IS “SLAIN-IN-THE-SPIRIT” BIBLICAL?

As Christians we are supposed to try (test) the spirits whether they are of God, “because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1) After I tested the spirits through searching the Scriptures (Acts 17:11), I came to the conclusion that the so-called “slain-in-the-spirit” manifestation is not from God, but from a different spirit (2 Corinthians 11:4) for the following reasons: (1) We must always ask the question: “For what saith the Scripture?” (Romans 4:1) If something is found in the Scriptures, we should do it and if something cannot be found in Scripture, then we should not do it. With this in mind, nowhere in the entire Scriptures can even one example be found where someone was “slain-in-the-spirit”. It’s nowhere to be found. It is therefore unbiblical and should not be practised at all. (2) Everywhere where people fell backwards in Scripture, it is always written of in a negative way. Judas and his band (John 18:6) fell backward when they found Jesus. When Eli heard that the ark of God was taken, he fell backward and broke his neck and died. (1 Samuel 4:18) To fall backwards is not a good sign. (3) Everywhere in Scripture where people came into the presence of God, they always fell on their faces or on their knees without exception. Consider the following examples: Abraham (Genesis 17:3); Joshua (Joshua 5:14); the nation of Israel (1 Kings 18:39); David (1 Chronicles 21:16); Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:28); Daniel (Daniel 8:17-18); Peter (Luke 5:8); John (Revelation 1:17); the TwentyFour Elders (Revelation 11:16). (4) In the passage where the apostle Paul wrote about how one should conduct himself in the church, he wrote the following among other things: “And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” (1 Corinthians 14:3233). Believers should always be in control of their own spirits. The moment when they are not in control of themselves anymore, they open up doors for the enemy (demons) to come in and to take over the control. People that are “slain-in-the-spirit” are not in control of themselves. This is Spiritual Hypnotism… and very dangerous territory. God wants us always to be selfcontrolled… not surrendered from our choice of loving Him. (2 Timothy 1:7). (5) Lastly: When God spoke from the cloud to Jesus’ disciples on the mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:6-7), the disciples fell on their faces in fear, but Jesus said to them: “ARISE, and be not afraid.” It seems that the Lord Jesus would rather have us standing than falling backwards “slain-in-the-spirit”. Conclusion: The “slain-in-the-spirit” manifestation is from a different spirit and does NOT come from the Spirit of Christ. In the last days seducing spirits will come more and more to the front. (1 Timothy 4:1). We should beware. If someone really wants to know how the Spirit of Christ manifests, then he does not need to look further than Acts 4:31. Preaching the Word of God in boldness is truly a clear manifestation from the Spirit of God. “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. (1 Cor 10:12)

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