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The Sounds of Fundamentalism: Charismatic Preacher Perry Stone Checks Phone While Speaking in Tongues

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Today’s Sound of Fundamentalism is a video clip of Charismatic preacher Perry Stone checking his smartphone while speaking in tongues. I wonder if God was texting him?

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Bruce Gerencser, 66, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 45 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist.

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    Chuck Geer

    While I have read from this blogsite for quite a while, this is the first time I have written in response to a blog post. If I say something out of line, please let me know.

    Anyhow, I know quite a bit about “Doctor” Perry Stone. He is a major reason why I ceased being Pentecostal back in 2003-04. At that time, he was promoting using communion as a means of obtaining divine healing. Basically, he was encouraging people to blackmail God into healing them because he hadn’t done so in the past. I saw many people become disillusioned about Christianity because of phenomena such as this.

    Stone has promoted other quackery as well. I looked at what was going on as a consequence of the “Toronto Blessing” and I decided no more…

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    Holy shit that guy sounds like an auctioneer.
    Reminds me of some of the people who stood up during Sunday services and bellowed/shrieked/cried/shouted gibberish. Quite often they repeated strings of sounds just like this guy.

    It’s shocking that anyone believes this shit.

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    The comments on YouTube are hilarious! One person asked if they’d heard Yabba Daba Doo! I thought he might as well start singing Little Richard’s old song Tutti Frutti A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-wop-bam-boom!

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    Good gravy! At first, I thought he may be having a seizure! He’s so arrogant it’s like he is impervious to what he is doing on fucking camera!
    And what was with the table -wiiping?

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      Yes, I thought the service guy was going to spray him all over with his holy water! If god knows what we’re going to ask for in our prayers, why do x-tians need to be so repetitious, like his ‘anoint me, anoint me.’ When small children get that whiny and repetitive, don’t we just tell them to stop/shut up, we heard them the first time?

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    Carol Dworkowski

    Studies have shown that the subjects are not in control of their speech when speaking in tongues. That doesn’t, however, prove that it is God who is in control–the jury is still out on the cause of the phenomenon:

    Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
    Language Center of the Brain Is Not Under the Control of Subjects Who “Speak in Tongues”

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      Bruce Gerencser

      The study only included five subjects. I’m inclined to think that, much like most religious experiences, speaking in tongues is a learned behavior — the product of tribal/environmental conditioning.

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        Well……….I was raised AOG Pentecostal. I’m pretty sure I averaged 4 trips a week to church the first 18 years of life. I have never spoken in tongues.

        My husband is a former ordained minister in the Nazarene Church. He disagrees with modern Pentecostal practices. I took him to visit the friends of my youth at my childhood church. There wasn’t really a lot of ‘activity’ going on (or I am impervious to it.) I look over and he is speaking in tongues and was slain in the spirit. Go figure!

        I asked him about it. He is mystified. I do know he is not an ‘open to suggestion’ easily led kind of guy. (More Type A and somewhat cantankerous.) It was a positive experience for him. Further proof that I am ‘not chosen.’ ;-p

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    Honda Lashanda Bada La Soo!

    A lot of the tongues I would hear in church would be very rhymey and alliterative, almost like they are encouraging the tongue and lips to go into a spastic loop.

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    Brian Vanderlip

    Yabby dabby di loki boke don doo doo babble! The man’s smokin’ good shit and ran out so he’s checking the divine broker to get some more. Yabby dabby doo dilly wally goo goo!

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