Church Pastor Leaves Kids Traumatized After Telling Them To ‘Spit On Him And Cut Him’: Watch
Impact City Church in Pataskala, Ohio was forced to issue an apology after Jaddeus Dempsey, an associate pastor at the church told students to spit on him and cut him as part of an Easter lesson.
The footage, which was obtained by NBC News, shows students cutting him with a steak knife and slapping him as part of their youth group session earlier this week.
NBC News spoke with the students and their parents and asked them how they felt about it.
“He was like, I don’t want you to go crazy with it,” Ai’Janae Parker, 12, recalled hearing Dempsey tell her and other students during the lesson, “but I do want you to slice it down my back and make me bleed.”
Parker said the whole demonstration made her feel “weird” and told NBC News that “Jesus did that for us so we wouldn’t have to go through it. And that’s the part I don’t understand.”
One of the students’ parents, Amanda Quick, said she didn’t understand the point of the lesson and why it was needed.
“They are supposed to be role models. They are supposed to be people our children can look up to,” she told WBNS. “I understand where they came from, but I don’t understand it.”
Justin Ross, the lead pastor at the church, did say that the lesson was “inappropriate.” But he also defended Dempsey’s intentions.
“After Jaddeus allowed them to spit on him, and slap him and cut him, he sat them down and he explained to them about this guy named Jesus,” Ross said.
Dempsey said he was “sorry for misrepresenting the community, the church, the parents, the students” in the video.
“My intention was just to show them how much Jesus loved them,” he added.
Take a look at the video clip below: