HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Spiritual Vigilantes: The Truth Behind the Attempted Destruction of God’s Law
Author: Danny Shelton
Publisher: DLS Publishing Inc., 2017
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Adults
Rating: ** 2 stars (POOR)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Shelton, Danny. Spiritual Vigilantes: The Truth Behind the Attempted Destruction of God’s Law (published in 1027 by DLS Publishing Inc.). This book is directed to those who are tired of political correctness, feel pummeled by the left or pressured by the right, and think that politically biased journalists are trying to force their views down our throats. Much of what the author says in the first few chapters of the book about same-sex marriage, abortion, immorality in the media, and other such serious problems in our society is spot on. He wrote, “The goal of liberal media and our government’s public school system is to indoctrinate our young children as they grow up in a social environment where there are no lines in the sand between right and wrong, or between genders.” AMEN! But what is his solution? He says that America needs to return to keeping the Ten Commandments, and especially the fourth one to remember the seventh-day Sabbath. Spiritual Vigilantes was given to me, I assume because I am a preacher and it is a religious book. Someone else pointed out that Shelton is the same author of another book titled “Ten Commandments Twice Removed,” from several years ago which follows the same format, beginning with warnings against breaking God’s laws but eventually focusing on keeping the Sabbath.
Now, I understand that many people think of the Ten Commandments as generally representative of God’s law, and I have absolutely no objection to posting copies of them in public places because they are part of the traditional cultural fabric that underlies our nation’s heritage. However, I believe that the Biblical solution to this country’s problems is simply to return to the principles of righteousness that God has given to mankind. “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). I don’t want to turn this review into a theological treatise, and I have great respect for sincere people who choose to observe the original Sabbath day, but I do have some serious religious disagreement with many of the claims in the book. For example, Shelton writes, “If you press the conversation further, most will tell you they don’t live under the Old Testament law, since it was nailed to the Cross. They’re referring, of course, to Colossians 2:14, that reads, ‘Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.’ But try as one might, there’s nothing in that verse that says that the Ten Commandments were nailed to the Cross. Instead, it says, ‘Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us….’”
I must beg to differ. In the very next few verses, Paul contextually goes on to tell us exactly what he includes in that “handwriting of requirements” which was nailed to the cross. “So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ” (Colossians 2:16-17, emphasis mine, WSW). It is the entire Old Testament law, including the Ten Commandments, which is where God made known the Sabbath (Nehemiah 9:13-14). Shelton keeps asking why we keep the other nine of the Ten Commandments but not the fourth. Several similar arguments could be made. The truth is that faithful Christians keep God’s moral principles that were stated in the Ten Commandments not because they keep the Old Testament Ten Commandments as such but because those same principles are taught in the New Testament law of Christ. “…He takes away the first that He may establish the second” (Hebrews 10:9). Shelton also gives a highly speculative, Premillennial interpretation to the book of Revelation in the last couple of chapters. Of course, leftists will not like this book because it attacks many of their sacred cows, and even some conservative believers will not care for the “self aggrandizing braggadaccio” as one reviewer put it. Again, much of what is written is true, but any good is ruined for me by what I am convinced is false doctrine.