The most recent sermon at Transformation Church featured a daring a disgusting sermon illustration that involved Mike Todd spitting and rubbing it in a man’s face as a way to “explain” Jesus spitting in the blind man’s eyes when He healed him. Mike Todd is a highly prominent false teacher of the Prosperity Gospel variety.
Todd majors on what, in reality, is a minor detail in the text.
22 And they came to Bethsaida. And they brought a blind man to Jesus and implored Him to touch him. 23 Taking the blind man by the hand, He brought him out of the village; and after spitting on his eyes and laying His hands on him, He asked him, “Do you see anything?” 24 And he looked up and said, “I see men, for I see them like trees, walking around.” 25 Then again He laid His hands on his eyes; and he looked intently and was restored, and began to see everything clearly. 26 And He sent him to his home, saying, “Do not even enter the village.”
Mark 8:22-26 NASB1995
Mike Todd reads himself into the text to speak on how sometimes God “spits” on you during the process of giving you an “upgrade.” This minor detail of how Jesus performed the miracle ignores the larger sovereignty of God that Jesus did not have to spit on the man’s eyes to heal him.
Todd also muffs the reason why Jesus takes the blind man out of the village to heal him. Todd explains that Jesus did not want to damage the blind man’s reputation. However, Jesus is exercising discretion with a miracle for a debated purpose, but it does not have to do with the beneficiary of the miracle.
Mike Todd’s narcigesis is typical of a prosperity preacher wearing $1000 easily in clothes. It may satisfy carnal minds but it does not teach the text.