave of His Son. Be free and pure and holy. John 8:31-32,36. You are no longer bound by sin and death. 1 John 1:7, 3:3-10, 5:4,10-11. Don’t be deceived by false signs and wonders that do not glorify God and make you FEEL good!

  5. why should God want to save sinners??

  6. I believe the other arguement is that this is being done to uplift the popularity of the pastor as these powers are believed to be manifest only in him and done in the presence of many and not to the glory of God. In Africa this has led to a cult like worship with water bottles, oil and banggles bearing the pastor’s name said to have the same power. In all this idolatry has been revived. Jesus on the other hand when healing people would tell them not to tell anyone but present themselves to the priest. Are pastors not able to do the same for the glory of God?

  7. Blessings!!

    What a powerful testimony. I was also slain in the Spirit in 2003. I had other great expriences where am slain and can not stop weeping.

    Thank you for sharing!!

  8. I’ve had this experience when Rodney Howard-Browne prayed over me. I fell backwards then. I was filled with a sense of happiness, peace and calm that I cannot find words to express it adequately.

    I am convinced it is from God . However, I still believe that counterfeits could also imitate
    it and we must use power of discernment in order not to be deceived.

    Thank you for this wonderful and very useful teaching.

    JOHN MUTTIAH

  9. I only believe in being slain in the Spirit, if the person who puts hand on someone forehead is a man of God, which means first I need to know who you are, what kind of relationship do you have with Jesus, are you a man or woman of prayer, do you have a decent life , I am not going to let someone touch me like that. Do you touch me in the name of Jesus? I am going to challenge you with the blood of Jesus. Because be careful satan can make you slain in the spirit too.

  10. Ive had a number of encounters like the above. I will just list them and not get into specifics. I went to an Assembly of God in Virginia Beach VA in the early 80s where this happened suddenly.

    The pastor was speaking when all of a sudden he was struck to the ground, he went down hard and was unconscious. Then a heavy feeling came all over the church, I could barely stand up and had to sit down. People were swooning in the pews. One Navy man was so overcome he started to shake violently all over yelling Jesus Help Me..and they had to carry him out. the person in front of me shot out of the pew and was literally cannonballed down the aisle (he was sitting on the end) and thrown about 8 feet. I saw this myself. No person could do that on their own. With the pastor completely out, the choir started to fall. The church was literally fallen down, there were about 300 people in there. I wont say the name of the person but hes a famous person (back then, early 80s) who was on the 700 Club regularly–he came up and gave a speech about how this is what happend when the Holy Spirit came upon people in the bible.

    After this the church grew so much that they had to build a much bigger church. There was also the gift of healing operating so mightly that the local news brought in cameras to record this. The line was out the door of the church for months. that pastor left the church for a year and went to Australia. The new church was built behind the old and when he returned the congregation wanted the new pastor, not the old one..

    Then I had this tremendous experience just recently in 2015 when my brother was dying of sepsis. I went to my local Catholic church, lit a candle and poured out my heart for God to heal him. In about 20 minutes, I felt like I was in an earthquake, and a mightly river running through me. I was not shaking, I didnt feel faint or fall back. It was the power of God in me and it released me totally from the anxiety/burden of my brother dying. My brothers wife had called me before this and put my brother on the phone..my brother was saying goodbye to me. After this experience, I knew right on the spot my brother was healed from sepsis. The Lord even gave me instant knowledge that he would be out of the ICU and would be home in 10 days.

    When my brothers wife called me again, I had just stepped out of the church and put my ringer back on the cell. It rang right away and again the phone was given to my brother. I told him he was healed from sepsis and would be out of ICU and at home in 10 days. He said I will take that and accept it. He was healed, and the Lord came and met me right there. I felt God’s power inside me. When I fell in the spirit back in the early 80s in Virigina Beach, I didnt feel any of this. I just fell backwards and laid down and got up again..

    What Im saying is that I believe God can touch a person physically, but the power I felt was tremendous yet contained..it was inside me but nothing inside me was shaking, nothing outside me was shaking..it felt like the burden was lifting off me and at the same time the power of God was healing my brother.

