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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. Lila Goodenow says:

    Thank you for your answer on this topic. May God continue blessing your ministry.

  2. Agbawo Samuel says:

    Great teaching, I am blessed

  3. Barry Nehls says:

    See John 18: 4-6 and also Matthew 28:4. These two scriptures clearly describe the experience of men as they encounter the power of God. While misunderstanding and misuse of the experience occurs in the church due to lack of spiritual understanding, unfortunately, as Paul warned in II Tim. 3 1-5 the power of God is denied to believers.

  4. Angel Lynn says:

    I have been slain in the spirit many times, but am never unconscious. Could it be that when someone catches you and lays you down, it actually hinders what God was doing?

    1. Skim says:

      The Spirit does not set us besides ourselves. That’s why unconsciousness would only be a mimicking spirit. When you are slain you are conscious of what is around you and can even hear voices just that you are closed in and they make no sense to you at that moment. It’s not a total black out.

  5. Brenda Gonzales says:

    I think when the power of God comes upon you, then you are unable to stand in his presence. I could not do anything I could not move. I did not want to do anything. I wanted to be in Gods presence. I was so free. God touched me, he loves me.

  6. Kandi michel says:

    I thought it was a farce until it happened to me. I was at my first healing conference and the evangelist came by us on stage and b4 he put his hand on my head, I was falling almost in slow motion to the floor in uncontrollable laughter with tears streaming down my face. It’s real!!! It’s an unexplainable experience in the Spirit. I wouldn’t trade it.

    1. Mike says:

      I remember this happening to me while attending a church service in Houston. I wish I could experience it again.