Pentecost, Holy laughter, Drunk in the Spirit and Heretic Hunters

Posted: January 27, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I was raised Pentecostal. You might say I knew more about this movement by the time I was 12 years old (1979) than most who are currently in what is called “Pentecostalism”. Equally, I was filled (baptized) with the Holy Ghost, speaking in tongues when I was 11. Again, this is because I was literally raised, rooted in a traditional, Pentecostal home by my Father (who was a called preacher) and a Mother (who was equally gifted in the prophetic as well is a preacher herself and travels as a missionary). God has been good to me with sound, Biblical teaching.

When I was growing up, the Pentecostal movement was still in its early growth, it was nothing like you would see today. There were actually stigmas attached to being a Pentecostal when I was a young boy, we still carried the tag, “Holy Rollers” growing up. Even in our worship we knew the power of God, people knew how to pray AND DID! They knew how to fast, how to call an all night prayer meeting. When the power of God fell in those years growing up as a young man, the spirit moved greatly. Men shouted the ceiling down, women in the faith danced in the spirit, kids too, people were filled with the Holy Ghost and that same spirit which fell at Pentecost, fell the same way in our little Pentecostal holiness church.

Even the gifts of the spirit was evident in many ways. Prophecies were given, healings occurred, tongues and interpretation of tongues equally occurred. I have seen this with my own eyes throughout my early days as a Pentecostal Christian.

Yet, now we have a divide in many parts of the church body where some, attempting to thwart the move of God, are attempting to undermine, criticize and in some cases denounce every move people make while under the anointing, and in some cases – actually criticize the Holy Spirit in how he moves – which is NOT our right at all!

Yet, these self anointed, self appointed “watch dogs” who seem determined to monitor and challenge anything they think is not the spirit, are undermining the growth of those within the body itself. What’s worse, its caused many to literally fear moving in any direction under the spirit, where it’s almost as if the only thing right in their eyes is speaking in tongues, and in some cases, even that in of itself is becoming regulated in some circles. The fact is, what’s happening is this, it’s a demonic spirit of finger pointing and condemning within the church against what some feel and believe is not a genuine move of God but a false spirit – that’s the delusion. The fact however is, God moves not according to our concept, but his. Yet many, under this religious spirit, are becoming very critical of anything they deem “inappropriate” these days. And they use scripture to try to base their point of view, but what they are doing is twisting the word itself to prove their point of view – which is worse.

I believe in Pentecost. I equally believe in being slain in the spirit. I also believe in “Holy Laughter” – why? Because I have experienced it myself and when it came, it was desperately needed in my life.

The following is a piece by Apostle Rodman’s excellent summary on this movement.

Holy Laughter

“He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.” [Ps 2:4]
Yes, God does laugh. Psalm 37:13; 52:6; and 59:8 also bears this out.We are created in His image, and likewise have the capacity to laugh. The Bible in Ecclesiastes 3:4 says that there is a time to weep and a time to laugh. Ecc. 7:2-6 cautions us to place a proper balance between laughter and sorrow. The Lord says regarding the laughter of the saints,”Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing.” [Job 8:21] That word, “till,” confirms the thought that we can look forward to the time to laugh.

Some have also said that they SEE no salvations at the laughing revivals. But isn’t salvation an INVISIBLE work? But yet we can SEE and HEAR the joy of salvation exhibited in laughter.

Some objectors demand to see FRUIT from this laughing experience. There are always those that cannot see the forest for the trees—-the Bible says that JOY is one of the FRUIT of the Spirit. But there have also been great healing miracles that have accompanied the signs of holy laughter and the sign of slain-in-the-Spirit, God’s “laughing gas”and God’s “anaesthesia” throughout the operation of the Spirit.

FRUIT AND “CONFUSION”

Critics say that the laughing revival is a mass of confusion.

It is written that God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. Peace is another fruit of the Spirit. Those who have been blessed by the laughing revival and those who have been slain-in-the-Spirit claim to have experienced great peace during and after the manifestations. I know I have. In my own personal life I have experienced this manifestation and felt the power of God in unspeakable joy. The Holy Spirit may seem confusing to those not familiar with the workings of God. It should be considered that the confusion may be largely within the mind of certain critics wherein envy and strife, and every evil work abounds. [James 3:16]. Confusion is accompanied by envy and strife. Pontius Pilate knew that the priests because of their envy had delivered up Jesus, calling Him a blasphemer. The servants of revival are persecuted by those who presume to be doing “God” a favor.

