Marvin Franklin

The Christ Who Makes Men Whole

31 July, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

by Bishop Marvin A. Franklin radio address delivered 30 May, 1948 “Wilt Thou Be Made Whole?” John 5:6 The increasing need in our nation for the services of the psychiatrist is an alarming fact facing us today. It reveals a lack of wholeness in personality and the presence of a sense of failure and frustration. Vast confusion abounds in human lives. Eyes are blinded, emotions are seared, and men grope in their darkened world like lost children “crying for the light, with no language but a cry.” We recall that in our college days an erudite guest-speaker would tell us […]

Appointed Times

Shabbat: Sabbath for Messianic Believers

29 July, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

Today’s Messianic community widely believes and advocates that our Heavenly Father is restoring the significance of the seventh-day Sabbath or Shabbat to all of His people. Messianic Believers, in desiring to see themselves fully consecrated to the Lord, find a great deal of not only blessing but also critical focus, in how the Creator God desires His own to consecrate an entire day unto Him. Far too many of not only our Christian brothers and sisters, but even Messianic Believers’ Jewish brethren, have not understood how the hallowing of the Sabbath day, has some great significance and substance in terms […]

Afterlife

Afterlife, negates significance of death

29 July, 2016 J.K. McKee 2

POSTED 29 MARCH, 2011 Is it not true that an afterlife in Heaven before the resurrection, would subtract from the significance of death? Psychopannychists or “soul sleep” advocates claim that the power of death is something that is entirely physical. If Believers live a life on Earth, and then in the process of dying go to Heaven to be with the Lord before the resurrection, it is claimed that “death” really has no significance. This is an incorrect assumption about the significance of death—because even if survivors of a deceased person might believe that a loved one is in the […]

Nature of God, Salvation, and Human Destiny

The Breath of Life

29 July, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 02 JUNE, 2009 reproduced from the McHuey Blog By now, many of you have heard of the vicious murder of Dr. George Tiller, an abortion specialist from Wichita, Kansas. He was a specialist in late-term abortions, and was shot by an extremist Christian who belonged to a fringe group that thinks it is Biblically acceptable to target abortion doctors for assassination. Quite tragically, Tiller was functioning as an usher at his church when he was shot to death. Thankfully, there has been a great deal of outrage expressed by the conservative Christian community here in America against this kind […]

Appointed Times

Messianic Sabbath Helper

28 July, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

The instruction to remember the Sabbath is the Fourth of the Ten Commandments: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work” (Exodus 20:8-10a). The seventh-day Sabbath or Shabbat is widely associated with God’s creation of the world (Genesis 2:2-3) and the Exodus of Ancient Israel from Egypt (Deuteronomy 15:15). The Sabbath is one of the Torah’s moedim or appointed times (Leviticus 23:3). Desecration of the Sabbath actually brought judgment to […]

YouTube

Unnecessary Avoidance

28 July, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee reacts to a teaching he heard at Messiah 2016, “The Rise of False Messianic Congregations” by Raleigh Washington. While the teaching made the most excellent and proper point of how Messianic people are to focus on the centrality of Yeshua, when encountering various problematic teachings and phenomena–the teaching did not succeed in addressing what some of the problems actually are. In today’s world of instant communication and social media, it is insufficient for one to simply emphasize the centrality of Yeshua, as a means to combat false teachings. Rather than avoid false teachings–which will seemingly be […]

Afterlife

Afterlife, negates need for the resurrection

28 July, 2016 J.K. McKee 2

POSTED 29 MARCH, 2011 Going to Heaven makes no sense in light of the doctrine of resurrection. What is the point of the future resurrection if Believers just go to Heaven when they die? One of the most frequent arguments against a conscious, intermediate afterlife in Heaven, is that going to be with the Lord is thought to negate the significance of the resurrection, making it a bit anticlimactic. It is very true that many of today’s Believers think that salvation is to be understood exclusively in terms of “going to Heaven when you die,” and the future resurrection of […]

Nature of God, Salvation, and Human Destiny

The Assurance of Our Salvation

28 July, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 March, 2004 reproduced from Introduction to Things Messianic People investigate the Messianic movement and their Hebraic Roots for an entire host of reasons. People who enter into the Messianic movement do so because they are seeking God’s truth, and they are seeking to be in greater compliance with His Word. They enter into the Messianic movement because they have discovered that they are not entirely satisfied with what mainstream Christianity today has taught them, and they instinctively know that there is more to their faith and in living like Yeshua (Jesus). Most importantly, they know that Christian […]

