Interesting,” he says. “So you believe in a doctrine called ‘the Investigative Judgment,’ right? Do you think you could explain it to me?”

Sure,” you answer. “Our prophetess Ellen G. White taught that beginning on October 22, 1844, Jesus entered the Most Holy Place of the heavenly temple to cleanse it for the first time. Also, on this day he began examining the records of all the good and bad deeds of everyone claiming to be a believer, starting with the dead. Any unconfessed or forgotten sins will go against the believer in the judgment and lead to their condemnation. No one knows just when their name will come up in judgment, so we must be careful never to engage in sinful living. We must faithfully obey God’s laws, including the Ten Commandments and especially the Sabbath, and we must confess any violations of them.

Only then will Jesus blot out the sins of those who are found worthy.”

But” he replies, “many verses clearly teach that God will never judge the believer for sin. In John 5:24 Jesus says, ‘whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He will not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life,’ and Romans 8:1 says ‘there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.’ As for the Sabbath, Paul made it clear that it is simply a matter of personal preference what day we worship on. He says, ‘One person sees one day as more holy than another, while another sees every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind1’ and ‘Don’t let anyone judge you…with regard to…a Sabbath.2’ Why are you trusting in your obedience to laws for salvation in addition to the blood of Jesus? Paul says ‘a person is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.3’ Maybe you don’t know the true gospel.” Go to page 22.

 1 – Rom 14:5, 2 – Col 2:16, 3 – Rom 3:28