There are people that question us regarding why we use the true Names of YAHWEH and YAH'SHUA, these same ones declare to us that using lord, god, jesus is perfectly acceptable ( to them) since the Creator knows our hearts and minds, and that He knows whom they are really talking about in worship and prayer. However, the scriptures are very plain, that Yahweh the true Father indeed does know what is in mens hearts and minds, and YAHWEH declares: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: Who can know it?( Jer. 17:9 ). However, For whoever shall call on the Name of YAHWEH ( Strong's Heb.Numbers 3050 =YAH, 3068 of YAHWEH ) shall be delivered or saved ( Joel 2:32; Acts 2:21; Rom.10:13 ), for neither is there salvation in ANY OTHER NAME ( Speaking of YAH=3050 ,3068 and-SHUA=3467= YAH-SHUA= YAH SAVIOR=3091 of Strong's H.D. of verse 10, both Father and Son share the same Name of YAH=3050= ), for there is none other NAME under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved ( Acts 4:10-12). Compare in the center margin in ( Matt.1:21) of SAVIOUR with ( Isa.43:1; Isa.44:6;Isa.45:15,21= 3050 ,3068 =YAH ). Who is the SAVIOUR? YAH-SHUA= YAH SAVIOUR=YAH Is Our Salvation. As you can see, eternal life is by knowing THEM personally, by their true saving Name of the true Father YAHWEH and the trueYAH'shua Messiah.The short Name of =" YAH " appears in the original texts of scriptures 49 times. The FIRST place this short Name is used, is in Exodus 15:2 when Mosheh ( Moses) and the Children of Israel sings praises to " YAH " for delivering them from Egyption bondage, and most the whole chapter is a song.
In a few months people will be observing their same old pagan custom of Easter, Ishtar, Astarte, Ashtoreth with their sunrise services, easter egg hunts-e.t.c.( Please check out these in an Encyclopedia, you will see they are of heathen idol origins), however, Acts 12:4 is a mistranslation in the old K.J.V. and really means Passover not Easter. This idolatry custom was also practiced by the Children of Israel in the scriptures, and All Mighty YAHWEH condemned it.( See Ezek.8:13-17 ). This is one example ( However, there are more, if you investigate it) where syncretism has tainted the N.T. scriptures. First, let us remember what Shaul ( Paul) wrote and told us that all these things were written for an example for us to heed and to not do ( See 1 Cor. 10:6-11).
The title of this article also asks: What is syncretism ? If we look this word up in a reputable dictionary such as Websters New Collegiate Dictionary 1977 of syn-cre-tism/ sin-kre-tiz-em/ syncretismus from Greek syn-Kretismos federation of Cretan cities, syn-+ Kret-,Kres Cretan 1. The combination of DIFFERENT FORMS OF BELIEF OR PRACTICE.2. The fusion of two or more orig. different inflectional forms. ( W. N.C.D. page 1182 under syncretism). Unquote.
The very word of sin is in this word, and relates to Cretan cities, and if you look in the same dictionary, page 269, under the word Cretin / kret-n/ F cretin, fr. F dial Christian, human being, kind of idiot found in the Alps, from Latin christianus- Christian: one afflicted with cretinism; broadly: a person with marked mental deficiency. Unquote.
So dearly beloved, this gets somewhat to the core of Chr-stianity and their differing beliefs, however, I will let the reader dig deeper for themselves on this matter, as this article is not meant to offend anyone, but the people that followed the real YAH'shua Messiah were called Nazarenes as the Prophets foretold of Messiah ( See Matt.2:23; Acts 24:5 ) and were also called followers of THE new and better WAY ( See Acts 9:1-2; Heb.10:20).
There are many examples in the scriptures where the Children of Israel practiced syncretism with YAHWEH and He was hot angry against them: Many people have remarked about certain evil kings that ruled in both the Kingdom of Judah and the Kingdom of Israel in the scriptures, however, a prominent figure in scriptures, whose name is Solomon, and said to be the wisest man in the ancient world ( Except for our Savior Yah'shua Messiah of course. ) was also called a king that did evil in the sight of Yahweh, but very few people ever realize this is said of Solomon. But why was he called a king that did evil in the sight of Yahweh?
