The role of a judge in the United States judicial system is to uphold the law and render a verdict as to the guilt or innocence of a person. When people think about Jesus' role in the investigative judgment, the role of a U.S. judge may pop into their mind. But a biblical judge does far more than render a decision. He also teaches, rules, and delivers. It is those very roles that make Christ's work in the investigative judgment endearing and necessary in order to complete the plan of salvation.
David said in Psalm 7:8, “Judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to my integrity within me.” Is that the way you feel about the judgment, or do you want the Lord to judge someone else? Judge Me Please shows why the saints want to be judged. You too will want to be judged when you understand what is meant by biblical perfection, sinlessness, and righteousness as David used the term.
Judge Me Please draws a distinction between Christ's nature and ours as it explains why we cannot be as sinless as He, nor are we expected to be. It also explains what it means for His people to have the character of Christ, and how the image of Christ is to be formed in His people before He comes again, yet they will not be sinless.
Through a straightforward presentation of Bible truths and Spirit of Prophecy quotes, you will gain a broader understanding of the atonement, the investigative judgment, and by what right God can take the kingdom from the little horn and give it to the saints. After reading this book, like David, you will say, “Judge me please!”
Gary Strunk, a Yucaipa, Calif., resident, retired in 2011 after fifty-one years of ministry, serving for twenty-four years as a pastor in a variety of locations, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, and Ontario, Canada. During his career Gary taught at five high schools (Portland Union Academy, Forest Lake Academy, Highland View Academy, Thunderbird Adventist Academy, and Templeton Hills Christian School), served as the health and temperance secretary for the Ontario Conference, taught health evangelism at Andrews University, and served as U.S. Army chaplain during the Vietnam War, besides special assignments along the way.
Although retired, Gary still travels and lectures on health and health evangelism, something he greatly enjoys and values since he plans to live to be 107. Throughout his career and retirement, he has taught health or health evangelism in twenty countries. But now he has turned his attention to writing books.
This title is available in e-book format.
Posted by Glenn Aufderhar on 4th Apr 2012
Its fresh view of the judgment increases confidence and joy in the Christian walk without detracting from views Adventist pioneers first mined from Scripture.
In fact rather than diminishing appreciation for the Scripture, the Spirit Of Prophecy or the Seventh-day Adventist doctrine this book's scholarship helps the reader see the beauty of those gifts of God.
In my opinion this book is a must read.
Strunk makes three powerful points, any one of which is priceless in helping Adventists move on toward Christian Maturity:
A) The investigative phase of the judgment is far more than a grand jury exploring facts. The thoughtful reader will see the relevance of the sanctuary in his own home church.
B) Prophetic parallels authenticate both Scripture and the Spirit of Prophecy.
C) The chapters, "The Character of Christ" and "When You Don't Feel Righteous" are like springs of living water in a parched desert.
This is not only a "must read" but a "must study" again.
Pastor, Evangelist, Conference President in Washington and Michigan Conferences, President Adventist Media Center, Assistant to the NAD President for Special Projects--initiated and managed Net Events and ACN (now Hope Channel) before retirement.
Posted by Elder Varner J. Leggitt Ph.D. on 4th Apr 2012
My appreciation to Gary Strunk for writing this unique approach to the Investigative Judgment. His clarity is refreshing. The Judgment certainly is good news! We must remember that judgment is given in favor of the saints.
In my opinion this book agrees with Bible and Spirit of Prophecy.
Elder Varner J. Leggitt Ph.D.
Pastor Actively Retired from Southeastern California Conference