Megachurch Pastor Hawks Loogie, Rubs It On Man’s Face in Sermon Illustration as Church-Goers Gasp in Horror: ‘Cult Energy’
January 17, 2022
by Chris Enloe
Michael Todd, the leader of a Tulsa megachurch, sparked intense backlash after a viral clip showed him smearing spit on a person’s face during a sermon illustration on Sunday.
Todd, who leads Transformation Church, literally hawked a loogie into his hand and rubbed it on a man’s face. The point of the illustration, Todd claimed, was that “receiving a vision from God might get nasty.”
When Todd hawked the loogie into his hand — twice — the audience gasped and jeered. However, the reaction failed to deter Todd. In fact, he seemingly mocked the disgusting act.
…What was the reaction?
Christians spoke out in force against the disgusting act. Not only was the act itself condemned, but critics observed that Todd’s combination of spirituality and the demeaning act was particularly problematic.
-“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,” Christian author Danté Stewart said.
-“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.
This is big cult energy right here. I still honestly can’t believe this man had the audacity to do this. This is not of God at all. It’s hard to even try to describe how terrible this is but to say that this is really, just….satanic,” Christian podcaster Ameen Hudson said.