An Evangelical Pastor has gone viral over the weekend for a video in which he appears to rub his spit in the face of a parishioner who joins him on stage. The demonstration would raise eyebrows at any time, but given we’re still in a pandemic, many blasted the pastor’s actions as reprehensible.
Mike Todd, 34, is the lead pastor with the Transformation Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
In the clip, he warns his parishioners that, “Receiving vision from God might get nasty.” He then literally coughs and snorts up some saliva and phlegm into the palm of his hand.
“And this is where most people would not face Jesus anymore,” Todd said, as the audience begins to suspect what’s about to happen. “What most people would do would [be to] turn away.”
He said the man beside him knows what’s coming, but that people must stand strong—physically, emotionally and spiritually— even when “receiving vision from God gets nasty”.
Had never heard of “Pastor” Mike Todd before today. But I truly understand now why the elders used to frequently tell us that we’re in the last days.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 17, 2022
Todd then proceeded to rub his spit onto the eyes and face of a man. TMZ said the man is his younger brother.
Many in the audience were audibly shocked and said “ewwww” at the stunt.
“How you just reacted, is how the people in your life will react when God is doing what it takes for the miracle,” responded Todd.
Transformation Church in Tulsa describes itself as a “relevant and progressive church that changes lives” and “H.O.T: We are humble, open and transparent people of integrity.” It aims to be welcoming to a slightly younger congregation. As such, Todd has previously made a name for himself delivering sermons on sex, love and dating. It
Todd is perhaps less rabidly anti-gay than many Evangelical preachers, although we note the church’s website still promotes a memoir by a woman who says she turned away from being a lesbian when she found Jesus.
Todd is married to fellow Transformation Church pastor, Natalie Todd. They have four children and have been lead pastors at Transformation Church since 2015.
Below are just a few of the reactions.
DURING A PANDEMIC MIKE TODD??? During a pandemic?! Gross any time but DURING A PANDEMIC!? pic.twitter.com/JGjIPyH9uv
— Ms. Jackson (@quietlionness) January 16, 2022
If your pastor rubs spit on your face (looking at you, Mike Todd), find a new pastor.
— Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie (@RevChuckCurrie) January 17, 2022
That Mike Todd video has so many layers of terribleness wrapped up in it, I don’t know even where to start. The audacity. The cult energy. The spiritual and theological abusiveness. The hocking and rubbing and spitting and deflecting. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Ain’t no way.
— Danté Stewart (Stew) (@stewartdantec) January 17, 2022
That Mike Todd video will definitely be used for non believers as an excuse as to why they don’t go to church. That was one of the most repulsive acts I’ve seen done in the name of Christianity.
Know em for yourself folks pic.twitter.com/PivxEGtmGf
— ethio (@ethi_o) January 17, 2022
I just saw that Mike Todd video from his sermon and the sheer amount of horror in my face pic.twitter.com/cVJNWibwP5
— About 3 Kims (@_ohheykim_) January 17, 2022
Even Jesus knows y’all are crazy for listening to Mike Todd. pic.twitter.com/6kkS354NFp
— SAM6 (@travelong6) January 17, 2022
A message from Jesus about Mike Todd pic.twitter.com/vG8N12qTW1
— Elizabeth Says Mask Up/Save Lives (@TheHopsbride) January 17, 2022
I don’t know who needs to hear this, but this is demonic and manipulative.
Mike Todd even tried to manipulate the crowd into feeling bad over reacting to him dehumanizing a man live on stage.
We’re watching abuse and humiliation to boost another’s ego and profile. Disgusting. https://t.co/ZsfTFUI1J1
— Ameen (@Ameen_HGA) January 17, 2022
Christian Twitter agreeing with Heathen Twitter is how you know Mike Todd is actually mad.
— 🧠+🫀 (@prettyblvcklady) January 17, 2022
Just saw why Mike Todd is trending and I—
God wasn’t nowhere in that🤢 pic.twitter.com/4EWJNCcqoc
— Shanelle Genai✨ (@shanellegenai) January 17, 2022
Me: Lord why they talking about Mike Todd now?
*watches video* pic.twitter.com/9VqsZAeRBL
— Ajanaé Dawkins (@MoonsAtDusk) January 16, 2022
This is not the first time Todd has caused controversy with his teachings. He’s previously told parishioners that domestic violence is not an acceptable reason to leave a marriage.
— 🏵✨🥠 SAW NWH (@HintonsDrew) January 17, 2022