It is common for those sympathetic to the cause of OW, to site the removal of the priesthood ban as an example of the church changing its practices as a result of continuing revelation. It was while pondering this, that I decided to review Official Declaration 2 (OD2). In doing so, I felt that the actual text of OD2 is in fact damaging to their cause. OD2 is a fairly recent revelation regarding access to the priesthood, and is perhaps the most clear revelation that states that it is males who are to be ordained to the priesthood. Here are a couple of highlights (emphasis mine):
In early June of this year, the First Presidency announced that a revelation had been received by President Spencer W. Kimball extending priesthood and temple blessings to all worthy male members of the Church.
Pretty clear. And further:
Aware of the promises made by the prophets and presidents of the Church who have preceded us that at some time, in God’s eternal plan, all of our brethren who are worthy may receive the priesthood, and witnessing the faithfulness of those from whom the priesthood has been withheld, we have pleaded long and earnestly in behalf of these, our faithful brethren, spending many hours in the Upper Room of the Temple supplicating the Lord for divine guidance.
And further still:
He has heard our prayers, and by revelation has confirmed that the long-promised day has come when every faithful, worthy man in the Church may receive the holy priesthood, with power to exercise its divine authority, and enjoy with his loved ones every blessing that flows therefrom, including the blessings of the temple. Accordingly, all worthy male members of the Church may be ordained to the priesthood without regard for race or color.
The clear statements in this revelation regarding the removal of the priesthood ban based on race, seem to make this example a two-edged sword. One edge providing some hope for a desired change, and the other edge making the most clear, unambiguous statements regarding a male-only priesthood. And while I am sure there are those who are determined and skilled enough to twist even these words into meaning whatever they want, there is probably a reason why the OW crowd point to the idea of OD2 rather than point to the text of OD2.