It was reported by the Telegraph that almost a dozen of Filipinos were nailed on the crosses during the Good Friday in the Philippines, particularly in Pampanga. There are others who whipped themselves as a way of their repentance of their sins.
Many believe that by doing this kind of penance, their sins will be cleansed.
Is it the way how to cleanse us from sins? How to be cleansed from sins?
There is no other way for us to be cleansed from our sins but only through the blood of Jesus Christ.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:13, New International Version)
The verse I quoted above in order to support the answer to the question is actually telling us that those who are in Christ are brought near to God through the blood of Christ.
In other words, when men are not yet part of Christ or one with Christ, they are still among those who are separated from God. And the very reason why men became separated from God is because of their sins. This is what the book of Prophet Isaiah tells us:
It is because of your sins that he doesn’t hear you. It is your sins that separate you from God when you try to worship him. (Isaiah 59:2, New International Version)
And the blood of Christ has cleansed those who became part of Christ or one with Christ. And we already know who are those who are one with Christ… they are the members of the Church of Christ… they are the ones who became Children of God, disciples of Christ, Christ’s sheep, Christ’s friends and God’s friends.
Actually, I can also use the verse, Hebrew 9:14, to support my answer that the blood of Christ is the only way for the cleansing from sins. The verse says:
How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death,[a] so that we may serve the living God! (New International Version)
So, it is the blood of Christ that cleanses us from acts that lead to death. The acts that lead to death are our sins as stated in Romans 6:23 which says:
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23, New King James Version)
Penance like whipping their own body and nailing into the cross during Good Friday is not the way to be cleansed from sins. The only way to be cleansed from sins is to become member of the Church of Christ because it is the one purchased by Christ through his blood.
About the Author
Fred Gonzales is a regular contributor of the SELaplana blog particularly in the Religion category. He is a member of the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo), but he has no authority to represent the Church. His articles should not be considered the writing of the Church he is affiliated with.
You can read his other articles:
- How to become God’s Friends?
- How to become Christ’s Friends?
- How to become Christ’s Sheep?
- How to become Christ’s Disciple?
- How to become in United with Christ?
- How to become God’s Child?
- How to become close to God?