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“We will do everything possible,” Sergei Cherepanov, a Jehovah's Witnesses representative, was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.
Its administrative centre, which has 175,000 members, had previously been suspended in March over alleged “extremist activity”.
To determine what appearance the stauros took in Jesus' death, we need to consider what the Greek language tells us, what history tells us, and most importantly, what the Bible tells us. 1, page 391) The Greek word xylon can mean "wood, a piece of wood, or anything made of wood," and can refer to a cross as well, as pointed out in Vine's Expository Dictionary, Vol. The skeleton was of a man named Yehohanan son of Chaggol, who had been crucified between the age of 24 and 28. C., the Romans adopted crucifixion as an official punishment for non-Romans for certain limited transgressions. 13.) One cannot help but notice the series of events as recorded in Matthew , 31-37, Mark -26, Luke -38, and John 19:1-22 (regarding the death of Jesus) and their harmony with the method of crucifixion as described by the articles in BAR and other sources.
Furthermore, we must consider the significance of the stauros to the Christian, and whether it is a subject of shame or of great joy. Initially, it was employed not as a method of execution, but only as a punishment. It appears that Jesus carried the crossbeam, or patibulum to Golgotha.
However, he said he tried to "never give an impression that JWs are dumb or intelligent", adding that "many of them are actually quite intelligent, albeit deluded people".
He also described how his family now refused to acknowledge him and his wife after they left the group.