Church History & Introduction of the Cross
The use of the cross as a symbol of the church or the erection of the cross is nowhere to be found in the New Testament which was written in the Apostolic Age. Then when did Christians start setting up the cross in the church?
According to a theological dictionary, it was at the time of Constantine that the cross began to be used as the symbol of Christianity.
"Baker's Dictionary of Theology," Baker Book House, 1973
The public use of the cross was adopted by the Christians as a symbol at the time of Constantine.
The church began to be secularized rapidly after Emperor Constantine legalized Christianity in 313 and gave them preferential treatment. Those who converted to Christianity but did not completely abandon the practices of pagans, who made the images of their gods and worshiped them, started to set up images in the church. One of them was the cross. In other words, the cross has nothing to do with the faith in the Apostolic Age. It is an idol introduced later when the church got secularized.
Therefore, we should not set up a cross or think of it as the symbol of the church.
Church of God (WMSCOG) has no cross on any church buildings.
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