This study is an examination of points raised by the sacred name movement to support the teaching that Jesus said the name Yahweh. Including the introduction and the conclusion, the study is divided into seven sections.
We encourage you to read the complete study. Because the study is quite long, each section has been written so that it may be read as a stand-alone study. However, this way of presenting the study has brought about some overlapping of information. Part Seven, The Conclusion and Summary, is a abridgment of the study. Read the entire study or read any part.
The overarching question in this study is whether the New Testament can be trusted. Once, in a friendly discussion of whether Jesus said the name Yahweh, a sacred name convert raised this question. “Well, how can we know what Jesus (She didn't call him Jesus.) actually said? It has been so long ago.” She was offended when told her question implied a disbelief of the New Testament. We can know he didn't say Yahweh the same way we can know he did say, “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:2-3) We know it because that is what is written in the Holy Scriptures. We either believe the Scriptures or we do not believe them.
Studying this subject will dramatically demonstrate how the sacred name doctrine sets itself in opposition to what is written in the New Testament. If one is to accept the teaching of the sacred name movement regarding this subject, it can also be seen how he must reject the authority of the New Testament in matters of spiritual significance.