Fox 23 reports…
“A local pastor is taking major heat after a controversial sermon went viral on YouTube.
It happened at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Skiatook.
The clip of Pastor Jim Standridge’s sermon has more than 83,000 views. FOX23 spoke to Standridge, and said he’s holding his church accountable.
“I noticed on the calendar I’m supposed to marry you all. What makes you think I would marry you? You’re one of the sorriest church members I have,” he said in the sermon.
Standridge is making no apologies.
“You’re not worth 15 cents and you want me to marry you to her?” he asked.
In this exclusive interview, he told FOX23 if there is a problem in his church, his members have to deal with him, even if it’s in public.
“I do that a lot. If you were a member here I might call your name out sometime,” he said.
This video of his sermon is now the talk of the town in Skiatook.
“His duty as a minister is to protect his congregation. It’s like a business you don’t bring everybody into one room and condemn them. That’s not right. It destroys the person that is actually getting condemned,” said one person who viewed the video.
“It’s pretty harsh,” said another.
“Obviously it comes across as pretty direct and pretty blunt, but I don’t’ know what the context of the message was and what was going on,” pointed out another viewer.
Standridge said he is a loving and caring man, even if he comes across harsh or stern. He said he’s not afraid to hold people accountable in a public setting.
“Most preachers would never do that, but I’m not most preachers,” he said.
Standridge said the young man he called out in the video is no longer a member of the church. He also said he’s not there to grow a church, he is there to grow people.”