Today who is striving?–those who are crying, “I want more of You, Jesus!”, or those who are screaming, “False revival!”

Because the Word says that “the joy of the Lord is your strength,” it therefore follows that the enemy of our souls wants to steal, destroy, and downright kill your joy. The devil does not want joy in the Church. He wants WEAK saints. He wants believers to go out into the world to get a worldly form of joy to meet the unfulfilled need for joy, if the Church cannot supply it. The devil is miserable, and he wants you to be miserable in Church too.

CONTRIVED BY MEN?

Some criticize the holy laughter movement saying it is not sovereignly of God, because certain men seem to be able to initiate the phenomenon as they minister from church to church, as if the occurrence depends on man. But we see in Acts chapter eight, that after Philip did evangelistic work in Samaria, Jerusalem SENT apostles to Samaria to lay hands on saved persons that the Holy Spirit might fall upon them [verse 16]. So God sovereignly chooses to use men as VESSELS. The laying on of hands is a doctrine listed in Hebrews 6:2, although 90% of the church, contrary to the Word of God, do not practice it.

God sovereignly gives you the volitional will to accept or reject what He is doing. It is possible for the leadership of the local church to quench the Spirit and to despise prophesying—and the Glory will depart. Those who seek the Lord with all their heart will find Him. It is sometimes needful to put your desire into action, rather than waiting for the outpouring to come to you. Go where the flow of the Spirit is, and divert the Spiritual watercourse into your personal “Jerusalem”. Go to the well, get filled up, and bring the water back into town.

OUT OF CONTROL?

The critics say that this “holy laughter” cannot be of God, because it is supposedly out of control, and everyone knows that the spirit of the prophet is subject to the PROPHET.

Here the critics are a bit confused, because the people being ministered TO are NOT at that moment operating in the position of the PROPHET or fivefold minister; the people receiving holy laughter are not ministering, but being ministered TO. When a doctor operates, the patient is anaesthetized. The patient only has control to the extent that he gives initial permission to the surgeon for the operation.

Secondly, this “drunkenness of the Spirit” wears off over time, so it is therefore not out of control, but controlled by the element of time, which is why the Lord continually exhorts us to be filled with the Spirit. If salvation was the only “filling”, the Lord would not make an additional admonition to us that we should be filled again and again.

Thirdly, the ministers of holy laughter are not usually drunk in the Spirit, because they are more accustomed to the power of the Glory of God’s presence. As one matures in the things of the Spirit, he learns to function while being saturated with the Lord’s presence, crudely analogous to the manner in which an alcoholic does not behave like the “weekend” party-goer. Although the minister might like to be slain-in-the-Spirit himself, it is not always expedient for the rest of the brethren being ministered to; this is another reason why God has temporarily chosen certain regional “watering holes” to refresh thirsty vacationing ministers sitting in the congregation; sometimes the minister needs to be ministered to.

“DRUNK IN THE SPIRIT” and OTHER MANIFESTATIONS

After the Lord gave a vision to Daniel, Daniel writes, “And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king’s business …” [Dan 8:27]

Daniel was “sick” after the visitation of the Lord, and could not do his secular job for some days.

The prophet wasn’t made ILL as if he had been disobedient (like Miriam [Num 12:10] or Gehazi [2 Kgs 5:27]), but his “sickness” came from a close encounter with the Holy Spirit. God knew the crucial message required an intense anointing which in the long term was more important than the temporary side effects manifested in Daniel’s flesh. God is not in the business of making His children “sick”, but dynamic encounters with the Living God cause dynamic demonstrations to be displayed by our frail bodies.

Drunks stagger, babble, shake, and laugh, and see “visions.”

Acts 2:13 “Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.” Note that they said, NEW wine, not old. Why new wine? –New wine is NOT more intoxicating than the old–the difference is in the carbonation. Old wine has lost its carbonation through the procedure of being opened and poured (filtered) from vessel to vessel. New wine is the product of fermented grape juice and is characterized by carbonation, the bubbling forth. It may be that the 120 tongue-talkers in Acts Two were doing some laughing and staggering, hence, the false accusation regarding new wine.

We don’t know for sure, but that particular scripture coupled with–

Eph 5:18 “… Be not drunk with wine wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.”

