Oklahoma pastor to congregation member: "You're not worth $.15"

Oklahoma pastor to congregation member: "You're not worth $.15"

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An Oklahoma pastor is taking a lot of heat online after a controversial sermon was posted online and went viral on YouTube.

Pastor Jim Standridge's sermon has over 80,000 views. Standridge is the pastor of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Skiatook.

It happened at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Skiatook, near Tulsa.

In his sermon, the pastor told two members "I noticed on the calendar I'm supposed to marry you all. What makes you think I would 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 video was posted on YouTube with the title "Jim Standridge Throws a Hissy Fit". Mobile users click here to hear his comments.

On Thursday, Standridge told the our sister station, FOX 23 in Tulsa he's making no apologies.

He told FOX 23 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," he said.

This video of his sermon is now the talk of the town in Skiatook.

"His duty as a minister is to protect his congregation. It's like a business you don't bring everybody into one room and condemn them. That's not right. It destroys the person that is actually getting condemned," said one person who viewed the video.

"It's pretty harsh," said another.

"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," pointed out another viewer.

Standridge said he is a loving and caring man, even if he comes across harsh or stern. He said 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.

Standridge said the young man he called out in the video is no longer a member of the church. He also said he's not there to grow a church, he is there to grow people.

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