Slain in the Spirit / Psych Out / or Thrown by a Demon ?

Purpose:

The purpose of this article is to follow the command given in the scripture to test and prove all things (1 John 4:1; 1 Thess 5:21) by the word of God. Therefore the application of these biblical imperatives will be applied in investigating the phenomenon of “slain in the spirit” (also known as "falling under the Spirit's power", "falling before the Lord", "slain under the power", "carpet time", "drunk in the Spirit", "resting in the Spirit" and receiving the impartation, etc.) as it is practice in todays Christian environment and the doctrinal context it is practiced in.

For article consistency this subject will be referred to as "slain in the spirit".

As with anything that come's into the church - or on a more personal level the life of the believer - must be examined meticulously and judged by the written word of God. While some Christians refuse to believe that God works in signs and wonders today, others go to the opposite extreme and will accept any spiritual phenomenal they find without discerning its origins or the beliefs of the one that is facilitating the experience. In some cases unbiblical doctrines are built using the experience as a foundation to validate an unscriptural belief.

Author Nader Mikhaiel, in his book, "Toronto Blessing: "Slaying in the Spirit, the Telling Wonder," presents us with the following challenge: "What would your response be to the account of the following New York missionary?" During the 1800's, cripples, paralytics and the blind were healed "as in the days of old, by laying on of hands in the name of Jesus," under a New York missionary's ministry. Healing recipients, praising God, rushed to gather ill friends and neighbors who were also healed. Seeing the miracles, converts clamored to receive baptism and join the church...of a Mormon missionary.

A Mormon?! Did you know the central teachings of Mormonism are completely unscriptural? Yet, if this testimony were presented in many churches today, we'd be sure to hear a whole lot of shouting and praising afterward! Folks, God turned Moses' rod into a snake and the Egyptian magicians did the same. The devil is still using the same old counterfeit tricks. Satan is a master deceiver and the father of lies. We must become more savvy saints and beware of his false signs and wonders using Scripture as our guide."

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When the word of God provides light on a matter it's imperative that we are obedient to it's directive. Spiritual truth must always be defined and established by the word of God and not by subjective experience (Ps 119:11,16,105; Prov 30:5; Acts 20:32), especially subjective experience created and practice in a petri disk of Biblical error.

Though God can and sometimes move in peoples lives in unusual and powerful ways, he never contradicts his Word,
(James 1:170) nor causes those who trust him on the basis of scripture to disobey or bypass the instruction as found in the Bible. For this reason we must be obedient to the scriptures and test all things (1 Thess 5:21).

What is Slain in the Spirit:

“Slain in the Spirit” is an experience by which an individual looses some if not all motor control over their body and falls to the floor or ground, either at the touch or suggestion of a spiritual leader.

The whole experience of slain in the Spirit is hotly debated, with some claiming it is a powerful move of God, while others say it is from the Devil. Slain in the Spirit, as it is usually seen in churches and on television, occurs as the result of one, or a combination of, people’s free will action, emotional response, and/or demonic manifestations. That is not to say that God does not move powerfully in peoples lives in unusual ways, but when He does, He never contradicts His Word, which contains all things pertaining to “life and godliness.”

Scope of Practice

Within the Christian community this practice is common among such groups as Charismatic, Pentecostal and Holiness Groups, Word of Faith, Apostolic Prophetic movement, Latter Rain, Signs and Wonders Movement etc. The 'Slain in the spirit' experience is even found among among some Baptists.

According to some this experience has been reported as lasting from minutes to hours at a time.

Historical Practice: 

Is "slain in the spirit" a latter day phenomenon in the church, if not, where is it's first century beginnings? Where are those in the early church who laid hands on individuals and produced the spiritual manifestations (see section Behaviors Manifested) that are seen in the church today by those who called themselves anointed?

No one in the history of the church was as anointed as Jesus, yet when he prayed for individuals or when power went out of him to healed,  not once did the recipients display the behaviors that is seen among those claiming to have been slain in the spirit in todays church.
No group of  believers where as uniquely anointed  and gifted as the apostles in the New Testament yet when they prayed for individuals there is no record of people responding like the people in the varies movements in the churches of today.

