Pastor goes nuts after congregant falls asleep: I’m important! I’m somebody!

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 17:25 EDT
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Baptist preachers have a reputation for being blunt and direct — and sometimes boisterous — but a pastor in Oklahoma has taken it to a whole new level.

Dr. Jim Standridge, 76, of Immanuel Baptist Church in Skiatook declared, “I’m important, I’m somebody!” after he noticed one of his congregants was napping during his morning sermon. He proceeded to walk up to the sleepy congregant, and briefly continued his condemnation of napping before he moved on to a new victim.

“I noticed on the calender supposed to marry ya’ll,” Standridge said to another congregant as he walked down the pew aisle. “What makes you think I’d marry you? You’re one of the sorriest church members I have. You’re not worth 15 cents. And you want me to marry you to her?”

The pastor then ordered the man to stand so he could hug him, and proclaimed, “I’m the real deal.” Standridge said he had no problem abandoning the church if they didn’t appreciate his confrontational style of preaching, and then moved on to yet another victim.

“Your children with turn on you if you don’t hold up the standard and the banner of God,” he shouted at another congregant.

The sermon took place in May, but was recently uploaded to YouTube, where it quickly became an Internet sensation.

Ryan Underwood, the man who was deemed to be worth only 15 cents, said on Facebook that he had left the church.

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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