Good Morning Gnome,
I have also been involved with the Charismatic Renewal since the 1960s. I have seen abuses happen in every area but at the same time I have seen wonderful blessings.
As far as falling or resting in the Spirit goes, I think the abuses are probably more visible.
I have fallen when I had no idea anyone was praying over me. My back was turned to the Priest and I was actually walking away from him, probably at least 25 feet away. I did receive a healing when this happened, not only a physical one but a spritual one.
I have also been prayed over by Priests and lay folks who attempted to push me down. This became a very common thing for a time.
Father Bain admits that he believes this does happen as a result of the Holy Spirit, I do too.
Should we “throw the baby out with the bathwater” because of abuses? I think much consideration and thought as well as Prayer should go into this.
For those of us who have truly “rested with the Spirit” and the blessings we received, this is a problem. We are told not to stifle the Holy Spirit. That indicates that we can. We are not forced to do anything, God still gives us free will.
We are not forced to operate in any of the gifts or any of the fruits.
We know a lot since the beginning of the Charismatic Renewal. We know we should always have Pastoral involvement (we usually do not). We should always have good sound teaching. Often our Prayer group leaders have not had much teaching or preparation. I still believe Prayer groups should have a “core group” to pray and discern any questionable situations. The leader needs these prayers as do the folks who attend.
Abuses need to be recogonized and handled in a Christlike way.
There are many folks here, who would see the Charismatic Renewal abolished instead of solving problems.
I have seen abuses, very serious abuses in Marian movements but I would never see them done away with when Pastoral care and teaching would solve the problem.