What About the Quakers Also Known as Shakers / Friends) -uderdevelopment




Bible passages Proponents Used to Support Practice

For those who claimed that this is a experience that is supported by scripture the following verses are typically used. Additional verses are included to aide in the correct contextual understanding.

Passage Judgment / Worship / Fear ?

Numbers 22:31-32

31 Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way with his drawn sword in his hand; and he bowed all the way to the ground. 32 And the Angel of the LORD said to him, “Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out to stand against you, because your way is perverse before Me.

Judgment

Balaam was under judgment an was being opposed by God.

This was not an occasion for spiritual blessing. God was seeking to kill him not bless him.

2 Chronicles 5:14

so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.(NKJV)

Overpowered

Priest couldn't perform or couldn't continue their services because of the glory of God overpowered them.

There is no laying on of hands or someone petitioning God to receive the power the spirit.
God Sovereignly filled the temple with his glory.

No one fell out or was rendered unconscious or barking, etc. The priest simply had to stop ministering.

 Ezk 3:23-24

 23 So I got up and went out to the plain. And the glory of the LORD was standing there, like the glory I had seen by the Kebar River, and I fell facedown.
24 Then the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet and spoke with me and said to me: “Go, shut yourself inside your house.

Worship

Ezekiel voluntarily fell to his face as an act of worship reflecting his humble submission to God

once the spirit of God entered him he set him up and spoke instruction to him, by saying “Go, shut yourself inside your house."

 God spoke to Ezekiel while he was in right mind not in an altered state of conscious nor behaving in an unstable fashion.

 The spirit of God didn't cause Ezekiel to be rendered immobile, unconscious or cause him to jerk in an uncontrollable manner, shaking, barking, running around, etc.

Nor was there any human agency there as a go between God and his feet

 Ezk 43:2-3

2 and behold, the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the way of the east. And His voice was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with His glory.
3  And it was like the appearance of the vision which I saw, like the vision which I saw when He came to destroy the city. And the visions were like the vision which I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell on my face.

Worship

Again Ezekiel voluntarily fell to his face in reverence of the glorious majesty of God's presence

Not as the result of someone laying their hands on him

 Ezk 44:4

4 Then He brought me by way of the north gate to the front of the house; and I looked, and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD, and I fell on my face.
5 The LORD said to me, “Son of man, mark well, see with your eyes and hear with your ears all that I say to you concerning all the statutes of the house of the LORD and concerning all its laws; and mark well the entrance of the house, with all exits of the sanctuary.

Just as Ezekiel had done before, under a sense of the greatness and glory of the divine Majesty he voluntarily fell to his face as an act of worship

God wanted Ezekiel fully engaged, therefore he receives explicit  instructions to mark well, see with eyes, and hear with you ears.

The spirit of God didn't cause Ezekiel to be rendered immobile, unconscious or cause him to jerk in an uncontrollable manner, shaking, barking, running around, etc.

He wanted him fully alert and engaged as he talked to him concerning  all the statutes of the house its entrance and the  exits of the sanctuary

Dan 10:9-11

8  So I was left alone and saw this great vision; yet no strength was left in me, for my natural color turned to a deathly pallor, and I retained no strength.
9  But I heard the sound of his words; and as soon as I heard the sound of his words, I fell into a deep sleep on my face, with my face to the ground.
10  Then behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees.
11  He said to me, “O Daniel, man of high esteem, understand the words that I am about to tell you and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling.
12  Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words.
13  “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.

Daniel is visited by the angel Gabriel who delivered and answer to prayer.(Dan 10:12) This visitation by Gabriel caused Daniel to be afraid (Dan 10:12V12).

Those who claim to have had visitation by angels that have been sent by God and yet they where not adversely affected is highly suspect. 

These are beings that excel in power (Ps 103:20)

Even in this encounter Gabriel wanted Daniel's full understanding this is noted when Gabriel tells Daniel to stand upright v11.

