The Sacred Name Movement
(A general overview of this movement)
so often a new movement comes to the forefront to challenge the historic
Christian Churches teaching. Sometimes this can be good. If it is based on the
truth, it can prompt us to a new understanding of the word. Sometimes it can be
benign and be harmless as a challenge that goes nowhere … other times it can
be just plain bogus.
have been more bogus or ridiculous than the sacred name movement which has
spiritual elitism written all over it. While there are some well intentioned
people in this movement, there are also those who are prompted by pride to show
how wrong and unsaved the Church is.
movement is about using Gods correct name, restoring it and giving a revelation
to people that are supposedly in darkness. (This first article is an overview
and basic introduction to the movement.)
This movement is diversified and has approximately
10,000- to the most 50,000 people involved. Although we cannot be fully accurate
on their membership these are the current numbers. There are assemblies range
from a few to the largest of 200-250 members. Few Jewish believers are involved
in this movement to their dismay since they lay claim to restoring the Hebrew
name of the almighty. There are Messianic congregations that do use the Hebrew
names but they do not make it an issue of salvation as those in the Sacred name
movement do. Many in the SNM are involved in a metaphysical new age slant of the
Bible and an added practice of legalism.
So from what I can see this movement has its own leaven to purge before they
able to go to the Churches of Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha Mashiach) and tell them
what to do. It’s amazing that so few have such a loud voice on the subject of
absolutely no proof historically or scholastically for their claims, they put
down the name of Jesus calling it pagan and categorize all Christians that do
not speak his correct Hebrew name as following and calling on a pagan God. While
the Jehovah’s Witnesses have tried to do the same thing, the sacred name
movement is further down the same shaky road. This movement’s claim is the
Hebrew pronunciation of Yashua as his correct
(in Hebrew ) and only name to be pronounced. The questions we need to ask
is first is this true and if so, is God as legalistic as they present him.
Because they are saying that Yahweh’s view is “if you didn’t pronounce my
name right so I’m not going to save you.” The implication is that from the
beginning of the Jewish/Gentile Church up until now, has been incorrect and
been said it takes longer to correct error than it does to dish it out. So we
need to take our time to peel through all the onion layers to get to the kernel
of where the smell actually comes from . No doubt it will make your eyes tear as
you hear the arguments and what they have done to Jesus (Yashua). I want to go
on record to say that I use the name Yahweh and Yeshua at times. But there is a
difference in how it is implemented, and for what reason. The problem is when
someone makes the Hebrew pronunciation as the only language that his name can be
spoken in. We should have no problem in using Yahshua or his name translated
into another language if it conveys the meaning of “who he is” accurately.
#1 no one knows how to correctly pronounce his name.
name adherents make this huge argument there is no “ ‘J’ letter in the
Hebrew language (true). But they
have no proof God’s name correctly pronounced Yahweh either. Since there were
no vowels written in the Hebrew language until well after Christ's time. So none
knows how to ACCURATELY pronounce his name. Yes there are educated guesses, at
best. But this does not stop certain legalists from condemning others who use
the English to call on his name from their heart. So realistically they could be
wrong too. After all we were not there to hear how it was actually pronounced.
salvation question comes down to do we call on the name of the son for salvation
or believe on the son and his work?
Jesus ask people to believe only in his name only or who he was? It’s not just
knowing the correct pronunciation of the name but the person behind it. Knowing
HIM, in his nature and characteristics. Who do they (sacred namers) know him as?
Lets look at their opinions of Jesus
few (rare) have a Trinitarian theology; but most believe a variation of the
Arian theology; (Jesus is not God). A
small number are Modalistic (Oneness in that God is singular in person). It
seems you can have what appears to be the correct name and not know the person
behind the name. Many sacred namers do not believe Jesus or Yashua is God, nor
do they recognize that the body of Christ (Mashiach) has the correct person of
that name; since they do not believe an eternal Son of God exists. (Prov.30:4).
Assemblies of Yahweh-”(John 2:19) is sometimes presented as evidence that Yahshua is the Almighty, that He is co-equal with His Father. and that He had the power to resurrect Himself This of course is a false. trinitarian concept” (The Sacred Name Broadcaster, Lincoln Frost). “We find the trinitarian doctrine to he foreign to the Inspired Scriptures” (Doctrine #5).
