2 out of 4 stars
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Validating whatever you read or hear is important regardless of the topic. Walter H. Mosby II was motivated to write this book because he believed many Christians accepted anything their pastor said without confirming it in the Bible. In The Rapture of The Church Has Been Canceled, he covers six topics that vary in practice or interpretation within the Christian community: the sabbath day, water baptism, communion, spiritual gifts, the rapture, and how Jesus actually looked. Simple stuff, right?
What I liked most about this book is one can read it and reinforce what they believe regarding these topics, or they can research further if something they read raises a question. It is rarely a bad thing to search for answers to your questions.
Unfortunately, I do not think the author sufficiently addressed any of the six topics in this twenty-three-page book. I most disliked that I was still unclear about his position on a subject when I finished a chapter. Sometimes it felt like he was creating conflicts when there really weren’t any.
An example was the chapter on baptism. It started by debating whether one should baptize in the name of Jesus or in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. The brief discussion on this topic contained many facets including baptism by sprinkling versus being submerged, the meaning of the Greek text in the Gospel of Matthew, and changes instituted by Constantine the Great. By the end of the chapter, I was confused about the author’s position. There was nothing that appeared to dispute the instructions given in Matthew to baptize in the name of the Trinity.
I also recommend adding references for information the author shares that is not found in the Bible. For example, in the chapter on the rapture, the book states that eleven of the twelve apostles were martyred and the Apostle John was boiled in oil. The Bible does not cover how the apostles died, so it would be helpful if the author included a reputable reference for these statements.
I rate The Rapture of The Church Has Been Canceled 2 out of 4 stars. I deducted one star because of the number of grammatical errors. The most common errors were unmatched quotation marks and parentheses. I deducted a second star because of the excessive use of all caps and terms placed in quotation marks. By emphasizing words in this way, the author conveyed a condescending tone towards ideas he considered erroneous. Another reason for deducting the second star was the lack of fully addressing the topics. This read may appeal to Christians who are interested in comparing different interpretations of these issues. The topics are interesting, but the discussions need more exposition.
The Rapture of The Church has been Canceled
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