“Believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit
had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues
and praising God.”
I’ll never forget when the monk uttered the word glosalalia as he walked away. I’d heard the word before but
never in such an arrogant dismissive manner. Like it disgusted him. My partner Vince and I often spent our
weekends at the Benedictine Retreat House and Monastery, otherwise known as the Order of the Holy
Cross. Episcopal monastery - cool. It was situated far up and away on a hillside overlooking Santa Barbara
and the beautiful Pacific Ocean. A number of our gay friends spent their weekends there too, probably
because a segment of gay Christians have such a high degree of spirituality and also because some of the
monks who lived there were likewise orientated. There was an unspoken comfort level.
Vince and I and several of our close friends had been involved in Shekinah Fellowship to varying degrees
and most of us were accustomed to allowing the Holy Spirit to use our tongues; thus we spoke in tongues
often and it was a reflection of our intimate fellowship with God. I had probably never verbalized it, but it
seemed to me that anyone who used the cold word glosalalia was distancing him or herself from the
availability of that intimacy, attempting to explain away God’s Holy Spirit by intellectualizing and thus
diminishing the obvious up close and personal relationship readily available with the Holy Spirit.
One can only imagine how disappointed the Holy Spirit must be when so many Christians never dare to move
beyond the basic born-again stage. Always milk, never availing themselves of meat. “Oh we don’t do that
these days, that was for the early New Testament Christians.” Just like I heard at the monastery that day -
unbelief exactly where it shouldn’t be showing up.
I don’t remember what triggered it, but when speaking in tongues was brought up in conversation, the
response from this one monk was cold and calculating, deliberate indifference. In other words (my words) he
hadn’t risen to the higher level, that of an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit and had closed his mind to
that possibility. Intellectually he knew what tongues were, but his rejection indicated that he felt safe and
secure remaining in stage one - something like keeping God at arm’s length.
The Apostle Peter was a gruff stubborn guy, a rugged fisherman, a blue collar worker, but he was nobody’s
fool. Admittedly God had to reinforce Peter’s vision three times for Peter to begin to open his mind to other
possibilities. Actually, he still didn’t get the whole picture until he saw the Gentiles being flooded with the
power of the Holy Spirit. These were the outsiders who were thought to be forbidden to having equal access
to God’s grace very much like gays and lesbians today, yet they were speaking in tongues because the
power of the Holy Spirit of God was visibly dwelling upon and within them. How much more proof would one
need? Apparently that monk in Santa Barbara needed more, whatever that might be.
So, do most gay Christians speak in tongues? Nope. Most play church just like a whole lot of the, quote:
“Christian” world does. If they go to church at all, that is. But there is a remnant who walks in the power of
the Holy Spirit. Sound familiar - the remnant part? Traditionally I’ve kept it to myself but I’ve always believed
that when a person allows his or her tongue, the most powerful weapon that the human body has at its
disposal, to be taken over by the Holy Spirit whereby they speak in tongues; there can no longer be any
argument against that individual’s salvation. One can claim to be born-again and that could be disputed in
certain cases because of apparent contrary evidence - or no evidence at all, but when someone speaks in
tongues there can no longer be any doubt. Much less would there be the capability of any weapon formed
against them prospering.
If you are born-again and do not speak in tongues - well, first, why not? That said, if you are so oblivious to
the movement of God’s Spirit upon this earth that you still hold to the misconception that all gay people are
going to hell, then you need a vision like the Apostle Peter did because you’re just way too blinded by
unfounded prejudice or stubbornness to get it. Here are Jesus’ words, not mine
“Do you have eyes but fail to see, ears but fail to hear?” (Mark 8:18)
If you will refer to the Archive Series section in this blog you will find Holy Spirit 202. Read it.