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Drunk in the Spirit

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Drunk in the Spirit

Drunk in the Spirit


A manifestation practiced by many in some modern renewal and revival movements. Supporters say they are drunk with "new wine."

Those who are "drunk in the spirit" look and act drunk. On pro-Toronto mailing lists, supporters have described being "tipsy," "wobbly," "falling to the floor," "unable to stand or to speak without slurring," and even having been pulled over by police.

These practices are "justified" with references to such Scriptures as:

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
Some, however, made fun of them and said, "They have had too much wine." Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: "Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It's only nine in the morning!

Incredibly, within the Toronto Blessing Movement and the Pensacola Outpouring some people refer to worship songs as "drinking songs." Rodney Howard-Browne, credited with bringing the Holy Laughter Movement to America, calls himself the "Holy Ghost Bartender." Randy Clark, during whose meetings the Toronto Blessing Movement started, called himself a "Bartender at Joel's Place" - a reference to the new wine promised in Joel 2:24

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Drunk in the Spirit
First posted: Mar. 4, 1998
Last Updated: Jan. 16, 2002
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