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Exposing Adventism - Adventist Investigative Judgement

The reason given for the Adventist Investigative Judgment is to "vindicate the character of God". In the process of salvation, paradoxically, God is at once redeemer and redeemed. Seventh-day Adventism's salvation lies in grasping this truth.

Ultimately Adventism is what it is because of the foundation it was built on.


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To be sure, God does not need to investigate the records in order to learn or to determine who is eligible to be saved. It is for the benefit of all created beings that the facts with respect to each person's fate should be known, as an assurance to all that justice has been done and as a guarantee of the eternal stability of divine government. The Bible writers speak of "books" in which God keeps a record of character -- of good and evil deeds as measured by a person's knowledge of, and voluntary relationship to, divine grace and God's revealed will.
SDA Bible Commentary, Volume 10, page 669

Quote:

In the last generation God gives the final demonstration that men can keep the law of God and that they can live without sinning. God leaves nothing undone to make the demonstration complete. The only limitation He puts on Satan is that he may not kill the saints of God. He may tempt them, he may harass and threaten them; and he does his best. But he fails. He cannot make them sin. They stand the test, and God puts His seal on them. Through the last generation of saints God stands fully vindicated. (M.L. Andreasen The Sanctuary Service, Review and Herald, 1969 printing, pp. 318-19)

 
Our Observation

This evening I was looking up some information in the SDA Bible Commentary and stumbled across the following nonsensical statement:

To be sure, God does not need to investigate the records in order to learn or to determine who is eligible to be saved. It is for the benefit of all created beings that the facts with respect to each person's fate should be known, as an assurance to all that justice has been done and as a guarantee of the eternal stability of divine government. The Bible writers speak of "books" in which God keeps a record of character -- of good and evil deeds as measured by a person's knowledge of, and voluntary relationship to, divine grace and God's revealed will.
SDA Bible Commentary, Volume 10, page 669
Ok. Let's see if we've got this straight.

From the above quote we learn the following:
  • God doesn't need to have an Investigative Judgment to know who's naughty and whose nice.
  • It is for the benefit of all created beings that the facts with respect to each person's fate should be known
  • It is (done) as an assurance to all that justice has been done
  • It is (done) as a guarantee of the eternal stability of divine government
Amazing. Absolutely amazing. Since God already knows who's naughty and nice, it is just for the last three reasons
  • So all created beings know the facts
  • Assurance to all of justice
  • Guarantee of eternal stability of divine government
So why was it necessary that it begin in 1844, and what exactly has been transpiring the past 163 years and 25 days? I though the time was required because God's computer was so slow!

And, pray tell, how do all created beings know the facts of this judgment where everyone is judged in absentia. This is even more ludicrous than the way it was presented by Clifford Goldstein in the infamous 3Q 2006 Adult Sabbath School Lesson Quarterly on 1844 and the Investigative Judgment. Wouldn't it make more sense for the judgment to wait until they are there? What judge determines his cases in the middle of the night when no one is even in the courtroom?

As to assuring others that He is just, God doesn't have to assure anyone of anything! He is God.

The coup de grâce to this insanity is the last "reason" -- "guarantee of eternal stability of divine government". That is like saying if a judge pronounces judgment on a convict in the middle of the night when no one else is in the courtroom, it will guarantee the stability of the national government. The logic escapes me. Stability of God? Since when was God, the Creator of the Universe, suffering from instability?

Ladies and Gentlemen, here you have it. Adventism's finest. The reason for its existent. Its core doctrine -- according to Clifford Goldstein, who glibly states, "Why doesn't everyone see it?" It makes a total mockery of God, posturing Him as some inept failing superintendent whose administrative finesse is ailing, seeking to be "vindicated" by His creation. Yes. This is the Adventist God.

As Karl Kime so aptly put it, "We have an urgent need for the Church to toss this theological mutant into the trash bin of illogicality. The sanctuary doctrine is the duck-billed platypus of post-Millerite theology, an absurdity pieced together from spare parts lying around after the implosion of the Great Disappointment. Its exquisite exemplification of cognitive dissonance theory would have amazed, and perhaps embarrassed, even Leon Festinger.

The development of this "doctrine" is not surprising, since it was constructed out of whole cloth by denizens of the "burned over" district of Western New York, theological hacks elevated out of their real jobs as farmers and such by the "discovery" of prophetic "truths" through naive readings of the King James and Cruden’s.

These truths, like the sanctuary doctrine, were carved from the chronic ambiguities of Daniel and Revelation, bottomless reservoirs of speculation that have fed Christianity’s lunatic fringe for millennia. It is not surprising that the sanctuary doctrine was hatched among the Millerites and not in the halls of Harvard Divinity School.

Yet one can hardly blame the unlettered enthusiasts of the Second Great Awakening for trying to explain away their embarrassment for having packed their bags for the trip to heaven on October 22, 1844, by asserting that something else, something theologically very important, actually "occurred" that day."

Stick a fork in it! It's already overdone.
 
