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What does “slain in the Spirit” mean?


Terms such as “slain in the Spirit” and “falling under the power” are not found in the Bible. We are not aware of any Scriptures that specifically describe this experience which occurs in some church services, where believers are prayed for and in the process fall to the floor and remain unconscious for a time.

Some call attention to Revelation 1:10-17 which tells how the apostle John fell at the feet of Jesus when he was “in the spirit on the Lord’s Day,” and saw the glorious revelation of Christ. There was also the transfiguration of Christ, when Peter, James, and John “fell on their face” at the revelation of Christ’s glory (Matthew 17:1-8).

Some who have experienced being “slain in the Spirit” say that God used it to minister to them by His Spirit in personal ways. In other instances it has been associated with the new birth, the fullness of the Holy Spirit, spiritual, emotional, or physical healing, or deliverance.

However, whatever one may think about the experience of being “slain in the Spirit,” it should not be made an expectation for all believers or be considered a sign of spiritual maturity. In addition, discernment needs to be exercised by mature church leadership since the power of suggestion and mere emotionalism can so easily mimic legitimate spiritual experience.

It is never God’s will that we seek spiritual experience for the sake of experience. God’s will is that we seek Jesus Himself by faith and in accordance with the Word of God. He is our only source of genuine spiritual experience, satisfaction and fulfillment (Psalm 16:11, Philippians 3:10-14).

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  1. Kenneth Robinson says:

    Thank you for comments about being slain in the spirit. I have a granddaughter involved in a Pentecostal movement ant I think it’s going to her head. She’s closer to God than her family. I am an ordained minister with 25 years of pastoral experience and another 24 years of workers my with delinquents.

  2. Adam says:

    I cannot give a Biblical example but I can tell you that the two different times it has happened to me where experiences I will never forget. The first time was the person praying was holding my hands and the second no one was touching me. Both times I found freedom from things in my life.

  3. Debra onken says:

    I agree with this because there are some evangelist on TV slanging people in spirit alto can be deceptive. I believe more important of all is to have a real relationship with Christ; seek His face and abide in Him and follow Him.

  4. My Info says:

    Pastors have told me that u have not been baptised in the holy spirit if u don’t speak in tongues.

    1. James says:

      Pastor’s right. Slain in the Spirit is a whole different thing. In Acts 2 and throughout the book of Acts they were all accompanied with speaking in other tongues. However you can be saved without speaking in tongues and have the Holy Spirit working in your life to convict you of your sins and regenerate you.