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Slain in the Spirit


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Bible verses used to support being slain in the Spirit
  - But which do not!

"Why I no longer Speak in Tongues"
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SLAIN IN THE SPIRIT


In the Occult world, being "slain in the Spirit" is known as "serpent power"!


This experience has also happened under hypnotism and various other means.  Because Satan masquerades as an "angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14) Christians need to be vigilant in putting into practice the following commands... 


"Examine yourselves"
(2 Corinthians 13:5)

"Prove Everything"
(1 Thessalonians 5:21)



WARNING!  Right now, there will be a battle going on in the minds of some Christians reading this.  They will be thinking about leaving this page because they have already come to the conclusion that they don't like where it is going.  We want to commend the following words to you, "
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:3).



To avoid deception, we need to examine and prove any experience or teaching claimed to be from the Holy Spirit.

This will not be an easy thing to do because Satan fights to keep Christians in bondage by stopping them from doing what the Scripture commands: prove everything.  When he does this, he succeeds in keeping you ignorant or naive to his deceptions.  One of the ways he stops Christians from examining themselves is to have them arrogantly believe that because they know the Bible and may even be a mature Christian, there's no way they could be deceived; which is pride.  He would also lead some to think, "I know what I experienced and it was real and I believe God blessed me through it."  This does not excuse you from obeying the command to prove and examine your experience.  Satan does not want you to examine yourself with the help of the Lord who searches the heart (Psalm 139:23).

Now, should you examine yourself and come to the difficult conclusion that you have been deceived, Satan will again attempt to cause pride to rise up in your heart.  He would have you think about the embarrassment and maybe shame you may experience at admitting you are wrong and therefore keep you silent about this deception.  Though you will have discovered the truth about your deception, you will still be kept in bondage to it.

With that in mind, you are invited to examine the experience of being "slain in the Spirit" and consider the possibility that Christians (including you) may have been deceived about this.  

Don't let pride strike you down before you start

If the most perfect woman who ever lived could be deceived (Eve), what makes you think you could not be.  And do you remember those "Foolish Galatians"?    The Galatian church were fooled into believing a lie that perverted the gospel of Christ and hampered their efforts in evangelism.

"I marvel that you so soon are being moved away from Him who called you into the grace of Christ, to another gospel, which is not another, but some are troubling you, and desiring to pervert the gospel of Christ.  But even if we or an angel from Heaven preach a gospel to you beside what we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we said before, and now I say again, If anyone preaches a gospel to you beside what you have received, let him be accursed."  (Galatians 1:6-9)

Can Christians be bewitched? 

Yes!  "O foolish Galatians, who bewitched you not to obey the truth, to whom before your eyes Jesus Christ was written among you crucified?"   (Galatians 3:1) 

The greatest act of courage you may ever have to show is to side with the truth against your own feelings and experiences and admit that you have been deceived.   Should you discover that the enemy has sown a lie in your heart; the best response is to admit it.   It's a very freeing exercise.  Jesus said, "you will know the truth and the truth will set you free" (John 8:32).  He also said, "If the Son shall set you free, you shall be free indeed" (John 8:32, 36).

Remember, the only way to avoid deception and be set free from it, is to be a lover of the truth as it is revealed in God's Word (John 17:17)  As Christians we are to remember above all else of the primacy of Scripture (giving it first place) in validating any experience said to be of the Lord.

The following Scriptures talk about the importance of testing all things and of using the Scriptures to do this.


"PROVE EVERYTHING" 
(1 Thessalonions 5:21)

Examine yourself to see if you are in the faith
(2 Corinthians 13:5)

He who is spiritual judges all things
(1 Corinthians 2:15)

Do not believe every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they are from God
(1 John 4:1)

Comparing spiritual things with spiritual
(1 Corinthians 2:13)

To the Law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this Word, it is because no light is in them.
(Isaiah 8:20)

I speak as to wise men, judge ye what I say
(1 Corinthians 10:15)

Do not go beyond what is written
(1 Corinthians 4:6)

[The noble Bereans] searched the Scriptures daily whether those things were so
(Acts 17:11)

For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth
(2 Corinthians 13:8)

Your Word is Truth
(Jesus words in John 17:17)

Buy truth and sell it not
(Proverbs 23:23)

For a time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine
(2 Tim 4:3)

Keep your head in all situations
(2 Tim 4:5)



Slain in the Spirit - Today and in the Bible


Spot the Difference

Could one of these be a counterfeit?


