Cross in the Bible is NOT a pagan term.
This passage says the Messiah was hung on a cross and not a stake or gallow.
John 20:25 (YABS) The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Master. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
Nails! That is more then 1 nail hanging someone. You would use only 1 nail on a torture stake/gallow to fasten hands. You would use 2 nails on the hands on a CROSS, one for each hand.
I believe the Messiah was hung on a cross. I know that the cross symbol is pagan in origin and that we probably shouldn't be using a cross like so many Christians do. Many other Holy name Bibles use stake, or gallow or torture stake, the YABS still uses the cross from the Aleph Tav את . Why worship the murder weapon, when the Messiah is alive in Heaven?
The shape of the two-beamed cross had its origin in ancient Chaldea and was used as the symbol of the god Tammuz. In the third century A.D., pagans were received into the apostate ecclesiastical system and were permitted largely to retain their pagan signs and symbols.
The most accepted reason for the "cross" being brought into Messianic worship is Constantine's famous vision of "the cross superimposed on the sun" in A.D. 312. What he saw is nowhere to be found in Scripture. Even after his so-called "conversion," his coins showed an even-armed cross as a symbol for the sun-god. Many scholars have doubted the "conversion" of Constantine because of the wicked deeds that he did afterwards.
After Constantine had the "vision of the cross," he promoted another variety of the cross, the Chi-Rho or Labarum. This has been explained as representing the first letters of the name Christos (CH and R, or, in Greek, X and P). The identical symbols were found as inscriptions on rock, dating from ca. 2500 B.C., being interpreted as "a combination of the two Sun-symbols." Another proof of its pagan origin is that the identical symbol was found on a coin of Ptolemeus III from 247-222 B.C.
According to An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols, the labarum was also an emblem of the Chaldean sky-god. Emperor Constantine adopted the labarum as the imperial ensign. According to Dictionary of Mythology Folklore and Symbols, the symbol was in use long before Christianity. Chi probably stood for Great Fire or Sun. Rho probably stood for Pater or Patah (Father). The word labarum yields "everlasting Father Sun."
The YABS scriptures still uses cross, but recommends not using pagan images of a cross as it is the murder weapon.