It is a custom in the Philippines for some devout believers to reenact the crucifixion of Jesus by actually having them crucified for a time. The reenactors actually are nailed to a cross and suffer great pain. Some adaptations have been made to reduce the risk of infections, but it is still a quite dangerous practice. Church leaders almost universally have rejected the practice.

What is no doubt a nobly motivated action is unnecessary. Jesus went to the cross so we would not have to do so.


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A third generation preacher, Mike Shannon is Professor of Preaching at Cincinnati Bible Seminary of Cincinnati Christian University. He has served as a preaching minister, church planter, and college professor. His most recent preaching ministry was at the historic First Christian Church of Johnson City, Tennessee. In his nearly two decades at Cincinnati Christian University, Mike has served as both professor and Dean of the Seminary. He has also been an adjunct professor at Milligan College and Northern Kentucky University. Mike is the author or co-author of several books.

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