1 Corinthians

Headcovering Garments

26 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 23 JUNE, 2013 Do you believe it is acceptable for Messianic men to wear a kippah or yarmulke, when Paul says that it is a dishonor for men to have their heads covered? How do you interpret 1 Corinthians 11:4-16? One of the most obvious elements of modern Jewish identity witnessed in the world today, is men wearing the kippah (or yarmulke) or skullcap. The idea behind wearing this small skullcap is that it shows submission to God. The term kippah is derived from the Hebrew verb kafar, meaning “to cover, to forgive, to expiate, to reconcile” (AMG).[1] The […]

Appointed Times

Yom Kippur, Fasting

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 06 OCTOBER, 2008 Where is the command in Torah to fast on Yom Kippur? I thought it only said that we are to afflict our souls. The command to commemorate Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement appears several times in the Torah (Exodus 30:10; Leviticus 16:30; 23:27-28; Numbers 29:7-11), with each section of commandments giving specific details. One of those specific details—and arguably the most important—is listed in Leviticus 23:27: “it shall be a holy convocation for you, and you shall humble your souls.” What does the clause v’innitem et-nafshoteikhem mean, exactly? The verb anah, appearing the Piel […]

FAQ

YHWH, Above the Cross

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 24 FEBRUARY, 2010 I heard a Messianic teacher say that the Divine Name YHWH was spelled out on the writing above Yeshua’s cross? Is this true? The Scriptures that are often made light of concerning this belief include Matthew 27:37, “And above His head they put up the charge against Him which read, ‘This is Yeshua the king of the Jews,’” and John 19:19, “Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It was written, ‘Yeshua the Nazarene, the king of the Jews’” (cf. Mark 15:26; Luke 23:38). What we know for certain from the Gospels […]

FAQ

YHWH/YHVH

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 18 DECEMBER, 2006 Are you against using the proper name of God? Are you for using it? The strong aversion to using the name of God in Judasim today is that there is no complete way for us to know how to pronounce it. Scholars have debated for centuries over the exact pronunciation of God’s name, based on available linguistic evidence and testimonies from ancient history. But all that anyone can provide is a best guess. “In the earliest Hebrew the sacred name appeared as a four-letter word or tetragrammaton: YHWH, without any vowel signs. Since the vowels were […]

Christology

Yeshua, Divinity of

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 05 MAY, 2006 Does your ministry believe that Yeshua the Messiah is Divine, meaning God in the flesh? Yes, we absolutely believe that Yeshua the Messiah is Divine, and are aware of the fact that this foundational truth is being denied by some in the Messianic community. We seldom employ the word “heresy” in regard to somebody’s beliefs or teachings, but are of the firm position that those who deny the Messiah’s Divinity are such heretics. There are those who believe that Yeshua was just a human man, and He had some kind of special relationship with God and […]

FAQ

Wrath, spared from

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 16 JANUARY, 2006 How do you, as a post-tribulational ministry, respond to the fact that we are spared from God’s wrath? Does this not mean that we are spared from the horrors of the Tribulation period? No one can deny the clear Biblical reference of 1 Thessalonians 5:9: “For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah.” Neither this, nor other passages such as Romans 5:9 are in dispute by us as post-tribulationists. However, it is important that we determine what the wrath of God is, something very few pre-tribulationists […]

FAQ

Works of the Law

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 28 SEPTEMBER, 2012 I have heard a teaching which stated that the term “works of the Law” actually refers to Rabbinical extra-Biblical commandments? Is there any substantiation for this? This entry has been reproduced from the paperback edition of Galatians for the Practical Messianic The Apostle Paul’s usage of the term “works of law” three times in Galatians 2:16 is the first usage of ergōn nomou in the Apostolic Scriptures. “Works of law” is used a total of six times in Galatians (2:16; 3:2, 5, 10), and is only used elsewhere in his letter to the Romans (3:20, 28). […]

Egalitarianism

Women in Ministry

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 28 OCTOBER, 2012 What is your position on women in ministry? Should Messianic women be allowed to be teachers, pastors/rabbis, or occupy positions of leadership? The issue of women in ministry is something, which as of today, there is likely no Messianic consensus upon. There will be leaders, teachers, congregations, and organizations which (strongly) oppose women in positions of rabbinic/pastoral leadership, and there will be leaders, teachers, congregations, and organizations which support women in positions of rabbinic/pastoral leadership. Not surprisingly, the position that the editor holds, regarding various passages which inform Bible readers about this issue, is largely his […]

FAQ

Violent Seize Kingdom of God

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 04 JULY, 2014 I am having difficulty approaching the word that “the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.” Does this mean that the Kingdom of Heaven is supposed to be a violent force? Has this not been abused in past history by the Church? There should be little denying how the word about the Kingdom of Heaven “suffering violence,” among other statements appearing in the Gospels, has been misunderstood or misapplied throughout religious history. This statement of Yeshua’s appears twice in the Gospels: “From the days of John the Baptist until now the […]

