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WHAT IS CASUISTRY, EQUIVOCATION, & CIRCUMLOCUTION?

A Question: (name withheld)

“Often in your teachings you say for us not to use the names of other ‘g.ds’, to not even use the days of the week. I found this little bit of an article I was reading and the point he is making is quite valid I think.

What do you think after reading this?”

“How many times does YHWH himself speak the names of Baal, Asherah, Molech? Elijah, the great prophet who represents the voice calling us to return to Torah, uses the names of Baal and Asherah in 1 Kings 18. Is he a Torah breaker? Of course not. It is not the words themselves that matter but why and how they are spoken. When we place this over-reliance on the right word or name we enter the world of soothsayers, sorcerers, and magicians. There it matters how the spell is spoken. With YHWH the relationship with the Father determines the outcome.” [end of quote]

Lew’s Response: There is more going on here than first meets the eye.

After reading this person’s perspective, I do not wish to judge another man’s servant; even so, there is something stirring within the perspective being promoted. While we are to walk as Yahusha walked, at the same time we are not to think that any other person (such as EliYahu) is without sin, or incapable of having slip-ups. If you asked him, EliYahu would no doubt have preferred to have never thought about Pagan deities, let alone speak their names. EliYahu was not perfect, and neither am I, or any other human being excepting Yahusha. We are to follow Yahuah’s instructions as best we understand them, rather than look for loopholes to get around them through human logic. The writer cited specific “cases” as examples, indicating that casuistry and equivocation were being employed to masquerade as “logic”.

Let me address the initial issue: false deities’ names being pronounced from our lips. This is my guiding on the matter of Pagan names and their use:

Exo 23:13: “And in all that I have said to you take heed. And make no mention of the name of other mighty ones, let it not be heard from your mouth.” The Word of Yahuah will win this part of the debate if we are wielding the Sword of His Word appropriately, because it equips us to do battle against the forces of evil.

The writer then tries to dove-tail (or equivocate) the speaking of names into the subject of Yahuah’s Name. The perspective of the writer seems to be sensitive to placing “this over-reliance on the right word or name”, as if our seeking to be as accurate as possible puts us into the category of sorcery:

“When we place this over-reliance on the right word or name we enter the world of soothsayers, sorcerers, and magicians.”

So, according to the writer’s perspective, when we insist on using and teaching the correct Name, and it happens to differ from what others might prefer, then we’re accused of being influenced by another “realm”, the realm of “soothsayers, sorcerers, and magicians”. This is clearly a pattern of thinking derived from casuistry and equivocation, both Jesuit response techniques. I’ve decided to avoid pronouncing the names of Pagan deities based upon the instructions given by Yahuah, and yet others avoid pronouncing Yahuah’s Own Name for their own reasons, such as their “respect” for it.

I disrespect the Pagan names by not pronouncing them, and respect Yahuah’s Name by pronouncing it as accurately as possible. If anyone is offended by this, they should adjust their perspective to that of Yahuah rather than men’s logic.

Now for an analysis of what I detected was stirring within the perspective being promoted:

Casuistry is not well-known outside of Jesuitism, and since for the first 18 years of my formal education I was taught by Jesuits, I recognize their methods.

After identifying that casuistry and equivocation were being employed by the writer of the article, we should be all the more vigilant to the craftiness of the deceiver. By defining casuistry and equivocation, it will be evident that the writer above has employed it:

CASUISTRY:

[DEFINITION]

1. An approach to ethics that begins by examining a series of concrete cases

rather than by trying to deduce the consequences of a moral rule;

2. The process of answering moral or ethical questions via interpretation of rules

of ethics or cases that illustrate such rules;

3. Rationalization, that is, a bogus argument designed to defend an action or

feeling;

4.

Casuistry is an applied ethics term referring to case-based reasoning.

Casuistry is used in juridical and ethical discussions of law and ethics, and often is a critique of principle, or rule-based reasoning. The term "casuistry" originates from the Latin "casus" ("case").

The prophet EliYahu was employed as a “case” in order to establish a way of getting around the object lesson.

Equivocation was employed by making it appear that pronouncing the Name of Yahuah precisely was motivated from the realm of “sorcery”.

EQUIVOCATION: [DEFINITION]

1. A logical fallacy resulting from the use of multiple meanings of a single

expression;

2. The use of expressions susceptible of a double signification, possibly

intentionally and with the aim of misleading;

3. A logical fallacy resulting from the use of multiple meanings of a single

expression;

4. Equivocate - beat around the bush: be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in

order to mislead or withhold information;

5. Evasion: a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an

unpleasant truth;

6. The use of circumlocution to deceive others without blatantly lying.

Circumlocution is being employed when anyone “talks around” the true Name, Yahuah.

CIRCUMLOCUTION: [DEFINITION]

1. Latin, “speaking around”, translated from Greek periphrasis;

2. Use of other words to describe a specific word or idea.

We do not “speak around”, or “use other words” for The Name, but guard it and love it. As Natsarim, we also guard the Torah. We guard His Name and His Covenant.

NOTE: There is no letter “W” until the 13 century, and it derives from the letter “U” (V also derives from “U”). The very name of the letter, “double-U”, should make this self-evident.

SHAMAR DEREK YAHUAH (guard the Way of Yahuah),

brother Lew and the staff at

SHAMAR DEREK YAHUAH (guard the Way of Yahuah), brother Lew and the staff at