Pastor Mike Todd of the Transformation Church has been growing in popularity at an alarming rate, despite his repulsive and controversial behavior. Earlier this year, Todd made headlines for turning tithing into a million-dollar lottery, using his congregants as nothing more than pawns in his sick game. And just a few weeks ago, Todd made headlines again for spitting in his hands and rubbing them all over a congregant’s face during a so-called “sermon.” It’s clear that Todd cares more about shock value and self-promotion than he does about spreading the teachings of the Bible.
In a recent sermon titled “Cuffed To The Cuddle,” Todd decided to demonstrate his point by jumping into bed with a mannequin and simulating inappropriate physical intimacy in front of the entire church. This was a cringeworthy and depraved moment that no one in the audience will soon forget. And let’s not forget the time Todd showed up to preach a sermon wearing a t-shirt with a picture of his wife in a bikini, clearly putting his own ego ahead of his faith.
Todd’s latest stunt for the church’s Christmas extravaganza featured a ballet dance crew, with the dancers wearing tights so tight that it was questionable whether they were wearing anything at all. As the dancers pranced around the stage, it was impossible not to notice their shapely figures, front and back. This was just too much to handle and a clear example of Todd’s lack of decency and disregard for the wellbeing of others. It’s no wonder that Todd is constantly in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.
Todd’s recent comments, as demonstrated in the video below, about church members being able to “walk into a gay bar” and still be our brothers and sisters in Christ are not only contrary to the teachings of the Bible but also completely foreign to the historic teachings of the Church. Todd’s words show a complete lack of understanding of the holy scripture and a total disregard for the values and beliefs of the church. It is a shame to see someone with such a large following twist the teachings of the Bible to fit their own misguided agenda.
But here’s the thing: it isn’t that the act of walking into a gay bar and practicing homosexuality causes you to no longer be a Christian, but rather that it demonstrates that one has never actually been saved, to begin with. As 1 John 2:19 states, “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.” Todd’s comments completely ignore this fundamental truth and instead promote a dangerous and antinomian idea that one can still be a Christian while actively engaging in sin.
Todd’s comments are a slap in the face to the faithful and a disgrace to the church as a whole. It is clear that Todd cares more about promoting his own twisted ideology than about spreading the word of God. His words are an affront to the teachings of the Church and a betrayal of the Gospel.