During the time of Christianity being the number one enemy of the State, the name that was being outlawed was the Hebrew Name Yahshua. It was faith in that Name which birthed a person into the Kingdom of Elohim. (John 1:12) This is important to understand. It wasn’t just any name. The enemy was against the Name, which had the power to rescue people from his kingdom of darkness. He was and is against the Name meaning; “YaHWeH is Salvation”. (I was asked as to why I spelt the Father's Name in both upper and lower case. The reason is that in the original Hebrew His Name consists of the four Hebrew letters; Yod, Hay, Vav, Hay - YHVH. In English these four consonants are written as YHWH because in the Tetragrammaton the V is pronounced as "oo" as in book. There are different opinions as to the correct pronunciation of the Name, but the most general pronunciation is YaHWeH. I like to write the 4 letters of the Tetragrammation in upper case.)
To his utter frustration he saw that the more he persecuted those who believed in Yahshua, the stronger the Church became. So the devil, clever strategist that he is, changed his war tactics. He decided to “marry” the Church with the State, which he controlled.
The emperor became a “Christian”. It is still conjecture as to whether Constantine was genuinely born again. The truth of the matter is that since his so-called conversion, the Church started going downhill spiritually. It lost that strength of commitment to the true Elohim. Why? It was because persecution immediately ceased.
The believers must have thought that their prayers had at last been answered. The emperor was a believer! And because he was also the head of State, he took it upon himself to also be the head of the Church, usurping the rightful Head. From that time to the present day, the Pope was known as “the Vicar of Christ”. That means he acted in the place of (or took the place of) Messiah in this world.
As the new head of the Church he introduced numerous doctrines (of demons) in order to make it easy for his subjects to accept his new religion. For example, Constantine personally performed the mass sprinkling with water, (so-called baptism) of his whole army, forcefully making them “Christians” without the necessity of true repentance and faith in Yahshua. Suddenly the Church was inundated with thousands of godless new members – the very people who had recently hounded and tortured real believers to death.
Thus the Church became a worldly kingdom, with worldly laws, principles and doctrines combined with Scriptural doctrines. It was forgotten that Yahshua had said that His Kingdom was not of this world, but a spiritual Kingdom that reigned in the hearts and minds of believers. Therefore, that which happened to the visible church over the centuries, is not what Elohim intended. It can therefore also be said that the Institutional Church as it exists today in its many forms, is not the true Church of the Almighty.
However, it is so that the true Church exists within the worldly Church organization, and when individuals of this true Church become visible by refusing to follow man-made Church rules, then these people (the true Church), are persecuted by the world church system. They are accused of being legalistic because they are again placing themselves under the Law (Torah) as opposed to the law of the State Church. But what the Institutional Church refuses to see is that these people are actually refusing to place themselves under the yoke of man-made spiritual laws.
Thank you for explaining why you wrote the name YaHWEH as is! Very powerful teaching. I have certainly heard bold truthfulness and learned much. Keep up the good work and thank you again for your bold faithfulness to the word of Elohim.