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||Monday, March 07, 2005 3:36 PM
Good morning Johann,
Thank you for your phone call and e mail. Please know that
you and your dear wife are in my daily prayers - as is Linda.
It is not for anger or retribution that I have taken the actions
that I have taken.
[Johann Thorvaldsson] Thanks for writing, Walt.
For heaven's sake, why does a Christian gentleman act the way
you have if it is not for anger or retribution?
Everything I have done has been done honestly,
[Johann Thorvaldsson] Perhaps you did, but
why not have your honesty adjusted with the religion we were
taught at old EMC? I must search deep and wide for the smallest
grain of honesty in your actions in this case, Walt. Your integrity
is not impressing denomination leaders in this part of the world.
One of the Union presidents told me today that they have decided
to reject any cooperation with 3ABN, in spite of Claus's claims
and Danny Shelton's offer of financial aid to the European 3ABN.
Honesty does not seem to be a 3ABN trademark.
prayerfully, and with the only wisdom that I have.
[Johann Thorvaldsson] I can see that! May the
Lord have mercy! Danny has now sent me all those arguments you
refused to give me on the phone - those "proofs" with which he
thinks he is going to crush Linda. If those are all the arguments
with which you have made your decisions, they are a very thin
dish of soup. I guess you were never aware of this. A surgeon,
a pastor, and a lawyer should have more sense than a fifth grader
with a calendar and a list of events, but that is all it takes
to see how ridiculous your arguments are. Since you lack the
wisdom to see this, I hope the Lord will eventually forgive you,
after you have come to your senses, and made restitution for
the evil you have done.
If I have failed anywhere along the way I am truly sorry,
because it has not been my intent to hurt any.
[Johann Thorvaldsson] Why do you then? My phone conversation
with you gave me a picture of how you treated Linda, it you talked
to her in the same condescending drone as you talked to me, I
can well understand where your honesty failed and you need more
prayer. Why do I say "condescending drone?" Because in your whole
way of talking you clearly assumed Linda's guilt - based on those
ridiculous assumptions. It was the same drone I heard from John
Lomacang and Nick Miller at that meeting we had.
In all of your actions you made the most ridiculous
demands of Linda, regardless of how you interpret it. Since you
managed medical school you should have sense enough to see this,
Walt. With a man of your education there is no excuse, neither
is there for the pastor nor the lawyer. Can't you fathom it?
Linda was cut off from access to any of her friends.
Brenda had lied on her. Danny cut off every avenue she had to
friends. You kept droning on her that she had better admit the
sins she had never committed. Be honest, Walt, even though you
claim you never accused her of adultery, that was what Danny
was continually accusing her of, as attested by the email I received
from him. How could she at this stage perceive that your accusations
did not include what Danny said?
Again, you kept droning on her that she must seek
counsel. Counsel for what? Danny made it clear in his email that
the only counsel she needed was to be told and admit that she
was a great whore. This can all be verified, so this is not based
In this situation Linda saw there was only one
person who could verify her innocence. But you kept condescending
the drone that she must not talk to the only person in this world
who knew exactly what had happened.
Is it possible for a person to show more disdain
for another human being than what you displayed through this
whole process? Is it strange that Linda now seeks restitution
through a court for the lack of understanding that was never
displayed by her fellow believers?
Feeling sorry for your action is good, but is
it sufficient? What have you done to Linda through these actions?
I am all for justice and mercy in this case and that all be
done to the glory of God.
[Johann Thorvaldsson] Actions are worth more
than words in this case. How can you honor God by bringing such
disgrace on 3ABN?
I have not acted on theory nor heresay, but only upon the
convincing evidence that I have had, much of it personal experience.
[Johann Thorvaldsson] Your words alone are
not very convincing.
I have been very close to 3ABN through the years and especially
so during this past year. I am pretty much aware to what is
truth and what is not. And yes, there are many things that I
am not aware of, but I have not based any of my decisons on those
[Johann Thorvaldsson] Could there be too many
things you are not aware of for you to make an honest decision?
Any decent, honest leader has to see a matter from all sides. This
is what you have stubbornly refused to do, as far as I can see.
You depended way too much on internal evidence, and on counsel
from those who were being inundated with false proofs of Linda's
guilt. This can never be tolerated in a Christian society, the
way I was brought up, including EMC.
So far as accusing Linda of adultery, I will say here again
in writing that I have never accused linda of adultery. I do not
know whether or not that has taken place, and it is has never
been a factor in my decisions or recommendations. Linda was given
opportunity over and over again to break off a relationship that
was destroying the ministry, and to remain with 3abn. She was
furthermore told by myself and others where her decisions were
leading, yet she refused to listen to our advice.
[Johann Thorvaldsson] Inhuman advice in this
situation. Why can't you see it, Walt?
Only when it became evident that the ministry was at stake
did we take the issue to the board for definitive action.
[Johann Thorvaldsson] Yes. All because of Danny
Shelton's stubbornness, and not based on common sense wisdom
- because you made it impossible to let the board listen to
The letter that you refer to that I wrote to the 3ABN family
does not accuse Linda of adultery. If any have interpreted it
to say that, perhaps you may accept a bit of the credit for reading
that element into it. But that idea was not written into the
letter, nor was it intended to be implied. In fact, the specific
effort was made to avoid making such an insinuation since frankly,
I have never had the kind of evidence needed whereby to make
such an accusation.
[Johann Thorvaldsson] From the wording it was
sorely difficult to discern your intentions, even if you claim
you can legally hide yourself behind the jargon used. And how
about what you sent to Adventist Today? You will find my response
to that on Club Adventist. Thus far I have only received appreciation
for the clarification I gave to your thwarted statement, again
based on your application of false facts, because there were
several aspects you refused to consider. The Lord says, "Come,
let us reason together." How can you reason when only applying
evidence from one side? How Unchristian!
I hope this will be helpful to you.
[Johann Thorvaldsson] Yes, it really has -
to show me how inhuman you have treated Linda. It gives me a
deeper conviction that my work is barely started yet. It is so
difficult to get through your ingrained bias.
Please give Irmgard my best regards.
Sincerely in the blessed name of Jesus,
Walter Thompson MD