Lets see why. In ( 1 Kings 11:4-5, 33 ) But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites: Of the nations concerning which Yahweh said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other elohim( idol deities): and his heart was not perfect with YAHWEH his Elohim, as was the heart of David his father. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth ( Easter- Astarte, Ishtar) the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.( See Also Judges Ch.2 they served and worshipped Baal or Lord- for Baal means" Lord "and " Baalim " is the Plural of "Lords " and Easter=Ashtoreth).
And Solomon did evil in the sight of YAHWEH , and went not fully after YAHWEH, as did David his father. Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their elohim ( idol deities).And YAHWEH was angry with Solomon , because his heart was turned from YAHWEH Elohim of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other elohim ( idol deities of the nations): but he kept not that which YAHWEH commanded.
Wherefore YAHWEH said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father's sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son ..Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the elohim( idol deity) of the Moabites, and Milcom the elohim ( idol deity) of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father.( 1 Kings 11:1-33).
As we can see from the example above that Solomon and the Children of Israel did forsake YAHWEH by combining or practicing syncretism of other nations idol deities with YAHWEHS true worship for indeed YAHWEH was angry with them, as this is what rent the Kingdom after Solomons death. Remember, Ashtoreth is in fact Easter, Astarte, and Ishtar the same idol female goddess deity.
Sadly, you will read of another forsaking of YAHWEH in a prophecy referring to our day in ( Isaiah 65:11) But you are those who forsake YAHWEH ( Note: Strongs Heb. Numbers 3050,3068), who forget My set-apart mountain ( signifying His Torah or Laws), who prepare a table for Gad or God ( Note: Strongs Heb. Numbers 1408,1409 GOD=GAWD an idol Babylonian deity of fortune and luck), and who fill a drink offering for Meni ( Note: Heb. Number 4507 another idol deity of fate, destiny and money).
The old K.J.V. is misleading in this verse, however, if you look in the center reference margin, it will show you these idol deities. Also, if you look in the Websters New Collegiate Dictionary 1977, page 493, god\ gad also god\, then if you look under the word gad 3 in the same dictionary, page 469, interj.[ Euphemism for God] If you look in to the "" Webster's Unabridged Deluxe Dictionary, Second Edition, Page 746, "" GAD, 1.IN THE BIBLE, a son of Jacob. 2. A tribe of Israel descended from him. 3. The land where this tribe lived. GAD, gad, interj. A mild oath or expression of suprise, disgust, e.t.c., A EUPHEMISM FOR GOD. ""
This Babylonian deity called Baal Gad or Lord God ( For this is the same idol deity being worshipped today, you can verify this, that the words " lord=baal and gad-god " in most all Encyclopedias) was worshipped by the Children of Israel ( Joshua 11:17; 12:7; 13:5 ), and YAHWEH considered it idolatry ( Syncretism is spiritual fornication). Then, when you look at the word "" Baal"( S.E.C. Heb.Num.1167,1168), and one of its definitions is ""LORD"". When the title of "" LORD GOD"" is transliterated back into the Hebrew, it is the same old title-name-noun of "" Baal Gad or Lord God "", a Babylonian deity that was condemned by YAHWEH. Its untenable that popular English Translations have used a name of an idol deity in substitute for our true Heavenly Father YAHWEH'S Name!
This Babylonian deity Baal God=Lord God above is the male counterpart of the female goddess Easter, Ishtar, Astarte and Ashtoreth. In every place that "" Ashtoreth, Astarte, Ishtar,==Easter" was worshipped and practiced in the scriptures, so was the worship of the Babylonian deity called "" Baal Gad=Lord God""( Judges 2:11,13; 1 Kings 11:1-4, 33 ), and it was condemned by the true All Mighty YAHWEH. As you can see, they were worshipping the Baalim, and sad to say, the world is still doing the same today.
Even Solomon a great man of wisdom fell for this " syncretism " in his old age, however, YAHWEH makes plain that He will NOT accept other nation's idol deities combined with His Name or His true worship ( Isa.42:8) as we should also take heed lest we fail.
Dearly beloved, our Heavenly Father YAHWEH will not accept syncretism of other nations deities with His true worship or applied to Him or either His Name.
For He says: All the elohim ( deities) of the nations are idols; But YAHWEH made the heavens ( Psalm 96:5 ). This also brings to our mind the First and Third Commandments ( Exod. 20:1-3; Deut.5:7.11 ), in that you shall have no other elohim before YAHWEH, and we are also commanded to not even mention them out of our mouths ( Exod.23:13; Joshua 23:7 ).
