I was sent this news article from the Christian Post by a reader (thanks, Kevin). The title of the article is “Televangelist Juanita Bynum Raises Brows With ‘Tongues’ Prayer on Facebook.” As you might imagine, I was intrigued, so I read the article with great interest.
Here is a snippet from the article.
Pentecostal televangelist and self-professed prophetess Juanita Bynum has sparked curiosity among some Internet users and the Christian community for several comments on the minister’s Facebook page where she appears to type “in tongues.”
In a series of posts published on Aug. 17, on one of Bynum’s many Facebook pages, the minister typed messages where it was believed by commenters and critics that the she was praying in tongues.
In the first message time stamped 3:57 p.m., it appeared that Juanita Bynum II, the account holder for the Facebook page, started praying for Zachery Tims, the Florida megachurch minister who was found dead in a New York City hotel room on Aug. 12:
GOD WE PRAY FOR THE DESTINY CHURCH FAMILY….WE PRAY FOR THE STRENGTH OF PASTOR RIVA TIMS….MIGHTY GOD…GIVE US STRENGTH…..WE ARE THE BODY THAT FEELS THIS PAIN…..WE ALL FEEL IT…..COVER THE MINDS OF HIS CHILDREN…GRAB THEM UP IN YOUR ARMS LORD JESUS……BE A COMFORT TO THEM…..YOU ARE THE MANY BREASTED ONE….
The prayer continued in a second post with the same time stamp:
YOU ARE THE ROCK AND THE SHIELD AND THE ANCHOR…….WARD OFF ALL THE VULCHERS…WHO WILL COME FOR GREEDY GAIN AND NOT BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE HURTING IN THAT CHURCH……SEND THEM HELP FATHER…SEND THEM SPIRITUAL HELP THAT WOULD HELP TO HEAL THEM AND RESTORE THEIR LEGS IN YOU GOD!!!!!
Okay, other than the usual charismatic/prophetic language she always uses, there is no tongues in those posts. However, as Bynum continues, things get much more interesting. I was afraid these posts may disappear (as things sometimes do on the internet), so I took screenshots of the posts with the supposed tongues in them. As you can see, for the next three-minutes Bynum gets wound up and continues to type her prayers, only now they’ve got (ahem) tongues in them. Here we go….
My impression of those tongues? Those are some LONG words she’s speaking/typing. Not very many vowels either. Did you notice?
Here is the second one:
You can’t even pronounce that word, much less speak it. I mean, really! How would you even begin to sound that out?
Quote number 3:
Quote number 4:
If I bowed in prayer and said, “Heavenly Father, BFBXFC BVRVBVBBRX…” well, no, I wouldn’t say that because I wouldn’t be ABLE to.
According to the article, Bynum hasn’t addressed the media attention these posts are getting. What do you think she would say if she did? “My fingers spoke in tongues?”
This isn’t tongues – this is gibberish.
If Bynum is going to attempt to make people believe she’s speaking in tongues, she could at least try to make it look something like actual words that can be pronounced. Wouldn’t you think?
Thanks for sending this to me, Kevin.
Edited to add: I was sent this link by another reader as well who I forgot to credit. Thanks, Charity!!!! I’m sorry I forgot to credit you!