Titus

Titus 3:9

12 January, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Titus 3:9: We are not to be concerned about obedience to Jewish laws. “But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.” While we are not told many of the specifics about what the Cretan troublemakers have done, what we can assess for certain from Paul’s letter to Titus is that whatever they were doing was associated with a considerable misuse of God’s Torah, and was a cause of ridiculous fights and conflicts in the assembly. Paul’s word to Titus is clear: […]

Titus

Titus 3:5 & 7

12 January, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Titus 3:5: He did not save us according to our deeds, but according to His mercy. “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.” Paul’s ministry associate Titus was charged by him to sort out some of the issues present among a burgeoning group of Messiah followers on the island of Crete (Titus 1:5). This included not only the appointment of new leaders for the Believers (Titus 1:6-9), but […]

1&2 Timothy

2 Timothy 1:9

12 January, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: 2 Timothy 1:9: Salvation is not according to works. “[W]ho has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Messiah Yeshua from all eternity.” The pastor is absolutely correct in stating that “Salvation is not according to works,” and he has rightfully applied 2 Timothy 1:9. I know that in all of my time within the Messianic movement, I have never made the statement, nor have I ever believed, that salvation was/is/will be […]

Ephesians

Ephesians 2:8-9

12 January, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Ephesians 2:8-9: We are saved by grace, not as a result of works. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” The pastor is absolutely correct in stating, “We are saved by grace, not as a result of works.” No one should ever question the profound truth of the Apostle Paul’s words in Ephesians 2:8-9: “You have been saved by grace through faith. This does not come from […]

Galatians

Galatians 3:13

12 January, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Galatians 3:13: Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law. “Messiah redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, ‘CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE.’” The pastor is absolutely correct in stating “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law,” because Galatians 3:13a plainly tells us, “The Messiah redeemed us from the curse pronounced in the Torah by becoming cursed on our behalf” (CJB). Paul makes this assertion within a series of remarks where the proper place of the […]

2 Corinthians

2 Corinthians 3:14

12 January, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: 2 Corinthians 3:14: The veil of the old covenant has been removed. “But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Messiah.” The pastor asserts that “The veil of the old covenant has been removed,” and does so with the intention to claim that the Torah or Law of Moses, and its commandments, have been abolished and are no longer necessary to follow. These words, of course, are delivered by Paul within a much […]

1 Corinthians

1 Corinthians 10:23

12 January, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: 1 Corinthians 10:23: All things are lawful so we can edify the body. “All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.” The statement, “All things are lawful so we can edify the body” is an extreme stretch of what 1 Corinthians 10:23 communicates. This verse repeats the slogan “Everything is permissible” (NIV) or Panta exestin, which Paul has refuted earlier in 1 Corinthians 6:11, chastising various Corinthians for thinking that they could get away with certain sinful activities, which he has […]

Romans

Romans 8:2 & 3

12 January, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Romans 8:2: The law of the Spirit of life has set us free from the law of sin and death. “For the law of the Spirit of life in Messiah Yeshua has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” Is the pastor’s statement, “The law of the Spirit of life has set us free from the law of sin and death,” designed to get people to think that the latter of the two, “the law of sin and death,” is in actuality the Torah or the Law of […]

Romans

Romans 6:23

12 January, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Romans 6:23: Eternal life is a free gift. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Messiah Yeshua our Lord.” The pastor is entirely correct in telling us that salvation is free and only attainable through Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). Salvation is a free gift and cannot be earned through our works or any kind of human action. Salvation is completely unattainable through Torah observance and following God’s commandments. I would take heavy issue with anyone in the Messianic movement who believes […]

Romans

Romans 4:5

12 January, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Romans 4:5: God justifies those who do not work. “But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness.” The pastor poorly paraphrases Romans 4:5, taking the entire verse out of context, but most especially out of view of Romans 4:1-4 preceding. In saying that “God justifies those who do not work,” what he could be saying is that God does not care about a Believer’s works. While this may not be the intention of statements such as this, a […]

