Steve Deakins To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Holy laughter
In Prophezine's monthly email there was an article by Shirley Ann Miller on the
"holy laughter" movement. In it she had a good point that had never occurred to
me. I am forwarding that part of the article, and I think it is a good observation.
The entire article can be found at: www.prophezine.com/search/database/is54.html
is an important question which comes under the heading of "laying on of hands."
is a cross-denominational issue. It might surprise you, but cults and cultists
also believe in the laying on of hands. Yes, there is another spirit-world of
the supernatural, and following this demonstration some really strange things
can begin to happen.
act of "laying on of hands" (1) demonstrates the "transference of the spirit,
spirits, or Spirit (the latter as in Holy Spirit-Acts 8:17)" of the one praying
and laying on of hands; or (2) it could also be by one who desires to comfort
or console another through prayer and touch. It is important to know the difference
and also what motivates the person doing the praying.
In the first instance, whenever any person lays hands on you they intend to "pass"
something they possess over to you!!! You must know whether or not what they intend
giving to you is something you really want! A simple act of "submission" grants
permission and acceptance to those who lay hands on you. If this isn't important,
you might ask yourself: "Do you want someone passing a familiar spirit from them
to you by simply praying and laying their hands on you?" How do you know whether
or not an individual is the conduit of the Great and Mighty Holy Spirit of God
or the possessor of demonic spirits? (This last question sounds like a good title
for an entire book!)
see so many men and women "laying" hands upon others, but do we know the "spirit"
of that individual of whom we allow to place their hands upon another. What "spirit"
do they transfer to others? You might think about this the next time someone wants
to pray over you. Personally, I believe one should "never" allow another to lay
hands upon them unless "first" knowing by what spirit inhabits or drives that
individual, and for what purpose brings about their actions. What is their belief?
To whom or what have they submitted their life? And most importantly, what is
their motive--power, control, self-glorification or hopefully the opposite--at
best, to comfort and love?
is no passage within New Testament scripture that indicates that the Messiah lay
His hands upon any demon-possessed person. Wherever Jesus went in ministry, He
was always in the continual process of "giving" out to others and not "receiving."
Many times Jesus lay His hands upon the sick to heal, but never upon the demon-possessed.
In Scripture, it was the spoken "Word" that delivered those oppressed, and caused
Satan to shudder with fear (see the before and after difference in the Gadarene
demonic Luke 8:26-36). One of the very important reasons for this, is because
of the transference of "spirits" (Numbers 14:24; I King 22:21; Ephesians 2:2;
1 Tim 4:1; 1 John 4:1; 1 John 4:3; Ephesians 5:19; 2 Cor 6:17, Col. 2:21, etc.)
(or in contrast the "Holy Spirit's power" as in Matthew 9:21).
Steve Van Nattan- Blessed Quietness Journal--
know that in water witching, which has not other power than Satan, if a neophyte
cannot get the rods to work, an experienced witcher will walk behind the neophyte
and lay his hands on the arms of the neophyte as they walk along. This will transfer
the power. Same old hoochie kooch, same old rodeo.
real motivation of the laying on of hands. If you get what you came for, the Charismatic
guru will lay hands on your wallet also.
of November 2017 I have to add a disclaimer to Steve Deakins' comments above.
While much of what he says is true, I do not believe the Holy Spirit is passed
on from one believer to another by the laying on of hands. This is nowhere found
in the New Testament. The Holy Spirit comes to a believer when he confesses faith
in Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit does not come in pints and quarts. You have
all of the Holy Spirit you will ever get if you are born again. The only issue
is, how much of you does the Holy Spirit own? That can only be taken care of by
confession of sin, NOT by some other believer laying hands on you.
is a video showing what can happen when you let someone lay hands on you:
conclusion is clear..... Never let anyone lay hands on you, not even as they dedicate
you to Christian service. Some of the most convincing preachers and deacons today
are possessed of devils, and you could find yourself tormented by a devil they
pass on to you.