1 Corinthians

What Does “Under the Law” Really Mean?

30 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 1

originally posted 01 August, 2003 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper Those of you who have been in the Messianic community for any elongated period of time know that we can be a controversial group of people.[1] Those of us who were raised in mainstream Christianity and have now joined Messianic congregations have questioned much of what we were taught in the past, testing it against Scripture. While today’s Christianity did indeed give us a foundational grounding in the Word of God, and thankfully and gratefully presented us the gospel of salvation available in Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), it […]

Books & Studies

The Top Ten Urban Myths of Today’s Messianic Movement

30 September, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

For well over a decade (2000-present), the Messianic movement has been able to grow in leaps and bounds. New people are coming to a revelation of their Hebraic Roots and congregations are budding. But the theology of the Messianic community and our Biblical Studies have largely not been able to keep up with the growth. As a result, this has led to a significant number of concepts and ideas floating around that are not only non-Scriptural, but also non-factual. What are some things that have been permitted to circulate in the Messianic movement that classify as being non-factual, and at […]

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 […]

Books & Studies

What Does “Under the Law” Really Mean?

29 September, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

One of the reasons why there can be problems between Christians and Messianics is because many Messianics do not know how to properly defend their faith and practice. This is most evident when Christians who oppose the widespread Messianic conviction that the Torah or Law of Moses is valid instruction for today, claim that we are “under the Law”—and that this is not a position in which born again Believers should want to find themselves. Sadly, much of the Messianic handling of this one phrase has been rather underwhelming. We must be able to better see how it is used […]

FAQ

Conspiracy Theories

29 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

I have seen some prophetic end-time websites, some of which are Messianic, which advocate various conspiracy theories regarding groups like the Illuminati or Freemasons. What do you think of these theories? Is there any merit to them? We do not engage in these types of theories. For quite some time there have been people associated with Messianic beliefs who believe that the Illuminati and Freemasons are trying to take over the world, and in actuality control all of the world’s politics behind the scenes. We do not doubt the fact that these groups may exert some influence behind the scenes, […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

Genesis 9:3-7: Why Meat?

29 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 2

originally posted 01 February, 2009 reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper GENESIS 9:3-7 – ENGLISH Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant. Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. Surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man’s brother I will require the life of man. Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man. As for […]

Books & Studies

The Hebrew New Testament Misunderstanding

28 September, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

Over the years, Outreach Israel Ministries and Messianic Apologetics have had to field the question, Do you believe that the New Testament was originally written in Hebrew? many, many times. Given the complicated spiritual and theological dynamics present within the Messianic movement—one has to really have some courage to say, No, we do not believe that the New Testament was originally written in Hebrew. There is, to be sure, no Hebrew New Testament document or fragment of any kind from the broad Biblical period. This stands in stark contrast to the fact that the Greek New Testament, and fragments of […]

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, […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

Galatians 3:23-25: Are Messianic Youth Properly Trained in the Torah and All the Scriptures?

28 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 14 July, 2008 reproduced from Galatians for the Practical Messianic When we consider Paul’s description of the Torah as serving as a pedagogue, some difficult questions are asked of us as Believers considering whether or not any of us were actually trained in the basics of the Torah. If Paul intends the Torah to serve as a pedagogue for all, or at least most, who come to faith in Yeshua, what is this to say about Christians—and also Messianics—today? Are any of us properly trained in the Torah? What role does the Torah play in showing us our […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

Is Messiah the Termination of the Torah?

27 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

revised edition originally posted 20 January, 2004 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper A foundational principle of Christianity is supposed to be “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).[1] In theory, most evangelical conservative Christians claim to honor the Bible as if all of it is the inspired, inerrant Word of the Lord. However, in practice, the same cannot often be said, especially when it comes to many Christians’ attitude concerning their […]

Books & Studies

English Bible Versions and Today’s Messianic Movement

27 September, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

What English Bible version should you use as as a contemporary Believer? This is a topic that can not only be rather confusing, but is something that can also evoke some rather strong emotions. Very few English Bible readers, who are committed to a steadfast faith in God, ever stick with one single Bible version or translation to employ in their studies. At the same time, though, it might also be said that various Bible readers can get a bit too comfortable examining a particular version, because they just get too familiar with it, or they are too stuck reading […]

Church History

Communion

27 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Do you think that Messianic congregations should practice communion with bread and wine on a regular basis? I have noticed that some do, and some do not. When Paul writes the Corinthians, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26), he delivers this instruction in the context of speaking to them about the yearly Passover meal (cf. 1 Corinthians 5:8-9). Many over the centuries, though, having been separated from the Hebraic Roots of our faith, have interpreted this as relating to the sacrament of communion. […]

Books & Studies

Why Hell Must Be Eternal

26 September, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

While it is unfortunately very true that there is a level of controversy present in today’s theological studies, over what happens to the deceased between death and resurrection—a much higher debate takes place regarding what occurs to unrepentant, unrighteous sinners. Do these people experience a never-ending, ongoing eternal punishment? Or, do these people experience an obliteration from existence? Strong and firm disagreements between those who affirm some sort of ongoing eternal punishment, versus those who believe in annihilationism, have been present in Christian theology for the past century. These debates have been taken up by many people within the broad, […]

Ecclesiology

Commonwealth of Israel

26 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 29 JUNE, 2011 In examining some Messianic Jewish teaching materials, they explained to me that the Commonwealth of Israel is made up of both the Jewish people and the Church, sort of like the British Commonwealth. They have actually said that as a non-Jewish Believer, I am really not a part of Israel, only the Commonwealth. Does this viewpoint have any legitimacy? This entry has been adapted from the commentary Ephesians for the Practical Messianic. “[R]emember that you were at that time separate from Messiah, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having […]

Appointed Times

Does the New Testament Annul the Biblical Appointments?

26 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 28 September, 2005 reproduced from Moedim: The Appointed Times for Messianic Believers We as Messianic Believers need to lament over the fact that most of our Christian brothers and sisters do not honor and observe our Heavenly Father’s appointed times[1] or moedim,[2] listed in Leviticus 23. Instead of remembering Pesach/Passover, Chag HaMatzot/Unleavened Bread, Shavuot/Pentecost, Yom Teruah-Rosh HaShanah/the Feast of Trumpets, Yom Kippur/the Day of Atonement, Sukkot/Tabernacles, and Shemini Atzeret/the Eighth Day Assembly, in addition to the weekly seventh-day Shabbat/Sabbath—Christians today celebrate Christmas and Easter and assemble on Sunday. They have missed out on much of what the Lord […]

Afterlife

To Be Absent From the Body

23 September, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

Without any doubt, one of the most uncomfortable subjects that any human being has to confront in life is death. You do not have to be that well versed in reading the Bible, to adequately understand that death is a part of living. With the possible exception of those who will actually be alive at the moment of the Second Coming, the biological life functions of each and every one of us will cease. A mainstay, of both Judaism and Christianity, is the firm belief in the future resurrection of the dead. A Scripture passage like Daniel 12:1 unambiguously tells […]

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