Pastor Michael Todd of Transformation Church in Bixby, Oklahoma, is continuing his tradition of unconventional, and at times controversial, sermon illustrations, this time by pouring syrup and whipped cream on a Bible.
Todd’s purpose was to use the audience’s shock at him defacing Christian symbols to show how much more they should care for their bodies, which are “temples of the Holy Spirit.”
“We’re talking about being healthy and holy, not just holy,” Todd said during his sermon. “I’m coming to humbly submit to you that we may be cutting off our influence, our purpose, and God’s desire and design for us because of how we take care of our body.”
Michael Todd: ‘Will You Be Fit To Finish?’
Pastor Michael Todd’s object lessons have at times drawn national attention, such as in January 2022 when Todd rubbed his own spit all over his brother’s face onstage. Todd was preaching from Mark 8, which recounts Jesus using spit to heal a blind man. Another time, the pastor cuddled with the torso of a female mannequin.
Last year, Todd and his church were criticized for an Easter service that “featured dozens of dancers, a light show, flames, demon characters, dry ice, and secular music.”
On Sunday, Jan. 28, Todd preached a sermon where he exhorted his congregation to take care of their physical bodies. Throughout his sermon, the pastor emphasized that he was not preaching about body image but about God’s image.
He also said that people should not understand him as preaching against being overweight but in support of being healthy. Todd observed that people who struggle with addiction or anorexia can be extremely thin without being healthy.
“Will you be fit to finish?” Todd asked the church, stating that he was not preaching a “vanity message” but about “your actual value.” His message was not about “superficial desire” but about “supernatural discipline.”