Interesting early Christian history. Polycarp. ( Lived AD 65-155) direct disciple of Apostle John. Became the 2nd bishop of smyrna. As he was being burned at the stake for the name of Christ…He said to his tormentor….”You threaten with fire that burns for an hour and then is extinguished, for you are ignorant of the fire of the coming judgement and eternal punishment which is reserved for the ungodly”
A friend pointed out to me that Watchtower also quoted Polycarp from the same book the above quote is from. It’s called “The Martyrdom of Polycarp” ..in fact their quote is located only 3 paragraphs before the one I quoted:
“… later, in 155 C.E., a professed Christian named Polycarp faced a similar test when he was ordered to revile Christ. His response was: “Eighty-six years have I served Him, and He has done me no wrong. How can I blaspheme my King who has saved me?” Because of his refusal to deny Christ, Polycarp was burned at the stake.” WT 12/1/1998.
So Watchtower obviously sites Polycarp as a credible source. (They should!) But I don’t think they ever quoted him on what he said 3 paragraphs later. Do you?