Messianic Apologetics

Addressing the Theological and Spiritual Issues of the Broad Messianic Movement

Judah Himango

John & Judah discuss Passover as a defining moment in God’s redemptive story. The Passover event ripples throughout history: it changed Israel’s identity, it helped shaped the commandments in Torah, and its themes of deliverance are repeated throughout Scripture. We discuss how Passover contains additional meaning for Messianic believers, as Messiah himself imbued the feast with new meaning and symbolism. We also discuss how Messianics ought to handle the delicate subject of Easter and how it relates to Passover.

Judah and John discuss the pervasive problem of misinformation in the Messianic movement. Whether it’s laypeople sharing misleading videos from non-credible sources, or Messianic and Hebrew Roots teachers putting out sensational, misleading, or outright false teachings, the Messianic movement is struggling with misinformation in the information age. This leads to the secular world discrediting individuals – subverting their witness – and even discrediting the Messianic movement and our message about the Messiah. How can laypeople and non-experts in the Messianic movement know what’s real and what’s fake, what’s Biblical and what’s opinion? We discuss how to be better, wiser, discerning disciples in the age of misinformation.

Messianic Judaism, as a first generation movement, is principally on the scene to see Jewish people presented with the good news of Israel’s Messiah, and not assimilated into Christianity. While many non-Jewish Believers have been led by the Lord into the Messianic movement, the independent Hebrew Roots movement is something that is broadly separate from Messianic Judaism. What are some of the main problems that today’s Messianic Judaism has with Hebrew Roots?

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 both agree that God’s Torah is essential instruction to be known, studied, and implemented by all of His people—yet there are challenges and problems which have to be navigated when one identifies the extremes of legalism and lawlessness.

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

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