In the efforts to separate themselves from what they refer to as "Christendom", the
Watchtower Society rejects the orthodox Christian belief that Jesus Christ was
crucified on a cross. Believing the cross to be non-scriptural and "pagan", the
Watchtower Society teaches their loyal followers that Jesus died on a "torture stake".
The objective in discussing this subject is not to place emphasis upon how Jesus
Christ was executed, more importantly that he was, regardless as to which instrument
was used for his execution. However, the following evidence proves that the leaders
of the Watchtower organization carry the same traits of all religious cult leaders who
utilize devious tricks for preventative measures, in fear of losing loyal followers to
real Christianity, a place where no human liaison is required.
Although it is forgotten or unknown
by most Jehovah's Witnesses today,
the Watchtower Society has not
always taught that Jesus died on a
torture stake. Early Watchtower
publications clearly depict the method
of Jesus' execution as a crucifixion,
or death on a cross.
Through examining these older
publications it is hard to believe
the Society would change their
position on such a crucial issue.
According to Watchtower
dogma, Jesus returned in 1918
reviewing all the churches of the
world and supposedly chose the
Watchtower Society to be the
only "true" religion. This being
the case, why would the
Watchtower Society change their
view regarding Jesus execution?
Wouldn't Jesus himself let them
know in 1918 that he did not die
on a cross, as seen through these
From the above statements, one can solidly conclude that this "change in viewpoint"
was not from God but from Brother Rutherford. In the efforts to deviate from his
predecessor and gain more power and new recruits, Rutherford changed many
teachings which originated with Charles Taze Russell.
To further support this man-made teaching, the New World
Translation Committee
(the committee which fabricated their own
version of the Bible to support Watchtower dogma)
inserted the
"torture stake" where the word "stauros" appears in the
original Greek manuscripts. The Watchtower Society explains this
interpretation in the November 8, 1972 Awake! magazine by
stating that the word stauros in the Bible means
"upright stake" or
"pale". They also go on to say that the cross is a "non-christian
and "the adoration of the cross is outright idolatry,
disguised under the label of being Christian."
Through such harsh
statements, should one conclude that the Watchtower Society has
concrete evidence that Jesus was indeed impaled on a torture stake?
As mentioned above, the Watchtower Society teaches
that the Greek word
stauros is defined as an upright
stake or pale. Although this is true, the Watchtower
Society fails to mention that the Greek word
was also used to describe a variety of wooden structures
used for execution during Biblical times. Some of these
wooden structures resembled various shapes such as the
"T" shape. By limiting the definition of the word
to its simplest form, Jehovah's Witnesses are able to
support their "non-Christian" views of Jesus Christ's
execution. For example, a telephone pole could
technically be described as a
stauros, a wooden upright
stake. Although it is fact that a telephone pole has a
crossbeam, it doesn't negate that this structure could
still simply be defined as
The Watchtower Society has continued to attack the cross by pointing out its pagan
origin. The truth of the matter is the Romans who put Jesus to death were pagans. In
consideration of this, it is logical to conclude that the Romans could have very well
used a cross for Jesus' execution. With this in mind, is it really logical for Jehovah's
Witnesses to use this as a reason for not believing Jesus died on a cross? Is it not true
that this very reason holds more credibility that Jesus actually did die on a cross?   
The Harp of God.1921. pg.112.
Although the Society stands firm
on their views of the cross, they
appear to have inadvertently
suggested that the cross played a
significant role in early Christian
execution methods. The image
here is a nineteenth century
painting printed within a
Watchtower publication entitled
"How Can Blood Save Your
The Watchtower Society also
referred to the Roman historian
Tacitus regarding early
Christians executions, once
again recognizing that crosses
played an intricate role in early
Christian execution methods.
The Watchtower.11/15/
Image taken from Awake!12/06
"Cross and Crown". A Masonic symbol
used in early Watchtower magazines.
1975 Yearbook of Jehovah's
These thoughts alone should spark concern with all loyal Watchtower followers.
Through the Watchtower Society's second president (Joseph Rutherford), the
teachings regarding Jesus execution were changed, and it obviously wasn't "new
light" from God. So, why would Rutherford change his viewpoint regarding the
cross? The 1975
"Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses"  explains it to us:
Although Rutherford claimed that
the depiction of Jesus on the cross
derived from men, could one
conclude that his viewpoint on
this matter was also derived from
men, himself? It is clear that
Rutherford gives no legitimate
reason for this change in doctrine.
