Investigative Judgment

The investigative judgment is a unique Seventh-day Adventist doctrine, which asserts that a divine judgment of professed Christians has been in progress since 1844. It is intimately related to the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and was described by the church's prophet and pioneer Ellen G. White as one of the pillars of Adventist belief. It is a major component of the broader Adventist understanding of the "heavenly sanctuary", and the two are sometimes spoken of interchangeably.

The investigative judgment teaching was the focus of controversy within the denomination in 1980, when Adventist theologian Desmond Ford was dismissed by the church after openly criticizing the doctrine. While the Adventist mainstream believe in the doctrine and the church has reaffirmed its basic position on the doctrine since 1980, some of those within the church's more liberal progressive wing continue to be critical of the teaching.

According to a 2002 worldwide survey, local church leaders estimated 86% of church members accept the doctrine, although 35% believe there may be more than one interpretation of the sanctuary belief.

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Sanctuary Review Committee - Background
... The investigative judgment doctrine has been criticized, in part or whole, by key figures in Adventism since the late nineteenth century ... The speech was entitled, The Investigative Judgment Theological Milestone or Historical Necessity? ... entitled Daniel 814, the Day of Atonement, and the Investigative Judgment (which he later summarised in an article for Spectrum) ...
Seventh-day Adventist Theology - Distinctive Doctrines - Heavenly Sanctuary and Pre-Advent Judgment - Investigative Judgment
... The investigative judgment is a doctrine unique to Seventh-day Adventism, and teaches that the judgment of God's professed people began on October 22, 1844 when Christ ... Adventists find the investigative judgment portrayed in texts such as Daniel 79-10, 1 Peter 417 and Revelation 2012 ... The purpose of this judgment is to vindicate the saints before the onlooking universe, to prepare them for Christ's imminent Second Coming, and to demonstrate God's righteous character in His dealings with ...
Heavenly Sanctuary
... unique to Adventism is that the day of atonement is a type or foreshadowing of the investigative judgment ... Technically, the "heavenly sanctuary" is an umbrella term which includes the investigative judgment, Christ's ministry in heaven before then, the understanding of ... However it is often spoken of interchangeably with the investigative judgment ...
Desmond Ford - Biography - United States, and Increasing Tensions With Church Leadership
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Investigative Judgment - Criticism of The Doctrine - Adventist Response To Critics
... Judgment continues in heaven as long as there are individuals that accept salvation until the close of probation ... Such a decision makes judgment a necessary part of the divine plan of salvation (Wesleyan-Arminian concept) ...

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