Another error which Charismatic Christians make is the idea that people can be slain in the spirit. This means that the Holy Spirit is supposedly making worshippers fall backwards.
And once again, these people wrench verses light years out of context. John 18:6 (KJV) reads, "As soon then as he had said unto them, 'I am he,' they went backward, and fell to the ground."
What these people don't realise, or want to admit to, is that Jesus said "I am," to the temple guards and soldiers who came to arrest him. Are these "slain in the spirit" adherents aware that those were the enemies of Christ, not his followers?
Worse yet, these folks don't realize that God wants us to be in charge of our faculties. We're warned in 1 Peter 5:8 (KJV) to, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:"
Paul likewise exhorted in 1 Thessalonians 5:8 (KJV), "But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation."
And we must remember what was written two-thousand years ago in 1 Peter 4:7 (KJV) and that it is even closer today. "But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer."
Matthew 24:42 (KJV) "Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come."
Furthermore, here's what Jesus said in Matthew 25:13 (KJV). "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh."
This "slain in the spirit" idea is obviously nonsense. It's what unstable Christians seek in order to gratify their own lust for spiritual advancement. They forget that God wants humble people who love him and definitely not the sort who want what they think they can get from him. Shame on such shallow people.
These folks will definitely benefit from my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Our job as followers of Christ is to proclaim the gospel, not to show off how super-spiritual we are. And like humility, it vanishes the second we become proud of it.