5 December, 2020

Messianic Apologetics

Addressing the Theological and Spiritual Issues of the Broad Messianic Movement

Hebrew Roots Movement

Because of its unique focus on Israel, its significant mission of declaring Yeshua to the Jewish community, and even helping non-Jews coming to an appreciation of Torah—today’s Messianic movement has widely considered itself to be “the” end-time move of God. Because of current events throughout 2020, the need for Messianic people to have a realistic understanding of the end-times is quite apparent!

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

1. Why do traditional Jews separate meat and dairy, when Abraham served God meat and dairy?

2. As a Messianic Believer who believes in Torah, I need help understanding Romans.

3. I have been told that Hebrew Roots people support replacement theology.