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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Rapture of The Church has been Canceled" by Walter H. Mosby II.]
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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.

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Books that touch on the subject of belief in this manner can be troubling for me. I don’t think it is something I’d like to read. This is a nice review though. Thank you.

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13 Jun 2020, 11:35
Books that touch on the subject of belief in this manner can be troubling for me. I don’t think it is something I’d like to read. This is a nice review though. Thank you.
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A controversial title, but it seems the author ends up rather confusing his readers than winning them over to his side.
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Ekabajong wrote:
14 Jun 2020, 05:54
A controversial title, but it seems the author ends up rather confusing his readers than winning them over to his side.
Yes, you could easily be left with more questions than when you began.
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MsH2k wrote:
14 Jun 2020, 17:48
Ekabajong wrote:
14 Jun 2020, 05:54
A controversial title, but it seems the author ends up rather confusing his readers than winning them over to his side.
Yes, you could easily be left with more questions than when you began.
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Sad to hear that. Keep up the great work.
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I am not one to ever pick religious books but this one sounds like an interesting take. Shame that the author seems to have lacked in making his position clear. Still, might even consider reading this for I know nothing about the bible to it could be educational for me :)
Thank you for such a thorough review!

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I agree with you; it has to be discussed more professionally. I have a hard time reading with all that quotation marks and caps on. Great review!

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LinaJan wrote:
15 Jun 2020, 03:25
I am not one to ever pick religious books but this one sounds like an interesting take. Shame that the author seems to have lacked in making his position clear. Still, might even consider reading this for I know nothing about the bible to it could be educational for me :)
Thank you for such a thorough review!
I would wait until another round of editing on this one if you are new to the Bible. The author has some work to do to strengthen his cases. There’s a very good chance you would come away more confused than when you started. :shock: Thanks so much for your visit and for your comment!

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Tonika632 wrote:
15 Jun 2020, 12:05
I agree with you; it has to be discussed more professionally. I have a hard time reading with all that quotation marks and caps on. Great review!
It’s amazing how reading all caps can make your ears hurt! It was interesting to see which topics the author chose to address in this book. I hope he takes more time to discuss them in the next iteration. Thanks for your visit!

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Post by ButterscotchCherrie »

That was such an intriguing title that I wondered if it was fiction! As you astutely note, it would be hard to deal thoroughly with all those topics in just 23 pages. I'm not surprised you were left unenlightened. Great review, though!

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ButterscotchCherrie wrote:
24 Jun 2020, 02:39
That was such an intriguing title that I wondered if it was fiction! As you astutely note, it would be hard to deal thoroughly with all those topics in just 23 pages. I'm not surprised you were left unenlightened. Great review, though!
I know what you mean about the title. I paused for a minute before I read the blurb! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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A lot of church goers see their pastors as gods. They consume whatever they're told, hook, line, and sinker. I'm glad that the author brings Christians to an awakening of knowing God for themselves. However, I wish that the author made his stands clear at the end of each topic. Beautiful review.

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Adanna Inya wrote:
25 Jun 2020, 11:07
A lot of church goers see their pastors as gods. They consume whatever they're told, hook, line, and sinker. I'm glad that the author brings Christians to an awakening of knowing God for themselves. However, I wish that the author made his stands clear at the end of each topic. Beautiful review.
I think if the author would revisit the topics and take more time to establish his position, it would greatly improve this book’s ability to challenge the reader. Thank you for your comments.

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Condescension towards topics deemed erroneous can happen so easily when writers are passionately devout about certain clumps of material, so I can picture exactly what you mean in that regard. It also seems that for those souls in life who are determined to ‘follow,’ they rarely seek to question any statement uttered by a mentor or perceived leader. What a fascinating theme to explore - thanks for your lovely review!

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