The Bible warns of "ANOTHER JESUS." the context is that Paul is making reference to someone who is called "Jesus" (Yeshua). But is someone who has a different IDENTITY, he is not the same in substance, he is not God in the flesh and therefore is not the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE (John 14:6). It is more important to have the MEANING of the word, when translating a word from one language to another, than it is to make sure everyone SPEAKS or pronounces it the same in all languages. The "NAME" means to describe one's identity, it is representative of either the totality of ones being or specifically ones attributes or characteristics. "God's name ...is a symbol of [His] nature, character, and person... The name of the Lord is the manifestation of His character...it is synonymous with the Lord Himself."
of the people in the SNM play word and sound assimilation's to arrive at their
faulty conclusions. Despite their emphatic claims on the name, Yahweh or Yashua
cannot be pronounced the same in every language for the simple reason that
certain dialects do not have the letter pronunciations nor the written language.
However they insist that it can, even to the point of breaking the rules in
Institute of Divine
They claim the Greek word Christos means Krishna. But if one translated Krishna
to English it is not Christos since they have no equivalent word for this in
their language. "Krishna is the highest of the Hindu gods, considered the
Lord, the Absolute Truth. He has had many incarnations here on earth."
However this is exactly what their own sacred name group believes; that
Yashua had many incarnations (in body), he was Adam and then Joshua in Moses day and
says to Moses in Ex.23:20-22" Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep
thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.: Beware
of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not
pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him. What is meant by
this is that he is God manifested as their deliverer. Just as in Ex.3 when the
angel appeared at the bush and said he was their God.
says that he is also Joshua (Yahshua) son of Nun because of a sound
similarity in the name. So now we have two persons who are God manifested living
at the same time. We know from Scripture that Joshua son of Nun is not the
correct one since he was a sinful man who died.
This particular group of the sacred Namers disrespect God’s name by attributing it to someone that is not the God/ man. So what good is to be accurate in a name if you don't know who the person of the name is?
is interesting to see a dogmatic approach from the Sacred name movement changing
all the names to a Hebrew pronunciation in the English language. Yet for the
most part they do not read the bible in the original Hebrew. Most in the sacred
name groups don’t read Hebrew nor do they write or speak in Hebrew. But they
want and insist everyone else is to pronounce God's name in Hebrew only. Even when Jesus (Yashsua,
Yeshua?) did not require it. Since the model
they are using is the Hebrews who wrote the Scriptures. They are betrayed by
there own hypocrisy of “do as I say, but don't do as I do.”
God only hears his Hebrew name and the Jews spoke only Hebrew, why do some
think they can say only His name in Hebrew and then go on speaking in their own
language (English etc.). Its not only God’s name written in Hebrew but all
the Old Testament Scripture. If they were true to their theology of speaking
name only in the Hebrew language it should be a requirement to read and speak
Hebrew as well.
If God only hears his Hebrew name and the Jews spoke only Hebrew, why do some think they can say only His name in Hebrew and then go on speaking in their own language (English etc.). Its not only God’s name written in Hebrew but all the Old Testament Scripture. If they were true to their theology of speaking His name only in the Hebrew language it should be a requirement to read and speak Hebrew as well.
Many Sacred name teachers have used certain names
for God in the past being absolutely sure they found the correct
interpretation, only to find later on they were incorrect and changed it. So what is to
guarantee that the name they presently are using is the absolute correct name and
will not change again. It is a fact that some now claim the correct pronunciation of the
name that others previously thought it was, and already abandoned it. Confusion reigns in
their search for the name that will bring salvation
What are they
general the movement attempts to keep the Old Covenant with only a few exceptions.
Sacred Name adherents mention 613 laws of that covenant. Most are Sabbatarian,
and only a few worship on Sunday. Most assemblies observe at least one or more
of the Old Testament feast days. The Assembly of Yahvah Believers keep all ten
commandments, including the
observance of the seventh day Sabbath as taught in the fourth commandment.
