In various independent sectors of the Messianic movement, or more likely the Hebrew Roots movement, Exodus 12:48-49 and its emphasis on “one law,” is likely to be some important credo. What is the actual context of “one law” in Exodus 12:48-49?
Complementarians frequently will conclude that “Mankind fell from grace because Adam did not lead, permitting his wife to lead and be deceived by the serpent.” Is this really an appropriate way to consider the Fall of humanity in the Garden?
There are different groups which one will encounter today, who use the term “Messianic” in some form or fashion. What do each of these groups really stand for, in terms of their mission and theology? How challenging is it, to perhaps find a diversity of people attending your local Messianic congregation—without even realizing it?
Throughout today’s Messianic Jewish movement, many men wear the kippah or yarmulke, in deference to Jewish tradition. By many, this is thought to be prohibited by Holy Scripture.
In various sectors of the independent Hebrew/Hebraic Roots movement, there are many women who wear some kind of head garment, in their adherence to statements appearing in 1 Corinthians 11. By many, this is thought to be required by Holy Scripture.
Issues involving dress and modesty can be very hard fought in various sectors of today’s broad Messianic movement. How do we identify and navigate through some of the extremes?
Obedience to God and to His Law is expected of His people. But how much of the purported obedience that we demonstrate, is truly a product of the sanctifying work of His Holy Spirit on our hearts and minds—versus a putrid and stale activity of our mortal flesh?
Too many are not aware that the majority view of theologians, since the Protestant Reformation, has been that the unrepentant wicked suffer eternally—but not by writhing in an endless lake or pool of magma, molten lead, and sulfur. Instead, the metaphorical view of the wicked suffering everlasting exile from God the Creator, has been what has been affirmed.
Is it not true that Ecclesiastes 9:5 says that “the dead know nothing”? Why are there people in today’s Messianic movement who believe that when they die they will go to Paradise or Heaven, when Ecclesiastes is clear that they will be unconscious?
How are today’s Messianic people to best approach the topic of what happens at death? Do people die, and then enter into complete unconsciousness until the resurrection? Or, do people die, and then have their consciousness transferred to another dimension, until the resurrection? Is “soul sleep” something that we need to be seriously considering, or does it need to be dismissed as a false teaching?
There are many claims made against the Messiahship of Yeshua by Jewish anti-missionaries. Many of these are based in post-Second Temple deliberations over the claims of Yeshua of Nazareth. But based on theological and philosophical views present within the Second Temple period, was it at all possible for Second Temple Jews to anticipate a figure like Yeshua arriving on the scene?
How can today’s Messianic movement widely advocate that the Law of Moses is still valid, when the Bible is clear that born again Believers are not “under the Law”?
Are you aware that there is a significant aspect of theology which directly affects Jewish outreach and evangelism, yet it is scarcely even acknowledged by today’s Messianic movement?
How should today’s Messianic people approach the end-times? How many people are motivated by fear and their feelings? How many people are trying to calculate Date X? How many of us need to be refocused onto the mission and purposes of the Kingdom of God?
When you read through the Torah, do you have difficulty determining what commandments can actually be followed today in the Twenty-First Century? When you look at various instructions to Ancient Israel, how are you supposed to consider their importance as a modern person? Are there actually commandments that appear in the Torah, which are only situational to persons who lived in the Ancient Near East?
What is polygamy? While it is surely an uncomfortable topic to discuss, a man having multiple wives is something that one encounters in reading various parts of the Tanach. How should we as Messiah followers approach this topic? Today’s Messianic people do read the Torah on a fairly consistent basis, and doubtlessly encounter polygamy.
In the past several decades, the numbers of today’s Messianic movement have grown because of an increased interest of non-Jewish Believers wanting to tangibly connect to their faith heritage in the Scriptures of Israel. Is the non-Jewish interest in the Torah, a modern manifestation of legalism and people trying to earn their salvation? Or, is it something to be legitimately anticipated as we get closer and closer to the Messiah’s return?