Although the Watchtower Society
claims to be God's chosen
organization on earth to teach
others the truth from the Bible, it
is evident that God Himself would
never have anything to do with
such a devious and deceptive
This change in viewpoint further solidifies the fact that the information from the
Watchtower Society does not originate with Jehovah, rather wealthy men using
outright trickery to increase their financial gain.
"Riches".1936. pg.27
The Watchtower Society attempts to further support their "torture stake" doctrine
through claiming that so-called "worldly" Christians worship the cross instead of
Jesus, a sure sign of idol worship. Although Jehovah's Witnesses enjoy using this as
backing to support their erroneous beliefs, the fact is that Christians do not worship
the cross or encourage idol worship. True Christians who choose to wear the cross
or pray in front of it are doing so as a means of an outward display of their belief
that Jesus died for our sins.
Image taken from "Learn from
the Great Teacher". pg.188.
Not surprisingly, the Watchtower Society misrepresents facts to support their own
doctrines. A fine example of this misrepresentation is their reference to the writings of
Justus Lipsius, in support of their rejection of the cross. The Watchtower Society
stops at nothing to convince loyal followers that Jesus was put to death on a stake, not
a cross. What do Lipsius' writings actually state regarding Jesus death? What you are
about to witness is undeniable proof that the Watchtower Society misinterpreted
Lipsius' writings and took the images from his publications entirely out of context.
This is what the Watchtower Society shows us in their publication:
As we can see here, Lipsius does
refer to Jesus' death on a different
page in his book. The illustration
here is depicting the execution
style of Jesus death, not the
illustration the Watchtower used
to support their teachings on the
matter. This is an undeniable
example of the Watchtower
Society deliberately altering
original writings to support their
own non-Biblical beliefs.
After examining the above information, is it logical to put credence into any of the
Watchtower's teachings regarding the execution of Jesus? As we examine this
information regarding the method of execution used in Jesus death, it is of utmost
importance to refer to the Holy Bible. Is it possible that certain verses within the Holy
Bible and the New World Translation contradict Watchtower teachings regarding
Jesus execution?
If Jesus Christ was impaled on a
torture stake where only one nail
was used for his hands, why does
Thomas suggest that more than
one nail was used by referring to
"nails"? Yes, through this verse
one can see that the New World
Translation Committee  
overlooked the altering of this
verse in support of their "torture
stake" doctrine.
The verse shown here is Jesus'
prediction of Peter's death. If Peter
was to be put on a "torture stake",
wouldn't Jesus have said
out your arms"
instead of "stretch
out your hands"
If Jesus was indeed put to
death on a torture stake,
would not the sign be
above his hands and not
"his head" as written
in this verse?
The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of
the Greek Scriptures. pg.1155
New World Translation. John 20:25
New World Translation. John 21:18
New World Translation. Matthew 27:37
The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of
the Greek Scriptures. Mark 15:27
Lipsius writings indicate that an
upright stake or tree was used for a
great number of crucifixions, as this
illustration shows
(the illustration the
Watchtower erroneously used to support
their shady torture stake doctrine)
However, no reference to Jesus' death
is at all mentioned on this page.
Lipsius was in no way referring to
Jesus Christ's death in regards to this
particular type of execution.   
The passage here shows the actual
Greek translation of a verse from the
book of Mark, which includes the word
"hand" unlike the New World
Translation's rendering. Does this
indicate that Jesus hands were
separated as if on a cross? It is
blatantly obvious that the Watchtower
Society deliberately removed the word

from their New World
Translation to support their teachings
regarding the torture stake.
The evidence provided transparently proves that the Watchtower Society deliberately
alters verses, misquotes Biblical scholars, and deviously twists the original
Scriptures to support their man made doctrine concerning the execution of Christ.
The Watchtower Society intentionally misleads their followers to prevent them from
learning the real "truth" from the Bible. This preventative measure helps to recruit
and retain unsuspecting followers into the greatest hoax in religious history.
Here is what the Lipsius' writings actually stated regarding Jesus Christ's
De Cruse Liber Primus & De Cruse Liber Secundus. Justus Lipsius.
De Cruse Liber Primus & De Cruse Liber Secundus. Justus Lipsius.
Torture Stake
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