A decade ago, a self-described Pentecostal televangelist/prophetess typed out a prayer on her Facebook page that appeared to be a case of “typing in tongues.” She continued this for some time. It was nothing but gibberish.
Ridiculous. Attention-seeking (I and others are commented on it, obviously). Not Biblical. And unnecessary, since we no longer live in the first century AD, and have God’s complete revelation in Scripture.
Tongues as described in New Testament involve people speaking in known languages previously unknown to them. Not gibberish. If no one is around to interpret what is said, it’s best to keep quiet. Not my opinion. It’s what the Holy Spirit says through the Apostle Paul. “I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.” (1 Corinthians 14:19; the entire chapter is instructive on this topic)
I have had some spiritual struggles with keyboards and technology. Often, when I type “Satan,” it ends up as “Stan.” I chuckle, but then wonder if that’s exactly what Satan wants me to do…
I have actually fallen asleep at the keyboard – even while writing sermons, ahem – and found gibberish on the screen. I don’t take such for tongues-typing and quickly delete.
Confirmation students offer to text memory work to me rather than recite it. LOL. And have the nerve to ask if typos are OK.
Perhaps the most foundational issue in this area is this: When the “Spirit” or the “spirit” meets autocorrect, who wins?
One more thought: would the actual Holy Spirit type IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS AS WAS DONE BY THE PERSON REFERENCED ABOVE? THIS APPROACH TENDS TO BE OFFENSIVE, EVEN WHEN I CAN UNDERSTAND THE WORDS.
Rejedhkkdhdkhshjskhdnfklcpsj. You know what? I’m too lazy to erase that. Let it stand. Let people comment…
No. Five words are better than 10,000 words or characters of gibberish. (Or windy blog posts) Let’s give our attention to the Word of God, not the word games of people…and Satan.
God, have mercy on me.
Jesus Christ died for me.
Jesus Christ died for all.
Jesus Christ is my Savior.
In Christ’s love,
Pastor Stephen Luchterhand