A Sevier County man is suing his former church in South Knoxville, after he claims he was overcome by the spirit, fell backward and hit his head.
Matt Lincoln, 57, says pastors at Lakewind Church should have made sure someone caught him.
His attorney is asking for $2.5 million to cover medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering.
The case stems from a Wednesday night service at Lakewind in June 2007, when a visiting minister was praying for members individually.
"I just closed my eyes. I was just asking God, I wanted to have a real experience. It's like you faint. It's almost like you pass out," Lincoln says.
And then he had his experience, and fell "in the spirit", injuring himself. He's suing the Church for $2.5 million for not catching him.
One really does not know where to begin. If one is injured by a movement of the Spirit, wouldn't that technically be God's Will? Would a church be expected to carry liability against that? Can a church train people to know how to recognize just who is or is not likely to "fall out in the spirit" so they know who to catch?
I am fascinated to see how the church defends itself against the claim.