We’ve been looking at the doctrine of the SDA, in a quote from their own statement of faith. This is one reason I urge you examine someone’s statement of faith, so you know what they really believe. Don’t skim it – there’s enough proof here that the SDA is a cult and teaching heresy, that NO christian should be believing that the SDA is a form of Christianity.
From the SDA website…
In 1844, at the end of the prophetic period of 2300 days, He entered the second and last phase of His atoning ministry. It is a work of investigative judgment which is part of the ultimate disposition of all sin, typified by the cleansing of the ancient Hebrew sanctuary on the Day of Atonement. In that typical service the sanctuary was cleansed with the blood of animal sacrifices, but the heavenly things are purified with the perfect sacrifice of the blood of Jesus. The investigative judgment reveals to heavenly intelligences who among the dead are asleep in Christ and therefore, in Him, are deemed worthy to have part in the first resurrection. It also makes manifest who among the living are abiding in Christ, keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, and in Him, therefore, are ready for translation into His everlasting kingdom. This judgment vindicates the justice of God in saving those who believe in Jesus. It declares that those who have remained loyal to God shall receive the kingdom. The completion of this ministry of Christ will mark the close of human probation before the Second Advent.
I’d really like to deal with this investigative judgment more, now that we threw soul sleep out the window, along with Anhilationism.
Here’s how salvation really works. We have to lay this out so that you can see how this compares to the SDA version.
Salvation is a gift of God.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)
We are saved by grace through faith.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (KJV)
Ye must be born again.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3 (KJV)
The judgment is this… believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, accepting him, being born again and getting saved.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:16-18 (KJV)
If you get saved, the judgment reads… “not guilty.” we have imputed righteousness from the Lord Jesus Christ. He declares us righteous, because He is righteous, and he bestows this as a free gift.
If you persist in refusing Christ until you die… you will not be found “not guilty.” rather, you’ll be declared guilty. the sentence is eternal punishment.
So, what’s the Great White Throne judgment about?
The degree of punishment. The believer’s judgment happens at the Rapture, and we are all given rewards based upon our service to Christ. In reality, its because He wants to reward us, because we haven’t earned a single, blessed thing.
The Great White Throne judgment? based on one’s sinful acts, the degree of agony you experience in Hell is determined.
no believer in Christ gets any judgment at the Great White throne. We’re dealt with at salvation and the believer’s judgment.
now that you’ve seen how it’s explained… where’s this investigative judgment?
Let’s look again at all the verses saying at some point in the future that Christ would have a second and final job to perform…
There are none.
So, if the unbelievers die and are judged at that moment, and if Christians are saved at the moment they are born again, tell me again what this investigative judgment is all about?
Why, your works!
The Seventh Day Adventist cult is teaching salvation by works, while paying lip service to salvation by grace. In other words, they teach one thing while proclaiming another. That’s hypocrisy. Another word for it would be lying. Kind of like their enemies, the Roman Catholic “church”.
The implication in their statement of faith is that we’ve crossed into a new dispensational age, where believers are required to keep the commandments of God and grace to be born again.
According to Galatians, the two are polar opposites, not mutual factors.
6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 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. 9 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. Galatians 1:6-9 (KJV)
Read these next words carefully.
16 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 (KJV)
for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Ellen G. White taught salvation by faith and works combined.
She is under the curse in this verse.
Meaning, that if you do get saved, when you get to heaven… you won’t be seeing her there.
The SDA church used to always say back in the 19th century that her visions were either of God or of Satan. I just proved her teachings were not of God.
20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. Isaiah 8:20 (KJV)
This means if you’ve read this and you are SDA, then you’re now accountable. If you do not repent and become saved, you will follow Ellen G. White straight into the lake of fire.
The investigative judgment is to see if you joined the remnant church (true churchism heresy), meaning of course the SDA, if you were keeping the commandments of God (salvation by works heresy) and following Ellen G. White (the cult leader heresy).
How is this not a cult??? they teach damnable heresies, and when I do a search on “is Seventh Day Adventists a cult?” I get hundreds of results of “We accept them as Christians, but we’re a little worried about Ellen G. White…”
No, that’s completely wrong. We don’t accept them as Christians. Cults always disparage the person of Christ (Christ as Michael the Archangel), the cross of Christ (the “investigative judgement”, along with “the sins of makind placed upon Satan” – these are both rank heresies).
This is a cult. Following it can lead you to hell.
Tomorrow, we’re going to look at Galatians verse by verse. I’ve done this with Messianics and with Jehovah’s Witnesses. It’s important, because the SDA only acknowledges the Sabbath and vegetarianism publicly – even though there’s a lot more to the Commandments than that!