    I wouldnt go to a church where people are falling backwards.. after that in Virgina Beach in the early 80s, some very evil things happened to me..and to my husband..that we experienced at home..it was a spiritual matter. I believe whatever made us fall down and shake/looking drunk in that church was not of God.

  11. I am in need to understand something, if you could help I would greatly appreciate it. I have surrendered my life to Jesus 8 years ago. From the moment I did I was all in, I had been a seeker all my life and went to a Christian church for the first time because I heard God say “Go to Calvary Chapel Downey” for a year before my husband finally agreed to go. The moment I set foot in the church I began to want to cry, I didn’t understand it, but I just knew Jesus was the only way and was the only truth. We didn’t know a soul in this large church God brought us to, but we knew we needed to be there. We surrendered our lives that day even though their was no altar call or opportunity to say the salvation prayer, but we knew to dedicate our lives from that moment on. The following week their was an opportunity to stand and say the salvation prayer and we did. The question I have is the physical swaying I feel every time I close my eyes to pray. Back then it scared me because I didn’t know what it was and thought perhaps I had a demon. I would try to lock my knees, but it made it uncomfortable and distracted me from praying. I have never fallen back, but sometimes I feel the swaying more than other times, but it’s only when I close my eyes to pray or rather when I pray or am in service or a group to pray. The swaying has no set pattern to it, but feels soft and mostly forward and back rather than side to side. I used to be hung up about what other people would think of me if they saw me, but I finally got to the point of not caring as much because their eyes should be closed anyway. I remember I felt it the most powerful in Israel especially at the western wall. We were there only one year after we surrendered our lives, so I was still new to being a Christian and the swaying motion kind of scared me, because when we were at the western wall I had to lean on things so I wouldn’t sway while our pastor was talking about the tour. All I can say it that the land of Israel seems to be alive because the moment I set foot off the plane I felt the swaying and it didn’t stop until we left. At the time I shared it with others, but they told me it was the after effects of being on the plane and after of about a week and I was still feeling it they just thought I was weird. Although I have come to believe it’s the flow of the Holy Spirit that I feel as rivers of living water, I still get that voice in my head telling me that something is wrong with me. I have asked others that I trust if they feel it, but I have not met anyone who has. The church we attend I doesnt practice being slain in the spirit. When I ask our Lord and I hear Him say “Be still child” I believe He means don’t worry about it, I don’t believe He is saying stop it. I would appreciate your thoughts. Thank you and may our Lord bless you with much joy, love and laughter always. 🙂

  12. Simply because you beleive its a gift from The Holy Spirit doesnt necessarily mean that is.
    We are to test the spirits 1 John 4.

    First look at the phrase Slain in the Spirit. The word slain in the bible means dead that is killed [usually by someone else]. However by contrast where people fell over lifeless [stunned] they were “as dead”.
    Strange dont you think that the phrase says Spirit and not The HOLY SPIRIT.
    The only spirit that wants any beleiver dead is satan. People thus slain are are typically dead to worship.
    Now its been said that there are biblical instances where people fell over and because it doesnt mention which way [ie on front or on back] it could mean on back. Fair comment on the face of it [no pun intended] however strange dont you think that if it could be either way, today they all fall on their back-no one falls on their front. Also biblically could it be that as people typically fell on their face that was the norm so to speak and therefore no need to mention which way.
    The HOLY SPIRIT has a three fold ministry regarding HOLINESS [Im simplifying this to make a point]
    1to make an individual fruitful and mature
    2to edify the church of beleivers,the Body of Christ
    3to add new beleivers to the Body of Christ
    There are numerous and various gifts blessings and manifestations given at His discretion to these wonderful ends.
    The point is this that those falling down in church and therefore dead to worship how is this possibly edifying the church when there is no testimony at the end of it. Mostly it is about a great anticipation; an atmosphere; a desire to “go over” [ to show that they were being touched by God ]. What about music and lights-all aids to the skilll of mesmerisation and trancing. What about the laying on of hands on the solar plexis and/ or forehead.
    My own testimony is that a couple of years ago after many years of unbelief of this phenomonon was that one day I was in a pentacostal church and before the service, “modesty-blankets” were being readied for a visit by an overseas pastor. During the inevitable altar call I watched as people went down and I said to myself..well maybe it is true and my unbeleif held me back. So I decided to go up and instinctively I said a prayer quoting Psalm 62, Yeshua you are my rock my salvation and my defence and I will not be greatly moved but if you want me collapsed on the floor there I shall be. I was halfway in a line and everyone before me was on the floor. The pastor walked straight past me oblivious to my presence.

