2. INVESTIGATIVE JUDGMENT- This “unique” doctrine is contra- Biblical: “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24 NIV). “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…” (Rom. 8:1- 4 NIV).
If Paul were still waiting for the end of the “Investigative Judgment”, that allegedly started on October 22, 1844, then he would not have with certainty declared, almost 2,000 years ago, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award me on that day—and not only to me, but to all those who longed for his appearing.” (2 Tim. 4: 7-8 NIV).
When Jesus declared at the cross, “It is finished”, the REAL and FINAL sacrifice for sins has been offered!Then when Jesus ascended to heaven, He immediately “sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man” (Heb. 8:1, 2 NIV). Unfortunately, the Adventist pillar doctrine of the Investigative Judgment is almost 2,000 years too late!
3. SABBATH- While God rested (ceased from) His “work” of creation on the seventh- day of the creation week, there is no record of man observing the seventh-day Sabbath as a regular day of rest, let alone worship, until God called the Jewish nation from slavery in Egypt, which was about 2,500 years later. The seventh-day Sabbath was given specifically to the Jewish nation, as a sign between the Lord and the children of Israel (Ex. 31: 12-18 NIV), and a memorial of their deliverance from slavery (Ezek. 20:10-12 NIV). Furthermore, the Sabbath commandment, like the rest of the commandments in the Pentateuch, were given to foreshadow the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ, who will ultimately deliver all his children: Jews, Greeks, and Gentiles alike, who receive Him by faith.
The Sabbath was the outward sign/seal of the Old (Mosaic) Covenant. The New Covenant presents Christ as our real, and perfect Sabbath rest (Col. 2: 16-17; Heb. 4:1-10 NIV).
Christians worshipped God on the first day of the week, which they then called the Lord’s Day, in honor of the Christ event- the resurrection of Christ- way back during the Apostolic times in the first century (Acts 20:7 NLT). This was several hundred years before Emperor Constantine’s “Blue Sunday”, or no- work- day law, and Papacy’s boast that it changed the Sabbath to Sunday.(Pliny’s Letter, A.D. 107, Justin Martyr, A.D.140)
Back to the Apostles, there is a clear account of how the early Christian leaders in Jerusalem addressed the conflict between the Gentiles who became Christians,