During the Fall of 2007, while employed by the New York Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, I visited the cemetery Hiram Edson was buried at. For years Adventists spread reports that the Investigative Judgment originated in a divine vision given to Hiram Edson in a corn field. However a retraction was made after it became public knowledge that its true origins were not divine at all, but rather came from a theory devised by O. R. L. Crosier. The first to find fault with the Investigative Judgment was its creator. Crosier saw how his Investigative Judgment theory contradicted the plain testimony of scripture, and quickly abandoned it!
“I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ who shall judge the quick and the dead at (not before) His appearing.” 2 Tim. 4:1.
Crosier saw how his Investigative Judgment theory contradicted the gospel itself, but by then it was too late! Ellen White had already endorsed it by one of her visions. For her there was no going back! The young prophetess would have lost her following if she were to admit one of her visions contradicted the Bible!
“Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”
Note: The Levitcal Priesthood offered sacrifices continually, year by year. Melchizedek received tithe from Abraham ONCE. Hebrews 9 &10 emphasizes the work of Jesus Christ as our high priest occurred ONCE for all time, not continually. The investigative judgment theory has Christ doing His High Priestly work continually in the first compartment until 1844 and continually in the second compartment every since. Please read Hebrews 9 &10, and you will find this is precisely the point in direct context to Jesus Christ fulfilling the anti-typical Day of Atonement in heaven.
TAKE A LONG HARD LOOK AT VERSES 11-12 AND COMPARE IT WITH 25-26, AND VERSE 7. THERE IS NO MISTAKE, THE HOLY PLACE IN VERSE 12 IS THE MOST HOLY, ON THE ANTI-TYPICAL DAY OF ATONEMENT. THE CONTEXT BOTH BEFORE AND AFTER SHOWS THE CONTINUITY OF THIS FACT THROUGH OUT THIS CHAPTER.
Read article: Jesus Christ’s High Priestly Work
The gospel of salvation through faith in Christ alone, is two amazing things happening at the very moment the sinner believes and calls on the name of the Lord.
- God promises HE WILL NOT IMPUTE SIN against us.
- God promises to IMPUTE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST to us.
These two main pillars of the gospel disprove Crosier’s Investigative Judgment Theory.
Let’s look at the first. God promises not to impute sin against the sinner. When the sinner believes this promise through faith in Christ, then the sinner has been justified. The Adventist agree with this point as well, so there is no need for anyone to attempt to negate that point. For to do so would be to contradict well established beliefs within Adventism.
The Investigative Judgment is in the strictest legal sense “Double Jeopardy!”
When a man has been justified in a court of law, it is IMPOSSIBLE TO EVER JUDGE THAT MAN FOR THAT CRIME AGAIN. I am not endorsing “once saved always saved” here. So please do not misunderstand what I am saying. What I am saying is that so long as the sinner is under grace he is protected by this promise. God promises to NOT KEEP A RECORD OF SINS AGAINST HIM. The Adventist also teach that justification happens immediately upon accepting Christ. However what you need to understand is that the Investigative Judgment contradicts the very meaning of Justification, by requiring a man to stand in judgment for that which God has promised not to impute against him.
For the sinner saved by the grace of God there is only ONE trial he must face, which is also known as a “judgment.” That trial happened in under Pontius Pilate. Denial of this fact is to challenge the validity of Christ death on behalf of sinners. By accepting the atoning sacrifice of Jesus on his behalf, God and all heaven investigates the charges laid against the sinner, and find them to have all been paid in full at the Cross. There is no warrant, or charge remaining against the sinner which has not been fully atoned for by the death of the Son of God. No further investigation is necessary, since this sacrifice canceled sin leaving no trace of it to stand in judgment to condemn the sinner.
Strong’s Greek & Hebrew Dictionary for the word “IMPUTE”
“Greek Strong’s Number: 3049
English Words used in KJV:
middle from <G3056> (logos); to take an inventory, i.e. estimate (literal or figurative) :- conclude, (ac-) count (of), + despise, esteem, impute, lay, number, reason, reckon, suppose, think (on).”
Once the promise that God will not “impute sin” is accepted by the sinner, God immediately keep His promise, and ceases to “take an inventory” of his sins. That truly is good news!
“We may always take recourse to this fact, “that our sins are covered,” and that “God will not lay them to our charge.” Sin is not held against us for Christ’s sake….To give a short definition of a Christian: A Christian is not somebody who has no sin, but somebody against whom God no longer chalks sin, because of his faith in Christ. This doctrine brings comfort to consciences in serious trouble…. When the Law accuses him, and sin wants to drive the wits out of him, a Christian looks to Christ. A Christian is free.” Martin Luther Comments on Galatians 2:16
Ellen White taught that angels continue to take an inventory of our sins even after salvation. Her view of salvation allowed for imputed sin to remain as a matter of record.