Another group (IDMR) does the very opposite saying there are no ordinances or days. So there is a wide
variety of opinion on how to practice the true religion. (although each would
take the position that they are practicing absolute truth).
of Yahweh- Observes the Ten Commandments and the 7th Day Sabbath and keep all
the 613 commandments, statutes, and judgments (except the ritual and animal
sacrifice laws which takes away a huge part of the law).
with the correct name are discussions among themselves about the correct dates
for the feasts. These differences usually center upon the dates and sightings of
the new moon. The Assemblies of Yahweh determines the months by the visible new
are within and splits of groups are caused by holding meticulous differences. There are
some serious aberrations among themselves. One group believes that Satan is a
female and is God’s estranged wife. Another man currently thinks he is the
Messiah (as he pronounces the name correctly according to them). Another thought
he was the Messiah and died (Kinley who was the founder of IDMR- The Institute of
Divine Metaphysical Research).
they fail to see is there own leaders as wrong because they are so focused on a
correct pronunciation of God's and trying to correct everyone else who they think is
are just off in other matters as well. The new covenant church, B'rit Chadashah
Assembly of Yahweh in Arvika Sweden believes that everyone has preexistence
based on the statement of God's calling to Jeremiah. They have made the same
mistake the Mormons do with this passage and defend it with the same false
slant. Despite the Bibles interpretation in Isa.46:10 that God “knows the end
from the beginning.” So he knew Jeremiah before he was born as he knows
all of us. This of course is minor compared to the other core aberrations in the
They have the
Messiah wanna be's
is disturbing and significant is they have there own messiahs in the sacred name movement.
Two men that I'm aware of claim the sacred name to themselves. Now for those who
hold that the correct pronunciation of the name brings salvation, these leaders
show the deception at work.
Yahweh Ben Yahweh is the Grand Master of the Celestial Lodge, Architect of the
Universe, the Blessed and only Potentate. (This is Mason terminology which may
not be surprising with its connection to the Kabbala) he and his followers
believe he is the Everlasting Father. But this is impossible because the
Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research teaches Dr. Kinley is Yahweh
manifested in the flesh just like Yashua (Kinley died, but this is overlooked by
his devoted followers). Yahweh Ben Yahweh believes The "true" NAME of
God is the world's greatest secret. That the Son of God would come to MANIFEST
the NAME. If you do not know the NAME of the Father, then you will not be able
to identify the Son (which is him). He is taking Gods name and attributing it to
himself. But i see no outcry from the SNM only about the name of Jesus being
used. He states All that you see and don't see were created through the power in
the Hebrew letters. He has written a book that teaches you how to pray the
Lord's Prayer in Hebrew. Much more could be said about this man and his
followers but that is not the purpose for this article. I point this out only to show
the inconsistency of the premise of knowing the sacred name as a revelation to
some. It has bred pride and false doctrine at various levels.
Pronouncing his name
the point of having the same pronunciation of God’s name in another language
if it loses its meaning in that language?
letters transliterated into English either as YHWH or as YHVH is called
"the tetragrammaton" (the name of God made of four letters) by language
specialists. There are sacred name adherents that will call him Yahweh, some
Yaohu, some Yahuwah, and various other derivatives of the root letters. They
arrive at these different spellings and pronunciations according to their own
path of discovery that they were led on to understand the name. Each SN group or individual is
thoroughly convinced they are spelling and pronouncing the true Name. They have
to be, since their salvation depends on it. But we find that some have changed
the name, and yet they call these names Sacred. It is YAH-WAY By some, others have stress on the EH, so it is
YAHW-EH. Some pronounce it YAH-WAH, so that the last syllable rhymes with the
first. While still others say, YOH-WAH or YAH-HO-WAH.
Other Sacred name groups criticize the use of Yahweh and refuse to bring
the four letters into English with any vowels. Sacred name advocates can't even
agree themselves on which is the correct pronunciation of the name. So why
should we listen to any of their rhetoric? Since many of their own promoters of
the name that espouse this
legalistic view, according to their own standards are not saved either. They end
up shooting the "Jesus" Christians in the back, and then they shoot
themselves in the foot.