Luke 9:28-36 cf. Matt 17:6

28 Some eight days after these sayings, He took along Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray.
29 And while He was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and gleaming.
30 And behold, two men were talking with Him; and they were Moses and Elijah,
31 who, appearing in glory, were speaking of His departure which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.
32 Now Peter and his companions had been overcome with sleep; but when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men standing with Him.
33 And as these were leaving Him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tabernacles: one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not realizing what he was saying.
34 While he was saying this, a cloud formed and began to overshadow them; and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.

Fear

The transfiguration

Peter, John and James where overcome with sleep. Luke 9:32

No one laid their hands on them or prayed over them for this sleepiness to occur.

Once they were fully awake, they saw His (Christ) glory and the two men standing with Him. This happened after they woke up in a normal frame of mind

The second part of the encounter with the super natural v34

It was while Moses and Elijah where leaving that  the three disciples - Peter, James, and James - where struck with fear as  a cloud formed and began to overshadow them. They fell face down to the ground(Matt 17:6).

The verb "fell down" Greek "pipto" is in the active voice when indicate they fell on their faces of their on accord. Which in this case was out of fear. Again, not because someone laid hands on or prayed over them.

Jesus response to their fear was to console them by saying, " get up and do not be afraid."  (Matt 17:7)

Again no one was praying over them or laying hands on them during portion of the event this event

Matt 28:2-6

 2  And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it.
3  And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.
4  The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men.
5  The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified.
6  “He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying.

Fear

Again just as it was in Daniel an angel of the Lord appear and fear struck the guards(unsaved) who became like dead men but the women (saved) who we know to be Mary Magdalene and the other Mary (Matt 28:1). He simply said, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified."

There is no hint that the women are paralyze as the guards (v4)

Again those who claim to have had visitation by angels that have been sent by God and yet they where not adversely affected is highly suspect.
 

John 18:2-6

2 Now Judas also, who was betraying Him, knew the place, for Jesus had often met there with His disciples.
3 Judas then, having received the Roman cohort and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, *came there with lanterns and torches and weapons.
4 So Jesus, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, went forth and *said to them, “Whom do you seek?”
5 They answered Him, “Jesus the Nazarene.” He *said to them, “I am He.” And Judas also, who was betraying Him, was standing with them.
6  So when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

Judgment

This was a situation where the enemies of God came to arrest Jesus. This was not a time of blessing but confrontation with the enemies of God.

Those who came to arrest Jesus did not experience any revelation, anointing, nor were they converted. After Jesus healed the ear of Malchus - of which Peter cut off- the ear of the high priest servant, they continued to arrest Jesus.(John 18:12). Their intentions were not deterred.

Here is the interesting point, none of Jesus followers who were present fell down during the arrest, only his enemies.

These verses by no means represents a pattern for believers in the church as some claim. Those who practice being “slain in the Spirit” today deny or ignore the context of these verses.

Acts 9:3-7

 3  As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him;
4  and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
5  And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting,
6  but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do.”
7  The men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one.

Again no one lays hands on Paul. Paul at this point is not even a believer v4. Paul is confronted as someone who is opposing Christ through his persecution of those who follow Christ.

 Rev 1:17

17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid;

Fear

Again no one place hands or prayed over John

 Rev 7:11

11  And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,

Worship

Here a clear case of volunteer worship by those in heaven

 Rev 11:16-17

16  And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God,
17  saying, “We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign.

Worship

Here the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God. This is clearly a depicts a volunteered act of worship as it's stated in the context of the passage. (v16) Not a situation of being overwhelm by the  power of God and rendered incapacitated in contrast to a normal state of mind. 

In the context of the passage they gave an intelligent thoughtful thanks to God based on who he his and what he had begun to do, i.e. reign. Not something one can do if they are in an altered state of mind behaving as is done by those claiming to be "slain in the spirit"

In conclusion

What are the differences between what occurred in the verses above and the practice of 'Slain in Spirit" as it is practiced today?

1. No one needed to lay hands on anyone to impart some spiritual manifestation or blessing.

2. No one was left in an unconscious state begin unaware of what was taking place but was in their right frame of mind.

3. No one was driven to the point where they lost control and started running, making animal noises, spinning, laughing uncontrollably, acting intoxicated, etc. (see behaviors manifested)

4. Using the above verses to support the experience of "Slain in the Spirit" as it is practiced today one would have to ignore the grammar and context of these passages. To do so would result in reading into them an interpretation not supported by the grammar and content of the passages.

