Wake up, Church: This may startle you, but the Holy Spirit doesn’t cause people to fall. The Holy Spirit is not violent or wild; it does not cause people to pass out, laugh, and thrash around violently, as you see people doing today.
Startling: The Holy Spirit Doesn’t Cause People To Fall
STM Bible Snack
Jesus warned us about false prophets
Slain in the Spirit; Move of God
There are biblical examples of people falling to the ground while in the presence of God or an angel. However, there are very important differences between what is happening today and what we see in the Bible. But the Holy Spirit doesn’t cause people to fall, so what spirit caused them to fall?
- They did not have the Holy Spirit living in them.
- It was not the result of someone praying for them. There are no examples of people falling backward when prayed for in the Bible.
- Most importantly, they fell forward and not backward. So, they were not passing out!
Seeing God or an angel
Wake up, church. Some will use these scriptures to justify what is happening today: ‘slain in the spirit’ or ‘move of God’.
NOTE: Falling on one’s face
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary: the attitude of profoundest reverence assumed by Eastern people. It consists in the prostrate body resting on the hands and knees, with the face bent till the forehead touches the ground. It is an expression of conscious humility and profound reverence.
Seeing Jesus or hearing God’s voice
What caused people in the gospels to fall
Wake up, church. The only scriptures, excluding the eight listed above, that I found of anyone falling to the ground resulted from evil sources.
A demon threw the man to the ground
The devil threw a boy down
A departure from the faith
When Jesus Laid Hands on People and Prayed
He healed them and cast out demons
So remember, the Holy Spirit doesn’t cause people to fall! Falling only happened when someone saw God or an angel, or when a demonic force threw them down. Thank you for taking the time to read this Bible snack. I urge you to make full use of it. Blessings to you and your loved ones—♥ Tim. ☺
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