TULSA, Okla. — A Tulsa area church leader faced criticism on social media Sunday after a video of the pastor smearing his spit on a man's face during a sermon over the weekend started going viral.
Pastor Michael Todd of Transformation Church in Bixby gave a Sunday sermon about how "receiving God's vision can be nasty." The video shows Todd and a man standing on stage while Todd discusses trusting God and his vision, even when it's not the most pleasant. He then spit in his hand before rubbing it on the man's face. The moment caught many off-guard and gasps can be heard from those who attended the church service in person.
Videos from the sermon garnered thousands of comments and views all over social media. Many criticized the move due to the ongoing pandemic and recent omicron surge across the nation. Todd responded to the commentary in a video posted to social media on Monday.
It’s never my intention to distract others from God’s Word and the message of Jesus… even with illustrations!
I apologize for my example being too extreme and disgusting!
— Michael Todd (@iammiketodd) January 17, 2022
People can watch the full sermon on the church's YouTube page.
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