Behaviors Manifested:

I'm personally aware of an individual who said, after their experience they where fatigue and even bodily sore from the experience. This person mentioned, that they had no awareness of their surroundings, and no remembrance of anything they might have done or the activities of those around them while in this slain in this spirit state.

Some of the behaviors manifested are jerking, speaking in an unknown tongue, some have even been observed sticking their tongue out in an extreme fashion, twitching and shaking either standing or laying, some are rolling around on the floor, others have broken out in a sprint down the aisles, while others lie relatively still. Some weep and cry out, others laugh uncontrollably and some seem to rest peacefully others have barked and make various animal noises such as hissing braying like a donkey, "Apologetics index mentions the following additional manifestations crowing like a rooster, uttering "warrior or war cries," wielding imaginary, "Golden Swords," doubling-over as if punched in the stomach (referred to as "doing crunches"), "birthing" (squatting on the floor and pretending to "give birth"), acting drunk, etcetera. Others have been known display physical contortion, writhe or convulse on the floor for long periods of time."

The following is a list of manifestations compiled by 'Spirit Home':[3]

Some commonly-reported manifestations:
Babbling (not to be mistaken for tongues; it's when a totally infantile sound is produced.)
Barking (John Wimber recommended against calling these sounds 'animal noises' because the person involved is not trying to imitate animals. However, intent has little to do with manifestations, and most people will call it like they hear it.)
Birthing, when someone sits themselves down on the ground in a position like a woman does when giving birth, and then starts groaning and writhing as if giving birth. (The sign is that once made pregnant with the Gospel, something new is being born in them -- something spiritual.)
'the Crunches' (keeling over like you were just punched in the belly by George Foreman at his peak.)
Uncontrollable crying or weeping (for instance, 'tears of joy', or weeping over the spiritually dead.)
'Drunk In the Spirit' (looking, acting, and feeling like a drunk -- staggering, slurring speech, becoming uncoordinated, having to prop oneself to stand up, and getting that dizzy look to the eyes. Please don't try to drive or operate equipment until it's over. It really does feel good; remember that millions of people drink or do drugs to get that feeling. The main difference is that the spiritually-drunk are too blissed out to get surly. Judging by the way many people drop everything to go back and get 'drunk' again and again, there may well be an addictive quality to it; if that's you, stop going, and make sure you're in a Bible study. Some Pentecostalists refer to their worship hymns as 'drinking songs' and their evangelists as 'bartenders'. That's corny and stupid-sounding, and doesn't take seriously the hell that real alcohol -- or real addiction to the feelings of religious events -- can create.)
Fainting (loss of consciousness)
Falling Out
Glossolalia (outburst of tongues-speaking or -singing. Here, I treat the tongues by themselves as a manifestation; when there is interpretation, it is more a gift than just a sign or a skill.)
Goose Bumps (sometimes exceptionally large ones, with body chills.)
Growling (see 'Barking')
Holy Dance (frenetic motion, which looks like bouncing off of the walls, where there are any walls. Common in Oneness churches.)
Holy Laughter (can be anything from giggling to cackling to side- splitting guffaws; characteristic of the Toronto Blessing.)
Hopping or Jumping (common in Black Pentecostal revivals; it can be done in place or by hopping all over the room/tent)
Quaking (as the early Quakers were known for)
Rolling (hence, 'holy roller'; generally done on the floor)
Running (dashing around in a proper runner's stride, doing either laps or straight sprints, over and over)
Shaking (as the Shakers did)
Singing in the Spirit (the whole place spontaneously sings praise songs in succession for long periods of time; it sometimes breaks into tongues-singing and spontaneous harmonics)
Being 'Slain in the Spirit' (falling to the floor while conscious, often after the laying on of hands or face-to-face prayer by a minister or preacher or designated assistant).
Spinning (usually a dizzy but circular turning, although on occasion it can be a Taz-like rapid whirling)
Spontaneous harmonic singing (when the whole place starts to just sing whatever notes come to it and the random notes fit together. Its sound ranges from being Gregorian chant-like to campfire singing to Baptist hum-like to New Age space-out sounds to eery and spooky-sounding. When it happens, it may well be the most beautiful of the signs).
'Braveheart', or 'Warrior' (when someone suddenly grasps their hands above their head, and then starts swinging them up and down in a slicing motion, as it they had a medieval broadsword in hand, slicing up demons. Of course, demons don't really get sliced up, but by acting this out, one's body and imagination get fully into the spiritual experience. The image is kinda violent, though.) It becomes a person's 'Warrior Anointing', in the context of spiritual-warfare talk.
Tingling (a feeling in the body's extremities, similar to that of losing circulation, only the circulation is unaffected.)
Whimpering.