    SOME MOVES ARE TRUE
    Despite my general remarks above I can assure you dear readers that I believe that The HOLY SPIRIT can will and does move in mysterious ways even touching people to collapse or fall down in church: but only where there is a testimony by the person to edify the church.

    CONCLUSION
    Most falling downs are real experiences but which ones though are 1 a real move of The HOLY SPIRIT to edify the Body of Christ and which are 2 counterfeit. In my considered opinion it would have to be not may in 1 but many in 2.
    I would therefore advise anyone to call on The Lord and use The Word as the basis of a prayer before the moment of infuencing comes upon you. Ask The Lord to guide you as to how your experience has or can edify the body of believers.
    Accordingly I think it appropriate that any real move or act of The Holy Spirit to edify should be appropiately and reverently labelled to be just that: and anything else should be referred to as –“slain to worship by a spirit”.

    I only speak to bear witness and help.

    For The Love of Jesus Christ and His Grace.

  13. In 1997 my husband left me, I had been diagnosed with sarcoidosis and had to give up my job. I was 46 and felt I had lost everything so I cried out to God. My husband did not tell me where he had gone and I contacted a private detective to find him. In the conversation I explained I had been diagnosed with a lung condition. He suggested I contact two faith healers (husband and wife) who I did and they came to see me. They explained that they were born again Christians and told me about Jesus and salvation. They prayed for me and that night I decided to give my life to Jesus. Although I knew nothing about speaking in tongues, that night while I prayed I began talking in a strange language. I was not sure what was happening but it felt right to keep on talking. Soon afterwards I was taken to a Pentascostal Church where the Pastor and his wife prayed and laid hands on me. I started crying uncontrollably and fell to the ground where I felt such peace. This was a packed Church singing praises to God and I felt like I was in Heaven. Weeks later I was baptised and embarked on a journey with God. God has used me since in ministering to the sick in Hospital, pastoring a small fellowship for 8 months, preaching in Church, working with immigrants and compiling tracts of which 10,000 have been printed for distribution. Being prayed for and falling down in the Spirit is a most wonderful experience. I remember lying on that Church carpet and hearing the voices of all those around me singing out their love of God and the peace that I felt knowing this was Gods family and that I had been welcomed by Him into it. It is all about the heart and if someone is truly convicted in their heart that they want to meet with God then He will meet with them. Twenty years have gone by and many difficulties have come and gone but God is faithful to His Word. When I read the previous gentlemans testimony my eyes filled up because I know how beautiful it is to be touched by God and yes I believe when you stand before that preacher, priest or pastor and in your heart you want whatever God has got for you, then in that moment you are surrendering yourself to the might and power of Gods majesty and its likely you will fall down and into the loving arms of the One who made you.

  14. If being slain in the Spirit of God is of the devil, I wonder why so many people give Glory to God for it and receive healing and freedom from it?
    The bible clearly states that in the later days the manifestations of God will be even more powerful than they were in the days following the ascension of Christ. Why do people want to demonize something that produces good fruit is beyond me. Why do they want to limit God? Maybe they want to deem it as bad because it has not happened to them.