FAQ

Valentine’s Day

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 14 NOVEMBER, 2005 Do you think that Messianic Believers should participate in Valentine’s Day? The following comes from the book Holidays & Holy Days by Susan E. Richardson about the origins of Valentine’s Day: “Why a day dedicated to two or more Christian martyrs named Valentine came to be associated with lovers is a mystery, although there are several theories. “Early lists of church martyrs show at least three men named Valentine. All have their feast day on February fourteenth. The first man was simply listed in a group of martyred believers. Of the other two, one was a […]

FAQ

Under the Law

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 13 JULY, 2011 How can today’s Messianic movement widely advocate that the Law of Moses is still valid, when the Bible is clear that Christians are not “under the Law”? Any person who believes in the final authority of the Holy Scriptures, Genesis-Revelation, will have to take the admonition “for you are not under law but under grace” (Romans 6:4) very seriously. For anyone who believes in the continued validity of the Torah or Law of Moses in the post-resurrection era, to disregard something like this—or somehow claim that the Apostle Paul is “wrong”—would indicate that he or she […]

FAQ

Unclean Things, Eating

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 06 NOVEMBER, 2006 Are there any instances where it is acceptable to eat unclean meats? If as a Messianic Believer you are committed to follow the kosher dietary laws, you have to keep in mind that we do interact with others who eat unclean things on a regular basis. Most significant among those who eat unclean things are our fellow Christian brothers and sisters, and notably among those our close family and friends. We have to understand that what a person eats is at most secondary to the way a person acts. If in our observance of the kosher […]

FAQ

Tzitzits

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 05 DECEMBER, 2014 Do you believe that Messianics should wear tzitzits/fringes/tassels? This entry has been adapted from Torah In the Balance, Volume II. Anyone who has been to a Jewish synagogue on Shabbat, and many Messianic congregations for that matter, has encountered tzitzits, or more likely encountered tzitzits on a tallit or prayer shawl. Perhaps if one lives in a metropolitan area with a large Jewish community, one has also encountered or seen an Orthodox Jewish man or boy with fringes extending from around his waistline. The employment of some kind of fringe or tassel on a four-cornered garment, […]

FAQ

Trinity

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 17 OCTOBER, 2011 Do you believe in the Trinity? The following entry has been adapted from the editor’s article, “What Does the Shema Really Mean?” We believe that God, Elohim in Hebrew (a plural word), has revealed Himself to humanity in the co-existent manifestations of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is clear by any cursory reading of the Holy Scriptures. What is commonly called the Trinity was determined by the emerging Christian Church to be the easiest attainable understanding of God that allowed for a plurality of manifestations to exist without succumbing to the heresies of Arianism, which […]

FAQ

Tradition, Role that it plays

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 26 DECEMBER, 2005 What role, if any, do you believe tradition should play in our examination and application of Scripture, particularly the Torah? There is a wide variance of opinion in the emerging Messianic movement relating to what role, if any, tradition should play as we study and apply the Bible in our daily lives. This is particularly true regarding our individual pursuits of a Torah obedient lifestyle. How we follow the commandments of the Torah is a huge issue, and often the Torah itself gives us no explanation(s) of how various commandments are to be kept. The two […]

FAQ

Torah, Yeshua

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 29 DECEMBER, 2005 I heard a Messianic Bible teacher say that Yeshua was the Torah made flesh. I do not understand this concept. Can you please explain? According to John 1:1, Yeshua the Messiah is the Word, who is God. We are told, “the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). These words tell us that Yeshua, who is the Word and who is God, became flesh. We know as Believers that Yeshua is the Word made flesh […]

FAQ

Torah, only focused on

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 22 JANUARY, 2007 I have spent some time around “Messianic Believers,” and all they seem to be focused on is the Law of Moses—yet they tell me that they are trying to live “fully Biblical” lives. Is it true you just focus on the Torah in your Bible studies? Like any religious group, the persons you are describing must be considered on a case-by-case basis. It is absolutely true that there are Messianic congregations, fellowships, and individuals that only focus on the Torah in their Bible studies and exposition. When all one focuses on is the Torah—and sometimes the […]

Church History

Torah, moral and ceremonial law

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 07 JUNE, 2006 How do you respond to the claim that Christ has done away with the ceremonial law, but that the moral law of God remains? The divisions of the Torah of Moses among sets of “moral law” and “ceremonial law” are artificial. While we certainly commend Christian theologians for wanting to maintain the integrity of at least some of the Torah, the Torah does not categorize itself in terms of a commandment being “moral” or “ceremonial.” What many Christian denominations advocate is that some of the Torah’s commandments, those pertaining to the Sabbath, the holidays of Israel, […]

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