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If we like, we can continue to nurse this dialog of battle
over Linda and involve the whole church and whole world in the
warfare. Should we do so, God in His great mercy may still find
a way to bring good out of it as He did when He took ancient
Israel to Babylon. I would prefer that He have a more faithful
people to give Him a better, more powerful witness.
[Johann Thorvaldsson] Since God has charged me
to stand for truth, this battle will continue as long as you
see fit to present a document, like the present one, where you
give Linda 24 hours to sign or reject it.
I would agree with those church leaders who see
a resemblance between that document and those issued during the
times of witch hunting that flourished in Europe in the past.
I wonder where you dug up a manuscript like that? Hardly written
by an intelligent God-fearing person. You are far above such
base treatment of a human being? You give Linda no choice but
crawling into a cage where she is buried for the rest of her
life. You offer her help - but give her no choice of who should
help her face her destiny.
Some of our denominational leaders that I know
will see in this document the tragic development where the leaders
of 3ABN are no longer following the specific assignment given
them by the Lord, and these leaders will use this material in
their study if 3ABN is still a mission SDA can work together
with. This is a study that was kindled by the message given through
Jan Paulsen, and Danny Shelton's call to the local church pastor.
It was also those two calls that made it clear to me that Linda
was not getting a fair treatment, and made me contact her again.
I do not agree with your belief that Linda is being victimized.
[Johann Thorvaldsson] What about the present document?
It will not be buried in 24 hours - but will haunt you for years
But though we disagree we still need to work together to find
[Johann Thorvaldsson] Are you still willing -
or will it only be on the terms of victimizing Linda?
Accordingly, I would be pleased if you would submit to me
in writing a comprehensive account of the allegations you have
about the way 3ABN has treated Linda. I would like this to be
comprehensive with whatever documentation you can provide so
that we may assess it accurately.
[Johann Thorvaldsson] Too late now. I have handed
such documentation over to another party - where you will meet
it in due time. Too bad you did not think of this earlier, so
I could see there was a willingness to come to terms.
Once this has been done, my request is that you discontinue
further correspondence with Linda or anyone else regarding this
matter. In this way we will have the information we need to act,
and you will have opportunity to pursue your work of spreading
the Good News to Europe. Our work there has been too long stagnate
while we have been fighting.
[Johann Thorvaldsson] With you issuing this devastating
document it is unfair of you to think that I will discontinue
further correspondence with Linda.
It is my determination to give Linda every opportunity to
restore her home and ministry should she be willing.
[Johann Thorvaldsson] Keep praying, and the Lord
may give you wisdom to do just that.
She has been offered a proposal whereby this may happen. Only
she can decide what she will do with it, but all of us at 3ABN
want her to choose right. All are desirous of helping her - NONE
trying to hurt her.
[Johann Thorvaldsson] Are you sure? I have a real
difficulty seeing your point. I will share your proposals with
some of our church leaders and see what they think of what you
She may disagree with our proposal, in which case she will
be given opportunity to tell her side of the story before the
[Johann Thorvaldsson] Linda is a rather timid
person, but the Lord will give her strength and wisdom to meet
you, and she must have the freedom to choose herself what assistance
she needs in meeting such an unfair accusation.
In fact, if she were to desire to bring her case to a neutral
party of the Church - and accept the publicity such an event
would generate - I would welcome it. When all is said and done,
it is my intent that no one will be able to honestly say we have
not done everything possible to save her and her place of service.
[Johann Thorvaldsson] I'm afraid you have saddled
the wrong horse for your venture.
As you can confirm, I have not expressed any judgments about
Dr. Abrahamson other than to say that he is in the wrong for
continuing a relationship, even a doctor-patient relationship,
that is destroying the very thing he is trying to save. Having
said that, a continuation of communication between Europe and
Linda will place the board in a place where we must deal with
an insubordinate member of the organization. She has been asked
on numerous occasions to discontinue the relationship, first
by her husband who is also her superior in ministry, by her pastor,
by her board chairman, and now by the committee of the board
created to seek resolution. Likewise, both you and Dr. Abrahamson
have defied our requests to cease communication with Linda. While
I can forgive this action on the mistaken belief that it is helping
Linda, there comes a point when defiance must be dealt with lest
it destroy the whole organization. If you are so concerned about
Linda, and I believe you are, you will encourage her to get help
here and break off the relationship there. Certainly there are
people in America that can do give her the help she needs.
[Johann Thorvaldsson] If you were really treating
Linda with the fairness you imagine you are, then Linda would
not need any assistance from Europe. A person on the staff at
3ABN told me the other day how tragic it is that here you say
every day that the purpose of 3ABN is mending broken people,
and not one person has the faith or willingness to help Linda
in her plight - out of fear that they will get fired. But not
many of these people will reveal their inmost convictions through
an interview by someone collecting "facts".
Thank you for helping me to meet with Dr. Abrahamson by phone.
We had a good discussion that gave me opportunity to hear his
side of the story, a thing I appreciate.
[Johann Thorvaldsson] You should have had some
more talks with him - and so should Danny. Danny showed him the
worst kind of hospitality when he came to 3ABN - and termed him
in impostor before he saw him. He had Mollie check him in the
3ABN files, but the finance department of 3ABN had misspelled
his name - just like you do - and therefore Mollie could not
see that he was a regular contributor to 3ABN, both privately
and through his medical clinic.
So with this inhospitable start Danny has continued
by calling Arild Abrahamsen a devil. No wonder this would create
a conflict when Linda tried to follow the example of Abigail
and make up for Danny's inhospitality. Abigail was blessed by
her deed, honoring a man her husband had rejected.
While we are going through this challenging time, please confine
ALL further discussion about this matter to me or if unreachable,
Bill Hulsey or Nick Miller (other members of the committee).
In my mind this matter must not continue to spread - for the
sake of Linda, 3ABN, and the world church and cause of God.
[Johann Thorvaldsson] With Danny's call to the
local pastor and the call through Jan Paulsen - this request
comes too late. These calls have created too many questions about
this among our leaders.
Your continued earnest prayers are cherished as we accept
Sincerely in Jesus' precious name,
[Johann Thorvaldsson] And let's follow His example
- also in how we treat Linda