Did Zachery Tims death promptJuanita Bynum to ‘type in tongues’ on Facbook?
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Chicago, Illinois September 1- Televangelist, speaker, singer, prophetess and entrepreneur Juanita Bynum has come under heavy scrutiny by her followers after posting what appears to be “typing in tongues” messages on her Facebook account. The messages were in response to the news of Zachery Tims’ death but have sparked controversy, praise and criticism. Speaking in tongues, or glossolalia, is the practice of speaking in an unknown language that is powered by the Holy Spirit. The practice is central to the majority of Pentecostal and Charismatic denominations and there is no question that Juanita Bynum practices glossolalia or speaking in tongues. But does she type in tongues as well? Many of her Facebook followers have approved of the messages that begin in English, and then consist of several letters merged together in an unintelligible manner; while others are seeking an explanation.
Though glossolalia is associated with prayer there are many Pentecostals and Charismatics that practice singing in tongues. Check the videos to the left for examples of corporate worshippers who are singing in tongues at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City (IHOP KC). Though the practice of speaking in tongues remains baffling to many, and is looked upon with much disdain by the uninitiated, the practice has shown some surprising scientific data to neuroscientists. In November 2006, a study was conducted by the Division of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center that studied the brain during the practice of speaking in tongues. The study showed that those who speak in tongues rarely suffer from mental health issues and also revealed that what happens to the brain in those who speak tongues is vastly different from the brain activity in those who practice other spiritual disciplines such as chanting or meditation. The study showed that in activities like meditation, chanting or reciting prayers, the frontal lobes or the area of the brain that processes language are greatly activated. This is not the case with those who practice glossolalia.
ABC Nightline conducted an investigative report regarding glossolalia after the University of Pennsylvania study. You may view that report in the video player to the left.
Juanita Bynum hasn’t responded to questions as to whether or not her posts were “typing in tongues.” You may see photos of the posts in the slideshow player to the left. Zachery Tims was found dead on August 12, 2011. The cause of his death remains unknown.