Appointed Times

Moedim: The Appointed Times for Messianic Believers

27 July, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

Today’s Messianic community widely believes and advocates that our Heavenly Father is restoring the celebration of the Biblical appointments or moedim, chiefly found in Leviticus 23, to all of His people. Messianic Believers find great enrichment every year of going through these annual festivals, rehearsing God’s plan of salvation history. We bereave the fact that too many of our Christian brothers and sisters have not partaken of the blessings of knowing things like the Passover, Shavuot, or Sukkot, and the significant enrichment all of us can have by seeing God’s plan for history present within them. Some say that because […]

Acts

Acts 15:19-21

27 July, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 24 SEPTEMBER, 2014 This entry has been reproduced from the entry appearing in the Messianic Kosher Helper   How are today’s Messianic people to approach the Apostolic decree of Acts 15:19-21? Specifically, I really need help in applying v. 21, “For Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”   “Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from […]

Christology

Answering the “Frequently Avoided Questions” About the Messiahship of Yeshua

27 July, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 16 October, 2007 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues answering the claims of the anti-missionary movement The Messianic community of faith presently finds itself at a very serious crossroads, not just a crossroads in determining its long term purpose and where it is going to be in the next few decades, but most seriously in its theology and how we are to approach the Bible. The enemy desperately wants us to get off course and away from the mission of seeing the restoration of the Kingdom to Israel accomplished (Acts 1:6). He wants us to not be a movement […]

Books & Studies

Messianic Torah Helper

26 July, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

There are many aspects regarding the subject matter of “the Torah” for today’s broad Messianic movement to consider. These range from: the validity of the Torah or Law of Moses, the historicity and reliability of the Torah, the degree of applicability of the Torah to Jewish and non-Jewish people, the role of tradition in following the Torah, and changes affected to the role of the Torah in the post-resurrection era via the sacrifice of Yeshua (Jesus). Some of these aspects surrounding Messianics’ study and appreciation of the Torah are handled quite well by the current generation, and some of them […]

Acts

Acts 8:27, 36, 38

26 July, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 10 NOVEMBER, 2014 I have heard that it would be improper to view the Ethiopian whom Philip encountered in Acts 8 as a “eunuch,” and instead should think of him as a “believer” from the Aramaic Peshitta, given how the Torah prohibits a eunuch from approaching the appointed place. Can you assist me with this? The scene of Acts 8:25-40 should surely be well known to Bible readers, as Philip had been declaring the good news to Samaritans, and was then commanded to go down to Gaza, to speak the message to a court official of Ethiopia, who had […]

New Covenant

Are We Really in the New Covenant?

26 July, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee recently encountered a number of posts from a ministry called Torah Babies on his Facebook feed, which claimed that the prophesied New Covenant of Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Ezekiel 36:25-27 is not yet operative for the people of God (see articles: “Are We Under a New Covenant?” and “Y’shua and the Renewed Covenant.”) Are we really in the New Covenant, or not? This video podcast considers the wider scope of expectations in Jeremiah 31 and Ezekiel 36 as they involve the restoration of Israel’s Kingdom, and the return of Israel proper to the Holy Land. Given […]

Christology

Answering the “Frequently Avoided Questions” About the Divinity of Yeshua

26 July, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 August, 2004 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues answering the claims of the anti-Divinity Messianics Anyone who has surveyed the Messianic movement—whether it be Messianic Judaism, the One Law/One Torah sub-movement, or Two-House sub-movement—knows that it is very broad and diverse. There is a broad array of theologies and opinions evident in the Messianic movement, just as in Christianity or Judaism. There are those who are theologically conservative, and those who are theologically liberal. There are those who believe that God has the ultimate control over their lives, and those who believe that they can determine their own […]

Books & Studies

Hebraic Roots: An Introductory Study

25 July, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

Hebraic Roots: An Introductory Study has been written as a primer for the emerging number of people who are being drawn into a more comprehensive grasp of the ancient roots of our Biblical faith. As a family that has been active in the Messianic movement since 1995, we came to the unanimous conclusion that a book about many of the areas for growth would be beneficial for the many thousands who are being prompted into a fuller and richer pursuit of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob–and who truly want to live the way that Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus […]

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