Adventist believes that although forgiven a record still remains in heaven until the Investigative judgment clears him of all charges. Therefore his sins are still imputed against his record in heaven until the Investigative judgment ends, and the “sanctuary is cleansed” of that record. Therefore it is the Investigative Judgment, and not the cross that fulfills the promise to not impute sin against the sinner within Ellen White’s theology
I find this notion to be an offense to the gospel itself. Adventist teaches a DOUBLE JEOPARDY heavenly court system. How can a man be pronounced NOT GUILTY, i.e. justified, and still maintain that God needs to try the man in court a second time?
God who cannot lie has promised to FORGET the sinner’s sinfulness and life’s record of guilt. That promise is connected to the New Covenant itself. God who is all knowing promises to forget something. God cannot lie, and therefore has truly forgotten the sins. Adventist believes he needs a record to remind him after justification takes place; a life’s record which needs to be carefully re-examined; As though God’s forgiveness was only superficial until later on in the Investigative judgment when it becomes final.
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
This is the covenant! Once you accept it God who has promised, remembers your sins no more. There is no record to stand in judgment against you before God. Oh my brother and my sister, will you accept the New Covenant of Mercy promised by God today? Cease from your own works and enter into His.
The second part of the promise to NOT IMPUTE SINS is that He promises to never mention the sins ever again. If such a record did exist in Heaven after forgiveness was received, then simply opening that record book would break this promise to never mention them again. God according to Evangelical Christianity keeps this promise! Adventist maintains their life’s sins remain in a book after justification, and assert that this book will be examined, and that His life must be shown to be in perfect obedience to the law in order to receive glorification at the second coming. Ellen taught that our ACTS and WORDS will then JUSTIFY us in that judgment. My Bible says that we are ONLY justified by the righteousness of Christ alone, and that any doctrine that says that my own good works of obeying the law will justify me in ANY judgment is in fact LEGALISM.
Notice how the book Seventh-day Adventists Believe, toned down this Great Controversy quote, to make it line up better with the Gospel.
“(Martin) Luther came to understand justification as entirely the work of God. … Luther based his position on Predestination on St. Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians 2:8–10. Against the teaching of his day that the righteous acts of believers are performed in cooperation with God, Luther wrote that Christians receive such righteousness entirely from outside themselves; that righteousness not only comes from Christ but actually is the righteousness of Christ, imputed to Christians (rather than infused into them) through faith. … Faith, for Luther, was a gift from God; the experience of being justified by faith was “as though I had been born again.” His entry into Paradise, no less, was a discovery about “the righteousness of God” – a discovery that “the just person” of whom the Bible speaks (as in Romans 1:17) lives by faith.”
See Martin Luther -v- Ellen G. White for more information.
A Scene Adapted From Alcoholics Anonymous.
“Hello everyone, my name is David Curtis, and I am a sinner!”
Guess what? We are wretched sinners! However I have accepted the good news, and I simply believe it. According to your faith so be it unto you! You must believe brothers and sisters. Because of Christ we have been pronounced NOT GUILTY. Our cases have already been tried, and “IT IS FINISHED,” Christ said it with a “loud cry!” That is the “loud cry” we believe needs to go to the entire world with great power today. We have been justified by the blood of Christ. This we believe. God promises that he has no memory of our sins, that he will never mention them again, and that we are truly forgiven. Our sins are as far as the East is from the West. They have vanished like a black cloud, when the sun appears. There is nothing left of our sins as far as God is concerned, as though like a mountain they had been cast into the depth of the sea. God promises not to impute sin against us, which means he is not keeping record of all our wrongs, like a nagging wife would do. We have assurance from scripture that there is not a single sin recorded in heaven against us, once we have received God’s Covenant of Mercy!
A large percentage of Adventists have no real assurance of whether or not their sins are truly forgiven right now. They fear a coming judgment and are told they must be as perfect as the law itself in order to pass the test. Paul was extremely accurate when he used that word bondage in connection to those trying to be under the law today. Friend according to Ellen White you are “judicially” still under the law, and for that reason you believe you will be under the law’s investigating eye during the judgment. I have Good News for you, “judicially” we are no longer under that law, which means that legally the law has no power to condemn anyone who is in Christ Jesus. The law can rant and it can rave, it can accuse and it can condemn … but only from afar, because we have the Good News that “judicially” we are not under the law we are under grace.
