Is there such a thing as being drunk in the Spirit ? Slain in the Spirit or Holy Laughter. I have seen people slain in the spirit many times in the last 24 years . But the question that always arises is it real or was it a emotional response. The emotional experience in most charismatic services is what becomes top priority. Most charismatics mistake the feeling generated by the music minister leading the praise and worship during the service as Holy Spirit ordained. The exhilarating feeling that is felt is mistakenly called the move of the Holy Spirit.
The preaching of the Word becomes an afterthought and takes a back seat to the music which intensifies the experience whipping the crowd into a frenzy. I was in one service where a woman fell out and landed right on my left arm which was a good thing because if my arm was not there she would have hit her head on the metal chair. She would have been in considerable pain, from the unexpected bump on her head. Sometimes I just don’t understand people and what makes them tick.
Now we get down to the heart of the matter, what is being drunk in the Spirit, Slain in the Spirit or Holy Laughter. As Kenneth Hagin said many times over drunk again. I looked in many Bibles including many Translations and never did see the Apostles ever mention that being drunk in the Spirit was a manifestation of the Spirit. I just could not find any substantiation for this doctrine.The only people who said that the Apostles were drunk on the day of Pentecost were the mockers( Acts 2 vs 3). So if the mockers were saying the Apostles were drunk; and Kenneth Hagin also said that he drunk and stumbled around acting like a drunk. There is only one conclusion that can be reached and that is Kenneth Hagin and the mockers in Acts 2 were of the same mind. Kenneth Hagin by saying he was drunk in the Spirit was actually mocking the Holy Spirit. Here is a short video clip of Kenneth Hagin and Ken Copeland in what is called Pentecostal Bedlam.
There are people falling, laughing and running all over the place. and right in the middle of the mess was Kenneth and Gloria Copeland. The scene is absolutely sad and chaotic, the Holy Spirit was never in this circus. There was a spirit there a false spirit, a demonic spirit, an unclean spirit masquerading as the Holy Spirit. God is not the author of confusion but the Devil is and he is the father of lies. The people in this clip have given themselves over completely to the influence of Satan. They are under a demonic delusion and their actions border on the bizarre. Peter replied to the mockers in the book of Acts 2 vs 15 “For these men are not drunk as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day” which is 9 AM.
According to an article by Biblical Discernment Ministries : Kenneth Hagin cited Acts chapter 2 in an attempt to prove that the Apostles were drunk in the Spirit on the day of Pentecost. This is nonsense. Those who said the disciples were “full of new wine” were the mockers who wanted to debunk the miracle of tongues which was occurring (Acts 2:13).
The mockers did not say the disciples were drunken because they were staggering about and slurred in speech and falling to the ground, but because of the many languages which were used to preach the Gospel that day and because they wanted to slander the servants of Christ. In his reply to these mockers, PETER PLAINLY SAID THEY WERE NOT DRUNKEN (Acts 2:15). In Ephesians 5:18, Paul CONTRASTS drunkenness with the filling of the Spirit. The drunk is not in control of himself, but is under the power of a foreign substance. In contrast, the Spirit-filled Christian is entirely in control of himself under the direction of the Holy Spirit. There is absolutely no case in the New Testament of the Lord Jesus Christ or the Apostles or early Christians staggering about in a drunken stupor, unable to attend to necessary duties, as those in the laughing revival are experiencing. THE CHRISTIAN IS COMMANDED TO BE SOBER AT ALL TIMES (1 Thess. 5:6,8; 1 Tim. 3:2,11; Titus 1:8; 2:2,4,6; 1 Pet. 1:13; 4:7; 5:8).
If for no other reason, one should reject Hagin on this basis alone: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
The only example of “spiritual drunkenness” in the Bible is in the prophets, referring to God’s judgment upon sin and apostasy (Isa. 29:9-14; Jer. 51:37-40). These prophecies sound a solemn warning to the Laughing Revival crowd. They have rejected the sound teaching of the Bible; they have refused to be sober and vigilant; they have mocked careful Biblical discernment; they have exalted experience over doctrine; they have gone awhoring after feelings and “signs and wonders”; and they have been blinded by demonic delusions. God warns that those who refuse to obey the truth will be blinded by lying wonders (2 Thess. 2:9-12).
Throughout the rest of Hagin’s sermon, various people were laughing hysterically, making it difficult to follow his message. The service could best be characterized by confusion. It ended like it began, with a rock concert disguised as a worship service.