Sacred Names ... Part 2
We in Stewarton Bible School have known and used the sacred name of the Almighty, YAHWEH,
since about 1956. If you read our literature you will see this to be
the case. Moreover, when we use the words LORD or God we realise
that these are not names. Why then do we use them? Because to the
English-speaking world the word 'God' means a supernatural
being and in most English Bibles these designations are used. When we
use these words English-speaking people know who we mean. Were we to
only use the name Yahweh, or Yeshua for the Son, most
folk wouldn't know who we were writing about: because these names do
not appear in their Bibles.
The Oxford Dictionary defines the word God as follows:
God: The Creator and Ruler of the universe in Christian,
Jewish and Muslim teaching ...
That is what the English speaking world means when it uses the word
God; and that is what we in the Stewarton Bible School mean when we
use the word. Anyone who assumes that when English-speaking people say
God they mean a pagan idol is out of touch with the English
language. In our article, Sacred Names ...
Part 1 you will see that we are fully aware that the Almighty's name is
Jehovah or Yahweh, After you read that article do remember
what the Saviour said about identifying true believers: "You shall
know them by their fruit."
I regret to say that in my travels, and I have travelled considerably,
I have not found that the Sacred Name believers bear more or better spiritual fruit than believers from other Christian groups. Sad to say, the fruit of the Holy
Spirit: humility, brotherly love, kindness, joy, mercy, patience,
peace, generosity, self-sacrifice, justice etc. - so evident elsewhere in the Christian world - is woefully absent in the lives of
many (not all) sacred name believers. Is that not a strange discovery?
Please note that these are facts I have witnessed over and over again.
- Not by their race, wealth or social standing.
- Not by their church or denomination.
- Not by the day they keep as the Sabbath - even if it is the
correct 7th Day!
- Not by which name they call the Father and Son: Jehovah, Yahweh, Yahuweh, Yeshua, Yahshua, or Yahoshua
- But by their FRUIT! - the fruit of the Holy Spirit!.
2. The Use of Pagan Words
Though SBS uses the sacred names we do not consider it a sin to also
use the names/titles Jesus Christ, LORD God etc. Why not?
Because we communicate with thousands of English-speaking believers and unbelievers
alike from over 30 countries. On the Internet we reach millions more.
Many of these people possess, or have heard passages read from, the King James Version of the Bible: the Bible which triggered the great Protestant Reformation throughout the English-speaking world. It really is the Authorised Version and
by far the best. As a UK Bible School we could hardly say that the
most renowned Bible version of all time is full of errors; or that the
Almighty who inspired its publication and preservation somehow got His
and His Son's name so wrong that to use them would amount to sin! As
you know the English language like many others has hundreds of words
which are borrowed from other languages. Literally scores of these
words have their roots in paganism and many are derived from
the names of pagan gods. In fact the English language itself, as far
as the Jews are concerned, is a pagan language - every word of it.
Below is a short list of words, (those beginning with capital letters
are the names of pagan gods) which are used in everyday
English. We would find it difficult to communicate if these words were
removed from our English dictionaries.
All these words, and I can assure you there are hundreds more,
have 'pagan roots.' Many are the names of pagan gods. Add to
this list the pagan names of the week (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday
etc.) or the names of many months. On top of this add also the names
of hundreds, yea tens of thousands, of pagan names people have and you
have a formidable list of words, titles and names which are directly
linked to pagan religions and their gods. Are we to stop using all
these names as some suggest? As you probably know, every human
language is similarly loaded with words from other tongues. Before the
last war Hitler tried to purify the German language by purging words
with foreign roots. He miserably failed. Yes, every language on earth
- including Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek - is riddled with foreign
(pagan) words. We will need to wait for the Almighty to purify
every language: because all are as corrupt as is English. That day is near.