    I was in a prophetic and apostolic meeting where the Glory of God fell on everyone at the reading of Isaiah 40:6-8 . No one laid a hand on anyone. I fell on the altar and trembled, cried out, moaned and received great deliverance from oppression. I yelled out several times, ‘My God, Jesus’ because he presence was so powerful, so sweet, and the thought that he cared enough to come and touch me – his power is limitless. He told me he was changing my Spiritual DNA and giving me a new identity, it was an experience I will never forget and it brought me closer to God after being a believer for 8 years.

  15. I feel like I have a lot to contribute from both sides of receiving and the power glueing through me. I was filled with the Holy Spirit almost 10 years ago. I have been slain about a dozen times and it’s real. I gave not fallen every time I received prayer but I have experienced this enough to know I was never pushed and it was a very natural and normal experience. It was peaceful. About a year ago I received a mighty surge of the Holy Spirit and I’ve prayed for others at church and in homes and people have been slain. The power flowing though is so strong that just the slightest touch the spirit manifested. I too am a skeptic of theatrics, people pushing, leilje falling under suggestion, people falling to appear spiritual, etc. I’m a straight arrow only looking to please God and only desire to submit to His will in all humility. Being slain is real! It is amazing. We serve a powerful BIG God. Don’t put him in a box just because you haven’t experienced it. It is authentic!!!

  16. It is very real. I was eight or nine years old when I experienced this. However, you must understand that this isn’t the experience of a child being rested in the Spirit. I had finished the Life in the Spirit seminar. After the months long classes, we asked God to help us and guide us. I knew what I always wanted to do. I wanted to be an altar boy, which wasn’t usually allowed until you were twelve. But, there was one more thing I wanted. I wanted to pray with people. The ‘prayer team’ would pray with people after the Mass. While men prayed with men and women with women, a child was not seen as a threat…no issues. So, I had the pleasure of the innocence and prayed with everyone.

    I asked if I could be involved with the resting in the Spirit. Now the receiver, but the person standing there to be God’s representative. Many talk of the person holding their hands, or pushing their forehead. For me, I put my hands out flat, palms up. The receiver simply placed their palms on my hands. In the prayer gift of Tongues, I’d start to pray that they receive the Spirit, by God’s will. There were many times that before I felt their palms, they were always on the ground, received by those that stood behind them.

    So, why receive the ‘resting’? I experienced it personally and spoke to those, prayed with those. For some, it was the peace. For others, healing – miraculous healing. For some, it was knowing God was real.

    So, what do you do if you don’t believe, or you believe, but you have questions? I suggest you seek God and ask for or direct you to the Gifts of Counsel and Knowledge. Right from wrong, receiving Spiritual Understanding. Discernment – testing the spirit. It is correct that we will have false prophets, false teachers, false witness. When dealing with the spiritual, I implore you to seek the Holy Spirit and the Gifts to confront the enemy.

    Three things in my life I remember and teach: do not Resist, Grieve, or Quench the Holy Spirit. Being in the Spirit and tasting the Good of the Lord, understand the choice that becomes before you. The road of believing and rejecting is much more than the ignorant’s choice.

  17. It’s not demonic the gift is spoke of all through out the New Testament, the laying of hands. In timothy it says do not neglect the gift that was given by the laying of hands. There is demonic forces at work all over this planet and the Holy Spirit sometimes comes in by fire and force. We are at War with the powers of darkness and the enemy would love for you to think it’s demonic to stay away from it. The power of the Holy Spirit is the most beautiful feeling in this planet to be touched first hand by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Jesus told us as believers we will heal the sick and cast out demons. I know firsthand the power of the Holy Ghost. It is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit. Deliverance and the anointing comes by a manifestation almost always. We worship a god a god who’s ways our not like ours. Remember the enemy will fill your mind with doubts and fears. He doesn’t want you to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. That’s what enables you to war with the enemy. The devil and his demons are assigned against us to steal kill and destroy. The gifts are supernatural. Our god is supernatural. Praise god in Jesus mighty name

