Someone asked the following question, which I can’t answer, so I’ll leave it open here for a while:
My questions are: what are the limits to the jurisdiction of the SDA General Conference, and how – in practice – do people decide whether or not a General Conference decision has been successfully “shown” to conflict with the word of God?
These are two clear limits to General Conference decisions set out in their Church Manual (17th ed) but I don’t really see how, in practice, such limits actually exist.
My answer would be:
My understanding is that the GC would define the official beliefs of the Adventist church, but to what extent the laity get to voice their views I don’t know. I don’t know how the GC is limited in a practical sense by the manual you reference.