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Pastor and gospel recording artist Marvin Sapp responded to a viral video that shows an Oklahoma pastor railing from his pulpit at some of his church members who had fallen asleep during his sermon, saying that the pastor’s way of reprimanding his church is supported by the Bible.

Sapp took to Facebook earlier this week to post a social cam video response and said this type of admonishment is necessary between church leaders and their members even if it has to be made in public.

“As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear,” he said, referencing 1 Timothy 5:20 to support his stance.

“Rebuke means to express strong disapproval or criticism of someone because of their behavior and actions” he added. “The Bible mentions clearly that it’s our responsibility as the coverings to deal with you in certain ways and or aspects.”

Sapp was responding to the video of Pastor Jim Standridge of Immanuel Baptist Church in Skiatook, Okla., who strongly reprimanded some of his members in front of the congregation for sleeping during worship service, even telling one of them that he was “not worth 15 cents.”  The five-minute video posted on Youtube was titled, “Jim Standridge Throws a Hissy Fit” and has over a half million views as of Friday evening.  

Sapp’s response video generated mixed reactions from Facebook followers, with some arguing that Standridge was venting rather than calling out sin while others agreed with Sapp on the basis of the scripture.

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article courtesy of TheBelleReport.net


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