Investigative Judgment

9. This doctrine mixes works righteousness as a necessity for receiving Christ’s righteousness. Yet Scripture is clear that we are saved by grace through faith without works.

10. This doctrine teaches that God’s people will have to live in the sight of a holy God without an intercessor. Yet Heb. 7:25 states, “Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Who is right, Ellen White and this Adventist doctrine or the writer of Hebrews?

11. This doctrine teaches that one must obey the Sabbath perfectly. Yet, no Adventist has ever done that. Those who teach the necessity of Sabbath observance are actually condemning themselves for they don’t keep the Sabbath themselves.

12. This doctrine teaches that the 10 Commandments are the foundation for God’s government when the Bible teaches that the Ten Commandments are the very words of the old Sinai Covenant given only to Israel, that has been superseded by the law of Christ which produces a righteousness that is above and beyond that of the old law, in fact, new covenant righteousness is not even associated with law. As Romans 3:21 states, “But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been manifested.”

13. This doctrine teaches that forgotten, unconfessed sins will stand against us in the judgment. This undermines Scripture and the gospel. Romans 5:6-10 states that God justifies helpless, ungodly sinners, who are enemies with God when they place their faith in Christ and His cross work.

14. This doctrine teaches that we could be judged by our behavior at any moment creating unnecessary anxiety. “Satan could find nothing in the Son of God that would enable him to gain the victory. He had kept his Father’s commandments, and there was no sin in him that Satan could use to his advantage. This is the condition in which those must be found who shall stand in the time of trouble.”33 Colossians 1:12 states, “giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.”

15. This doctrine teaches that the investigative judgment and cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary is the very thing that vindicates the character of God before the on looking universe, thus taking away the value of the finished atonement at the cross. It contradicts Rom. 3:24-26 which reads, “being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” Can you see that the Investigative Judgment actually undermines the importance of the cross? This unbiblical, anti-gospel doctrine claims to vindicate the character of God something that Christ has already done!Thus it actually replaces the finished atonement at the Cross. Who is right, this doctrine, or Christ who said, “It is finished”? Is the investigative judgment and the cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary Biblical? Does it reflect the true or a false gospel?
My study leads me to conclude that the Spirit of God had nothing to do with the formation and development of this doctrine. It is not the true gospel, it is a false gospel. It has the imprint of another spirit. This means that the foundation and central pillar of the Adventist faith, the very heart of Adventist Theology, is unbiblical and undermines the finished work of Christ.


Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, 1888 edition, p. 623.

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