Comment on Northern California Conference Votes to Act Independent of the General Conference by cindy Tutsch.
Daniel, you may find this Adventist Review article on “the plain reading of Scripture” and biblical hermeneutics helpful. http://www.adventistreview.org/hermeneutics-and-slavery
If you find it REALLY helpful you might want to read the full article. The AR article was just a condensed version! Here is a link to the entire article http://digitalcommonsandrews.edu/theology-christian-philosophy-pubs/135/
cindy Tutsch Also Commented
Northern California Conference Votes to Act Independent of the General Conference
Sean, I appreciate your desire to please God in all things, which comes out plainly in your post and in your comments. May God continue to guide you into all truth, and into the path you should pursue in these difficult times for our church. I will pray for you, and for me, and indeed, all who are impacted by these events.
I find the following citation thought provoking in light of current controversies:
“It has been a necessity to organize union conferences, that the General Conference shall not exercise dictation over all the separate conferences.” EGW in 4 MR 292
I’m not sure exactly how that citation applies to your dilemma, but the Holy Spirit knows! May He anoint your mind with heaven’s wisdom.