Romans

Romans 3:28

12 January, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Romans 3:28: Justified by faith apart from works of the Law. “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.” Today’s Messianics who look to Yeshua the Messiah for their salvation and spiritual identity do not call Romans 3:28 into question. Being justified, whether we consider it being cleansed from sins and/or being reckoned as a part of God’s people—does not occur by “works of the Law.” And, whether one views “works of the Law” as being rote Torah observance or a manner of halachah—the […]

Romans

Romans 3:20

12 January, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Romans 3:20: Through the works of the Law no one will be justified. “[B]ecause by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.” Whether you consider “justification” to be a declaration of forgiveness of sins and an impartation of God’s righteousness to a redeemed person and/or being reckoned as a part of His people (or elements of this all working together)—a mainstay of our faith is that justification comes only by the Divine action and grace of God, […]

Matthew

Matthew 5:17

12 January, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Matthew 5:17: Jesus fulfilled every jot and tittle of the Law. “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.” According to Yeshua the Messiah’s words here in Matthew 5:17, delivered within His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chs. 5-7, the Savior clearly states what His views are regarding the Torah of Moses. Along with Psalm 23 and the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17), Matthew 5-7 includes the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:2-12) and the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13), the four […]

Jewish Tradition

A Summarization of Jewish Kosher Traditions

12 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper To most outsiders who encounter the Messianic Jewish movement, when hearing something about kosher or kashrut, what they mostly think about are instructions within the Torah or Law of Moses which prohibit the consumption of unclean meats such as pork or shellfish. Much of the Messianic community has promoted what it considers to be “Biblically kosher,” which primarily begins and ends at not eating pork and shellfish. In traditional Judaism, however, what it means to be kosher is much more involved than observant Jews not eating certain meats […]

Appointed Times

Being Realistic About Shabbat

12 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper That the seventh-day Sabbath or Shabbat is to be a holy time, sanctified unto the Lord, is clear enough from the Torah: “Observe the day of Shabbat, to set it apart as holy, as ADONAI your God ordered you to do” (Deuteronomy 5:12, CJB). It is also stated how “the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work” (Deuteronomy 5:14). Frequently in much of today’s Messianic movement, what is witnessed is that the seventh-day Sabbath is simply a time for Believers to attend services […]

Appointed Times

Our Weekly Shabbat

12 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper For our family, the experiences that we have had since 1995, upon entering into the Messianic movement, and in 2003 since the Lord called us into full time Messianic ministry—have doubtlessly directed us to actively change a number of key areas in our faith observance, which are different from our traditional Christian upbringing. As is witnessed in the volumes that we have released (as of 2015) in this Messianic Helper series, these include: honoring the appointed times or moedim of Leviticus 23,[1] eating a Biblically kosher or kosher-style […]

Appointed Times

A Summarization of Shavuot Traditions

9 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper Shavuot[1] is one of three pilgrimage festivals that is commanded in the Torah (Exodus 23:14-17; Deuteronomy 16:16). In Hebrew, its name means “weeks,” derived from the command in Deuteronomy 16:19, “You shall count seven weeks for yourself; you shall begin to count seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain.” Many Christians know Shavuot from its Greek-derived name “Pentecost,” as Pentēkostē means “fiftieth,” indicative of the fifty days that are to be counted between Passover and this time. In Biblical […]

Appointed Times

A Summarization of Passover Traditions

9 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper The Spring festivals of Passover and Unleavened Bread are an extremely important time of observance and reflection in Jewish communities all over the world. It is a time of both communal and family fellowship, where one often observes the Passover meal with a congregation or synagogue, in addition to extended family. This is the time when the Jewish people commemorate zeman heruteinu or the “Season of our freedom.” Every morning Exodus 20:2 is to be remembered, which admonishes us, “I am the Lord your God, who brought […]

Jewish Tradition

Being Realistic About Kosher

8 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 08 DECEMBER, 2016 reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper The subject matter of the kosher dietary laws is one which, I have to admit, tends to bring about a wide degree of personal consternation within me when I see it discussed. I do not think that when the issue kashrut being valid for God’s people in the post-resurrection era is brought up by contemporary Messianics, it tends to be addressed that well. There are many passages of the Apostolic Scriptures or New Testament which remain quantitatively ignored by those of the pro-kosher side, or are at least addressed in […]

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