Messianic Apologetics

Addressing the Theological and Spiritual Issues of the Broad Messianic Movement

J.K. McKee

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

1. What comes to your mind when you hear the word “theology”? How important is it going to be, in your Messianic experience, to have a more developed approach to various issues and subjects?

2. What specific areas of Messianic theology have you seen discussed or debated in a fellowship setting? Describe your experience. What do you think needs to be investigated or explored further?

3. What guidelines or methods have you followed, for studying the Bible in the past? How have these methods been useful? What are some immediate areas where you know you need to make improvement?

4. How have different Bible studies been conducted at your Messianic congregation or fellowship? Has the teacher been responsible with the text, or is it clear that various corners have been cut? Elaborate.

5. What do you think the next big phase of Messianic theological and spiritual development is likely to involve?

6. How do you think today’s Messianic Believers should truly learn to be Bereans, in their approach to studying Scripture or investigating various theological issues?

In the opening chapters of the Book of Revelation, Yeshua the Messiah directs His revealing or apokalupsis to the Apostle John, who is in turn commanded to send this message “to the seven assemblies in Asia” (Revelation 1:4, LITV). Among many pre-tribulationists, who think that the Body of Messiah is to be removed from Planet Earth before the events in Revelation occur, exists a very intriguing paradigm. At the close of Revelation, Yeshua clearly says that “these things [concern] the assemblies” (Revelation 22:16, YLT), meaning that each congregation, which was sent a copy of the message given by the Messiah to John, is to benefit in some way from studying and heeding it. Yeshua specifically says, “Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book” (Revelation 22:7), which obviously extends beyond the original, ancient recipients of Revelation.

Issues involving men and women in the Body of Messiah, are not too frequently discussed in today’s Messianic movement, unless they are from a relatively strict complementation viewpoint. John McKee of Messianic Apologetics approaches the subject of men and women from an egalitarian perspective. In this episode, the differences of approach between complementarians and egalitarians, concerning leadership in the home, concepts of what is commonly labeled “headship,” and the ideology of mutual submission, are discussed.