In some cases assistance of others (called catchers) is required to prevent participants who are said to be under the control of the Spirit from injuring themselves or others during what some perceive as "ecstatic convulsions". The females are covered to avoid displays of indecent exposure.

There have been reports of people being 'slain in the spirit' for hours at a time. Some without an awareness of what has transpired

The Setting / Doctrinal Environment of its Modern Day Practice:

The Setting

From what I have been able to determine via research, most experiences are brought about by those who are said to be an anointed leader, a conduit, whether male or female. The leader either touches the forehead of the seeker, waves their arm(s), announces a spiritual impartation or petition God to send his Holy Spirit. In some cases the leader forcefully pushes on the individual causing them to fall. When this fails they move to the next individual.

"In Plain Sight ministry makes the following observation: "Yet, in the modern church people are not slain in the spirit except through the direct ministry of another person, almost always by being physically touched by that person." [2]

Often a significant amount of time is spent singing and praying during the church service before the attempt to slay one in the spirit. Sometimes the minister only has to gesture toward the congregation and they fall down, in other cases say prayer using certain words that seem to have sway over the congregation. When the people fall, they may be unconscious, semi-conscious, or fully conscious. Participants believe the Spirit of God comes upon them and they fall.

This practice is typically done in control settings such as religious events, revivals, conferences, seminars even church services, where a charismatic leader imparts the experience.

The Doctrinal Environment

Many false doctrines are big and in charge within the groups  - underdevelopment

Psychological Aspect?

"According to the Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements (DPCM) (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1988) the experience of being “slain in the spirit” can be attributed to mere human manipulation. In addition to God, the source of the experience can be a purely human response to autosuggestion, group ‘peer pressure,’ or simply a desire to experience the phenomenon” (p. 789). [1]

Parallel Behaviors to Other Religions

A popular “slain in the spirit” practitioner Francis MacNutt candidly confesses in his book Overcome by the Spirit, the phenomenon is externally similar to “manifestations of voodoo and other magic rites” and is “found today among different sects in the Orient as well as among primitive tribes of Africa and Latin America.” In sharp contrast, Scripture makes it clear that as Christians we must be “self-controlled and alert” (1 Peter 5:8) rather than being in an altered state of consciousness (“slain in the spirit.”)[1]

According to "Searching Together Magazine", during the "Toronto Blessing," ...The Force or 'Pumped, Scooped, Charged and Slain'", the Toronto Blessing was the product of So. African Evangelist Rodney Howard-Browne's "laughing-revival" crusades. Koch states that "The phenomenon included infectious laughter, spasms, resting in the spirit, and a variety of noises that some describe as sounding like animals." Koch is worried by the parallels he sees between this movement and manifestations associated with the "shaktipat" of practitioners like Swami Muktanada. Shaktipat is defined as the "art of transferring supernatural Hindu powers from one person to another." After the swami touched a follower, that person would fall unconscious, shake uncontrollably, or laugh ecstatically."

"Dr. Pat Dixon, in his book Signs of Revival, endorses the Toronto Blessing movement and associated manifestations. He states, "[Altered States of Consciousness] are...the key to understanding many Christian experiences, particularly in what is happening to many churches today...we may refer to this as a trance or hypnosis."' Hypnosis, considered demonic by Christendom, has always been associated with occultists, shamans, sorcerers and others of their ilk."

