-------- Original Message --------
||Danny Shelton, Mollie Steenson, Doug Batchelor,
Amazing Facts, AUReporter, 3ABN Trust Services,
AToday Editor, NAD President, Fred Kinsey
||Mene, Mene, Tekel, Parsin
||Wed, 25 Apr 2007 20:28:20 EDT
April 26, 2007
Dear Mr. Shelton:
First, thank you for having the vision to create a satellite-based
media ministry to help spread the Gospel. You will be
remembered for being the driving force behind the creation and
development of 3ABN. There may be many stars in your crown in
the Kingdom for all your hard work. You and Linda Shelton have
done a wonderful thing these past 23 years by bringing into existence
a worldwide media platform for spreading the Gospel, as understood
by those of us in the SDA Church, when our own church leaders
failed to have the same vision.
Now, as with all entrepreneurs, there comes a time when it
is right for your departure from the ministry. And as with
many entrepreneurs, you have overstayed your time at 3ABN. Your
continued involvement, public or private, at 3ABN now stands
to jeopardize all the good work you have done in helping to spread
God's message of Salvation.
Your continued presence at 3ABN increases the chances that
the wrongs you stand accused of doing will become public knowledge
... way beyond the 3ABN audience, and they will bring great
shame upon the whole of the SDA Church – such as has never been
seen in its almost 150 year history. You are the lightning
rod that now attracts criticism from many Seventh-day Adventists.
Criticism of you not because of whom you are or your background
but because of your own questionable actions and wrongdoings
done during your tenure at 3ABN. Power is very corrupting and
you have, as it appears, unfortunately failed that test.
For too long you have been allowed to run 3ABN as your personal
fiefdom, rewarding those you like, and persecuting or punishing
those who have lost your favor. The Board of Directors has
been incredibly weak, lacking depth of character in applying sound
judgment and proper oversight to the operations of 3ABN. They
have failed to properly manage the ministry to keep it out of
harm's way. It now stands to lose some or all of its tax exemption
standing in the State of Illinois. Collectively, your actions
have jeopardize the charitable standing of the ministry and you
have put all of our donations at risk – causing us to cheat
the IRS if we have claimed past donations as charitable contributions
when your status as such has been revoked.
Danny, our money was given to 3ABN in trust. These funds
were not given to Danny Shelton. These funds were actually gifts
to God from all of us who want to help spread His message of
Salvation. We did not give our money and items of value to 3ABN
for the personal benefit of you and your family. Once you began
asking for broader financial support in donations from SDA Church
members, your personal use of 3ABN should have ceased and you
had a fiduciary duty to use these monies in an appropriate manner
by employing them in the work of Spreading the Gospel. As a
trustee for these funds, you and the Board of Directors are
held to a higher standard by donors and by God for their use.
Unfortunately, the temptation to abuse your power of the purse
has proven too strong for your own soul.
Do you think you are being persecuted – as you mentioned
on a broadcast a few weeks ago with an SDA Conference or Division
President? You are not. You are, however, being called to account
for your actions and being asked to make things right. I think
you have enough of a guilty conscious that you can still ask
for God's forgiveness and not lose that beautiful crown He has
waiting for you in the Kingdom. However, the longer you stay
at 3ABN, the longer you harden your heart to repenting publicly
for your sins. You are placing your Heavenly reward in jeopardy.
What a shame, you gain the whole world of 3ABN but you lose
your own eternal soul.
I have been impressed by God to send you this message ...
'Mene, Mene, Tekel, Parsin.'
Mene ... God has numbered the days of your reign at 3ABN,
and they are soon ended.
Tekel ... You have been weighed in God's balances and have
failed the test.
Somebody important once said ... if you break one of "my"
Commandments you are guilty of breaking them all!
Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery ...
Individuals whom have entered into questionable "quickie"
divorces and subsequent marriages (as your third marriage took
place just days after your stealth offshore divorce was granted)
should not be a public face of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
(Yes, I know 3ABN is not "owned" by the Church and does not
receive Church funds directly. It does, however, receive ongoing
support through broadcasting of Church programming, broadcasting
the General Conference meetings in St. Louis, almost weekly broadcasting
from local SDA Churches, and the frequent appearance of Church
employees for guest appearances.) You are on your third marriage,
right? What happened to the sanctity of marriage within the
SDA Church family? If the allegations of adultery that you and
the 3ABN Board of Directors have publicly made against Linda
Sue Shelton do not hold true, then you are guilty yourself of
committing adultery in the eyes of God and under current SDA
Thou Shalt Not Steal ...
