The SDA “Investigative Judgment” Heresy
By David J. Stewart | January 2016
Hebrews 9:12 and 26, “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. ... For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.”
Seventh-day Adventism is a satanic religious cult. If you ever share beliefs with an SDA member, they'll try to convince you that they believe the simple Gospel. They'll claim to believe that salvation is a free gift paid for by Christ's blood. They'll claim to believe that salvation is by grace, through faith, in Christ alone. This intentional close alignment with the true Gospel has deceived many Christians into concluding that SDA's are also Christians, but they are not. Yet, they'll never mention one of their strange, bizarre, and exclusive doctrines; namely, “Investigative Judgment.”
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The Judgment Process
According to Adventist teaching, the works of all men and women are written down in “books of record,” kept in heaven. During the Investigative Judgment, these books are opened (as described in Daniel 7:10 and Revelation 20:12), and the lives of all people both living and dead are examined to establish who has responded to Christ's offer of salvation. “The books of record in heaven, in which the names and the deeds of men are registered, are to determine the decisions of the judgment.” “As the books of record are opened in the judgment, the lives of all who have believed on Jesus come in review before God. Beginning with those who first lived upon the earth, our Advocate presents the cases of each successive generation, and closes with the living. Every name is mentioned, every case closely investigated.”
The Judgment will show those who are authentic believers in God from those who are not. “All who have truly repented of sin, and by faith claimed the blood of Christ as their atoning sacrifice, have had pardon entered against their names in the books of heaven; as they have become partakers of the righteousness of Christ, and their characters are found to be in harmony with the law of God, their sins will be blotted out, and they themselves will be accounted worthy of eternal life.” On the other hand, “When any have sins remaining upon the books of record, unrepented of and unforgiven, their names will be blotted out of the book of life, and the record of their good deeds will be erased from the book of God's remembrance.” “Sins that have not been repented of and forsaken will not be pardoned and blotted out of the books of record, but will stand to witness against the sinner in the day of God.”
According to the satanic Seventh-day (SDA) Heresy heresy that you just read, a person cannot get to Heaven unless they have forsaken sinful intentional behavior. Faith in Christ is not enough in the SDA religion; but also, they say you must turn away from your sins. This is the heresy of Lordship Salvation! Turning away from sinful behavior is a self-righteous work, human effort, which is religion and cannot produce the new birth in Christ Jesus. The SDA doctrine of Investigate Judgment, or Doctrine Of The Sanctuary, is a doctrine of devils.
Our text passage of Scripture from the King James Bible in Hebrews 9:12 and 26 plainly teach that Jesus entered into the heavenly Holy Place once, when He resurrected from the dead and ascended into Heaven. By the time the Lord returned to earth in John 14 to meet with His disciples, His literal blood had already been sprinkled upon the Mercy Seat, in the heavenly Holy Place, in the Father's presence (Hebrews 9:24; 12:24).
It is satanic teaching for SDA to say that Jesus didn't enter into the heavenly Holy Place until the year 1844 (the year in which a heretical Baptist Pastor named William Miller prophesied that Christ would return, but it didn't happen). The teaching of the Investigative Judgment is strange doctrine. It is totally unbiblical. There are an estimated 18,000,000 Seventh-day Adventists in the world, who've all been woefully deceived by the Devil. The Devil's greatest weapon is to con people into living the Christian life without ever being born-again. END
SOURCE: Touchet Baptist Church - Scatteredchristians.org
The major tenets of the Adventist doctrine of Investigative Judgment are as follows:
1. In October 1844, Jesus Christ entered the heavenly holy of holies to begin investigative judgment of the records (deeds, thoughts, attitudes, etc.) of those who have professed salvation.
Attended by heavenly angels, our great High Priest enters the holy of holies and there appears in the presence of God to engage in the last acts of His ministration in behalf of man—to perform the work of investigative judgment and to make an atonement for all who are shown to be entitled to its benefits ... in the great day of final atonement and investigative judgment the only cases considered are those of the professed people of God. The judgment of the wicked is a distinct and separate work. . The books of record in heaven, in which the names and the deeds of men are registered, are to determine the decisions of the judgment. . The subject of the sanctuary and the investigative judgment should be clearly understood by the people of God ... every individual has a soul to save or to lose. Each has a case pending at the bar of God . The intercession of Christ in man's behalf in the sanctuary above is as essential to the plan of salvation as was His death upon the cross (Ellen White, The Great Controversy, pp. 422-423).
2. The investigative judgment is based on the law of God (the Ten Commandments); the character of each person will be tested by the standard of this law.
Every man's work passes in review before God and is registered for faithfulness or unfaithfulness. Opposite each name in the books of heaven is entered with terrible exactness every wrong word, every selfish act, every unfulfilled duty, and every secret sin, with every artful dissembling. Heaven-sent warnings or reproofs neglected, wasted moments, unimproved opportunities, the influence exerted for good or for evil, with its far-reaching results, are all chronicled by the recording angel. The law of God is the standard by which the characters and the lives of men will be tested in the judgment. ... Those who in the judgment are `accounted worthy' will have a part in the resurrection of the just. ... Every name is mentioned, every case closely investigated. Names are accepted, names rejected. When any have sins remaining upon the books of record, unrepented of and unforgiven, their names will be blotted out of the book of life, and the record of their good deeds will be erased from the book of God's remembrance. ... All who have truly repented of sin, and by faith claimed the blood of Christ as their atoning sacrifice, have had pardon entered against their names in the books of heaven; as they have become partakers of the righteousness of Christ, and their characters are found to be in harmony with the law of God, their sins will be blotted out, and they themselves will be accounted worthy of eternal life. ... Sins that have not been repented of and forsaken will not be pardoned and blotted out of the books of record, but will stand to witness against the sinner in the day of God (The Great Controversy, pp. 424-425, 428).
