Are you talking to spirits today? What spirits are you talking with? Who is your God? Are you aware of who God is? Or are you talking to the darkness that is in the world?
I remember laying on the floor of a church near Cleveland years ago; I had dropped to the floor embarrassingly, in front of other church members.
I had no control over my body as it lay there, stunned and without motion. I could not explain to the persons standing around me what had happened; I assumed they could understand my lying there flat out on the floor on my stomach, face down and slightly turned to the side.
My motionless body just stayed there; I could not move. There were more times where that happened to me in that little church, embarrassingly enough. Someone threw a blanket over me as I lay on the carpet. A friend was dropped down to the floor near me another time, and she too was covered with a blanket by another church member.
Needless to say, this bothered me greatly, and I wondered for years whether I was being “slain in the spirit” by God’s spirit, or evil spirits because once I left that church I went to another where it didn’t happen. After I moved from that area my seeking a new church to attend was prefaced by my wanting to know about the church more before going. I would read the website beforehand, deciding if I wanted to go.
After years of learning and researching the bible, I began to consider that I had experienced the darkness of evil and that I had been “slain in the spirit” by the enemy; satan’s demonic enterprise.
I learned through Dr. MacArthur’s teaching about how we are misled by pastors of churches because they don’t read the Bible. They put them on the shelf and try to make a name for themselves, paying attention to their “dark forces” experiences teaching that it is God who does that to people.
Sadly and all too often I hear from people who call themselves “Christians” in a huge, expanding movement of new age, charismatic-Pentecostal teaching who teach that “signs and miracles” is where it’s at; not what’s found in the Bible; but what “experiences” you are having is the main thing that God wants. Like the “slain in the spirit” enterprise; that’s what God is teaching to me, that I will fall down on the ground and lay there motionless.
Jesus never taught us to be “slain in the spirit”; not even close. It’s dangerous for people to be taught that. They don’t know Jesus and that’s what that means to me when people say they’ve been “slain in the spirit” or other things they do. Oh, don’t get me started. Teaching without biblical understanding and without consistent accuracy of the words of God is very dangerous, especially when you have new Christians trying to find God who are not able to digest the Bible in one fell swoop.
What’s is said in the Bible? That the Pharisees wanted to look like grandeur in public and would not learn more than the current belief of the time. They wanted to hold high places in society. They would not accept anyone who challenged them or their high standing in society; their seeking after power, fame, and glory of themselves. That’s what Lucifer did and he was thrown out of heaven as you recall.
These hard-hearted men who would not change in the face of the truth that Jesus taught wanted to be regarded highly, receive the fame of many preachers today making a name for themselves and not caring who their followers are following: Jesus or Satan. They won’t tell the truth. They are the hard-hearted people of today grasping at straws to make big names for themselves, with all the conceit of Satan.
If you are a Bible believer, you know that Satan is real; and Lucifer was thrown down out of heaven with his dark angels who followed him onto earth. They find people to capture, harass and even inhabit. They also did these things in the bible.
A few verses in scripture substantiate this:
News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them. – Matt 4:24
They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty. – Rev 16:14
So being cast down to the floor of my church in those days was a sudden, stunning move by a dark force (however many it took). It was against my will, unwanted, frightening and without warrant. The spirits of the dark world, known as “demons” will harm people, that is very clear. According to some, they want to take as many people as they can with them when they go to hell, where they know they end up.
So as I continue on my journey in knowing the Lord and becoming closer to him, I want to say that many people still think Christianity is some fantasy, and that God is not real, or they describe some other Lord God Almighty that is not the Jesus I know from the Bible. They are reading man’s version of the Bible, one of many misinterpretations, that are re-written to placate the masses.
The Gate is Narrow, not Wide Open to any traveler who wants to be there. You have to read the Bible and not let people who really don’t understand the Bible tell you who God is and what His Word says.
The Bible says;
Enter ye in by the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many are they that enter in thereby. For narrow is the gate, and straitened the way, that leadeth unto life, and few are they that find it. – Matt 7:13-14
Community center churches are not for me. Welcoming the world and enticing them to follow the path to Jesus leads to the wrong path. Taking the path to Jesus means you are studying his holy Words. It means having the sincerity to want to get to know his real teaching. It is not about welcoming the world to come in and defame our Savior with their ideas. They are of sin. They do not know the Bible.
