Messianic Apologetics

Addressing the Theological and Spiritual Issues of the Broad Messianic Movement

Men and Women

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 complementarion viewpoint. John McKee of Messianic Apologetics approaches the subject of men and women from an egalitarian perspective. In this episode, traditional and customary approaches to men and women in the faith community, and why there have indeed been differences emerge in the past century, are considered.

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.

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, in reviewing common complementarian perspectives, goes to great lengths explaining the theological reasons of why he moved toward an egalitarian position—where husbands and wives are to be co-leaders of the home, and where both males and females are integrated into the leadership structure of the assembly.

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

1. Many people in the Messianic movement believe that Abraham kept the Torah. How?

2. According to Romans 3:7, is Paul a liar?

3. What do you think about intermarriage?

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

1. God established a Creation order in Genesis 3:16, didn’t He?

2. Paul upholds a Creation order in 1 Corinthians 11:3, doesn’t he?

3. Where do some people get the idea of a “mutual submission” between husbands and wives?

To many people in today’s broad Messianic movement, the issues involving the place of husbands and wives in the family, as well as men and women in the local assembly, is a done deal. Husbands lead the family, and wives abide by their husbands’ decisions. Men lead the congregation, and women are there to help facilitate congregational functions. Any position about men and women in the Body of Messiah which might invoke terms such as co-equal, shared responsibility, and mutual submission are often viewed as compromise with the prevailing culture at best, or capitulation to liberal theology at worst. You do not just throw around the term “egalitarian” in the Messianic movement, unless you really are willing to experience some blowback.

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