Hi @trish53787 and Everyone:
Thank you for asking this most interesting question.
As far as I’m concerned, anyone who is pushed down by a pastor while he’s praying for them isn’t slain in the spirit at all, because, by definition, the terminology “slain in the spirit” is an action of the Holy Spirit without human intervention. And if a pastor pushes someone down as he’s praying for them, that has nothing to do with the Holy Spirit, and everything to do with that pastor’s manipulation of the prayee so that the pastor looks super-spiritual because that person fell down as the pastor prayed for them.
I would want to say to that pastor, “Sorry, Mr. Pastor! That person did NOT get slain in the spirit as a result of your prayers! The person fell down because you pushed them over!!”
There are places in Scripture where it talks about people not being able to remain standing because they’re in the presence of God, and the power of God is especially strong. THAT is an example of being slain in the spirit.
One example in the ministry Jesus Christ that occurred as He was being arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane can be found in John 18:5-6,
They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. ~ John 18:5-6, ESV.
Now, I could be completely off base about this. I’m wrong about a lot of things, but what I’ve written about here is my understanding of this experience. I’ve never experienced it myself, and I don’t think someone has to be slain in the spirit in order to experience God’s blessings and/or healing. I have had people pray for me, and try to push me down, but I could sense that that’s what they were doing, so I resisted. I always wondered if I was resisting God by doing that, but, in thinking about it now, I don’t think so. God doesn’t need man’s help if He’s going to minister to someone, and when God ministers to a person, He will do it decently and in order, and He will do it gently and with kindness.
Also, I think you’re correct, @SeanO, that all things should be done decently and in order in church, as Paul the Apostle said in the Scripture verses you quoted.
I have seen a person being prayed for, and the person praying for them push them down. Everytime I see that happening, it makes me angry, because I know God isn’t in it. I’ve also had a friend tell me of a time where a pastor prayed for her, and he pushed her down ~ and she suffered a neck and back injury as a result. That also is not being slain in the spirit.
So those are my thoughts on the issue, for what they’re worth. As I said, I could be wrong, but I think the real answer to this question may lie somewhere in the middle.