“But my Pastor says that his name is Yahweh (YHWH), but calling him “God” and “the LORD” is just fine.”
1) Calling him “the LORD”
“They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, `This [is] My people’; And each one will say, `YHWH is my Mighty One.’ ” (Zechariah 13:9)
“It will come about in that day,” declares YHWH, “That you will call Me Husband, and will no longer call Me “Lord.” For I will remove the name “Lord” from your mouth, so that that name will be remembered no more.” (Hosea 2:16-17)
From these verses, it is pretty clear that YHWH wants us to call him by his name, and not call him “Lord.” He wants to remove the name “the LORD” from our mouths, so that the name “the Lord” will be remembered no more.
The word Ba’al in Hebrew is the name of a Mighty One who was a rival for the hearts of Israel. Read “It is not new” for more information
Also Read: Adonai and Ba’al
2) Calling him “God”
YHWH is often referred to in the scriptures by various titles or descriptions. The most prevalent title or description is the “El” family of words – “El,” “Elowahh” and “Elohim.” These words all have the same basic meaning – a Mighty One or Mighty Ones. When translated into English the word “God” is typically used for the “El” family of words.
The problem with this translation is that the word “God” is not the same as the “El” words.
Defintion of God: (in Christianity and other monotheistic religions) The creator and ruler of the universe and source of all moral authority; the supreme being.
The idea of a Mighty One is not the same as “the creator and ruler of the universe.” ”God” is a bad translation of the “El” family of words. ”The Mighty One” is a much better translation.
He never referred to himself as “God.” He did describe himself as a Mighty One – but that is not his name! It is a description. While I might call my wife “darling,” she still has a name. YHWH is his name, and he is our Mighty One.
For more infomation about the use of the name “God,” please read “The Mighty One.”