Baptist Pastor Jim Standridge has made a name for himself after a video of one of his sermons, showing him yelling criticisms at some of his members, went viral.
The preacher from Immanuel Baptist Church in Skiatook, Oklahoma, for 24 years, stepped down from his pulpit into the seated congregation on May 19 to call out one member for dozing off. He then went on to say to another who had missed several services, “You are one of the sorriest church members I have. You’re not worth 15 cents.”
The video posted on YouTube in late June has since gone viral. Watch this clip from the sermon:
What does Standridge now have to say for himself?
Speaking with the Barnsdall Times, Standridge showed little regret of his words.
“I know I’m right, and I know I haven’t done anything wrong,” Standridge told the Times. “I don’t want to offend. That’s not my intention.”
To the Huffington Post earlier this week, Standridge said “What concern is it of me what a carnal world thinks of this?”
Tulsa World reported Standridge saying he was “on a mission of cleaning the house. I’m a purifier. That’s my job.”
The man sitting with his fiancee who had been called “not worth 15 cents” – Ryan Underwood — had missed a few weeks of church and endured the criticism of his absence “out of respect for my family,” Tulsa World reported.
Standridge after rebuking Underwood said he “loved these kids,” hugged the man and shook his hand.
Underwood said he “felt pretty out of place after that” and noted he had not attended the church again since that service.
“The Bible says if you have a problem with your brother, go to him in private first,” Underwood said, according to Tulsa World.
In the sermon, Standridge went on to say that his congregation “can’t get this in any other church in town” and that if they didn’t want him, he would leave to find another church. He then calls out other church members, telling one that her children will “turn on you” if she didn’t hold up God’s standards.
Even the man who films the sermons and admittedly spends hours helping out wasn’t free from Standridge who called him out for having “a little attitude problem that we’re going to fix.”
“That video room ain’t going to be a youth hangout,” Standridge said, pointing to the room from which he was being filmed.
“If you loved me and you submitted to me, you’d know what my heart is, and what my message is, and you wouldn’t go about establishing your own kingdom in the video room,” he continued.
Standridge soon paused, took a sip of water and said, “I really feel good now.”
Here’s the full hour-long sermon: