Skip to comments.WATCH: ‘I’m Important! I’m Somebody!’ Baptist Pastor Throws Epic ‘Hissy Fit,’ Berates Churchgoers
Posted on 07/06/2013 8:46:42 AM PDT by don-o
Fun times at the Immanuel Baptist Church of Skiatook, Oklahoma.
Recent video shows pastor Jim Standridge throwing what can only be described as an uncomfortably epic hissy-fit upon discovering one of his younger churchgoers had fallen asleep during his sermon.
Dont you go to sleep while Im talking? Standridge said from his pulpit, looking directly at the snoozing churchgoer. Hey! Hey! Dont you lay your head back!
Im important. Im somebody, the pastor continued as he stepped down from the pulpit and walked directly over to the unidentified sleepy male. You may do your English teacher that way, but Im not here teaching English. Im teaching eternal life. Standridge walked over to the man, stood over him, and sternly told him: You stay awake and you listen to me.
Instead of returning to his pulpit to continue the sermon, however, Standridge then took the opportunity to berate other churchgoers whove run afoul of him lately.
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Heh, Francis Herman Munster Muldoon. He was a good actor.
There's other ways for pastor needed to "raise somebody from the dead":
(1) Tell all you sense a need to pray...and have EVERYBODY stand up to join you in a brief prayer;
(2) Self-depricating light humor could have also been used..."Oops, I've put another listener to sleep. Somebody nudge him awake." And then, once awoken, the pastor could have apologized to the sleepy guy for being too monotone...not dynamic enough.
Interestingly, that church has a 50-member choir as well as an orchestra.
I notice he says, “I’M important” rather than, “This is an anointed message from the LORD’s heart to you.” His focus is on himself and not the Lord (another problem in today’s church - the Lord is not in the center, oftentimes not even in the church at all, hence the picture of Him standing outside the church door knocking in Revelation 3).
HaHaHa...I’ll bet this pastor is like this all the time...And there seems to be plenty of folks sittin’ in the pews so I’d say they are not too shook up about it...I know I’m not...
The speaker has a duty to not bore people to sleep. Maybe if he was TEACHING the Word, instead of preaching; AND MADE IT INTERESTING & COMPELLING, the guy would have stayed awake. We weren’t there, so we have no idea if the preacher was a speaker or a droner.
OTOH, maybe this guy was NOT MEANT to hear the preacher’s message, for his soul’s protection: “...for this reason, God has sent a SPIRIT OF SLUMBER...”.
Let he who hath ears to hear....
* Fell asleep, fell out the window, and died, and St. Paul brought him back to life. *
Now that’s what you call a revival, Tax-chick :)
Spiritual abuse is the worst kind of abuse.
* The preacher is lucky the sleeper didn’t respond by saying, “It’s your job to keep us awake.” *
Even the apostles fell asleep in the Garden of Gethsemane ... and Jesus did not rant at them.
LOL! You’d think “Don’t sit in an open window two stories up” would be a no-brainer, but teenagers are teenagers ...
I don’t see the problem in the situation of the original post. Unless the boy was snoring loudly, talking in his sleep, or fell over on his neighbor, he wasn’t hurting anyone.
This. I know folks who pull a double and walk into church in the morning on the way to pulling another double. Done it myself.
I was tired, and exhausted, but I was there. I’ve fallen asleep during sermons before.
But I love how the drop out generation says its gotta be ‘xbox’.
” ... he wasnt hurting anyone.”
Except the Pastor’s ego. IMHO, the Holy Spirit was at work here.
I mean if you can't go to church and stay awake... then just stay home. That's just me.
At one point he said: “And I noticed on the calendar I’m supposed to marry y’all.
What makes you think I would marry you? You’re one of the sorriest church members I have.”
Your concern, Screecher, is that that 'carnal world' is where those who need dragging out of the fire, and into the Kingdom dwell; your concern should b to bring them in, not drive them farther away in the 'carnal world.
As a matter of fact, you should be preaching salvation and forgiveness to THEM, as it is a sin to continue preaching that "milk" message to the saved, instead of feeding them meat, according to Paul.
You cant get this in any other church in town, he told the crowd, explaining that if they dont want him as pastor, he and his assistant can sell off the place of worship and move on down the road to some podunk church.
Stay with me! Dont quit me! he shouted at individual attendees.
It isn't "your" church, Screecher; it is supposed to be Christ's church, no matter who holds an earthly deed to the land it sits on.
In a day and age where preachers are afraid to offend anyone because their more concerned about the churches income than they are peoples relationship with God.... this was pretty refreshing.
I watched the first ten minutes of the sermon, and will go back to see the balance when I get some time later...as you say; refreshing.
The Apostle Paul’s sermon actually killed one young man!
The problem is that the pastor thinks he is important, when it is the word of God that is.
A symptom of pastoral burn-out. He needs a vacation.
Let’s all meet up next Sunday, sit in the front and pretend to fall asleep.
I’ll be the guy in PJs and carrying a teddy bear...
He needs a vacation from all of the Tares in his church. From the fake hypocrites who are there with an agenda. I’m speaking as someone who has spent his entire life in church. I know where he’s coming from.
in one congregation I used to attend
the elements of the service had an opening song, opening comments by the minister, a prayer, a song sung by the whole congregation which remained standing at the end, another prayer, and then everyone greeting their neighbors in the pews
then some annoucements, if needed
then the small children and their teachers left for their sunday school classes
then sunday’s talk began, with no children below teenage present
you have to respect small children’s immaturity
telling them to “behave like little adults” in some situations is neither always productive or the right thing to do
a structured class environment is more conducive to their religious education than listening to an adult’s sermon, which is quite often filled with a lot of adult terms and understanding that is simply, often, over little kids heads
something, in addition to his ego, is wrong with that pastor
I would have gotten to my feet and walked out, leaving him to backstab yet another person, only this time behind someone’s back. This man has some serious personality issues!!! (i.e. narcissism??)
You’re not “under the law” until you break God’s law, then the penalty for sin is death (unless and until you repent of it)
* The preacher is lucky the sleeper didnt respond by saying, Its your job to keep us awake. *
” Right, aimhigh
Even the apostles fell asleep in the Garden of Gethsemane ... and Jesus did not rant at them “
Actually, Jesus kind of did...
40And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter,
So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour?41Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
42He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.43Again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.44And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more.45Then He came to the disciples and said to them,
Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.46Get up, let us be going; behold, the one who betrays Me is at hand!
I would say Jesus certainly expressed His disappointment. May not have gotten “personal” like the pastor in question did, but certainly gave the disciples correction.
As a pastor myself, I both sympathize with and cringe at what this pastor did. Not to say I’ve had many fall asleep, but kids playing on their cell phones, cell phones ringing, or even one time someone answering the call and walking out of their seat to the hallway to take the call.
People really should hold that time as precious and sacred. They give everything and everyone else all the time in the world the rest of the week, but can’t give a preacher offering the Word of God just 40 mins./more-less of their time once a week.
I have asked politely or made passing jokes whenever a cell phone has ringed, but it can be frustrating though. I really can’t imagine anyone doing this when I was growing up to my home church’s pastor. Today however, clergy are becoming less and less respected.
The pastor was wrong in calling out the groom-to-be, as it just seemed like it was tacked on to a raging rant rather than being mere “Biblical accountability”.
In our church the Elders watch for signs of pastoral stress and take steps to de-fuse them before they lead to burn-out. Our pastor has been minister of our church since 1987.
No, the Bible itself says this is not the way to do it. We’re not arrogant, hypocritical or smugly self-righteous because we object to his self centered public rantings.
Cool! I like that.