If you don’t read and learn the Bible for yourself and really reach out to Jesus, you are only wanting Satan.
How will you know someone if you never read his real words he has given to us if you only listen to what everyone else has to say who follow their emotions instead of really reading the Bible?
5 thoughts on “Being “Slain In The Spirit””
That’s very powerful. Thank you for sharing. In my studies I’ve never found support for the notion that the Holy Spirit makes you loose your mind, that you can say and do things that are completely out of your control. The scary thing is that there are thousands of churches that harp on this kind of experience and they think that it’s God. Reminds me of “not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord…”
And if I may, I think there’s something to be said about the fact that you didn’t even know what was happening. You were in a worship service having a spiritual experience and yet you weren’t able to identify whether it was good or evil. I think that speaks volumes about Satan’s whole ploy: to confuse! The next step past confusion is unbelief.
Thanks for sharing.
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Great comment, I sincerely appreciate that.
In matters concerning events involving “spirits” — the Spirit of God or of other spirits — the Bible definitely teaches about a “spiritual” realm that plays-out in the “physical” realm: Earth. Defining the difference between the two is a bit dicey, for each can appear as the other. Some view this realm as actual, others maintain the realm is only symbolic.
So, where does that leave us?
Jesus and Paul both had an ability to discern the difference. In other words, they could see with a relatively high degree of accuracy whether good or bad spiritual influences were at work. They were able to effect changes for the good when needed; and their teachings focused upon how to work for the good.
As for “slain in the Spirit”, there are a few passages relating an encounter with God’s presence that was overwhelming to them. See:
Matthew 28 – the first few verses
John 18 – verse 6
Some, as I do, define being “slain in the Spirit,” as whatever happened in these types of experiences. You may decide as you wish, but I will say the Spirit of God brings peace as well as other fruits of the Spirit as in Galatians 5; which also defines evil’s deeds.
Whether you were slain by good or less-than-good influences I can not tell. Many times the Bible tells of encounters with God or His angels and the first words spoken something like, “Peace I bring to you.” (Consider Gabriel’s chat with Mary).
Hi Jeff, Always start with the Bible, spiritual experiences are not proof of God’s word, it is the other way around. God’s Word is always the proof and always where we should start to begin to know God. As John MacArthur wrote: “Scripture is a closed system of truth, complete, sufficient, and not to be added to (Jude 3; Rev. 22:18-19).”
You seem to feel differently than myself on this issue and, though you may receive these thoughts as combative, I am not trying to argue with you. Biblical interpretation is paramount to our Faith.
Verse 3 in Jude talks of our salvation (those who are in Christ) as having a Common Faith (capitals are mine). Jude defines this warped Christian Faith further in verse 4 by the denial as Jesus as our Lord which creates an errant or licentious Faith. I do not see how reading about Biblical examples of people falling down when presented with God’s presence and using such examples to help explain an occurrence in ordinary life — being “slain in the Spirit — is some kind of whoredom of our Faith, using the Bible to describe something outside of our, to use Jude’s terminology, Common Faith.
Respectfully, from my viewpoint, the Revelation scripture does not seem appropriate to this issue as well.
As for Scripture as a “closed system of truth”: I am not sure what this statement specifically means. But I have found Scripture to be a Godly, inspired, trustworthy, source for our training and understanding of God. After all, we are upon this Earth in order to “know God” and not to simply “know the Bible”. Even the 1st Reformer, Martin Luther, when nailing his thesis — 95 elaborations on interpreting Scripture on the Whittenburg door — had decided a person can not correctly interpret the Bible without the help of the Holy Spirit.
I have found the Bible very helpful and informative; enough information to lead to a godly life. Yet we are left with pertinent questions throughout. Questions that have us debating about just what was meant. Such as, “Who did Cain and Able marry?” For marrying their sisters is not a sexual act God is okay with, but we do not know about the existence of any other humans, if we rely only on what is said in scripture.
In our walk with God there are a lot of people who claim to be experts, but are not. It is good to have the care of the Holy Spirit to help us. And to cross-check the values taught to us by one individual or organization with other interpretations and through the comparison we find God, who is bigger that ourselves.