Most involved can be considered sincere people searching to find the truth of God. But they have been fed a lie that has lead them far down the road of concentrating on a special name. They seek and find a name and then change the name; only to seek the name again and change it again. They have been mislead by certain men who are themselves deceived and deceiving them. (Such as Kinley being Yashua and Yahweh ben Yahweh).
The confusion in their revelation position is rampant. Yahweh is the chosen name
for The Book of Yahweh, published by
The House of Yahweh, a Sacred Name group located in Texas. Yahweh also is preferred by The
Sacred Scriptures from Assemblies of Yahweh of Pennsylvania, and The Holy Name Bible from the Scripture Research Association.
of the called out ones of Yah, calls the son
"Yeshuah." The Assembly of Yahvah Believes Yahvah is the oldest
and most correct rendering of the four sacred consonants from the Hebrew
scriptures into the English scriptures, and the true and correct abbreviated
form Yahshua, is the Saviour's name. How can they all be right?
Then the Assemblies of Yahweh’s aim is to remove the names substituted by man for the
Memorial Name of the Creator and his Son, the Saviour of the world. Restoring
the originally inspired name Yahweh, the title Elohim (mighty One) and the name
Yahshua the Messiah are to be found on its pages
each new name proceeds a new Bible. They do all this and then give the seeker the
cliché' the true pronunciation of the NAME was never lost.
If the correct pronunciation of the NAME was not lost, why do all these
teachers have to take years to search laboriously and study so painstakingly to find it? Why
do many of them come to different conclusions? Shouldn't they all come to the
same conclusion? Obviously they all can't be
right! It appears that the name is still lost to some of them, though they may
rejoice they have found it.
even a superficial examination of the name restoration doctrine, one finds how
unfounded the premise is. The Sacred Name Movement has been a tool the enemy
uses to bring confusion, and ensnare people into a legalistic approach that is not
required in Scripture. By refusing to accept the Word of God in the way it was
written, this movement finds itself in confusion. The obvious is overlooked so
they have come to the wrong conclusions. It is God who is responsible, not man for
the fact that the Church does not use His Hebrew Name today. He never once
inspired the New Testament writers to use the Name Yahweh in their works. This
is a historical fact. History shows the Jewish scribes when translating the
Scriptures would go out and wash their hands so that they were clean when they
wrote his name. (whatever that pronunciation may be). The Jews were not superstitious regarding the name of God,
they had respect. But they went far in making sure God's name was not to be
taken in vain.
are no manuscripts showing these names in the New Testament, so it is not a
requirement to correct the word Father to Yahweh or Son to Yahshua, except for ones
personal preference. If the name "Yahweh" were all over the New
Testament, the Church would certainly be using it today. There is no conspiracy to hide it
or change it as some claim. The Yahweh only groups use Hebrew only because
they place the Old Testament above the New. They actually reject the Greek
Scriptures as inspired. They have determined since the apostles are Jews they
couldn’t write in Greek. Some go as far as to say Hebrew is the Holy language
and Greek is pagan. Well Yeshua was sacrificed on a pagan cross, what does this
prove? Does this mean He was pagan.
ALL adds up to this movements doctrine of the Sacred Name being of man (some
with good intentions) and not of God. However there is some validity to knowing
Gods name in Hebrew but it is not a matter of salvation. Less someone wants to
commit to saying the whole Christian Church has been unsaved and only a few Hebrew
speaking persons could grasp this truth.
is infinitely more concerned about the TRUTH being spoken, and the reasons it is
spoken. Than He is with HOW his name is enunciated by the different people of
To study the names
of God gives us insight into his character and nature. In
the Bible names have meanings which often express ones character. God himself
CHANGED the names of certain people. This did not mean that they no longer
were that same person. He gave them a new name because he did something new in
them that would help remind them of what God did.
17:5 Abram ("Lofty and exalted father") changed to Abraham ("Father of the Multitudes").
Genesis 32:28 Jacob ("heel
grabber") changed to Israel ("Prince
or ruler of God") Genesis 17:15 Sarai ("domineering") changed
to Sarah ("lady, princess, queen") Matthew 16:17-18 Simon
("hearing") changed to Peter ("small rock")
The name of the Savior
SN teachers pronounce the NAME as Yahshua, three syllables, Yah-shu-a. This is
the most popular pronunciation among their assemblies. The most common
pronunciation among Jewish people and most believe is the correct one is Yeshua.
