5 December, 2020

Messianic Apologetics

Addressing the Theological and Spiritual Issues of the Broad Messianic Movement

J.K. McKee

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

1. Many people in the Messianic movement believe that Abraham kept the Torah. How?

2. According to Romans 3:7, is Paul a liar?

3. What do you think about intermarriage?

J.K. McKee of Messianic Apologetics goes through the six study questions for Unit Four in The Messianic Walk workbook:

1. How have you been involved in declaring the good news to your friends and neighbors? Why do you think that Jewish evangelism might be somewhat different than reaching other people groups?

2. Why are some of the standard religious terms, used by contemporary Christianity, rather offensive to Jewish people? Have you ever consciously considered how other people might be turned off to the good news, by a word or term that you have used?

3. What are some of the significant ways that you can reach out to your Jewish friends and neighbors with the good news of Messiah? How much do you understand the Jewish struggle in history? How much do you need to improve your understanding of the Jewish experience?

4. In your own words, summarize the importance of Jewish outreach and evangelism. How important is this to your local assembly? How important is it to you, personally?

5. Are you aware of the various non-Jewish movements, associated with the term “Messianic” in some way? Have you ever encountered them? If so, describe your experience.

6. What do you think might be the major problem involved with the various non-Jewish movements associating as “Messianic” or “Hebrew Roots”? Do you think they are facilitating the legitimate purposes of the Messianic mission? Why or why not?

J.K. McKee of Messianic Apologetics interviews Sean Steckbeck about some of the most significant aspects facing not only the future Body of Messiah—but most especially the contemporary Messianic movement, as we rapidly approach the return of Yeshua the Messiah.

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

1. Is Isaiah 11:12-16 being manifested today by Jewish Believers being antagonistic to non-Jewish Believers?

2. 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10 defines eternal punishment as destruction, not torment.

3. Can you please help me understand the role and influence of the Jewish Kabbalah?

One of the most important Tanach narratives that deserves the attention of today’s Believers—particularly as it is employed later in the Apostolic Scriptures or New Testament— is the Flood of Genesis 6-8. We all know the story too well—as only Noah, his family, and two of every animal were spared. But what many do not know is that there are other Ancient Near Eastern accounts which portray a significant flood, somehow inflicting damage on the world—that may or may not parallel what we see in Genesis. What we are to do with these accounts, the role that they play in relationship to Genesis 6-8, and what they mean have baffled many interpreters. Some believe that the ANE myths appeared first, and were later adapted by the Ancient Hebrews in the compilation of the Torah. Others believe that the ANE myths are distorted forms of the true Biblical account. And others, not surprisingly, are confused and do not know what to believe, avoiding the subject altogether.