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ric_b - Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2008:

Seventh-day Adventists base the idea that God must be vindicated of these charges on Job 1:6-12 and Ezekiel 36:23. However the text in Job gives no indication that God must vindicate anything about Himself. And the text in Ezekiel provides no evidence about God vindicating His name against any charges brought by Satan. There is nothing in either of these verses, or any of Scripture, about God vindicating His name because of claims that His law can not be kept. There is nothing in these texts, or anywhere else in Scripture, about vindicating God's name to the angels and the unfallen people of other planets.


jorgfe - Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2008:

I suppose that I had heard some of the thoughts that Rick presented quotes for, but it never really registered.

The quotes are there, and sure enough, that is what they say. I am still trying to get my head around how anyone could possible say this and still -- well forget about even comparing it with Christianity. It is more like self-worship. Another form of Mormonism, where Adventists truly do turn themselves into the "equivalent" of God -- in terms of perfection. Only it is worse than that! God is actually dependent on the Adventist Church!

Think about it,
  • If the controversy isn't over Satan isn't defeated yet.
  • God has not been vindicated yet, His government could still fall.
  • It wouldn't be a "real" vindication if the universe couldn't exercise their free choice and select Satan the winner over God.
So what would vindicate God, and conversely what would prove Satan correct?

It is all about the law. If Jesus was the only one that needed to prove the law could be kept, the controversy would have been over 2000 years ago. Someone else must need to prove it.

This is the logical conclusion of SDA theology on the Investigative Judgment. Man saves God.
It never really sunk in before, until I saw the actual quotes last night. This is far worse than 1844. While Clifford Goldstein belabored 1844, he said very little about the Investigative Judgment, and I don't remember anything about this. Of course, we were all so upset that the class basically came "unglued" partway through the quarterly study.

This is an abomination to the Lord. This totally negates the unfathomable sacrifice of God the Son on the cross for us. What's the point? Instead it's all about the Adventist Church using human perfection, with a special focus on the Sabbath, to rescue God!

I am so sick to my stomach, that I didn't get much sleep last night. Right now I feel like I could puke. I need to go to work, but I am trying to decide if I should call in sick. I have never heard anything so horrendous out of the faith that I belonged to for 54 years, in my entire life. It is totally incomprehensible.

But that is what this "gospel" proposes. The Adventist "gospel" is that man saves God. God is totally dependent on the Adventist Church to produce this kind of person, and until that happens God's hands are tied. God has to prove himself -- to his creation.

This is so blasphemous that it is incomprehensible.

My prayer:

Dear Lord, in Bible times your chosen people had their Baals and their asheroth poles. Today the dear church that I was a member of for 54 years, glorifies themselves above You, the Creator of the Universe, and teaches that You are dependent on them to be vindicated. It ignores Your completed atoning sacrifice on the cross, and claims that You intentionally deceived them with a test to identify Your faithful that you postponed until 1844.

Lord, You are the Infinite One, the all powerful One, merciful and just. The One who died on the cross for our sins, the One who paid the price, the One who offers us true Sabbath Rest. Without You Lord, we would be nothing. We are nothing.

Forgive these people Lord, for they know not what they do.

Amen


ladylittle - Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2008:

Yes. It is blasphemous! The sermons were presenting how if we did not let Jesus "perfectly reproduce Himself" in us, that the devil would win (of course we knew that the devil wouldn't win because God said so). I don't know how many followed the 'logic' to it's conclusion that 'those preparing for translation' would have to become perfect, but I know some did. The means for becoming perfect and the kind of perfection was argued - some thought it was 'perfect by faith' and others thought it meant 'actually perfect'. I remember the first time I caught a glimmer that salvation by grace did not include perfect lawkeeping. It felt like I was looking into a yawning, incomprehensible abyss. How could God not require us to vindicate his law and prove that Satan's charge against the law was not true? How could he justifiably let us into heaven without making sure we are 'safe' to have there?

And yet, when I finally stepped off into grace by faith in Jesus alone instead of mixing my own 'works by faith' into the mix what joy! what peace! what an awesome relationship with the one who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life!! Jesus said come to Me to have rest and life. Who am I to say He doesn't know what He's talking about?


Victor - Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2008:

This is the approach that I have taken in my initial evaluation of the IJ as well. Atonement that is written of in the past-tense is explained in detail involving the satisfaction of the annual rite officiated by the High Priest. Even when I pressured Kevin to provide an example that satisfies this, he comes back empty-handed each and every time. That's because Hebrews 9 will take the student directly to Leviticus 16, and the hilasterion of the mercyseat (Hebrews 9:5) is the verysame propitiation of Romans 3:25, and everywhere justification by the Blood is written of, it is pointing to that mercyseat.

Justification is a fait accompli, and the next event Hebrews 10 asserts for Jesus to accomplish is to make His enemies His footstool. The advent was next on the agenda, and there is no way to shoehorn 1844 into the text.
This has been the reason the IJ is so very offensive to me from the first time I learned of this doctrine. It erases justification by the Blood.

 

 
 
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