Pastor Who Smeared Spit On Man's Face During Sermon Forced To Apologise
A pastor in Oklahoma has apologised for smearing spit on a man's face during a sermon.
Footage of Pastor Michael Todd went viral this weekend after he performed the controversial act at the Transformation Church in Bixby, Tulsa.
In the clip, Todd can be seen standing alongside a churchgoer as he sniffed and snorted before spitting into his hand, prompting the crowd to exclaim in shock. Todd then held the spit in his hand as he explained that many people can hear God changing things, but they may not necessarily be able to 'see it yet'.
Check out what happened next here:
"How you just reacted is how the people in your life will react when God is doing what it takes for the miracle!"— talkRADIO (@talkRADIO) January 17, 2022
Oklahoma pastor Michael Todd - who once held a day of prayer to ward off Covid - has upset a lot of people by rubbing spit into his brother's face during a sermon. pic.twitter.com/k1TFDyzBAi
Todd collected more spit in his hand as he warned that 'receiving vision from God might get nasty', after which he rubbed his hands together and proceeded to wipe it across the churchgoer's face, leaving strings of spit dangling from his chin.
The move was met with calls of disgust from the crowd, to which Todd said, 'Do you hear and see the responses of the people? What I’m telling you, is how you just reacted is how the people in your life will react when God is doing what it takes for the miracle.'
It goes without saying that the decision to smear spit on someone's face isn't a good one in any circumstances, but it proves even more controversial in the midst of a pandemic.
There’s no way you can defend what Pastor Mike Todd did. One of the most repulsive acts I’ve seen in the name of Christianity and he did it during a whole panini(still would be gross pre-pandemic).— Chris Williamson (@CWilliamson44) January 17, 2022
Social media users have slammed Todd for the display, with reporter Chris Williamson describing it as 'one of the must repulsive acts' he'd seen 'in the name of Christianity'.
Another Twitter user commented, 'Pastor Michael Todd just spit in his hands during a church service! I’m sorry but you can preach a message without having to do something nasty like that.'
Pastor Michael Todd just spit in his hands during a church service ! 🤮😷 I’m sorry but you can preach a message without having to do something nasty like that #transformationchurch— Isiuwa (@iamisiuwa) January 16, 2022
Transformation Church does not appear to have publicly commented on Todd's sermon at the time of writing, January 18, but Todd responded to the backlash with an apology video posted on Twitter this week, claiming it was 'never [his] intention to distract others from God’s Word and the message of Jesus… even with illustrations!'
It’s never my intention to distract others from God’s Word and the message of Jesus… even with illustrations!— Michael Todd (@iammiketodd) January 17, 2022
I apologize for my example being too extreme and disgusting!
I Love Everybody 🧡#REPRESENT pic.twitter.com/YfzFmySCPe
In the clip, the pastor said he watched back the video of his sermon and acknowledged that it 'was disgusting', adding, 'That was gross. I want to validate everybody’s feelings. That was a distraction from what I was really trying to do. I was really trying to make the Word come alive and for people to see the story. But yesterday it got too live.'
Todd noted that spitting on the churchgoer did not result in a miracle, but encouraged people who have only seen the viral clip to watch the rest of his sermon because it could contain information that could 'potentially change your whole life'.
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