There is a practice in some churches of being “slain in the Spirit.” Being slain in the Spirit is not Biblical. There are no instances of anyone in the Bible being slain in the Spirit as practiced in some churches. When people are slain in the Spirit, they fall backward. They say it’s the power of the Holy Spirit that throws them back. But in some churches when a woman falls back, they put a towel or something over their legs. What they are doing when they do that is accusing the Holy Spirit of causing a woman to be indecent. The Holy Spirit, Who is righteous and pure, will NEVER cause indecency. So just by the fact they cover a woman’s legs proves the Holy Spirit has nothing to do with it.
The belief of being slain in the Spirit is a fleshly belief that is all emotion and feelings. This is easily believed in today’s society of weak people who go by their feelings and not facts. People are mostly followers and don’t want to feel left out. They want the attention and the emotional high of being focused on by others when they fall back. I’ve seen people fall back at church who were newly saved from a life of drugs, just to fall back into drugs within a few weeks of falling back at church. If the Holy Spirit’s power caused them to fall back, why doesn’t the Holy Spirit’s power at least keep them from falling back into the habits and lifestyle of the world. The reason is because it’s not the Holy Spirit. It is a show, and since the show is based on emotion and feeling, those are fleeting things and are not lasting and strong. Because it is a show and based on outward appearances, the people at church can be fooled into thinking the person falling backward is touched by the Holy Spirit. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
The Bible must be our basis for our doctrine and what we believe. God’s word must reign over our feelings and emotions. So let’s see what the Bible says about being slain in the Spirit, or falling backwards.
Isaiah 28:12-15, “To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves.” Notice in this context, the people who fell backward were scornful liars who made a covenant with death and hell. Doesn’t sound like they were doing anything good. God’s judgment was soon to come on them.
John 18:3-6, “Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.” The men who fell backward in this instance were evil men who were coming to take Jesus away.
Matthew 28:2-4, “And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.” These soldiers were definitely NOT sitting there or sleeping. The punishment for shirking their duty was execution (see Acts 12:19). They became as dead men, so if a person was standing and then they became dead, they would surely fall. Another instance of those falling back being the evil ones doing a bad work.
Acts 9:1-4, “And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” Saul fell also, and he wasn’t doing anything good. He was on his way to persecute more Christians.
Acts 5:3-5, “But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.” This is one instance of someone being slain and falling down, but it’s not what the churches practice, because Ananias and Sapphira were actually slain. Notice they weren’t doing anything good either. They were lying to God.
In every one of these instances the people who fell backwards, or fell down, were all doing evil works. There are no verses in the Bible that mention any Saint falling down as being a good thing. There are no verses that even imply that the power of the Holy Spirit will cause fleshly feelings or emotions.
A baby Christian who is living in the flesh can be slain in the Spirit. In reality, even a person who is not born again, but claims to be, can be slain in the Spirit, since it’s all depending on the person falling backwards, not the Holy Spirit. If the unsaved person wants to feel spiritual, they can go forward to the altar and then fall backwards. Since this is purely an outward show, this act can fool the people at church, who think that the person who fell backwards is saved and got touched by the Holy Spirit. In conclusion, being “slain in the Spirit” is not Biblical, but is based on feelings and emotions, and as such, can fool others into believing that the person who fell backwards is very spiritual.