In the occult world it is known as "serpent power" or "awakening your chakra" through Hindu "kundalini" yoga techniques by the laying on of hands of a guru during a "shakti-pat" initiation. In the "Christian" realm it was practiced by the Shakers (they had a number of heretical doctrines and practices and also used necromancy in summoning, conversing with and following the edicts of the "spirit" of their dead leader Mother Ann, whom they believed to be the female expression of the Godhead) in the early 1900's. "Slain in the spirit" was later reintroduced by the Latter Rain Movement (which was found to be unbiblical in its doctrines and practices by the A/G and was put out of that denomination in 1949, yet has now been brought back into the A/G at Brownsville) and spiritist/spiritualist faith healers such as William Branham, A.A. Allen, Jack Coe, Kathryn Kuhlman, and others of the early to middle 1900's. In our day it was brought back for yet another round through the RHEMA/Word-Faith Movement by people like Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland and Rodney Howard-Browne as well as by Benny Hinn, and leavened into many denominations when popularized by John Wimber and the Vineyard, the Toronto "Blessing" and the Pensacola "Outpouring"...""""[5]

Physical Dangers Encountered

Below are a list of incidents that have occurred where one has been injured during services where "slain in the spirit" was practiced. This is by no means meant to be an exhaustive list, only to reflect the fact that physical danger can be and has been a part of the experience.


ABC News’  / Lyneka Little reports: /
Jan 27, 2012
A parishioner at the Disciple Fellowship Christian Church in East St. Louis, Ill., claims the spirit moved another worshiper so much during service that she caused others to tumble over backwards into her, causing injuries. Now she’s suing the church for damages.

Cheryl Jones alleges in a complaint filed in December that she was visiting the church when member of the congregation received the “spirit” during praise and worship and with no ushers or members to assist, the parishioner fell backwards knocking several members into the plaintiff, who was injured falling to the floor...read more

Mich. Supreme Court Awards Woman Injured while 'Slain in Spirit'
Sarah Pulliam Bailey [ posted 4/13/2010 ]


The Michigan Supreme Court ruled 5-2 in favor of a woman who sued a church and its pastor after she was injured when no one caught her fall after she was "overcome by the spirit of the Lord" during a rally. Here's more from the Lansing State Journal:

Dadd, who is in her 50s, sued the church and its pastor after she was injured while "slain in the Spirit" - falling backward after being "overcome by the Spirit of the Lord" - during a rally at Mount Hope Church in Delta Township in 2002...read more

Cases of Documented Demon Possession related to "Slain in the Spirit"

The following real life examples provide clear lessons why the practice of 'slain in the spirit' pose a potential danger to those who participate in its practice  

Christian author Kurt Koch who wrote the following in his book, "The Devils Alphabet" page:

"In my travels in more than 100 different countries. I have witness some strange forms of tongues-speaking...
136. In San Diego, California a woman can to be counseled. She told me tat she visited the meetings of a certain Pentecostal brother. This preacher had told the audience, "Only those who have spoken in tongues have been baptized in the Holy Spirit. "He then said that if anyone was interested in receiving the Holy Spirit they should say behind after the main meeting . The woman had done so. When the Pentecostal minster had laid hands on her she fell to the ground unconscious. When she awaked she was filled with a terrible fear. Some of the people around her said, however, "You've spoken in tongues wonderfully." But she had had enough of this 'baptism of the Spirit'. Because of this experience she lost her assurance of salvation and her peace with God. This is the reason she had come for counseling. By God's grace her faith was restored...."

In another book by Kurt Koch called "Occult ABC" (read Online version) page 33 the following is written:

"Ex 37 Mark (not his name) was a Christian in a church that he thought was formal and dead. He went to a Pentecostal church, where hands were laid on him, and he was what they called "slain in the spirit."  He was lying on the floor in a trance. When he came out of it, he was praising Jesus.

