A lot of videos get called “funny” online and few truly deserve it as much as this video of a preacher speaking in tongues and then stopping to check his phone. In religious circumstances, “speaking in tongues” means you’re in such a state of religious fervor that the spirit will take you over and disrupt regular prayer or speech. Someone might even speak in a language they’ve never heard. It’s supposed to be a moment of intense transcendence. But in some Christian sects, it’s just another part of the program. There are obviously a lot of fakers who pretend to be possessed and preachers who know the congregants expect a little tongue.
This video shared by @nuns_on_film shows one preacher who is literally phoning it in. He is so nakedly pretending to speak in tongues that he picks up his cell in the middle to check his notifications and just groans as he scrolls through for half a minute. It’s hilarious.
This video of a preacher checking his phone while speaking in tongues is my favorite video on the internet right now pic.twitter.com/I9iqZpCQmF— deathray 𓁿 (@nuns_on_film) October 1, 2019
What’s the best part? How relatable it is? His lack of enthusiasm for prayer? The person cleaning the table as he moans? So many things to choose from.
can we also talk about how this is the most unenthusiastic speaking-in-tongues I've ever heard— deathray 𓁿 (@nuns_on_film) October 1, 2019
I also love how someone's just casually cleaning the table as he's doing it— deathray 𓁿 (@nuns_on_film) October 1, 2019
another little detail I noticed on my 99th watch: the arm that’s cleaning the table has the corniest ass giant tribal cross tattoo
— deathray 𓁿 (@nuns_on_film) October 2, 2019
According to the Daily Dot, the preacher has been identified as televangelist and Pentecostal minister Perry Stone. People familiar with the evangelical community have chimed in to say that tongues isn’t supposed to include any English. It’s languages that are unknown, either never heard before or dead languages no one knows. It’s actually a pretty pagan idea, like you’re conjuring spirits who use your body to speak. Religion is wild.
Except this isn't how it sounds when people are truly speaking in tongues. He's exhorting (badly) but he's also speaking English. Praying in tongues, the language of the Holy Spirit, is only understood & translated by the person speaking it. It isn't in English. So he's faking.— therealquestioniswhy (@TellUsWhy2017) October 2, 2019
Total misunderstanding of the gospels, when the apostles were given the power to speak in tongues, it was the ability to speak in all languages not muttering gibberish, it would be funny if not for the amount of money these preachers take from trusting followers.. shameful.— Paul Buckley (@PaulBuc31614268) October 2, 2019
Like, yes, clearly he’s faking, but why fake it so stupidly? Some people think that anyone following Perry Stone in the first place will believe anything.
Once you're down with the talking snake, you'll believe most anything.— DrBernALot-Sticky, stubborn residue🌹 (@DrLearnALot) October 1, 2019
It’s true that the humor in this is undercut somewhat by how many people actually believe in Perry Stone and his connection to the Lord. If anyone reading this is a follower, please know that anyone who can talk to God does not need an iPhone to do it.