Cardinal Arinze, the current prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship at the Vatican gave this directive August 13, 2008: “The Vatican has ruled that the Name of God, commonly rendered as “Yahweh,” should not be pronounced in the Catholic liturgy” ( http://www.directionstoorthodoxy.org/n/vatican_directive_yahweh_inappropriate_for_liturgical_use.html )
The article goes on to relate that the words “the LORD” in the Bible was “Yahweh” in Hebrew. This is found also in the Catholic New American Bible (NAB). They said that in the Hebrew religion the name “Yahweh” was not spoken.
I refute that. All of the ancient Hebrew prophets of the “Old Testament” spoke God’s name “Yahweh.” In Exodus 15: 1-19, both the Hebrew prophet “Moses and the children of Israel” sang the name “Yahweh” out loud in what is called today “The Song of Moses”! God’s name “Yahweh” appears in the lyrics, sang by them, a total of 13 times, in that one song alone!
In fact, if you cannot utter “Yahweh” then you will not be among those who “have gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark.” For “they sing the song of Moses” (Revelation 15: 2-3). Moses’ song in Exodus, the one that utters Yahweh’s name in praise 13 times, will be sung by the Christians who did not take the mark of the beast! If a religious organization will not let their followers say His name Yahweh, then how are they going to sing the song of Moses? This is leading the people down the wrong path–a path to destruction.
I don’t know about you, but I want what Moses had, not what the Pharisees and Sadducees and their predesessors in Judaism had. It is obvious that they changed the worship that Moses and the prophets had! The hypocrite Pharisees in Jesus’ (Yahshua) day were sternly rebuked by the Savior: “You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do…He is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8: 44).
Speaking of His disciples, Christ said, “I have declared thy name unto them, and will declare it” (John 17: 26). Hold it right there. Christ declared His Father’s name to His disciples! And the Vatican even says that God’s name is Yahweh. And we know that Christ is our example, and that we should follow His steps and do as He did. If He spoke His Father’s name Yahweh, then we should, too.
But the Vatican says in this directive that the early Christians did not say the Father’s name. We now see that this is a falsehood. They did say it. If Christ Himself spoke the Father’s name to the earliest of Christians, the twelve apostles, then they would have, too.
The Vatican is lying to the people, saying that “Yahweh,” the precious name of the Father, is not to be used in worship! It is a lie taken from the children of the devil, the Pharisees, who hid God’s true name from the masses! Truly John the Baptist called them out properly: “You brood of vipers! (Matt. 3: 7).
We are admonished to praise God’s name scores of times in the Bible. How do you do that without saying His name? Would you say, “Praise So-and-so”? Come on, people, this is so bogus!
Time would fail us to mention the hundreds of times that “the LORD (Yahweh)” is spoken and written down by the patriarchs and prophets in the Bible.
All this is extremely important, for God will set before us “an open door” into the presence of God that no man can shut. But it is only to them who have kept His word, and has not “denied [His} name” (Revelation 3: 8).
In the decades, centuries, and millenia past, “they” got by with this hoodwinking the masses, but not this time. Many of us are bringing this lie to the light. How is prohibiting the speaking of the Father’s name “glorifying the name of God”–which we are suppose to do? Kenneth Wayne Hancock