There have been questionable book royalty deals between yourself
and 3ABN. Your family stands accused of not paying fair value
to the ministry for gifts – grand pianos – given to 3ABN but
now in the possession of the Shelton family. Who on earth told
you to make donations of $20,000 in 3ABN funds to a local public
high school for gym equipment? I gave my money to 3ABN to help
spread the Gospel ... not to allow you to become a big shot in
your local community. Danny, are you enjoying your new furniture
that we ... the past supports of 3ABN paid for ... which you
had delivered to your own home instead of the 3ABN set for which
it was purchased? Did it ease your conscience when you gave
3ABN your old living room furniture for use on the set? You
are also accused of abusing your power by spending 3ABN funds
unwisely or frivolously on private jet aircraft – the same type
of embarrassing criticism of the Benny Hinn Ministry advanced
by Dateline NBC when they did their revealing exposure of the
corruption in his ministry – spending money for your personal
comfort instead of being a good steward and flying on less expensive
commercial aircraft, albeit a bit more inconvenient. The plane
is in very bad taste when those funds could be better spent on
other things to help advance God's cause. Jesus suffered on
the cross for our salvation. Couldn't you have suffer a bit
too by flying on commercial flights instead of using an obscenely
expensive Cessna Citation jet?
Thou Shalt not Lie ... Thou Shalt not bear False Witness
I was incredibly saddened to learn of the sudden departure
of Linda Shelton from 3ABN almost two years ago. After all,
it was her on-air presence that drew my attention to the ministry.
She has a wonderful, comforting way of communicating. Danny,
you have frequently been intellectually challenged during on-air
broadcasts, searching for the right words to use in many situations.
At times it is incredibly uncomfortable to listen to you speak.
The only redeeming fact is that your sincerity comes through
and softens the cringe one feels from your rough vocabulary.
After you and others at 3ABN perpetrated lies about Linda Shelton's
departure, lies perpetrated by minions including members of the
captive Board of Directors, you made significantly more on-air
appearances to fill in the huge void caused by Linda's unjust
departure. If I am wrong, prove me so by agreeing to the public,
ASI-sponsored hearing you are making every effort to avoid.
Let the truth see the light of day. If I am wrong, I will issue
a public non-anonymous apology on the web, in local SDA Churches,
and even on-air on 3ABN. Show the evidence you say you have
against her to prove you are not guilty of committing adultery.
Like Benny Hinn, you are also a bit too obsessed with your
on-air wardrobe. Please read what Mrs. White says about wearing
outlandish clothes. Why are you trying to look like a Michael
Jackson impersonator? Case-in-point ... your black jacket with
ostentatious gold lapels worn on your recent, joint 3ABN Live
broadcast with Pastor Batchelor. Have your clothes, your appearance
and your own personal demands of being provided with luxury air
travel become your own God? Perhaps this section should be under
the subheading of not worshipping other gods! Pastor Batchelor
preached a Sabbath sermon recently on this same topic. I hope
his influence over 3ABN will include the on-air wardrobes worn
by 3ABN representatives.
Parsin ... Your 3ABN kingdom will be divided and given
to Amazing Facts and to those at 3ABN untouched by your family's
Why do you still have a web-link on the 3ABN web page to your
brother's personal web site when it is public knowledge that
he has been a sexual predator / pedophile in the past? I give
you the names of Pastor Brad Dunning, Duane and Roger Clem to
name a few victims of Tommy Shelton's inappropriate sexual advances
who have come forward publicly. Many of your nasty Emails are
found on www.save3abn.org as you are well aware.
In conclusion, Danny, it is time for you to Repent. Publicly
acknowledge your sins against Church members who have supported
3ABN in the past. Ask for forgiveness. Pay back the funds you
and your family may have stolen or embezzled from the ministry.
As a result of your unacceptable mistakes and inappropriate
actions, I and many others have made the decision to stop our
financial support of 3ABN until there is an honest "spring" cleaning
of its management, Board and staff (your loyal minions must go
too if they are unable to pledge their total support to the new
management team). Once you have departed and respectable, honorable
men and women of sound judgment and character have been put in
charge of 3ABN's daily operations and 3ABN has prepared records
to show how the funds are being spent, prepared, certified, audited
financial statements to prove its tax-exemption status and all
pending cases in that regard have been properly adjudicated or
withdrawn, then I will contact the trust services group of 3ABN.
I would like to create a significant revocable trust arrangement
that will leave all of my real estate holdings to the Lord, in
trust of 3ABN, for help in spreading the Gospel message of Jesus.
Danny, please save us all further embarrassment and quietly
leave 3ABN before you end up destroying the ministry and its
ability to be effective in saving souls.
Anonymously, your SDA Church brother in Christ.
webscam55 at aol dot com
Palm Springs, California
PS – I don't know Linda Shelton. I have never met Linda
Shelton. I have never spoken with her or had any form of communication
with her before this Email. All I know is ... she may have been
unjustly accused and publicly persecuted by Danny Shelton and
people beholden to him for their positions and / or incomes.