                                                                


TODAY - Characteristics of modern-day phenomena which is described as being "slain in the Spirit"

BIBLE - Characteristics of Bible passages which are used to support teaching on "slain in the Spirit"

Person often part of large gatherings, sometimes in smaller groups

Person alone, no church service, eg. sleeping on roof after lunch (Peter in Acts)

Often after singing, a message, and an invitation to get a "touch from the Lord", or something similar

No singing, no sermon, no invitation

Person was most likely expecting the invitation and the experience

Person was expecting nothing!

Person invited to come and receive (by seeking) a "touch from the Lord" or something similar

No invitation. God himself seeks out the person and he takes the initiative to come to them

People pray for and lay hands on the person (this is not about James 5:14)

God "lays hands" on the person - no one else used

Person Falls Backwards

Person Falls Forwards

Visions etc happen AFTER they fall backwards or are prayed for

Person Hears or Sees something BEFORE falling - always - without exception!

In some instances, people are said to fall because they received the Spirit (for the first time)

Not once does a person fall after receiving the Spirit

A person may come up praying in tongues, speak prophecy, speak of healing (often inner healing)

No tongues, no prophecy, no healing

People have been said to have fallen down lost and got up saved

Not once

People come to get God to do something for them: bless them, give them a "touch", healing (not that it's wrong to ask God's help and healing)

God comes to get person to do something for him. Eg. often deliver a message and that message is now part of Scripture

Person may or may not get message. If they do, it is often subjectively discerned through feelings, images words, etc... impressed on them & is for them alone

Person gets a clear spoken message for the whole people of God which later becomes part of the Infallible Word of God (that's why we know about it)

The way in which the person describes encountering God's "presence" is often said to be through bodily sensations such as "tingling" "warmth" "electricity" "not being able to move" 

The way in which the person describes encountering God is through hearing (faith comes from hearing) and sight. At Pentecost, the signs of the Spirit were sound & sight

Person often speaks of peace and joy, and wonderful physical feelings (even ecstasy) of some kind

Person (even the disciple Jesus loved!) encounters fear and trembling and needs to be told not to be afraid. After all, they are Sinners in the presence of a Holy God.

Person may make strange noises including animal noises, act in strange ways, eg. hop, move like animals,

Only noise person makes are words of confession, praise, or (after the vision) proclamation - No animal noises,

Experience focused on what the person felt (but feelings can deceive and are not a reliable guide to truth)

Experience focused on what the person heard or saw. They actually witnessed something.

Experience is said to come to those who are seeking God. But seeking to encounter God in this way is focusing on experiencing physical manifestations - eg. "the manifest presence of God". A term not found in the Bible. Something we are never commanded to seek.

Seeking God in the Bible focuses on discovering and doing the revealed will of God - as revealed in his Word. "I seek you with all my heart, do not let me stray from your commands." Psalm 119:10. The root meaning of seek in Hebrew means to follow. Jesus commanded, "Follow me."

More Self Centered

Definitely God Centered

Subjective Focus on the Flesh which can deceive.

Objective Focus on God which leads to Truth

NOT EXPERIENCED IN THE BIBLE

NOT EXPERIENCED in TODAY's "slayings"





Judgement


Falling backwards a sign of judgment

In the Scriptures falling backwards is actually associated with God's judgment! Not his blessing!!!

Consider for example the following Scriptures...

Isaiah 28:13  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. [God's people were subborn and would not learn. He had to treat them like children and not mature people who should know the ways of God and honour him - this verse is referred to in Paul's teaching on tongues in 1 Cor. 14 and it is not to commend God's people]

Psa 40:14 Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.

Joh 18:6 As soon then as he had said unto them, I am [he], they went backward, and fell to the ground.

See also Genesis 49:17, 1 Sam 4:18, Ps 70:2, Is. 1:4, Is. 44:25, Jer 7:24, Jer 15:6. Not for the faint hearted.

Yes, the Bible does talk of people falling backward, but none of it is good.  So we need to ask...

"Why would God use what in the Bible was a sign of his judgment, as a sign of his blessing?"

The answer is, "He would not!"

"Why?" you ask? Because God is not a God of confusion. The answer could not be plainer than if God had said it himself. In fact, he did! In 1 Cor. 14:33 the Holy Spirit inspired Scriptures say, "For God is not [the author] of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints."

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