Francis Chan and tongues?

A few years ago, I was mere feet from Francis Chan when he gave this statement (on the video) and…

A few years ago, I was mere feet from Francis Chan when he gave this statement (on the video) and I was very concerned about what he said and to a lesser degree, how Mike Bickle handled it. I have given a lot of thought to that day since. I also am aware of a newer video where Chan seems to have changed his mind.

Before getting into this, it is important to state that Azusa Report is classic Pentecostal. As such, we hold that praying in tongues is the initial physical evidence of the Holy Spirit. It is not a salvation issue and you can go to heaven without being baptized in the Holy Spirit.

Francis Chan was at OneThing that is put on by Mike Bickle and the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. He was one of several speakers that year. At the end of the message, he came out with his position on praying in tongues.

I was close to the stage and was in unbelief of what was being said and how it was handled by Bickle, a man that I respect. The line should have been drawn in the sand right there that tongues is for today and anyone can be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Anything less is Gnosticism.

Francis Chan said what?

What can we make out of this? One thing that seems to be coming out is that he does not have a clue about the different purposes of praying in tongues vs speaking in tongues. This much is known. This is not an issue of heresy but it is concerning for someone standing on the platform of OneThing to be saying.

Chan was educated under the teaching of John MacArthur and has many Calvinist influences to this day. It is a stretch for him to even understand that spiritual gifts are for today in these circles. The last place many of these friends would want him is in Kansas City speaking to tens of thousands of Pentecostals.

I am sure from their point of view, Francis was putting his neck really out there saying that praying in tongues are possible. However, he was in the presence of some of the most outspoken Pentecostals in a conference hall. He was trying to affirm our position but failed horribly.

As I said, the other concern was how Bickle handled it. He was before the masses and had the opportunity to publicly take a stand for praying in tongues and the critical need for praying in the Spirit daily. Mike believes in praying in tongues and has openly admitted to doing it daily. However, this opportunity was missed.

All the way across the board, it should have been handled much better but was not. I understand that Mike was trying to graciously honor a guest into the conference but this was so off from what Pentecostal believe that it should have been corrected.

It was a very awkward few minutes to put it lightly.

A new views on Tongues

In early 2018, Chan came out about a different view on the subject. It was much closer to what Pentecostal hold to. It was not fully “praying in tongues in the initial physical evidence” but it was closer to the being biblical faithful than he was in Kansas City.

It seems that he is slowly making a change from his radical education from John MacArthur and it it being seen before the whole church world. The view he has now is different than he had at OneThing and I would bet that view is different than he had while in bible college.

He will not be Benny Hinn anytime soon but I am sure that he will do something big for the Holy Spirit among the traditional movements of the mainstream churches. Some of these churches having a large meetings with spiritual gifts on full display would never happen with Reinhard Bonnke. These same churches could be open to a meeting with Francis Chan though.





  • Oengus
    July 23, 2018 - 8:56 pm

    I guess the “charismatic movement” now has become so amorphous that anyone can jump on the bandwagon.

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  • Jeff
    September 20, 2018 - 8:36 pm

    Goodness brother, I have been in ministry for over 25 years and was at Brownsville the entire time of the outpouring. I was an AG pastor for 11 years and then a non denominational pastor. I have done ministry all over the world. I have been visited by Jesus personally and taken to Heaven one time and shown the right hand seat and God preached THE Gospel to me. Yet, I believe what Francis Chan is saying here and what He said in KC is the truth. It lines up with what maturity teaches.

    You are being very denominational, to say the least. You are attacking people because they don’t agree with your denominational view. You are also calling people heretics, because different views on eschatology. Your shallow judgement, of what they teach, reveals that you don’t even understand what they are saying. You just pick and choose small snippets of information, out of context, to attack other believers.

    This entire “azusareport” is not coming from God but rather from your own denominational, judgmental, self-important spirit. I pray for you brother because this life of Adam is a curse for all of us. You are displaying the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and not the tree of LIFE. The “knowledge” you are expressing is not coming down from Heaven.

    True heresy is when people turn others away from Jesus and His finished Work on their behalf. It has nothing to do with differing views on eschatology or speaking in tongues. You have a long ways to go my friend and I trust God will get you there but let you warn you, out of painful experience, your journey will be a very painful one. You are opening your self up to sickness, disease and the works of the flesh by opposing your brethren.

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    • Azusa Report
      September 21, 2018 - 5:54 pm

      I do not normally call anyone a heretic with much concern. Only done it once to date.

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  • Bob
    October 2, 2018 - 6:05 pm

    I appreciate Francis Chan and his hunger. His problem with speaking in tongues is that he’s been raised in Calvinism. As he said in this video, he’s asked God to give him tongues if it’s real or from God. The problem with this is that God already gave tongues with the baptism of the Holy Spirit and we need to receive it by faith based on the word. He needs to become convinced in tongues through the word to the point faith rises up and RECEIVES the infilling of the Spirit.

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