by Pat Franklin
I am so angry at the leaders of churches who allow the unbiblical practice of 'slaying in the spirit'. I have just met a beautiful little girl who carries a scar over her eye because someone at a church in London was supposedly 'slain in the spirit' and fell on top of her. She also acquired a slight stammer, so that may well be another consequence.
The happy ending is that her family have left the 'Word of Faith' movement and no longer attend the churches which do 'slain in the spirit' sessions, usually at the end of long, emotive services. They have found a Bible believing, sound, reasonable, rational church which has not gone wacky. The darling little girl has godly parents who are praying for the stammer to be completely healed.
Meanwhile the church where this travesty took place just carries on. Why should they care? The money is still rolling in.
When people claim they are 'slain in the Spirit', they always fall backwards. In the Bible it was the enemies of God who fell backwards, as in the Garden of Gethesemane. God's friends fall on their faces in reverence and worship, or sometimes in godly fear.
Dear people, you do not have to seek weird experiences! If you truly believe in Jesus, that He is God, that He died on the cross for our sins, that He was buried and rose on the third day, that His sacrifice paid for your sins...if you have that kind of deep, saving faith - you will be born again and sealed with the Holy Spirit. You may not feel a thing. It is the gift of God. All you have to do is believe. You do not have to fall over or get some supposed 'miracle person' to lay hands on you.
All who believe receive the Holy Spirit, as per 1 Cor 12:13, 'For by one Spirit we were ALL baptized into one body...' Let no one tell you you need to 'get' the Holy Spirit. If you are a believer, you have GOT the Holy Spirit. You do NOT need somebody to lay hands on you and pray for the Holy Spirit. Jesus does the baptizing, not some leader of a church.
There are many 'fillings' with the Holy Spirit as you go along in the Christian life, yes. When the Lord decides you need one, you will get it. You do NOT have to find some 'miracle man' to touch your head. I would advise running a mile from such a person. How dare they claim to be able to convey God's power by touching you, pushing on your forehead, blowing at you, flapping a coat at you. How dare they! The Hindus do all this and people fall over and now western people are doing it, claiming it for Christianity.
Jesus warned us there would be false prophets and false teachers, and they are here in increasing numbers.
Two people in the Bible really DID get slain in the Spirit. They were Ananias and Sapphira. They were carried out dead. May the Lord protect us and all our readers from any actions that would result in this! The Berean Call had a good radio program in America about this and you can read or listen. Here is the link:
By the way, we thoroughly recommend that website, but for some reason the link to it from our website does not work. We urge all readers to have a look at www.thebereancall.org website, one of the best on the entire web. It tells the truth, folks! Why is that so rare?
On this subject, I remember back in the 1980s, as a new and ignorant believer, I attended a meeting by a famous woman preacher who said she had been prayed for by someone, and received 'holy hands' such that people would fall over when she touched them. Oh dear. Where is that in the Bible? I thank God I am not in her camp any more. I thank God for leading us to good teachers like Dave Hunt, Tom McMahon, Arnold Fruchtenbaum, Jacob Prasch and others. And I thank Him for raising up a good church in our own area where the truth is taught straight, with no bending of the Bible.
We have a chapter in our book 'Cults and Isms: True or False?' about the Word of Faith movement, contrasting it with what the Bible actually teaches and showing as clearly as we can why Word of Faith teaching is offbeam and just downright wrong.