3. This judgment determines the eternal destiny of every professing believer. No one can be sure of eternal life until this judgment is complete.
The righteous dead will not be raised until after the judgment at which they are accounted worthy of 'the resurrection of life.' Hence they will not be present in person at the tribunal when their records are examined and their cases decided. ... Every name is mentioned, every case closely investigated. Names are accepted, names rejected ... all who would have their names retained in the book of life should now, in the few remaining days of their probation, afflict their souls before God by sorrow for sin and true repentance. The work of preparation is an individual work. We are not saved in groups. The purity and devotion of one will not offset the want of these qualities in another. ... Everyone must be tested and found without spot or wrinkle or any such thing. ... When the work of the investigative judgment closes, the destiny of all will have been decided for life or death (The Great Controversy, pp. 425, 431-432).
4. During this heavenly judgment, God has raised up the Seventh-day Adventist Church to proclaim the eternal gospel' to all the world. This work began in 1844 and will continue until Christ's return to earth.
The picture of the whole prophecy is clear. In the last days, as the closing judgment work began in heaven above, a special movement was to arise on earth, through which the great threefold message of Revelation 14 was to be borne to every nation, and tongue, and people. ... It was following the great Advent awakening of the early decades of the nineteenth century, reaching a climax in the years preceding 1844, that the Adventist Church arose. It has spread to all lands with the definite message of the judgment hour, calling men to the standard of the commandments of God (The Gift of Prophecy, pp. 9, 12).
5. When the judgment is finished, Christ will return to the earth, destroy the wicked, resurrect the saved believers (who have been sleeping in the grave), and place all sins upon Satan—the O.T. scapegoat antitype.
When the investigative judgment closes, Christ will come, and His reward will be with Him to give every man as his work shall be. ... Christ will place all these sins upon Satan, the originator and instigator of sin. The scapegoat, bearing the sins of Israel, was sent away 'unto a land not inhabited' (Leviticus 16:22); so Satan, bearing the guilt of all the sins which he has caused God's people to commit, will be for a thousand years confined to the earth, which will then be desolate, without inhabitant, and he will at last suffer the full penalty of sin in the fires that shall destroy all the wicked (The Great Controversy, p. 427).
THE BIBLE TEACHES . . .
What does the Bible say about this Investigative Judgment doctrine?
1. The vision of Daniel 8:14 has nothing to do with a heavenly investigative judgment.
2. The believer will not be judged by the Ten Commandments, and will not lose his salvation if his service is unacceptable.
The believer has passed from death unto life. He is safe in Christ and stands and rejoices in hope of the glory of God. He has no fear of future wrath, for he is complete in Christ. All punishment for his sin fell on Christ, and he is forever free. The believer's judgment is an examination of his service to Christ. He is rewarded or suffers loss of reward.
“For other foundation can no may lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved: yet so as by fire” (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). See also 2 Corinthians 5:5,9-10.
Note some important differences between the judgment described in these passages and the Investigative Judgment of Adventism:
(1) Christ's judgment of believers will not determine their salvation. Those who stand at the judgment of the false teaching of Investigative Judgment will be there because they have already been saved, not in order to determine whether or not they will be saved. The ones judged in 1 Corinthians 3 are those who have established their lives upon the solid foundation of Jesus Christ (vv. 11-12).
(2) The believer's judgment will not result in damnation, torment, or separation from God. Believers whose works fail the test will suffer shame and loss of reward, but not loss of salvation. “If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire” (1 Corinthians 3:15). Words could not be plainer.
(3) Notice, too, that the believer shall appear personally before his Lord. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:10). According to Adventist theology, the believer's judgment occurs in the heavenly holy of holies between 1844 and the Second Coming, and the believer himself is supposedly on earth or sleeping in the grave. This is not what the Apostle Paul foresaw.
3. The Adventist distinction between forgiveness and blotting out of sin is not taught in the New Testament.
"...the thought that Christ did not blot out sins previous to 1844" is without one shred of Scriptural support. ... In fact, the entire distinction between the forgiveness of sins, and the blotting out of sins—which is basic to Seventh-day Adventist theology—is foreign to the Scriptures.
4. It is unscriptural to identify Satan with the scapegoat of Leviticus 16.
Both goats of the Day of Atonement—the one slain and the one released into the wilderness—represent the Lord Jesus Christ. The slain goat pictures the act of Christ's atonement—a bloody sacrifice. The released goat pictures the sufficiency of Christ's atonement—once for all and forever complete. To interpret the scapegoat as a reference to Satan is blasphemy. Adventism finds confirmation of this doctrine, not in Scripture rightly divided, but in the visions of Ellen White. This is another account of how they have added to Bible revelation concerning the doctrine of last things.
SOURCE: http://www.scatteredchristians.org/SeventhDayInvestigative.html | END
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