FAQ

Romans 1:26-27

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 10 JANUARY, 2008 I have heard liberal Bible scholars teach that Romans 1:26-27 allows for homosexuality. Is this at all true? Paul’s epistle to the Romans is often considered to be his theological magnum opus, and for good reasons. It is a well drawn out presentation on the gospel as he proclaims it among the nations, as Paul is preparing to move to the Western Mediterranean, and wants the Roman Believers to know what the mission is that the Lord has entrusted to him. Most expositors agree that Romans was written against a backdrop of either Corinth or Achaia, […]

FAQ

Levirate Marriage

25 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 10 NOVEMBER, 2008 Can you explain to me what levirate marriage is? The term “levirate” is derived from the Latin levir, meaning “brother-in-law,” a translation for the Hebrew yavam reflected in the Vulgate. The instructions regarding levirate marriage appear in Deuteronomy 25:5-10: “When brothers live together and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the deceased shall not be married outside the family to a strange man. Her husband’s brother shall go in to her and take her to himself as wife and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her. It shall be […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

Is Circumcision for Everyone?

13 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 May, 2004 reproduced from Torah In the Balance, Volume II When today’s Christians think about the physical circumcision of males, they often do not know what do to. While on the one hand, it is properly acknowledged that Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) was circumcised, as were His Jewish Disciples, on the other hand it is frequently thought that physical circumcision—perhaps in any capacity—is not really that important any more. For myself, I remember the first day of the first course I took at Asbury Theological Seminary in 2005, Kingdom, Church, & World, and how the instructor showed […]

Ancient Israel

Is Polygamy for Today?

6 October, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

No one who reads the Bible denies that polygamy—the practice of a man having more than one wife—is seen within the text. The Patriarch Jacob, who was the progenitor of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, had two wives and two concubines (Genesis 31:17; 37:2). King David, who was testified by the Lord to be “a man after His own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14), had multiple wives (1 Samuel 18:17-30; 25:38-43; 2 Samuel 3:2-5). King Solomon, whom many consider to be the wisest man who ever lived, had hundreds of wives and concubines (1 Kings 3:1; 11:3) that made up an […]

1 Corinthians

1 Corinthians 6:9-10

30 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 03 AUGUST, 2015 I have heard liberal Bible scholars teach that 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 allows for homosexuality. Is this at all true? This entry has been reproduced from the commentary 1 Corinthians for the Practical Messianic “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10, NASU). 6:9 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 include what many would consider to be a vice […]

FAQ

Concubines

28 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 2

POSTED 23 NOVEMBER, 2008 Can you explain to me what a “concubine” is in the Bible? When your average person encounters the subject of concubines in the Tanach or Old Testament, it can be difficult if the reader is not informed as to what a concubine was in ancient times. The term pilegesh “seems clearly to be a word of non-Semitic origin…The fact that there are clear cognates in Greek (pallakís/pallekē) and Latin (paelex) suggests that the word is Indo-european in origin, borrowed into all three languages” (EDB).[1] Concubinage in the Tanach is often associated with some kind of slavery, […]

Ancient Israel

Is Polygamy for Today?

5 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 30 October, 2008 reproduced from Is Polygamy for Today? In recent days a number of issues have hit various sectors of the Messianic community. Each one of these issues has had a variety of distinctly negative effects as people have denied Yeshua’s Divinity, questioned His Messiahship, and have questioned whether certain books of the Apostolic Scriptures are trustworthy. Our ministry has stood firmly against the false teachings that have entered into our midst, standing up for Yeshua’s Divinity and Messiahship, and engaging with the text of various Biblical books under fire to provide reasonable answers. We have done […]

FAQ

Celibacy

31 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 27 OCTOBER, 2015 I am very concerned about the wide number of Messianic men and women I see in their twenties and thirties (and even forties) who are unmarried. What are they going to do if they are unable to find a spouse? On the whole, today’s Messianic people—with various roots in both Judaism and evangelical Protestant Christianity—do not know what to do with the wide number of young men and women in their twenties, thirties, and forties who are unmarried often for legitimate reasons beyond their control. Many, for whatever reason, will either subconsciously or even consciously, conflate […]

FAQ

Birth Control

23 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 27 FEBRUARY, 2006 Do you believe it is wrong for Messianic Believers to practice birth control? Among some sectors of Messianic Believers are those who believe that it is Biblical for a husband and wife to have large families, beyond the average family size of 3-4 children. Scriptural support that is frequently given for this may include God’s command to Adam and Eve to “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28). While the Scriptures do encourage human beings to be fruitful, and for married couples to procreate, do they encourage procreation beyond one’s […]