I am doing research on a book refuting Seventh-day Adventism and need some help. Lev 16:16 16 And he shall make an atonement for the holy place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions in all their sins: and so shall he do for the tabernacle of the congregation, that remaineth among them in the midst of their uncleanness. SDAs us this text to teach that confessed sins defiled both the earthly AND the heavenly sanctuary. The earthly was "cleansed" one day a year on the Day of Atonement. The heavenly has been in a process of cleansing ever since 1844. 1. I totally disagree with the SDA position. Lev. 16:16 proves too much. It says that the High Priest also cleansed ALL of the sanctuary on the Day of Atonement (which SDAs do not teach). 2. Since I cannot accept the premise that the most holy place in the universe, God's presence, is defiled by our confessed sins. the fulfillment of the ONE DAy of Atonement was the ONE day of Calvary. 3. Therefore, how do we Baptists explain Lev 16:16? What needed to be cleansed on the O.T. Day of Atonement? Doesn't sacrificial blooD CLEAN instead of DEFILE?