"Christ and the Thief on the Cross"

THERE are several important points in connection with the passage concerning the thief on the cross, Luke 23:39-43, that are not usually taken into account. It is too often explained to harmonize with certain fixed notions of the teacher, and not with the general tenor of the Scriptures. A few of those points will be noticed, in hope that some may be led to a right understanding of this text.

The Cross and the Crucifix

Ellet J. Waggoner

“It is painful to notice in visiting churches throughout the country how frequently a cross is to be seen above the communion table; in fact, it now seems to be considered the correct thing, much to the advantage of the manufacturer and seller of such articles, if to no one else. If the doctrine of the cross were only better understood the dealers in these wares would have little occupation.”