Whom Do You Sacrifice To With The Fruit Of Your Lips?
Thee above also rings true with what our beloved brother Shaul ( Paul ) wrote in his epistle to the Corinthians in that he speaks first of: I speak to wise men; judge what I say . For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread ( meaning YAHshua Messiah see John 6:34-58 and Prov.30:4 ). What say I then? That the idol is anything, or that which is offered in sacrificed to idols is anything? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles( Other Nations) sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to YAHWEH: and I would not that you should have fellowship with demons. You cannot drink the cup of Messiah, and the cup of demons: you cannot partake of Messiahs table, and the table of demons. ( 1 Cor.10:15-21). Shaul ( Paul) here quotes this from ( Deut.32:16-17) please read it also, for it too is a PROPHECY for the LATTER DAYS ( See Deut.31:29 THE LATTER DAYS- read both Chapters of Deut.31 and 32 ).
It is the fruit of our lips in giving thanks to YAHWEH not idol titles of lord and god that is the spiritual sacrifices we make to Him today, ( Heb.13:15, 1 Peter 2:5 ) with a pure heart and mind. Yes, YAHWEH and YAH'SHUA knows if you speak or attach to Them and Their True Name the idol title names used of all the other nations that are names of Baalim, it breaks His Covenant Laws that are written in our circumcised hearts and minds ( Jer. 31:33; Heb.8:10; Heb.10:16), and He changes not ( Mal.3:6; Heb.13:8). I will end this study of syncretism of pagan idols and beliefs to YAHWEH and YAH'SHUAS true correct transliterated Hebrew to English Names and worship with another prophecy meant for our time today.
A prominent leader in one of the C.O.G. Organizations said regarding those of us who use the true saving Name that said: Quote: Those who use the sacred names quote Jeremiah 23:27, but they never notice that it speaks of those very ones who use and speak His Name as ' Yahweh ' in verse 25 . Unquote. The answer to this, and the truth is, that these prominent so-called ministers in the C.O.G.S and other Organizations also, know His true Name as YAHWEH and merely on occasion use it, even in their literature ( check their literature you will see they use it on occasion ), however, they still either deny His true Name by not proclaiming it to the common people as YAH'SHUA=Yahwehshua Messiah did ( John17:6,11,12, 26 fulfilling Psalms 22:22; See also Heb.2:12), or they call Him L-rd Yahweh or Yahweh G-d on occasion. Yes indeed, ( Jer.23:20-27 ) is speaking of syncretism as these very people that know His true Name( They hold the truth (back) in unrighteousness ( Rom.1:18 ), but they still either refuse to use it, and still declare to the people the false idol titles-nouns-names of Baal or L-rd or G-d or the names of Baalim ( See Rev.2:14), or they use Yahwehs true Name in connection with, or substitute names of Baal ie- " lord or god " for YAHWEH.
They know the words lord and god are pagan idols, and of heathen origins the same as Easter, as any Encyclopedia such as the Britannica 1911 edition on the word GOD will plainly prove, as will many other Encyclopedias. Check it out for yourself.
Which think to cause my people to forget my Name YAHWEH ( or practice syncretism which is idolatry- spiritual fornication ) as their fathers have forgotten my Name for Baal-or-Lord ( Jer.23:27 ).
However, this is a prophecy for the these latter days, because Jer.23:20 says for in THE LATTER DAYS you shall consider or understand it perfectly.
Well beloved, we have considered it perfectly in these latter days, but have you considered it perfectly ? What is the difference in YAHWEHS sight between Easter, Christmas, God, Lord e.t.c.? Are they all not pagan and of heathen origin, and idols of other nations? ( Psalms 96:5 ) and break the First and Third Commandments ( Exod.20:3-7; Deut.Ch.5:7, 11 ), including Exodus 23:13; Joshua 23:7 ? Also, does it not break the Commands to not ADD TO nor TAKE AWAY from scriptures?Are we not told to live by every word of YAHWEH Deut.8:3 ( Note: Deut.8:3 is the Name YAHWEH= 3050,3068 Strong's, not Lord or Ba'al ); Matt.4:4; Luke 4:4, as our Savior and Redeemer Messiah YAH'SHUA=YahwehShua quoted from ( Deut.8:3 ) said to do? HalleluYAH!! Praise you YAH for He is the True Pure Mighty One!