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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. Frances Lawrence says:

    Thank you for this info. I trust your answers.

  2. Stephen says:

    Thanks for the information. It was very helpful.

  3. Letrina Biles says:

    I would like to thank you for that answer to the question about being slain in the spirit. It made me realize that even though I am going to a Pentecostal church, it doesn’t mean that everyone has to be done that way.

  4. Eric Seballos says:

    I’m so blessed with the opinion about the slain in the spirit. What a great revelation. Praise God!

  5. Larry says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with the answers submitted.

  6. Elaine C. Reed says:

    God blessings upon you… I truly think you miss the point. God didn’t give us the spirit of fear. If in a service where the Holy spirit is high or very active, one should desire to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit Of God. Yes, we should never leave the principals of God’s word. However, by yet being students of God’s word we must remain humble. This means understanding we don’t know all. The point is not making a movement of what the Holy Spirit is doing but being sensitive to what He might desire to do in that person’s life. It was never reported that God ever used a burning bush after Moses but it doesn’t mean He didn’t use it for that servant. I truly believe we should all repent, and let God do what we can’t do, which is be God.

    1. Jay says:

      Being “sensitive to the spirit” implies that God needs our help and is somehow inept at getting his message across by his power alone.