PASTOR INVITES STUDENTS TO SPIT ON, SLAP, AND CUT HIM FOR EASTER ILLUSTRATION. IT GOES AS WELL AS YOU’D EXPECT

The Daily Caller | 4/17/2019 | Staff
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An Ohio church associate pastor’s Easter lesson went haywire Monday when he prompted youth students to assault him and cut him with a knife.

Jaddeus Dempsey, an associate pastor of Impact City Church in Pataskala, Ohio, invited high school and middle school students to line up during an after-school church youth program to spit on him and slap him, and later offered to let them cut his back with a steak knife, according to The Washington Post.

Students - Disbelief - Shock - Others - Dempsey

Many of the students laughed and exclaimed in disbelief and shock as others spit into Dempsey’s face one by one and later slapped him. The students erupted into shrieks and cries of “No! No!” as Dempsey uncovered a steak knife laying on the stage behind him, handed the knife to a young boy, and bared his back, prompting him to cut him. An adult intervened, not to stop them, but to caution them to “be very, very gentle.”

The young boy, unwilling to cut his pastor, relinquished the knife to another student who passed it to another child. That boy cut lightly down Dempsey’s shoulder-blade. The 12-year-old’s mother and father reportedly rushed to the church to pick him up after a friend notified them of the incident.

Trouble - Things - OK - Boy - Father

“He was upset. He thought he was in trouble. When I explained to him I’m not upset with you, I just want you to know that the things that happened here wasn’t OK,” the boy’s father told 10 WBNS.

The church issued statements apologizing for the incident, as did Dempsey and lead pastor Justin Ross in a Facebook video. They explained the display was meant to teach students about...
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