Watch This Pastor Yell at a Member of His Congregation

As a teacher, I know students will talk during class. I can do a lot of things to curb it, but it’s bound to happen. One thing you probably shouldn’t do, though, is draw more attention to it.

That’s what Pastor Larry Smith did recently at the First Baptist Church of Hammond:

Hey, sir, quit your talking over here. HEY! Quit your talking. I’m talking to you, sir. Thank you. God bless you. I’m preaching.

You’re probably the guy that needs to be at the altar tonight. I hope to God you’re not a Hyles-Anderson student. I hope to God not.

Love you.

I hope, if you’re gonna be a preacher, everybody in the audience talks while you preach. You’ll reap what you sow, sir.

Still love you.

Amen.

I’ve got another hour, yet.

Yes, public humiliation. That always does the trick.

I can’t imagine why young people are leaving church in droves…

You can see the yelling in context here (at the 30:56 mark).

By the way, this is the church that used to be home to Jack Schaap, a man who was fired for having an “extra-marital affair” with a teenager.

Glad they found a pleasant replacement for him.

(via Stuff Fundies Like)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740856118 facebook-740856118

    I doubt that the audience member was loud enough to disrupt the service. The pastor did have a PA system, after all.

    Maybe if the pastor wrote better services, no one would feel the need to talk.

    • JD929

      He’s a half hour into a service and he still has an hour of preaching to go? Ugh. To quote a meme: “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”

      • Gus Snarp

        No wonder they’re starting to talk in the audience. I wonder if he yells at the ones who fall asleep too?

        • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

          Probably only the ones that snore.

  • Baby_Raptor

    Complete with the assurances that he really does love the guy.

    Classic abuser tactic. Fucking sickening.

    • cipher

      Yep. This is what they project onto their deity: “Sky Daddy loves you. That’s why he has to torture you eternally.” And they don’t see it.

    • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

      I love you. I’m smacking you around right now. You deserve it. But I love you.

  • http://twitter.com/docslacker MD

    I get the idea that this guy would take a belt out and whip his kid while saying “I love you.” Not saying he does it, but he DOES act like it’s alright to be a abusive asshole just as long as you’re pretending you love your target.

    • PietPuk

      Just like the god in the bible.

    • cipher

      Oh, I’m sure he does do it. Read one of their Christian parenting manuals, if you have the stomach for it.

  • Georgina Smyth

    The amazing thing is not that an arrogant, con-artist like this should demand a higher level of respect that he actually deserves.

    The amazing thing is that people allow him to get away with it.

    Where I ever to accidently to find myself in this situation, I would le3ave, making a lot of fuss and bother while doing so (Well, what a rude person, I shall certainly not be returning! Damn, I knew I shouldn’t have taken my shoes off, now where did I leave them. Oh yes, excuse me sir/madam, you are in my way. )

    • Georgina Smyth

      oh yes, and my favourite: Don’t get your knickers in a twist, I’m leaving.

      • Lee Miller

        Another bizarre preacher who cannot speak like a normal person, and who is clearly disconnected from the real world most of us live in. Why do people sit there in front of him and just take it? i agree–that is amazing. Who would put up with something like this in any other part of their lives?

    • Brian M

      Authoritarian Followers…a big proportion of fundamentalists.

    • nakedanthropologist

      If you don’t mind, I’m going to tuck that response into my mind for later use. Great idea ;-)

  • http://www.miketheinfidel.com/ MikeTheInfidel

    Another instance of ‘God Bless You’ really meaning ‘Go Fuck Yourself’.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

      I noticed that in his fuck off smile which quickly turned back into a frown.

  • http://www.laughinginpurgatory.com/ Andrew Hall

    I’ve got some sympathy for the Devil on this one. Dealing with a heckler or someone interrupting your act can be very frustrating.

    • Baby_Raptor

      The dude was on a PA system. The person talking wasn’t interrupting or keeping anyone from hearing him. The Pastor just had an ego moment because, for reasons he didn’t bother to find out (what if the man had just gotten a text about an emergency, and was whispering to his ride that he needed to leave?), decided to humiliate the man for not showing Mr. Hot Shot the respect he feels he deserves.

      • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

        I have this feeling that Andre Hall was being sarcastic in his comment.

        • Baby_Raptor

          If so, then I apologize. I work nights, so my morning comments are made in half-asleep mode and I easily could have missed that.

      • Sunny Day

        Andrew Hall is a comedian. Try reading his comment again.

  • http://uzzas.blogspot.com/ uzza

    Takes me back to Catholic School. The penguins would bring us up to stand in front of the class while they ranted about what a bad child we were.

  • Stev84

    Baptists. Why am I not surprised?

  • Buckley

    I have to say that that church and the “college” they are attached to are exceptionally cult-like. The “college” does not believe it should subject itself to accreditation of any kind and as such has no oversight from the North Central Association. Their degrees are worthless pieces of paper because unless you take that piece of paper to another cult college for further study. It’s probable just as well, if you look at their web site and look at what is taught in history you will quickly conclude that most of them are unprepared for dealing with the mainstream world.

  • Octoberfurst

    What an arrogant a-hole! I loved the way he gave that forced smile every time he told the guy he loved him. (After berating him of course.) If I believed in the devil I would say that Lucifer smiles like that.

  • baal

    It doensn’t seem like the talker was much of an interruption. Behaviour like that will lose you some number of decent folks as well as parents with kids. OTOH, you can also describe the video as a leader enforcing social norms by punishing a deviant (someone not in line with the norm, here being silent). We see intentional punishing of deviants everywhere including the comments here (though usually done in a moderate tone) and other places with intentional use of ‘harsh’ language.

    My on-going argument is that intentional use of punishment should be limited (and only with clearly stated justification) and the comments in this thread explain why via example better than I can in plain neutral language.

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

    An hour left? Then, wake me up in sixty one minutes.

  • Rain

    I looked at the in context video, and it appears he got heckled for a minute or so after that. The congregation definitely became more “uppity”. (Then everyone fell back asleep shortly thereafter.)

  • formerHACgirl

    Yep, that was my church. For the record, that guy is Larry Smith, a famous evangelist in the IFB Hyles-circle sector, not the new permanent pastor. The new guy gets in sometime in the next week or two, and I’ve heard he is nice, for a Baptist. This really brings back memories!

    • RENZ

      When Jesus yelled it was to speak life. “RISE”
      He could have told the guy in a more respectable way..
      example”pssssss I am preaching ” please stop talking”
      IN a whisper voice covering the mic and not drawing more attention.

      Lucky im not the guy talking because the moment he said I would need to be at the altar I would respond come join me with your anger..I get delivered from talking and you come get delivered from anger…
      I LOVE YOU TOO.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.zeblinsky Bill Zeblinsky

    Update on the disgraced pastor accused of having sex with a teen congregant: http://www.christianpost.com/news/ex-pastor-jack-schaap-seeks-minimum-sentence-in-teen-sex-case-87748/


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