WHILE I was a practising Jehovah’s witnesses it always puzzled me as to why practically all other beliefs confirmed that Jesus was crucified on a cross when it was so clear to us that it was a stake. At the time I never really fully critiqued this issue until recently, so felt it was a good opportunity to review this particular chapter while this was fresh in my mind.
The chapter rightly starts by defining Cross as the Device on which Christ was executed, and then goes on to explain that the original Greek word used was “Stauros”, which we all agree with.
However, it then goes on to explain that in classical Greek this word meant merely an “upright stake”, and then unpacks a list of references to try and support this, namely P.Fairbairn, liddel & Scott, the companion Bible, encyclopaedia Britannia, Bible Dictionaries etc.
This is all fine in the context that Stauros could mean Stake, but what is missing here is more importantly how did this word develop over time and more specifically in terms of how the Romans applied it when it came to this form of punishment.
WITH the 100 year anniversary of the 1914 Generation set to arrive next year Jehovah, it seems, has decided it is time to tell Jehovah’s Witnesses that they have had it wrong all along and give them “new light” on many of the doctrines and teachings they once held dear.
In this article, former Jehovah’s Witness Lesley Mitchell outlines the changes present-day Jehovah’s Witnesses are to hear about this September.
I recently got given a copy of the Jehovah’s Witness book “What Does the Bible Really Teach?”
This is the book that JWs use to “study” with potential new members.
As I looked at it I found that at the rear of the book, there is an appendix that lists a number of different topics (mainly concerning some of the JWs more unique beliefs).
One of these topics asks “Who Is Michael the Archangel?” on page 218.
The Finding Jesus Meeting for Jehovah’s Witnesses is for any Jehovah’s Witness that has questions or doubts about the Watch Tower Society.
Speakers will include ex-Bethelite Matthew Purves, and Bill Bacon from First & Last Ministries. Other speakers will be announced.
The meeting is to take place on Saturday November 30th from 10am to 4.30pm. The venue is Southend Full Gospel Church, St. Ann’s Road, Southend-On-Sea, Essex SS2 5AT.
For more details please email us via our contact us page