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:
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