I may be mistaken but I thought we were allowed one original post but unlimited replies. But since you seem to be such a strong advocate for law and order (except when it involves the current GC policy to disallow WO), I will put everything under one post so as not to be a stumbling block to those of weaker faith.
The SDA Church’s so-called narrow viewpoint is the Biblical viewpoint.
Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because[a] narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:13-14
WO is most definitely a theological issue. There can only be one truth. Truth is never relative. Our God is not a god of confusion. Either WO is of God or it is not. There is no middle ground. The same hermeneutics that have been used to justify WO are the exact same hermeneutics being used to justify homosexuality, Sunday sacredness, consumption of unclean meat, and every other heresy that goes against sound doctrine. The ultimate excuse is that everything in the Bible is culture based and is thus relative. That is why proponents of WO are being hypocrites when they speak out against any kind of consenting sexual relationships including polygamy, bisexuality, homosexuality, incest between adults, bestiality, and in the very near future, robosexuality.
Anyone who does those things you mentioned because they truly love God and want to be like Jesus will also turn away from anything that would separate themselves from Him including LGBT sexual relationships, both in mind or in deed.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 1 Corinthians 13:3-6
Egotists, secular humanists and people who practice salvation by works can also do the things you mentioned but for all the wrong reasons.
If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. Matthew 16:24, 25
We are all called to deny our sinful desires and crucify our sinful natures daily. If we insist on clinging onto sin, then we are not abiding in Him and not allowing Him to abide in us. I am just as much of a sinner as you and every person on earth. My righteousness is as filthy toilet paper. Anyone who attempts to enter the wedding feast wearing such garments instead of the white robes of Christ’s righteousness will be thrown out into the darkness. However, the white robe will never be given to anyone who insists on hanging onto their filthy toilet paper garments. They must first discard their cherished sins before they can be washed and made new.
Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness! Matthew 7:21-23
Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters. 1 Corinthians 7:19
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. Galatians 5:6
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. Galatians 6:15
Yes, it is important to do good works and help those in need. But it is just as important, even more so, to love God and to obey Him in everything. When the Holy Spirit makes us a new creation, our love for God drives us to do anything and everything for His glory thereby giving evidence that our faith is real. This faith and love is what allows us to turn over control of our mind and body to Jesus who then keeps His Eleven Commandments for us.
If these words cut you to your core, it is because that is what the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, is supposed to do.
Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. Matthew 10:34
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:12, 13k
And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh. Revelation 19:21
You make your smug dismissive comments without answering why my logic is flawed which makes me wonder if the god of this age has blinded your mind.
If you have eyes to see and ears to hear, I would highly recommend Women’s Ordination: 31 Popular Arguments and Biblical Answers by Eugene Prewitt.
The reason why I believe, if WO proponents were consistent with their hermeneutics, they should support the list of abominations I mentioned is because they believe the contemporary culture supersedes the Word of God. Since much of Western society views women’s liberation and the eradication of all gender distinctions and roles as normal and desirable, WO proponents naturally feel that the Bible should be interpreted to promote these viewpoints. Given the fact that humanity will only become more wicked as God’s Spirit withdraws from the earth we can expect abominations and wickedness to become normalized in the future. In the future, if the culture promotes it and if they want to be consistent with their interpretation of Scripture, WO proponents will have no choice but to accept and ordain those who practice things that at this time would be considered abomination. Ultimately, the culture, rather than the Word of God, will determine what is right or wrong. As Aleister Crowley said, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Love is the law, love under will.” That is the disastrous end of all who elevate culture and human reason above the Word of God.
For I am the Lord, I do not change;
Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. Malachi 3:6
The proper Biblical hermeneutic is that the Word of God always supersedes culture. It is not OK to interpret the Bible to fit what you want it to say just so that you don’t have to feel guilty when you are doing wrong. Culture can and does change what is considered sinful but the Divine standard of holiness has remained the same and will remain the same from eternity to eternity. When God’s people have disregarded the Biblical hermeneutic, heresy upon heresy has arisen within their midst.
You thought that I was altogether like you;
But I will rebuke you,
And set them in order before your eyes. Psalm 50:21
Holiness is unnatural to us and that is why we try time after time to bring God down to our level and project our thoughts and our feelings onto Him. God does not want us to stay in our imperfect unholy way of thinking. That is why He rebukes us and sets our sins before our eyes so that we can know what they are and repent of them.
If we refuse to repent, the grim reality is that God will not be able to protect us from Satan’s deceptions since we would be considered his lawful prey. Compromises will be made, sin will be redefined, the Word of God will be explained away, and we will ultimately be deceived by the false New Age Jesus, Satan himself.
Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. Romans 1:22-25
The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12