Legalistic Name Changing
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Legalisti Attack on His Name
Comment: I am vigilant concerning a hidden agenda behind the attack on the sacred name of Jesus. At the very least the objection to use of the name Jesus is legalistic. At the more extreme end of the spectrum, many sinister groups attempt to suppress or dishonor the name of Jesus. Beware.
Response: Leagalistic? I guess you could say that about everything. Disagree? Well, that is because you are being "legalistic". If i disagree with you then I am being legalistic?
I, personally, am sick and tired of being labeled, but to be ignorantly labeled by parrot responses is very worrisome -- especially, when this kind of charge comes from those professing to be believers, that is believers in the same words of the same Bible that I read.
Think about it -- it was the lack of following the LEGAL teachings of the Old Covenant that led to the down fall of Israel. Look at Modern Israel, as it avoids being Legally in line with the Covenant delivered to their forefathers. Israel, today, is more secatian in nature than the USA, even as the USA slides into abandoning its Legal past and its Religion of Commandments. According to some, like the reader's comment above, if you wanted to be a Bible practicing Believer, you would be one of those Legalistic nuts -- you know, those who believer there are Laws and rules and order in the Universe. They, those accusers, take the Freedom in our savior as a license to abandon order. Who is it that first denied the Word, His Word? Oh, right, Satan, that crafty old Serpent, when he lied to Eve saying, "Oh, my dear, certainly you will not die ... who told you that?", saying with a smile and a wink, "Here, take and eat all of the sin you want." Yes, I am having a bit of fun with this, but to make a serious point.
So, your Lord and Savior comes along and says that He came in the Name of His Father. Nothing unusual, right? After all, most kids are named after their fathers, and it would seem that our Lord and Savior is not different. But let's make sure that that is what He said --
Is JESUS the Father's Name? No, it is not and never has been -- not even close. What then? It just does not matter? Any name will do? Oh, no, we are told that the name JESUS is a "rendition" of His Hebrew Name -- that is complete, and utter, nonsense. The name, Jesus, never even existed until the 15th century -- I will say it again, That name is not the name of our Heavenly Father, and it never existed, until 1,500 years, give or take a decade or two, later. What name did exist?Micah 4:5 For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD (YaHWeH) our God for ever and ever.Mar 9:37 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in My Name, receives Me: and whosoever shall receive Me, receives not Me, but Him that sent Me.John 5:43 I am come in My Father's Name, and you receive Me not: if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive.