20 September, 2020

Messianic Apologetics

Addressing the Theological and Spiritual Issues of the Broad Messianic Movement

J.K. McKee

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

Mark and Margaret Huey, and John McKee discuss how there are many different viewpoints out in the broad Messianic world regarding what it means to have a “Torah foundation.” While there is the broad conviction that God’s Torah is relevant for today, what does that actually mean in terms of commandments to be followed and/or applied in the Twenty-First Century?