Question:Where did the term "slain in the Spirit" come
from and where in the Bible is it mentioned?
Bible Answer: "Slain in the Spirit" is
a term that is used to refer to someone falling down because the power
of the Holy Spirit came upon them. Some claim the expression "slain
in the Spirit" was started by Kathryn Kulhman. The expression may
have also been used prior to her by the Methodists. Yet, it is never
referred to by the early church Fathers.
Those who experience being "slain
in the Spirit" say their experience is a light, positive emotion.
There are many Christians today who seek this experience for a variety
of reasons. Regardless of one's view on the subject, the question we
must ask is, "What does the Bible say?"
The expression "slain in the Spirit" does not occur anywhere
in the Bible. It is not a biblical term. Some refer to Old Testament
passages as examples of being "slain in the Spirit," but the
references are consistently about dreams, visions or a person choosing
to lie down on the ground because they were afraid when God or an angel
appeared. The closest biblical account of someone being "slain in
the Spirit" is Paul, the apostle, in Acts 9:4. What Paul experienced,
however, is not being "slain in the Spirit." We do not see
a pattern of this in the Word of God. The concept of being slain in the
Spirit is foreign to the Bible.
Conclusion:Remember the Word of Truth (2 Tim.
2:15) is our standard for judging. While scripture does not mention being "slain
in the Spirit" it does tell us to be "filled
with the Spirit" (Eph. 5:17-18).