I just finished reading this book. Ten Commandments Twice Removed, by Danny Shelton and Shelley Quinn.
Regarding writing style, not the easiest or smoothest read. However, this isn’t a novel. It’s got some heavy research and referencing so by nature it interrupts itself a lot with Biblical references and text, which makes for more difficult skimming. You really have to focus when reading some of the chapters in this book. I got stuck in Chapter 7, “Made for Man” and it took me about three weeks of occasional re-starting to get through to the end. Once I got past that chapter, however, it was a breeze. Chapter 8, “It’s no Secret – Catholic Church Claims the Change” was by far the most eye opening and the book held me to the end.
Content. Well, this book is all about content. The basic assertion of this book is that the Seventh-Day (Saturday) is the Sabbath and is still one of the 10 Commandments. It is still to be kept as the holy day of worship.
I have to say, after reading this book, and as a Protestant, I agree.
From what I read, the main gist is this: God set up the Seventh Day Sabbath at creation. Man sinned. They still kept the Sabbath. Moses got the Ten Commandments (which reenforced the Sabbath…”Remember”) on stone in God’s own handwriting. Later Moses wrote out, with God’s guidance, a bunch of ceremonial laws and such to keep order ’cause they couldn’t seem to live right with only the 10 commandments to guide them. Christ came as prophesied. Did away with the ceremonial laws that Moses had written, not the 10 Commandments. Disciples continued to keep the Sabbath.
AD 364, the Catholic church, which claims to be the bride of the Holy Spirit, decided to change the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday.
Martin Luther challenged the Catholic church’s authority to change things in the Bible and started the Protestant movement. He led the claim “sola scriptura” (The Bible Only)!
If you choose to live “by the Bible only” (Protestantism), you must then believe that the Sabbath is still the holy day of rest and worship. If you believe the Catholic Church is the bride of the Holy Spirit and has the right to change God’s laws, then you must believe that now Sunday has been declared the holy day of worship.
It’s that simple.
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On my one-to-five scale, I give this book a three and a half.
- For doctrinal value, I give it a five.
- On my “will I read it again and a gain” scale, a three (I’ll probably refer to it often though).
- For writing style, a two – it was hard to get through and follow in some places. That may well be because I am a new mom and my attention span and ability to sit and read deep and thought-provoking material has been greatly diminished.
It has changed my mind about Sabbath-keeping. It never settled too well with me that God would do away with one of the “Big 10”. I had tucked it away as one of those little “differences” that arise between Protestant faiths, but when it’s boiled down to whether or not I believe the Catholic Church has the God-given right to alter His laws, well, I guess I don’t. So, what follows is that what is in the Bible still stands as truth.
Bottom Line: I highly recommend reading it!