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    Slain in the Spirit?

    John Samson:

    Sola Scriptura - the Bible alone is the word of God and therefore the sole (only) infallible rule of faith for the people of God. May I ask, do you believe that? I do.

    The Bible (the 66 book canon of Old and New Testament books) is the 'God breathed' (inspired) record of the Holy Spirit, informing us of what is, and what is not of God - what is true worship acceptable to God, and what is in contrast, 'strange fire' - false worship, which God has not authorized or sanctioned in any way at all.

    When God the Holy Spirit is the source of an 'experience' what is observed will be in full agreement and alignment with the Bible. That should not be a controversial statement at all, but in today's 'Christian' world, to insist on biblical parameters for our worship is often seen as 'legalistic' and 'putting God in a box.'

    Having been involved in charismatic excess for decades as a pastor in the movement, I have had to own and repent of the false doctrine I have taught. That is not always an easy thing to do but it is a necessary thing. That’s why I am always grateful when someone addresses some of these excesses from the word of God.

    This article “Mythbusters: Slain in the Spirit? What does the Bible say?” is written by Costi Hinn (Benny Hinn’s nephew) who is now, like me, a Reformed pastor and preacher committed to verse by verse exposition of the Bible. Though I have known him only a short time, he is a man I consider to be my friend. I very much encourage you to read through it and check out what is said – not with your experience, but with the Bible:

    Here is the link. You can also follow him on Twitter @costiwhinn.

    Posted by John Samson on August 3, 2017 11:08 AM

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