An Ohio church is apologising for an "inappropriate" Easter lesson in which a pastor urged students to spit on him, slap him and cut him with a steak knife.
Impact City Church lead pastor Justin Ross and part-time associate pastor Jaddeus Dempsey went on Facebook this week to publicly apologise to students who were part of the unusual after-school activity on Monday 15th April.
Dempsey was leading a group of middle and high school students who were part of the church's weekly "After School Student Hangouts." The program includes food and activities, Ross said.
That's when Dempsey decided to share his message with students about Easter, in a way which he later said, "crossed the line."
"Jaddeus got up in front of the students and he said, 'I'm going to ask you to do something that might seem a little crazy, but if there's anyone here that would like to spit in my face, you can do so without any repercussions,' " Ross said on social media, describing the event.
Some students took him up on his offer. Then, he told them they could slap him. Several did.
Finally, Dempsey pulled out a steak knife and set the same conditions.
One student took the knife and sliced his back.