Pastor's Speech Against Congregation Goes Viral

An Oklahoma pastor berated members of the congregation, and it was all caught on tape. Now it begs the question, did he go too far?

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A pastor in Oklahoma is taking some heat for a controversial rant that went viral.

During a service, he berates members of his congregation.

"And I noticed on the calendar I'm supposed to marry y'all,” he said on the video. “What makes you think I would marry you? You're one of the sorriest church members I have."

It's received about 250-thousand hits on YouTube so far.

Pastor Jim Standridge is making no apologies.

"You're not worth 15 cents and you want me to marry you to her?" he continued.

In this exclusive interview, he tells me that if there is a problem in his church, his members have to deal with him, even if it's in public.

"I do that a lot. If you were a member here I might call your name out sometime," Standridge said.

The video of his sermon has gone viral and is now the talk of the town.

"His duty is to protect his congregation,” one resident said. “And you don't, it's like a business you don't bring everybody into one room and condemn somebody in front of everyone. That's not right. It destroys the person that is actually getting condemned."

"Pretty harsh," another said.

"Obviously it comes across as pretty direct and pretty blunt, but I don't' know what the context of the message was and what was going on, so."

Pastor Standridge said that he is a loving and caring man, even if he comes across harsh or even stern. He says he's not afraid to hold people accountable in a public setting.

"Most preachers would never do that, but I'm not most preachers," he said.

The pastor wants to remind everyone that he truly loves every single member of his congregation. The pastor also says he's not there to grow a church, but to grow people.

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