One of the ways of rethinking a controversial belief, is to spiritualize it in an affirming way that seeks to protect its historical legitimacy without having to continue to literalize it. In that tradition this homily works well, to the degree that salvation is like modern courtship and marriage. The bible, however, knows nothing of salvation as analogues to a contemporary Western courtship ritual.
Could salvation be more like the biblical matrimonial metaphor in which the bride (the group who will be saved upon Jesus the bridegroom’s return to claim) was purchased by the groom or the groom’s father and had no say in the marriage?
A more helpful rethinking of the Investigative Judgment may be to address the topic itself, as this treatise does, http://www.rethinkingadventism.com/support-files/cottrell_1844.pdf and as this treatise does https://adventiststudies.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/assumptions-re-1844-full-version.pdf .
The lurking issue is not the Investigative Judgment, of course, but rather to work out just how our church can move away from a teaching many in the church can no longer embrace as substantive to them? Seventh-day Adventists actually have experience in doing this with multiple beliefs across the first few decades after the church’s founding. And forty years after the founding of the church Ellen White in 1892 offered her belief that the church not only had “much to learn” yet, but ‘much, much’ to ‘unlearn.’
Alas, this is not easy work, which is why at the time Ellen White called for the church to reclaim the spirit of its founders, who were willing to embrace one another in a jubilant consensus of God’s presence among them rather than demanding doctrinal consensus.
Meanwhile, we have, it seems, become something of a collector of what we now term Fundamental Beliefs, and increasingly seek to measure members by the beliefs, rather than the beliefs by the members as we fundamentally did during our founding.
I am rather attracted to the sense that revival and reformation will take us back to the founding spirit of the church. So far the leadership clamor for revival and reformation has failed to move the church in any direction it seems. Indeed, progress as measured by rate of church growth has stalled. We have not even half the members a year-2000 study predicted we would have today if the average rate of growth between 1980 and 2000 were to have continued.
A possible takeaway is that it is really hard to catch the train when having substantially over-baggaged for the journey and there are no porters to assist.