Now let’s see how Adventism fails the second part of salvation. GOD PROMISES TO IMPUTE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST TO US.
We need not fear facing the judgment based on OUR acts and our words as Ellen taught. Only the unsaved need fear that judgment. We are clothed with the righteousness of Christ. WORTHY IS THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN! HALLELUIAH and HALLELUIAH! His garment is sufficient to meet all the laws demands for righteousness. ONLY HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS WORKS. I meant to say it just that way. My RIGHTEOUSNESS DOES NOT WORK. Even if I produced PERFECT OBEDIENCE TO THE LAW, the Bile says that righteousness would be FILTHY RAGS. I do not want to present myself in a judgment in such a garb as that. I want Christ’s righteousness covering me.
|Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Romans 3:28
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Galatians 2:16
But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. Galatians 3:11
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.Ephesians 2:8-9
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” John 5:24 RSV
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. – The Great Controversy p. 483.
“Our acts, our words, even our most secret motives, all have their weight in deciding our destiny for weal or woe. Though they may be forgotten by us, they will bear their testimony to justify or condemn. They go before us to the Judgment.” (Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 4, p. 311)
According to Ellen White “our acts,” i.e. our works “justify” us in the judgment, and account us “worthy of eternal life.”
Grace is un-merited favor.
“Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt“ Romans 4:4
Grace alone makes us worthy of eternal life!
Had Ellen left out the word “justify,” an Adventist could say she was merely talking about the unsaved condition. Then this statement would have been completely in harmony with Scripture.
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Christ here was referring to those not protected by His grace and mercy.
Unfortunately, the Adventist prophet contradicted scripture, because she did say that our acts, and our words justify us in the judgment. That could only refer to saints coming into judgment and being justified by their own works. That is legalism. Plain and simple legalism.
The Bible teachings that the judgment is only for the wicked. Christ promised the saints they would never come into judgment.
John 5:24 (RSV)
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
Secondly no one is justified by their works, we are justified by the faith of Christ alone, when we “have believed in Jesus Christ.”
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
HIS ROBE OR MINE?
The Bible teaches that the repentant sinner is protected by the robe of Christ’s righteousness. He is sheltered completely in the sight of God by the righteous life of Jesus Christ. The shame of his sinful life is completely covered by this garment. The Law cannot penetrate this robe neither can it reveal the shame of his sins. The robe signifies forgiveness, adoption into God’s family, and a total acceptance by heaven.
The Investigative Judgment teaching inadvertently peels back this robe, and reveals the “righteous” persons own character, in an unprotected and naked state exposing the repentant sinners own works to judgment. Christ’s life record is not imputed to them, they must pass this judgment based on their own works. According to Ellen White the characters of God’s people must be able to stand on their own merit and be found in complete harmony with the Law of God during this investigative judgment in order to obtain forgiveness and eternal life.
For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
None? Accept for Christ! The Bible truth is that Christ’s robe of righteousness, covers the shame of our sinful characters, from the condemnation of God’s holy law, so that in Christ we are accepted by God. Were God to actually judge the works of the saints, their most righteous deeds would be condemned as “filthy rags.” The Bible already makes this verdict. Such an investigative judgment would be futile, since not one deed could truly be called “righteous.”
All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;
The only deeds with any merit in the sight of God were done by Jesus Christ. Cavalry justifies us of all charges. Christ has never sinned. So long as we are IN CHRIST we are viewed as though we too have never sinned.
Justification means that Christ has legally proven that the sinner is innocent of all charges, Again, justification is a pronounced verdict of innocent. There are no legal grounds to call innocent people back into judgment. As soon as a person is justified Christ himself by His own blood proclaims that no sin is imputed against him. Angels know it is impossible for God to lie, and have complete faith in God’s verdict that the redeemed are innocent of all charges. No judgment against the saints is necessary to prove these things to them.
|“The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His.” 2 Timothy 2:19|
“Jesus did not commit Himself unto them, because He knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man; for He knew what was in man.” John 2:24
“Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray Him.” John 6:64
“Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world.” Acts 15:18
“Can any hide himself in secret, that I shall not see him? Saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? Saith the Lord.” Jer. 23:24
“The word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature that is not manifest in His sight; but all things are naked and laid open to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” Heb. 4:12,13
“O Lord, Thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising. Thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou searchest out my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but lo, O Lord, Thou knowest it altogether.” Ps. 139:1-4
E. J. Waggoner 1916
“I want the truth that they (the above scriptures) contain to stand out so boldly that it will be apparent what a libel upon God it is to assume that He is under the necessity of investigating the record of men’s lives and characters, in order to ascertain whether or not He can take them to Heaven.”
