THE SABBATH by Ken  McCarver

THE SABBATH

A Journey of Discovery
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KIRKUS REVIEW

An impassioned argument for observance of the Christian Sabbath on Saturday.

McCarver (Is Buffy in Heaven?, 2012) enjoins the ancient Sabbatarian argument with an unusual level of fervor. His overarching claim is that the Catholic Church changed the weekly Christian Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday against scriptural evidence, and that most Protestant churches have not corrected, or even noticed, this error. Readers may have a hard time grasping McCarver’s main point until well into the book, as he first focuses on the larger issues of obedience and perception. For example, he sees the Sabbath day issue as a prime example of widespread disobedience to God, and as a test of each Christian’s resolve to reject false teachings. As he gravely notes, “Purposeful and willful disobedience (which is rebellion) against the standard of God’s righteousness will keep you out of his kingdom!” McCarver begins by rejecting the idea that Sunday commemorates the day of Jesus’ resurrection, instead providing a detailed alternative reading of Scripture that asserts that the resurrection occurred on a Saturday. Further, he argues against the idea that Christians are free from Sabbath Law as defined for Judaism (such as dietary laws) by stating that Old Testament scriptures, Jesus’ teachings, and original church practice all retained it unchanged. He concludes that the church must “eradicate the venom of the lie.” Many readers, reflecting upon current practices, will ask why McCarver focuses so vehemently on the day of the week, yet says very little about believers’ lack of Sabbath observance at all on Saturday or Sunday. This would seem to be a natural point to make, in addition to stating his belief in Saturday observance. Although some readers may be aware that the question of the Sabbath’s proper day has arisen through church history, few will have thought much about it, and McCarver’s zeal—not to mention his lengthy mathematic and scientific explanations, especially in Chapters 6 and 7—may be overwhelming and even off-putting.

Detailed and fervent, yet likely to ring hollow for many contemporary Christians.

Pub Date: July 25th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4497-5636-9
Page count: 214pp
Publisher: Westbow Press
Program: Kirkus Indie
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