  18. Hi Guys I have been reading this article, and I start looking into the matter myself. I think one thing we need to remember is to never take your eyes of the enemy that being satan (he doesn’t deserve a capital S in my opinion) satan plan is and always has been to gain worship from mankind, thus according to him making him God. He knows you will never bow down before the name satan or lucifer, so he has always mimic GOD and JESUS our savoir in order to gain worship, we see this Nimrod and Semiramis, Ahab and Jezebel, and the list goes on. I would suggest you guys start looking in to kundalini the false holly spirit, the slain in the spirit is text book kundalini. The people doing this feels like the holy spirit has entered them and the feeling is overwhelming so they pass out or they take the shape of the cross stuff like that. People are under the impression that his is the work of GOD. The people doing this or to who this happens are not satanist they simply been fooled, pushing them further away from our GOD. Some churches feels that when they pray for you they must put their hands on you so the Holly Spirit can flow trough them into you. Always remember the Holly Spirit is a gift from GOD and GOD alone and can only be received if you have repented and born again, no human alive today can give you that gift, its between you and GOD, no 3rd party is needed. I have always had that strange feeling of, whats happening now?, when people touch me when they pray for me, some of them sometimes tries to push me a little to fall over. They not bad people but they so caught up in this ritual that they believe its truly a gift from GOD. Slain means to be killed or destroyed, my GOD will never hurt me, never make me feel embarrassment and will never give more than I can handle. So all these stories of people being thrown across the room dragged from one place to the next, if this sounds like your god, then I wish you all the best.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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

    • Thank you @Kereama_Williams and all of you fellows who oppose that new strange spiritual experience.

      My first strong experience with the Holy Spirit was when I was baptized with Him: I heard a strong wind around me, so overwhelming that my ears were literally bruised as though I had been immersed into water, then I started shouting out praises to God, in my right mind, typically conscious, sitting on my desk, no body laid their hands on me, and I never fell to the ground!
      There are different other testimonies of people who are baptized with the Holy Spirit in their homes, in churches, or walking in streets or else where, or when pastors lay their hands on them.
      They just sense an overwhelming of peace and warmth from God and speak in other languages as the Bible says but they never fall to ground.

      That is not the only tangible experience I had with Jesus, but in no way have I been rolled backward to the ground even the time I heard the very audible voice of God which was so strong but kind and full of care!
      The only thing that happened to me that time we talked directly,if I may call it that way, was that I shook before I heard His voice, and still no body touched me, neither did I fall to the ground, but I was totally conscious!!

      After that experience, I had an incredible sense of self control on my way back home from church to keep my self clean on my single step basis, but I’ve never had or done any thing confusing!

      Now, a closer look on those verses makes us realize that every one who fell to the ground did fell on their faces or just before God (never backwards), which I believe is a sign of submission to the God they were being revealed or else they just fell down because there was some kind of punishment God was inflicting on them, but NO HUMAN HAND caused them to fall.
      See, I’m a Pentecostal and we (I mean our African region) were evangelized by missionaries from Sweden whose forefathers received the fire of the Holy Spirit dating back from the Azusa Street Revival times. They were devoted preachers of the gospel, preaching holiness and living it themselves, and came delivering us (my forefathers ) from evil spirits with full support of the God who imparted the same Holy Spirit on us. In no way did they roll people down, but it’s just possessed ones being delivered who fell to the ground.

      In addition, no human being has or will ever command the presence of God on another since we don’t put God in a box! It is HIS presence!
      It’s rather the manifestation of the POWER of the Holy Spirit that His disciples use that is one of the signs of His presence in the midst of an assembly, Himself also touching or encountering with His people, without using anybody’s hand, or manifesting His presence in whatever other way He chooses to use!

      Jesus causes people to speak in tongues, see visions, heal others, or use the different spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible and it is only the revelation of HIS OWN divine, incredible, and awesome GLORY that causes them to fall before Him and never backwards! And that doesn’t actually happen always because I know a lady to whom He literally did a surgery for a tumor on her leg and thus healed her from cancer!

      He’s a powerful and loving God who can and will never cause something confusing or insane among His people since He is not a God of disorder.

      May God bless you all.

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

  25. 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.)

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