Jurandir, I respectfully disagree with your conclusions.
Yes we are a church, not a country and yes we are led by God. But that is neither the question nor answer in Simone’s essay.
The old, white, men who are in positions of responsibility of the Seventh-day Adventist church appear to be acting in ways that Jesus did not. In fact, they seem more like Pharisees. Jesus raised up the disenfranchised. He called into leadership tax collectors, common laborers - those the religious leaders of the day shunned. The early Christian church had women leaders. Paul persecuted Christians until God called him.
You say the great problem is people concerned with rights, not what is right. I disagree. It is not right for our church to decide that women are less worthy than men. That their service to God is of a different class.
And what gives some men the right to say that one person’s sincere worship is not Godly because it may differ than what someone else likes?
Psalm 150 3-5 (NIV)
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
God saves people, not institutions. When facing Judgment, do you think that Jesus and God will say to our denomination leaders, “you denied women the right to serve, or you took their service and didn’t recognize them for it - well done good and faithful servant?”, or do you think he will say “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” Matt 25:40 (NIV)?