–tells us that the Lord purposely associated wine with FULNESS of the Holy Spirit. Some have argued unsuccessfully that Paul was merely choosing a sin (such as drunkenness) at random in Ephesians 5:18, as if to say, “Don’t sin, but be in the Spirit,” but when God repeats Himself He is establishing a doctrinal point [Gen 41:32]. The Lord creates an analogy using wine and the Spirit.

There is ungodly biological drunkenness on the one hand, and godly Spiritual drunkenness on the other hand.

STAGGERING:

Ezek 47:1-5 In Ezekiel, at first, the waters issuing from under the threshold of the House of God were ankle-deep. The waters could be walked in. Finally the waters became a river, “for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.” And verse nine: “… Everything shall LIVE whither the river cometh.”

In the above passage we see that when the Spirit arrives with inundating power, man’s walking ability is hindered. He has to instead “swim” in the river of God. Everything that is touched by the river is invigorated and revived.

During various encounters in the Book of Daniel, the prophet felt exceedingly weak in the presence of God.

SHAKING:

“… Rejoice with trembling.” [Ps 2:11]

“Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones SHAKE; I am like a DRUNKEN man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of the Lord, and because of the words of his holiness.” [Jeremiah 23:9]

BEING SLAIN-IN-THE-SPIRIT (a.k.a. FALLING OUT)

One dissident commented that in the Bible people only fall down on their faces, but in the laughing revival “they ALL fall backwards.”

First of all, those of you that have been in Pentecost for a while know that people do not always “fall out” backwards. However, our body structure, such as the tautness of the Achilles tendon behind the heal is conducive towards a backward fall. It really depends on the stance and posture of the person at the time and also the fact that the minister’s hand may be on the person’s head preventing a forward fall. Additionally, many people “fall out” without even being touched.

God put men deeply to sleep in Genesis 2:21, 15:12 and 1 Sam 26:12, to name a few scriptures. The Word doesn’t say which direction they fell.

In 2 Chron 5:14 we see that there is a time when even the ministers cannot stand in the cloud of the glory of God. This time is returning, as the House of God is being built on apostolic and prophetic foundational doctrine according to God’s pattern. The glory of the latter house shall be greater than that of the former. What flesh can stand before the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ?

In John 18:6, When Jesus said, “I Am,” which is the name of God revealed to Moses in Ex 3:14, His captors went backward, and fell to the ground. A person told me that those men fell back in sudden fear because they thought Jesus was a sorcerer, and now they knew that Jesus was there. No–they already were fairly sure who and where He was even before He spoke: they were expecting Him to be in the garden. Mark 14:45 says that Judas, who knew that it was the custom of Jesus to visit the garden, went “straightway” [immediately] to Jesus and identified Him with a kiss. When they then asked Jesus to confirm His name, expecting Him to say “Jesus”, He said, “I Am.” It was the anointing on that Name, “I Am,” which caused the captors to fall backward onto the ground.

Some people attribute the sign of slain-in-the-Spirit entirely to the devil. If it is possible for a created being such as the devil to counterfeit the sign, then God the Creator Himself can certainly do better in quality and quantity, when it comes to Spirit-slain. God kills and makes alive. If He can kill ’em He knows how to just “stun” people a little bit for better or worse when necessary.

THE BEST WINE LAST

Wine, as a type of the Holy Spirit, is associated with the final revival. Thanks to Jesus, the best wine was served last at the wedding in Cana. In Joel 2:23,24 the Lord promises to cause the former and the latter revival rain to come down in the same month, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. Jesus promises to drink wine with us anew in Heaven. The new wine we are experiencing now is but a token of the future glory of the Kingdom.

EYE HATH NOT SEEN

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” [1 Cor 2:9]

The miracles of Jesus then and now project glimmers of the greatness of His Kingdom—a foretaste of that Kingdom of which we can hardly begin to imagine or comprehend.

The Bible says that IN THE LAST DAYS there will be an increase in false prophets and an increase in men who have a form of godliness, but no power thereof. The Jehovah’s Witnesses fit both categories, and the critics of revival fit in the second category. If God judged the J.W.’s prematurely, the revival critics would be in jeopardy too, since they deny the power of God as we know it to be. Of course, from the critics’ point of view, the revivalists are end time “false prophets.” It can become an endless circular argument. Praise God that He is Judge, and not us!!

If laughing is a part of revival, then as revival increases, we “… will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine [our] own sight …” [2 Sam 6:22]

–And if holy laughter is integral with the next Tsunami wave of revival, there are some men who have already purposed in their heart to miss that revival:

“Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.” [Hab 1:5]

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