Can you comment on the following video which shows the Holy Spirit being manifested through moments of ecstasy and being slain in the Spirit? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dvc4mYCCO8&feature=youtu.be)
I watched the video and invite the readers to watch as well. I have found no places in the Bible that mention worship and the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in moments of ecstasy and being slain in the Spirit. On the Day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came down upon the disciples and manifested Its presence through tongues of fire and speaking in foreign languages (languages that could be understood, known languages) and sharing the mighty deeds of God with the people who were gathered in Jerusalem. The actions manifested in this video are not mentioned in Acts 2, nor in any other place in the Bible. People are not slain in the spirit by the Spirit of God.
In the Bible, when people are filled with the Spirit, it is manifested by their boldness in sharing the Gospel no matter the risk. After Peter and John were arrested for preaching the Gospel, reprimanded, and then let go, they shared with the Church and the following happened:
31 And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4)
In the passage, we see that Peter was full of the Holy Spirit when he stood before the Council and preached Jesus Christ. Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr, whose story is told in Acts 7, was full of the Holy Spirit when he preached Christ. The Holy Spirit was not manifested through a moment of ecstasy or slaying in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit was manifested through the boldness that Stephen displayed as he explained the Gospel even in the midst of heavy persecution. His life was on the line and he stood firmly and boldly preached.
The fruit of the Spirit is manifested in a person’s life through the following characteristics:
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control ; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5)
The manifestations in the video do not coincide with what the Scriptures teach about the manifestations of the Holy Spirit.
In the comment section on this video, I discovered that one person wrote in defense of the video saying that anyone who questioned what was happening in the video is guilty of blaspheming against the Holy Spirit. My question is, “maybe you are guilty of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit if you attribute the wild manifestations in the video to the Holy Spirit?”.
Also, as I was watching this video, I was reminded of the passage in Corinthians where Paul warns the Corinthians about speaking in “strange” tongues. The problem was, these “strange” tongues were so “strange” that no one could understand them. The Apostles, on the Day of Pentecost, also spoke in “tongues” but the difference with their speaking in tongues and the Corinthians’ tongues was, their (the Apostles’) “tongues” were known languages that the people in the audience could understand. Here is what Paul had to explain to the Corinthians:
23 Therefore if the whole church assembles together and all speak in tongues, and ungifted men or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are mad ? (I Corinthians 14)
These people were not rolling on the ground, being “slain in the Spirit”. They were just speaking in “strange” tongues and the unbelievers thought that they were crazy. What would unbelievers think if they walked into a service and saw what was going on in the video?
Several years ago I went to visit my sister in Kogal, Siberia. Once in town, I asked where I could find a Baptist Church service so that I could go and worship as well as take my sister and her family with me.
When I called the number for information, a voice harsh and angry answered saying that there are no Baptist Christians here. She sounded as if she were offended just by hearing the name “Baptist”. She went on to tell me that there was a “full” Gospel church in the city. I chose to visit that church with my sister and her family.
Once there I was scared to cry, jumping and other things like that which were nearly all assembled. Once there, we were frightened by all the yelling, screaming, jumping, and other things that were taking place among the members. My sister was even more afraid and she asked me, “is this a genuine church? Is this the kind of church that you are part of?” I explained to her that what they were doing was not correct and that worship at a Baptist church is much different. After that experience, my sister, as well as many of the other people who were visiting the service, viewed these practices more as pagan activities instead of Christian worship. Why do I say “pagan”? In most pagan rituals, their worship is accompanied by moments of ecstasy and loss of self control. While watching the video, I was reminded of people in the Bible who were demonized, falling on the ground and hurting themselves and others who happened to be around them. There is an example in the Bible of a situation when there was a demon possessed man whom the disciples could not exorcise. They brought the man to Jesus. Then, there is a child who was demon possessed:
20 They brought the boy to Him. When he saw Him, immediately the spirit threw him into a convulsion, and falling to the ground, he began rolling around and foaming at the mouth. (Mark 9)
I would like to hear from my readers. What are your thoughts about the video and the Biblical response that I have given.
Translation by: Erik Brewer