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Spectacularly, some Pentecostal and Charismatic assemblies have laid claim in having a spiritual experience (outside of speaking in tongues) with the following described physical behaviors; hysterical laughter (or “holy laughter”), physical spasms or jerks, Dancing around (also known as 'shouting'), Jumping, running, excessive crying/weeping, falling to the floor under the Holy Spirit's power (aka “slain in the Spirit”) and sometimes rolling across the floor (Holy Roller).

Some Pentecostals explain that when one is slain in the spirit, or falls out, their body is under the power of God and that someone can only withstand so much before their body goes limp. So basically one's body can only withstand so much of Gods power, that is why they fall to the ground. As a result, some Pentecostals have sometimes been labeled as "holy rollers" because they fall to the ground and have been known to also roll across the floor. There are some instances in the bible where one falls to the ground because of the power of God, like the infilling of the temple in the Old Testament and when Saul was on the road to Damascus in the New Testament. There were many occasions when people would come into God's presence and their initial response was to fall to the ground, such as in Daniel 10, Matthew 17 and Revelation 1. Holy laughter and other strange manifestations of the Holy Spirit are explained simply as wonders of God. They believe this because of the prophecy in Joel 2:28 of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit where God said "...I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth..."

Other Pentecostal services may not chose to do the physical behavior but still are observed to be very lively. Their behavior is characterized by spontaneous expressions of praise, either in the vernacular or in tongues. Pentecostal worshipers are also known for raising their hands in the orant style common in classical artistic impressions of the early church. Some Pentecostal services have been known to run for long periods of excitement, which is viewed as the Holy Spirit is "moving." (as opposed to people that are physically moved by the spirit)

Some Pentecostals believe they can be "drunk in the spirit" because of Ephesians 5:18 where it says "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess (debauchery); but be filled with the Spirit" and in Acts 2:14-15 "But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day..." Some Pentecostals believe that the 120 in the upper room had to appear drunk for Peter to denied that they were drunk but spirit filled to the rest of the 3,000 Jews that gathered at the day of Pentecost in Jerusalem.
Other Pentecostals believe that it was more to do with the actions of the "stammering lips" part of speaking in tongues that appears similar to a drunkard speaking and not the behavior of a drunkard itself. They believed that the context of Ephesians 5:18 was referring to being filled with the spirit as explained in the next two verses in "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;. . ."[4] which is believed as nothing to do with being spiritually drunk or physically rolling on the ground or even raising their hands.
Each individual Pentecostal church's behaviors vary. Some churches may be more lively, to where others may seem more reserved. For an example, Pentecostal churches in the Southern United States or churches with a southern influence tend to be livelier, to where the rest tend to be more reserved or laid back (no physical action). Hispanic and African-American Pentecostal churches tend to be one of the most lively with dancing and hand waving.
Some Pentecostals explain these behaviors simply as signs and wonders of God. Some others have suggested that such behavior as being an optional spiritual extra outside of the Bible that allows the spirit to be unquenched, while others criticize such physical behaviors are excessive and detracts from the purity (i.e. decent and orderly fashion) of the operation of the spiritual gifts as outlined in 1 Corinthians 14 and therefore becomes counterproductive and potentially offensive. Hence the majority of the Pentecostal churches does not fundamentally prescribe this as being part of their church doctrine because of the lack of biblical references depth to justify the behaviors.
The Pentecostal justification of the decent and orderly behavior of the operation of the spiritual gifts expected in a church meeting are outlined by Apostle Paul in following biblical reference. "How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. . . .Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order."[5]













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