Did you ever go on a picnic only to have an annoying fly buzzing around your face and your food? You shew it away, it comes back, you shew it some more and it comes back again? Eventually, this tiny pest becomes a big annoyance until you finally thwack it with a fly swatter. Well this is how I see this “sacred name” nonsense. It’s annoying, silly, and bred out of misunderstanding. This post is my ‘thwack’ at this silly teaching.
The following are my objections to this false teaching…
If there is only “one (proper) name” by which we can be saved, as the sacred namers believe, then they’re in trouble because they can’t decide which is the correct name.
Yahshua, Yeshua, Yahvahshua, Yehoshua, Y’shua, Yahwah, Yahawah, Yahovah, YahevehYahueh, Yahuweh, Iahueh, YaHuWaH, Yahushua
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
People place too much importance on the pronunciation of the name instead of the Person behind the name. What if someone had a speech impediment, or a cleft lip, or Bells Palsy and they couldn’t pronounce the name exactly as it’s supposed to be pronounced? What if they had lost all of their teeth? Would Yahweh be offended? Does Yahweh not know they are talking to Him?
When my sister was little, she couldn’t pronounce my brother, Dominic’s name. Instead, she called him “Dadoo.” So when she said Dadoo, was she really talking to someone else? Did Dominic know she was talking to him? Of course he knew.
Yahweh and Yeshua have many other names. Some of these describe what they have done or their office. If we say “Creator,” do you think Yeshua knows we’re addressing Him even though we didn’t say Yehoshua? Of course He knows.
Even the “unknown God” spoken of in scriptures was referring to Yahweh and they didn’t even have a name for Him!
For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: To An Unknown God. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship = and this is what I am going to proclaim to you. Acts 17:23
It’s definitely talking about God the Creator because it’s,
Strong’s 2316 theos same as Matt 27:46 “My God My God why have you forsaken me?”
They have forgotten my name for Baal. (paraphrased) (Jer 23:27)
They forgot more than the name – they forgot Him and that’s what’s He talking about. You could pronounce the name right and still worship another god. So it’s not about the pronunciation of the name. He’s not saying ‘they have forgotten Yehoshua for Yeshua. The emphasis is not the pronunciation but instead, the god or God. Yeshua vs Baal who is a false god, not a false pronunciation of His name.
More verses showing that they abandoned Yahweh and served Baal. Nothing is said or alluded to about pronunciation…
The Israelites did evil in the eyes of Yahweh their God and served the Baals and the Asherahs. Judges 3:7
No sooner had Gideon died than the Israelites again prostituted themselves to the Baals. They set up Baal-Berith as their god and did not remember the Lord their God, who had rescued them from the hands of all their enemies on every side. Judges 8:33,34
Breaking the Third Commandment?
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
If someone says that you are taking His name in vain if you pronounce it differently than they do is wrong! Look this up for yourself. I did and this is what I found…
“Vain” means “falsely” or “empty” (Strong’s #7723 – sheva) or being empty of true substance.
An example of this is found in Ex 23:1 “you shall not utter a false report..”
The word “false” is the same word “sheva”
So to put this is another way, you could say ‘you shall not represent the character of God falsely”
Practical application: If you say you love God, but hate your enemy, then your words are empty.
If you praise God, like some people do, yet inside you are like a white-washed tomb, then you represent God falsely.
A hypocrite is a good example – they say one thing and do another.
These are my objections to this “sacred name” movement. If we are to “test everything,” then this test of pronunciation fails. We have to be careful of these strange doctrines because they are bondage. They are rules that man has made and Yahweh never intended for us. These unbiblical rules are “legalism” and bondage.
But if you would like to hear from a linguistic expert, then watch this video from Brad Scott.
Carol, Carole, Karol, Kharol, Kherohl, Carryl, Kerril, Pcaerol (the “p” is silent)