“In the face of this truth so often repeated, how can any thoughtful believer of the Bible teach that it is necessary for God to spend years in searching records, to find out who are true followers of Him, and who are not? We are expected to teach as a fundamental article of faith, that it has already taken God, assisted by hosts of angels, almost seventy-two years to go over the records (several times longer, by the way, than it was supposed would be required), and still the work is not done. It brings God down to the level of man.” – Extracted from his final manuscript, Confession of Faith.
Mrs. White said all must pass through the investigative judgment to determine whether or not they will be saved; “Every name is mentioned, every case closely investigated.” (GC 1888, p. 483). The Bible clearly shows that the cases of many people have already been decided prior to the Investigative Judgment:
The Thief on the cross: More than 1800 years prior to the Investigative Judgment Jesus declared to the thief on the cross, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 22:43). The thief’s case was determined in 31 A.D. when he repented and accepted Jesus on the cross. This proves that Christ needs no Investigative Judgment to determine who will be in heaven. Why would he treat us any differently than the thief on the cross?
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: The Bible says Abraham was justified (accounted righteous) by faith (Rom. 4:2-5). Nearly 1800 years before the Investigative Judgment supposedly began Jesus declared: And I say unto you, that many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. Matt. 8:11 Apparently these men did not need to pass through the Investigative Judgment to determine their cases.
Moses: The Scriptures clearly states that Moses sinned, died and is now in heaven (Jude 9). If everyone’s sins are NOT blotted out until AFTER the investigative judgment, how could Moses enter heaven? The Bible clearly states that no sinner will enter heaven (Rev. 21:27). Moses’ sins must have been blotted out prior to 1844!
Elijah: There is no mention of an Investigative Judgment when Ellen White relates how Elijah was taken directly to the throne of heaven: “There was yet a great work for Elijah to do; and when his work was done, he was not to perish in discouragement and solitude in the wilderness. Not for him the descent into the dust of death, but the ascent in glory, with the convoy of celestial chariots, to the throne on high.” Desire of Ages, p. 301.
Saved by Being a Morally Right Person?
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
Does this mean that “Our acts, our words…” or our good “characters” can “justify” or save us. Do we obtain forgiveness of our sins only by living in perfect obedience? That sounds more like an earned salvation rather than a gift, and If so what need have we of grace? Is the burden of our salvation dependant upon us living flawless lives and performing good works and practicing faultless speech? Does our good works make us eligible to have our sins blotted out so that we “will be accounted worthy of eternal life,” as it is taught in Great Controversy? Do our own works make us worthy of Heaven? If so we must realize that we are all doomed. The truth is that it is impossible for us to keep either God’s law or the tongue. Romans 8:7; James 3:8.
The good news is that we can lay the burdens of our imperfect, sinful, insufficient lives at the foot of the cross and confidently place our faith in God’s love to accept us through Christ’s merits – not withstanding our failings and short comings! Yes the hymns are true, which sing “Jesus paid it all” and “nothing but the blood of Jesus?” We are justified by faith, not by works or right doing. Ask the Apostle Paul, ‘Is salvation truly “not of yourselves,” “not of works?” Is it truly the “gift of God?”’ Ephesians 2:8-9. If so then neither good deeds nor preaching ten thousand sermons are able to “bear their testimony to justify” us. Why? Because the only thing that can truly justify the sinner is the blood of Jesus Christ.
What are the Words that Justify Us?
Confession of faith in Jesus Christ
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Confession of sins
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Desmond Ford and Walter Rae Interview
Ellen White’s gospel is that, “man is to make earnest efforts to overcome that which hinders him from attaining to perfection.” “Sanctification is not the work of a moment, an hour, a day, but of a lifetime.” Acts of the apostles p. 482, 560. Don’t you believe it! Sanctification for all believers happened on the 14th day of the first month in the year 31 A.D. at exactly the ninth hour when Jesus cried out with a loud voice “IT IS FINISHED!” The bible is very clear on this point.
By the which will we are (present tense) sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE FOR ALL!
But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of god; (This emphasizes His FINISHED work.)
For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
Sanctification and perfection is done once and for all through an abiding faith in Christ broken body and spilled blood, not by the individuals own works of right doing performed over a lifetime!
