Vasovagal syncope is simply as follows: When heart rate slows, blood pressure drops, and the resulting lack of blood to the brain causes fainting.
Many of us have seen or been involved in a church service where there was “Slaying in the Spirit.” We have wondered is this from God? We have wondered are they making it up? Is there a Biblical example of God moving in this way?
I’ve been around this for quite a few years, as my first experiences in the Church were with people who embraced this.
Once with an individual I tested it. I was a catcher, which means I was to hold their weight as they fell to the ground under the “Power of the Spirit.” When they went to fall, I pulled away my hands from under their arms and they jerked forward thinking I wouldn’t catch them.
Everyone I have interviewed of their experience with “Slaying in the Spirit” have said they went down to satisfy the person who was praying for them. This relieved the pressure they were feeling under the crowd and the prayers expectation. They simply went down. Laying on the floor they looked at others just like them, but not all were there simply to please.
I was once at a church that was heavy into this sort of thing. I was the special guest speaker. After the sermon it was time to lay-on-hands and I was eager to oblige. People were falling down, they began speaking in tongues, others began shaking and moaning.
The pastor’s wife had me lay hands on her four year old. As he approached me his eyes rolled, he closed his eyes and began to fall back.
A few days later I went to the pastor and told him that he had trained the people of his church and used auto suggestion to get them to perform the way they had. I told him at my church it never happens when I pray for people. I challenged him to come to our church and insured him it wouldn’t happen. A matter of fact some of my congregation were there. Some tried to push them down. But with no compulsion of the Holy Spirit they resisted their pushes. The pastor was disgruntled and he did not invite me back.
A friend of mine that was working with a big name pastor who came to town had an interesting experience. He was excited to see the Spirit move and joined to help them in their crusade. While at one of the meetings they tried to slay him which he was eager to accept but nothing was happening. They began to push him but he resisted. After the meeting they rebuked him saying he needed to go down next time because he was embarrassing and discrediting their ministry.
Under the pressure of the crowd and the expectations of the Prayer many go down. It is easier to just go along with it. Some through auto suggestion (power of suggestion or placebo effect) go down. Auto suggestion is when someone tells the person what the person will experience so the person is more inclined to respond accordingly. It works! This is used for inducing recipients to manifest tongues also.
Now others really pass out I believe. I am not afraid to surmise that in these rare occasions they experienced vasovagal syncope. They actually pass out because of the build-up, the expectation of a “Touch from God”, the pressure of being in front of a crowd of heavily expectant worshipers, standing for a time with knees locked, a deep desire to see God move and auto suggestion.
Now once this happens, where one really passes out this inflames the unwitting and desirous of God to go up in hope to have the same experience. Under the influence of auto suggestion and all the previous pressure they fall down-I might add with endorphins pumping-regularly claiming a brush with the Holy Spirit thus encouraging others to “let loose and let God.” The cascade has begun and will never stop. Many become true believers in the experience never to question or turn aside. They become real evangelists of the experience, the best kind of salesman.
All this becomes a strange spiritual circus that hypnotists and charlatans are envious.
Yes, it becomes enviable to the rest of us seekers who wish to have an experience but are not moved by the schemes of men. We hope for a real touch from God.
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