@ Sterling Spence. I would encourage you to revisit your argument. This is a persuasion piece and as such needs to be factual and logical and that is not the case, which muddles your point.
You say that the purpose of Christianity is to tear down oppressive systems and that on this theological foundation the GC is dead.
First, I would argue that this is not the purpose of Christianity, although that may be the result. Christianity is not a corporate or group event, it’s an individual one; myself as an individual becoming aware of my inadaquacy and sin and finding solution in Jesus Christ and His forgiveness of me. It is then my living in Christ and my changing into whom He wants me to be. That may result in tearing down oppressive systems, but the purpose is Jesus Christ and Him crucified for me and you.
Secondly, you argue that because the GC is not about tearing down oppressive systems, it is therefore theologically dead. I disagree here also. You and I may disagree with the recent votes at the GC. We may decry how the GC handles difficult issues, but that does not make them untheologically sound. What it does mean is that you and I have a significant difference of opinion in theology and Christianity in action than do many leaders in the GC and much of the Seventh-day Adventist church around the world.
Regarding women’s ordination, the reality is that a majority of the delegates voted against it. They did so for both cultural reasons and theological ones. They have scriptures that support their point of view which they believe trump arguments about inclusion and equalness. They have a reason for their beliefs. Do I agree with their reasons? NO. But that doesn’t mean I don’t accept that their reasons are valid to them and valid in the eyes of God as they see it. In regards to LGBTQ, they have scriptures that they believe support their viewpoint. If they took a different perspective - your perspective, that would be a theological error in their viewpoint, in fact it would be sin. To denounce people (because the “GC” is people - people like my mother-in-law, who loves Jesus with all her heart - from her conservative viewpoint) because they believe differently than you is no different than their denouncing of gays, or women pastors; another sign of intolerance, both on their part and yours.
I don’t know what will happen with Adventism. It may be that people of good will and authority will encourage us as a worldwide body of believers to focus on our faith and sameness rather than our differences. To lead with love and acceptance rather than with anger and divisiveness. Or maybe not. It’s also possible that Adventism will split between conservative and liberal churches, a very painful split that like the US Civil War will pit brother against brother, parent against child as each go their own way determined that they are right and have God’s favaor and the “other” is wrong and is practicing sin. And yet, maybe that is what God intends. The Tower of Babel was in the Bible for a reason, perhaps the reason is this.
What I do know is that I love my mother-in-law and we are both Seventh-day Adventists in spite of our significant disagreements on what that means. I do not declare her theologically dead because we differ over various issues.