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“Slaying in the spirit” is hypnotic suggestion

Have you ever wondered about this phenomenon of “slaying in the spirit” that you might have seen in some Pentecostal churches? It usually occurs where a “faith healer” lays his hands on a person, gets them to pray or repeat some words, gently pushes them backwards and they fall to the floor. The phenomenon is not confined to the evangelical churches either. It is practiced by some Roman Catholic priests. See below, for example.

People slain in the spirit after receiving prayer from faith healer and Catholic priest Fernando Suarez Credit: Wikipedia

The phenomenon does not appear anywhere in the Scriptures. In fact, the Scriptures tell us that  “the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.” 1 Corinthian 14:32 The same applies to all saved servants of the Living God. The Holy Spirit indwells them and they do not yield to another spirit.

Chapter 14 of 1 Corinthians is all about maintaining order in the church in relation to the gifts of the Spirit. But I do not believe that the Apostolic gifts are continuing now because we have the written Scriptures and there is no longer any Apostles writing new Scripture. However I do believe the Holy Spirit speaks to His servants, heals some at His discretion and gives gifts like tongues, but that tongues is not essential to salvation.

On that basis I have always believed that this so-called “slaying in the spirit” is not from the Holy Spirit, and therefore it must be demonic in nature. It was first brought to my attention decades ago with those spreading the false teaching of the Vineyard church, often referred to as the Toronto Blessing and involved “holy laughter”. Well, it was a lot more than just laughter, they would bark like dogs and behave in very uncontrolled ways. People like Rodney Howard Brown was very popular in the 1990’s spreading that in the Pentecostal churches in Australia.  Today we see the same stuff coming from Torben Søndergaard–leader of the so-called Last Reformation cult.

What I have learned from the following YouTube video is that Søndergaard and all these other practitioners are using well-known hypnotist techniques. Through prayer they get their subjects to yield their will to them and the rest follows. Please watch!

So this is not just about “slaying in the spirit” but about these so-called faith healers who “heal” people, which turns out to be either only temporary, due to an adrenaline rush or completely faked, like in the example shown with Søndergaard moving a person’s shoe, while faking the lengthening of the person’s leg. Where are those who grow new limbs? Torben Søndergaard is a total charlatan — deceiving gullible people and being deceived.

But evil men and seducers [impostors] shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 2 Timothy 3:13

I know God can miraculously heal but He heals at His discretion. God is not flipped on like a light switch. He cannot be turned on at a moment by a “healer” or by the prayers of the one who wants to be healed.  That is a works religion.

You can pray for healing and if it is within His will He can and does heal. But if there is anything that Paul’s 2nd letter to Timothy should teach us is that in the last days there will be deceivers among the church, leading the sinful astray. We are told to resist them and to expect persecutions and afflictions. God’s way is not generally one of health and wealth. But He will eventually deliver us all in the end. Read the whole chapter yourself.

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Salvation is simple

More than 40 years ago I started witnessing on the streets in Australia and other countries. This was about 2 years after the Lord saved me, brought me out of darkness into His marvellous light. He delivered me from my old life and from where I was otherwise headed, to Hell. (All bold are my emphases added. Square brackets [ ] indicate meanings of words. King James Version Easy-Reading Bible (KJVER) used.)

Slide2Since that time I have met various Christian groups who also were on the streets trying to convert others to their particular form of religion. Some taught that you must be filled with the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues to be saved. Some said that tongues was necessary evidence of your salvation. Some required that a person be baptised, by full immersion in water, before she could be saved. In every case, such doctrines depart from the simple clear teaching of the Scriptures. Those with false teaching always require some sort of works. They would say, yes, Jesus saves but you have to do this or that first, including additions like you have to continue to obey all commandments, or you must no longer sin anymore, or you will lose your salvation. They are adding to the true gospel.

Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, Permit little children, and forbid them not, to come to Me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Salvation is simple! (See note at bottom of this article.) But humans always want to add something of themselves, so that they might earn some merit, even just a little.

Some, like one Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) guy, I once met on the street, argued that a Christian must meet and fellowship on Saturday in order to be saved. He even said that those who meet on Sunday are receiving the ‘mark of the beast’ and are doomed to Hell, because they are failing to keep the fourth commandment.

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Torben Søndergaard and The Last Reformation

I was asked to have a look at this healing video called The Last Reformation, wherein a preacher from Denmark, Torben Søndergaard, showcases his relatively new, now worldwide, healing ministry.

Now don’t get me wrong, I believe that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit are still in operation, including the gift of healing. I am no cessationist. I have personally experienced my own very dramatic baptism of the Holy Spirit, but more than one year after my salvation. I believe that according to the scriptures God gives the gifts of the Spirit according to His sovereign will to whom He will and when He chooses.

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After some study of Søndergaard and his Last Reformation group, I have to say that this is yet another false cult. But please study for yourself and make up your own mind! You should watch the YouTube film of Liz the Reiki healer’s testimony put out by Søndergaard and read this analysis of his theology. It sounds like and smell very cultic.

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Torben Søndergaard

Torben Søndergaard teaches that Salvation is evidenced by the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, which comes through/by baptism in water and his proof of the in filling of the Holy Spirit is the speaking in tongues. He says that only after you are filled up with the Holy Spirit (indicates with his hand, raising it up to his mouth) the tongues comes out of your mouth. This to him is proof. He teaches that only by water baptism can you be saved, that before the baptism you are dead flesh and after baptism your sins are washed away and you are born again. This is definitely a false gospel. What about the poor thief on the cross (Luke 23:32-43), who was dying next to Jesus, to whom Jesus said that because of the thief’s faith he would see Him that day in paradise. There was no water there!