Evangelical Christians around the globe are increasingly holding large children’s revivals where they practice a disturbing ritual called “anointing by the holy spirit,” “being slain by the holy spirit,” “catching the holy ghost,” or “falling out.”
It is intimidating, physically coercive, deeply stressful, and emotionally manipulative. Children are under tremendous pressure to cooperate, to mimic the adults’ bizarre behaviors, and to avoid being judged unworthy, disappointing, or worse, under satan’s spell.
The older children and teens are under great peer pressure to fit in. The youngest simply don’t understand they’re supposed to fall over. Their purity and honesty shines through.
Most are acting, consciously or subconsciously, feeling anxiety and guilt long afterward for not having the “genuine” experience they imagine the rest are surely having. Others are infected by the contagion of mass hysteria, a temporary insanity driven by the shouting, the music, and the cacophony of adults “speaking in tongues” (glossolalia) — meaningless babbling with the same origin as the toppling over.
The preachers, of course, are paid for results.
What kind of belief system must force itself on children, long before they are able to understand and decide for themselves?
It is child abuse and should not be permitted.