Really?! Magnificent. I’m appalled by his poor behavior, bet your religious affiliation reflects this kind of behavior too.
I’ll remember this when/if I see your username again, as in “well, that’s kabumpo, what do we expect?”
And that is why I could never, ever, I mean never, be a Baptist.
To all "preachers" out there, remember, brevity is the soul of wit. Live it and learn it.
Christ's sermon on the mount took how long, maybe 10-15 minutes? Who knows, I wasn't there, but he knew how to make a good point in a short time and knew that those are the lessons that are remembered. The Castroesque monologues are forgotten as soon as the speaker, finally, stops speaking.
The church building is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints. The Bible itself, supposedly our instruction book, speaks against this kind of behavior.
I listen to a pastor from Tennessee over the internet...he preached a sermon on hell wherein he actually told the congregation that 'some of them were going to hell'. His congregation is larger than ever...
Um, Kjam, you’re no better than the “others” those evil sinners and hypocrites. We are all sinners and come short of the glory of God.
I like that.
I certainly agree that this time is precious and sacred. No offense but I’ve seen many churches of this denomination hold parties in their sanctuaries, eat and drink and play in there, gossip and carry on talking in there, when there are plenty of places to do these things right in the churches’ building.
Our denomination believes that the sanctuary is a sacred place to seek the Lord. We treat it accordingly. (ok, some of us do)
I didn’t come up with it, I’ve just heard it over and over. :)
This preacher is an ass.
In a follow up video, the pastor entirely justified his actions.
I appreciate the feedback and your take on it through the eyes of a pastor.
I do believe Jesus took into account our human needs and weaknesses - the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. He even fell asleep during the storm.
Those other actions of cell phones, games, etc. demonstrates a lack of courtesy, civility, which does not seem to be taught these days. But on the other hand, smaller children are given in church packets of pictures, puzzles (religiously oriented) with crayon to keep them from fidgeting - go figure.
How like a Dem to ascribe bad intentions to anyone who disagrees with them. Some of us don’t confuse religion with a Hallmark greeting card.
Disagree. It was disrespectful.
Which penalty was paid 2000 years ago for you, me, and the whole world. Sin is no longer the issue, because God righteously judged the sins of the world upon the body of Jesus on the cross. Receiving Jesus Christ and his FREE gift of everlasting life is the only issue in this life. Once you have received him, you have the GIFT of righteousness whereby you may reign in life (Rom 5:17). God sees you as righteous because of Jesus NOT because of you (II Cor 5:21).
This is the gospel of the grace of God (Acts 20:24). The church is mired in the traditions of man like the religious world Jesus encountered. Jesus had nothing good to say to the legalistic Pharisees. Jude said we (the church) must earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints and both Jude and Galatians warn of the removal of grace. Satan wants grace removed because grace defeats sin (Rom 6:14). Instead he wants to put you back under the law becasue the law strengthens sin (I cor 15:56). The law is Satan's main weapon to bring you condemnation, which God has said absolutely does not belong to the believer (Rom 8:1).
How like a leftist to not be able to accept valid criticism.
I don’t think blowing up in the face of “disrespect” is appropriate for a Christian minister. It’s not as if the boy stood up and tried to shout down the Gospel: he simply fell asleep.
What you wrote doesn’t even qualify as criticism, let alone valid.
It was a typical Dem “ooh, you disagreed with me about something, now you are forever discredited...”
Criticism is what the minister said. And you, in a state of munchhausen by proxy, couldn’t take it.
Well, I do think the response was appropriate, and I find it very disturbing that there are any members of FR excusing falling asleep in church.
But yeah... we're all sinners.
Someone said the pastor should have spoken to these people in private. The problem is this... if he does that... those people go tell their friends what a terrible pastor he is because he said something "mean" to them. And the most likely expand on the story. And then their friends tell someone else. And it just "cliques" along. You know... there is no doubt what he told them at this point.
Ever read Acts 5?
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