("The Jewish New Testament" translated by David H. Stern.)
spelling and pronouncing his name Yashua with an "a" as the second
letter, reveals they have little knowledge about
the Hebrew language. So they
shouldn't be claiming linguistic knowledge about the name! The vowel sound after
the letter yud is a shwaw sound (written in English as an upside-down
"e"). Since we don't do that in normal English writing, we can use a
right-side-up "e" or use an apostrophe after the "Y." So it
can be Yeshua, or Y'shua, but its NOT YAshua. Nor does it make sense to say that
Yeshua is pronounced the same in "every language" as they insist.
you follow the migration of the SYLLABLES of the Hebrew name Yeshua to Greek and
to Latin, and then to English -- you'll end up with Jesus. In Greek, the
"Y" changes to an "I" and the "sh" to a hard
"s" so it comes out Iesous. From there it goes to Latin, Iesus, and
then in Germanic languages, the "y" SOUND is spelled with a
"j", so we arrive with Jesus in English. Do any of these languages
pronounce his name the "same"? No, of course not. Greek doesn't even
HAVE a "sh" sound at all!
The point is that one cannot do a direct translation of Yashua into the Greek
language. This is why it is a different word or it would not make sense in its
meaning. You can call something
in its original language name and have others in another language pronounce it,
but if they do not understand its meaning its meaningless. For example what if
the translators kept all the word pronunciations from the Hebrew into the Greek
then it would not make sense. Neither would his name. If one translates the name
the way it is equally pronounced in certain other languages it would not have no
meaning at all.
Hebrew language is dependent on roots called the shorash. When any two words
have the same roots they are connected theologically. Hosea= Hoshea, Isaiah=
yeshayahu , Joshua= is yahooshua,
Jesus is Yeshua, the sh sound often has something to do with salvation in the
Hebrew language. When the Bible is translated to another language this may not
always be transferred over.
the Orthodox Jews aren't sure any more how to pronounce the name Yahweh
correctly. So how could anybody else claim something about the pronunciation of
this Hebrew name in OTHER languages? The only thing you can do is to say it in
your own language. How do you say Yahweh in English? The closest we can come to
it is "I Am."
name Yahweh (Tetragrammaton) is used 7000 times in the bible sometimes referring
to the Messiah in Jer. 23:5, and Zech. 14.
strict is God about his name being on Yahweh? Some say the Jews substituted
speaking His name with the Hebrew title "Adonai" the Hebrew word for
“lord or master.”
Daniel calls God adonai in Dan.9:7,9,17 Job also in 28:28 adonay also Ps.2:4.
Was he not saved for doing this? This is in the Scripture which is God breathed.
Who then should we believe?
Obadiah uses both adonai Yahweh together for His name.
Obadiah uses both adonai Yahweh together for His name.
Isa.38:11 yah. The fact is that the word for Lord is pronounced many different
ways and he, God (elohim) is not known by one name only. Elohim is used of God
just as many times as Yahweh is (sometimes combined). The name can be pronounced
Yehovaw, yehovee Ez.11:16; Deut.9:6,3:24 -
use of Iesous (Jesus) for Joshua was common long before the
birth of our Savior which is found in the Greek Septuagint translation. The form
was identical in the Old Testament Greek Septuagint (the precise transliteration is Iesous)
to that of the New Testament text. The book
of Yahoshua (Joshua) in the Greek Septuagint is Called Iseous naus meaning
Joshua Son of Nun. So it was the Hebrews themselves that used this name in Greek
before Jesus' time. Certainly they weren’t calling Joshua Zeus as some claim
is Iseous for Jesus in the NT.
Before one trashes the name Jesus they need to look a
little more carefully at what the bible actually has written.
Instead of being God approved they just may be bringing division and
destruction upon themselves for being zealous without the correct knowledge.
Instead of being God approved they just may be bringing division and destruction upon themselves for being zealous without the correct knowledge.
we will delve further into the mystery of this movement and their infatuation with the name.
And try to unravel the strings to get to the core of truth.
And try to unravel the strings to get to the core of truth.