63 While attending this Pentecostal church, Mark also received a gift of tongues. The name of the spirit of he tongue was "Domenigaio." Here are some of the notes taken when this demon was cast out in the name of the "Lord Jesus Christ" "Domenigalo, how many associates are with you in Mark? "
"I am alone."
"When did you enter him?"
"When he was slain in the spirit."
"Who sent you"
"The devil, from the pit."
"Do you acknowledge our authority over you in Christ Jesus or Lord?"
"I do"
"What is your commission from Satan?"
"To deceive"
"How?"
"In his love for Jesus; ruin his faith; have him follow Satan."
"You are posing as the Holy Spirit, weren't you?"
"Yes."

Mark denounces this demon in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and he is cast out into the pit in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The name "Jesus" keeps coming into Mark's mind, so we command in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ that, if there is a demon in him named Jesus, he come forward and give his name.

Answer, Jesus."
"What Jesus?"
"Jesus of the devil."
"What is your work, what did Satan commission you to do?"
"To fool him; to steal the glory from God."
"When did you enter into him?"
"When he was slain in the spirit."

Challenges Presented

 A false anointing will bring about the following:

1. "Slain in the Spirit" introduces a chaotic element in church services that effectively shuts down any systematic teaching of the word of God resulting in a low view of scripture being the source for the belief and practice of our faith.

2. During sessions where "Slain in the Spirit" are administered other non Biblical manifestation may be manifested. These include but not limited to making of animal noises, running around the church aisles, violent shaking, uncontrollable laughter, etc.  thus effectively stop's the worship service from being done "properly and in an orderly manner. (1 Cor 14:40)

3. An unbiblical focus is placed on the one that administers the experience creating and ICONIC status in the minds of people.

4. For those who are under the influence of the "Slain in the Spirit phenomenon the ability to be discerning has been taken away especially for those who claim to remember nothing.(1 Thess 5:21; 1 John 4:1)

5. Creates an environment where experience rather than Biblical scripture becomes the measurement for gauging whether one is in fellow-ship with God.(Deut 8:3; Ps 119:105) This results in creating second class citizenry based on experience.

6. The Holy Spirit becomes the main focus rather than Christ (John 15:26; John 16:13-14)

Summary:

The bible is clear we are to worshipped God in our right minds, in an orderly fashion, and with self-control (1Cor. 14:33, 40; Col 2:5; Proverbs 25:28; 2 Pet. 1:5-8).

There is a false anointing in the church today which is not of God but of the flesh and of the devil, it blatantly opposes to the Word of God in its teaching and practice. It resembles that of the world's occultic religions rather than Biblical truth.

If any professing Christian continues to pursue false experiences and false teachings puts them outside of God's will for their life, that person is on a assured road to ruin. Another point one must keep in mind the Lord Jesus clearly stated the following, "his sheep hear his voice and another they will not follow (John 10:5)

We need to look to God through His Word for discernment in these matters and especially during these deceptive times in church history. The instruction of scripture must not be dismissed and it must be interpreted correctly using sound principles of of biblical interpretation (hermeneutics). Despite our experiences and regardless of how many are having them the truth of God is eternal and will not change.

The practice of slain in the spirit" that is done today is not found in the Scripture. When experience replaces Biblical knowledge, we have abandoned God’s standard. God's discipline can be painful when it corrects us, but it can cost much more to follow falsehood, which by its nature is easy to swallow and soothing to those who refuse the truth.[4]

Related Articles

“Slain in the Spirit” Considered From Scripture and History
Slain in the Spirit Part 1 of 2 by James Jacob Prasch
Slain in The Spirit
Does the Bible Support A Doctrine of Being Slain in the Spirit? Part I
Slain in the Spirit: Is it a Biblical Practice? by Kevin Reeves



Footnotes

[1] http://www.equip.org/bible_answers/is-being-slain-in-the-spirit-consistent-with-a-biblical-worldview/

[2] http://www.inplainsite.org/html/slain_in_the_spirit_1.html#sthash.N1eXQBQL.dpuf

[3] Manifestations

[4] http://www.letusreason.org/pent14%20.htm

[5]http://www.moriel.org/Sermons/Online/Slain_in_the_Spirit/slain_in_the_spirit_a.html?zoom_highlight=slain+in+the+spirit

[6] From Searching Together Magazine, Spring 1996.