Jesus | Author: John
And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
Paul | Author: Luke
And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
Jesus | Author: Luke
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
1 Corinthians 1:2
Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
1 Corinthians 6:11
And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ,
“He should never dare to say, “I am saved.“
“We are never to rest in a satisfied condition, and cease to make advancement, saying, “I am saved.” When this idea is entertained, the motives for watchfulness, for prayers, for earnest endeavor to press onward to higher attainments, cease to exist. No sanctified tongue will be found uttering these words till Christ shall come, and we enter in through the gates into the city of God. Then, with the utmost propriety, we may give glory to God and to the Lamb for eternal deliverance. As long as man is full of weakness–for of himself he cannot save his soul–he should never dare to say, “I am saved.“” Selected Messages Book 1 page, 315.
- And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for He shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21
- For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:17
- But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. John 5:34
- I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. John 10:9
- And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Acts 2:21
- Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. Acts 2:47
- Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12
- But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. Acts 15:11
- And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts 16:31
- For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? Romans 8:24
- That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9
- For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18
- By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:2
- For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: 2 Corinthians 2:15
- Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved.) Ephesians 2:5
- For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Ephesians 2:8
- Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost. 1 Thessalonians 2:16
- And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 2 Thessalonians 2:10,11
- Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:4
- Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 2 Timothy 1:9
- Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Titus 3:5
- And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. Revelation 21:24
The Seal of God is NOT strictly a future event reserved only for the 144,000!
2 Corinthians 1:22
WHO HATH (past tense) ALSO SEALED us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, YE WERE (past tense) SEALED with that holy Spirit of promise,
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby YE ARE (present tense) SEALED unto the day of redemption.
The Gospel according to Ellen White is fundamentally flawed right to its very core!
The Investigative Judgment had so thoroughly warped Ellen White’s view of the gospel that it contaminated her writings through out her life time with a perversion of massive proportions, removing the “Good news” from the gospel itself! She came to believe that it was our own works that present us before the judgment making us worthy of eternal life. She came to believe that we are justified judicially through the works of the law. She adopted a view that it is our works that sanctify us. She taught that we are made perfect before God through our own earnest efforts to do right. Not to mention her Old Testament Mt. Sinai centered theology! As beautiful as her writings may be, I can no longer regard them as safe to read.
1 Corinthians 5:6 (see also Galatians 5:9)
Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
Ellen White claimed an angel from heaven showed her these things.
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
I must speak very plainly for a moment. Ellen White said her writings were either from God or the devil. The Bible says we are NOW sanctified, that we are NOW made perfect, that we are NOW saved from our sins. Ellen White taught that all of these sound Biblical teachings were doctrines of devils. Jesus said that when we attribute the work of the Holy Spirit to the devil we have blasphemed against the Holy Spirit. Friends, I know this will offend some, but the truth must be vindicated. The truth is what will set you free. The truth is a stone of offense, a sword that can hurt at first. But it cuts to the marrow and divides the light from the darkness, and the record needs to be set straight.
The devil is the one who wants you to wrestle with doubts about whether or not you have had your sins blotted out and forgiven right now, whether or not you have been washed and made clean. The devil is the one who wants you to stay as far away as possible from thinking you are right now at this moment “judicially” saved from your sins. There is therefore NOW no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Your sins have no power to condemn you RIGHT NOW if only you will believe. It is the devil who wants you try real hard justify yourself before the judgment and think yourself worthy of eternal life through your own works. Because he knows the ONLY works righteous enough before God were done by Jesus Christ. And it is the devil who wants you to think your atonement with God is off in the distant future. He does not want you to know you have it now!
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom WE HAVE NOW RECEIVED THE ATONEMENT.
Friends, the Christians in the first century could quote Paul providing themselves with the assurance of salvation saying, “WE HAVE NOW RECEIVED THE ATONEMENT.” I invite you to lay aside the gospel of Ellen White… stop quoting her saying they had to wait until 1844 to receive the atonement! Mrs. White said “all” must pass through the investigative judgment to determine whether or not they will be saved (GC 1888, p. 483). Christian martyrs died with the assurance that they were saved, and had there sins atoned for, and through the works of Christ were made worthy of eternal life. I invite you to return to the faith of our fathers. They knew nothing of an Investigative Judgment. They only knew what there Bible’s told them.
The context of Hebrews 9:12 is when the High Priest would enter the Most Holy Place on the Day of Atonement ONCE a year. Christ performed this ONCE for all time, at His ascension. Not in 1844!Hebrews 9:12
By his own blood he entered in ONCE into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
“My mother was a modern woman… When the sun set and the fast of the Day of Atonement ended, she shot from the synagogue like a rocket to dance the Charleston.” 20th Century British Clergymen, Lionel Blue.