20 September, 2020

Messianic Apologetics

Addressing the Theological and Spiritual Issues of the Broad Messianic Movement

J.K. McKee of Messianic Apologetics responds to three categories of questions: Tanach (OT), Apostolic Scriptures (NT), and theology/Biblical Studies.

1. Does Leviticus 11 only command ethnic Israelites to follow the kosher dietary laws?

2. Yeshua says that only God is good.

3. Are today’s Messianic people “Christians”?

Judah Himango and John McKee discuss a recent blog by K’neti L’Zion: “Responding to ‘No Longer Torah Observant.’” Recently, a friend of Judah’s decided to leave the Hebrew Roots movement. Why did he do it? What does it represent for some of the changes taking place in the wider Messianic movement?

Eleven specific theological Problems With the Hebrew Roots movement are addressed in this episode:

1. Preface: A work in progress, ongoing study needed
2. Nuance in “God doesn’t change”
3. The book of Romans answers whether Gentiles should keep Torah
4. Paul doesn’t correct Gentiles for breaking Torah
5. God doesn’t change…but we do
6. Commandment keeping is context-bound
7. The Torah of Moses hasn’t always been here
8. Surely Roman Gentiles weren’t keeping Passover
9. Different laws for different people
10. Shabbat, feasts, and kosher are cultural
11. Torah doesn’t save, doesn’t sanctify

J.K. McKee of Messianic Apologetics provides a lengthy and detailed analysis of Ephesians 2:15: “For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace” (NASU).