Local pastor apologizes for smearing spit on man’s face during sermon

BIXBY, Okla. — UPDATE: In a video posted to Instagram, Pastor Michael Todd apologized for smearing his spit on a man in a sermon over the weekend.

He said it was a distraction to the message he was trying to get across.

“I just want to acknowledge what happened yesterday when the spit hit the fan,” said Todd. “I watched it back and it was disgusting. Like, that was gross. I want to validate everybody’s feelings.”


A local church is facing backlash after video shows the pastor smeared his spit on a man’s face during a sermon over the weekend.

Pastor Michael Todd was preaching at Transformation Church in Bixby about trusting God’s vision, even if it “gets nasty.”

Video of that sermon is trending on Twitter. So far, it’s received more than 12,000 mentions.

In the video of Todd’s sermon, he is standing next to a man on stage, who he later says is his little brother.

You can see Todd spit into his hand three separate times.

“God is saying can you physically and spiritually and emotionally be able to stand when getting the vision or receiving it might get nasty,” says Todd.

He then smears the spit on the man’s face with his hands.

“That man allowed me to put my spit on him, he could’ve fought me,” Todd continues. “And this is my real little brother for all of you saying, ‘I’ll never go to that church.’”

You can watch the full sermon here.

The incident starts around 39 minutes into the sermon.

Sports reporter Chris Williamson says in part, “This is one of the most repulsive acts I’ve seen in the name of Christianity, and he did it during a whole pandemic.”

In a video posted to Instagram, Todd apologized for the act and said it was a distraction to the message of his sermon.

“I just want to acknowledge what happened yesterday when the spit hit the fan,” said Todd. “I watched it back and it was disgusting. Like, that was gross. I want to validate everybody’s feelings.”