- Amazon, Andes, Atlas
- Baby, Beauty, Bible, Biceps, Bull
- Chaos, Charisma, Charm, Chastity, Church, Cosmos,
- Dad, demonstrate, Ding (thing), Discord
- Earth, echo, era, error, Ether, Elfen, Eve (Adam's wife was
Chawwah not Eve)
- Faith, Famous, fauna, Ferver, Felicity, Flora, Fortune, furor
- Gad, God, (luck) Genius, Glory, glorify, glorious, Grim
- Hades, Happy, Harmony, Hero, holy, honour, Hope, hunger, hospital
- Idea, index, inferno, Iris
- Joy, joyfull, Just
- King, kosmic (cosmic) Komedy (comedy)
- Laodicea, larva, Lauerd (Lord) loll, Lucifer, Luck, lunar
- Majesty, Manis, marathon, martial, meander, music, mute
- Narcissus, narcotic, nice, Nymph, nimble
- Obstinacy, ode, odius, olympic, oracle
- Pallar, Pander, Papa, Paris, Paulina, Pegasus, penis, petition,
Phoebe, Phyllis, Piety, psyche, Python
- Ridiculous, Roman, religion, renown, rhesus, rumour
- Sacred (consecrate), saga, salus (salvation), santus (sanctify)
Saturn, Saturn'sday (Saturday), saturate, Saude (persuade), scan,
solar, Spartan, status, sun
- Taciturn, Tartarus, Tartar, Tauros, tell, temper, terror, test,
testimony, The (Theos), thing, thunder, Titan, triumph, trivial,
- Valiant, vampire, Vatican, verify, Victor, Virtue, vulcanise, volcano, etc. etc.
||8: Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that
I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations,
that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation,
even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the
fire of my jealousy. |
9: For then will I turn to the people a pure
language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve
him with one consent.
3. Beyond Pronunciations
When the Father's name is spoken in Stewarton we go far beyond correct
spellings or pronunciations, far beyond the audible sounds that
emanate from human lips. As you may know, there are many variations of
the sacred name: Jehovah, Y@hovah, Yahweh, Yahvah, Yahoweh, Yahovah,
Yahuweh, Yahuveh, Yahuvah, Jeova, Jehofah, Geova, Ihowa, etc. We
do not enter the argument as to which of these - if any - is
absolutely correct. Nor do we profess to know the proper Hebrew
pronunciation of the name. Does anybody really know? I certainly do
not. Our aim is as follows:
This is our aim because to us Yahweh's name is far more than an
audible sound; however correctly we or others think we pronounce it.
And though we respectfully use His name and teach others to do
likewise, we do not profess to be experts in Hebrew or any other
language. When giving His name, this is what the 'LORD' (YHVH in the original Hebrew) said:
- To be like our heavenly Father and to reflect His character by
obeying His law.
- To produce in our lives the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
||1: And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.|
2: And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount.
3: And no man shall come up with thee, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mount.
4: And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.
5: And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.
6: And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
7: Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
8: And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.
Notice how the Almighty's character was proclaimed when His
name/title LORD (Yahovah) was pronounced. In the following verse this
expression of the divine character rather than the name itself is even
||14: For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name
is Jealous, is a jealous God.
Who in his right mind would address the Most High as Almighty
Jealous! No one; because that word jealous simply describes a single
trait of the Almighty's character. He is a jealous God. In other words, the
Almighty's name goes far beyond the actual sound of a noun however
correctly it is spoken. And that is what we in SBS try to keep in
focus: The Almighty's name is His character. That is the fact
we wish to experience in our lives and proclaim to others. Correct
Hebrew spellings and pronunciations of the various nouns will come in
His time. As far as we are concerned, only those who reflect
Yahweh's character really know his name. Consequently we treat
with utmost caution those who profess to know the Almighty's Name. To
be sure they may think they know how to pronounce or spell it, some
can even write it in the Hebrew language: but alas! of those we have
met, many are strangers to His Holy Spirit. They do not really know
Him or His Son. They have a strange spirit that motivates them.
Consequently I hesitate to write off the rest of Christendom simply
because it does not know or use the sacred names. On the great Day
of Judgement I am sure we will discover that many Christians we
have dismissed as semi-pagans knowing little or nothing of Scripture,
are in fact a lot more spiritually minded and productive than we are.
So let us all tread with care: and if I may offer a line of advice it
would be this: Endeavour to demonstrate in your life - by your
character - that you really know the Name of the Almighty: that is, that you
know Him! whom to know is life eternal.
Author: David B Loughran
Stewarton Bible School, Stewarton, Scotland
July 1998 ... Updated: December 1999