-------- Original Message --------
||Walt Thompson, Elder Ken Denslow
||Sat, 09 Dec 2006 20:41:13 -0600
I hesitate to send a copy of this to Elder Denslow too, since
some of the points seem less important than the major, major
issues we have been discussing the last ten days, but since he
is the conference president and a member of the 3ABN board, I
do think I need to keep him abreast of all of this correspondence.
Particularly, I think he needs to see the pastoral appeal I wrote
to Danny late Wednesday, as well as your reply to it, both of
which appear at the bottom of my reply to yours.
You'll have to pardon me, but I'm not exactly sure who to
address this reply to. I can see at least five internal clues
in your reply that Danny Shelton was not the author. And a couple
others who have read it are likewise absolutely positive that
Danny didn't write it. So I will address you as the author, but
speak of Danny in third person.
"It seems your time would be better spent winning souls than
trying to destroy people."
You will be happy to know that just last Sunday afternoon,
I spent four and a half hours in a Bible study in a home of a
family of ten. Wasn't sure what to expect since the idea was
for them to share with me where Adventists could improve in their
doctrines. We ended up covering the topics they chose such as
the Spirit of Prophecy, the scapegoat, the investigative judgment,
the perpetuity of the law of God and spiritual gifts, law and
grace, Christ in the Old Testament, and the Sabbath. We parted
with them asking for literature about the Sabbath.
We didn't discuss the state of the dead, though. My daughter
had covered that last time we met.
"I feel sorry for you and Gailon and others who have fallen for
lies. ... You and Gailon have judged me based on rumors and lies."
I am not sure what to make of this. Since our current discussion
began Wednesday a week ago because of Dr. Walt Thompson's written
statement that Danny had essentially misled him regarding the
serious nature, wide extent, and recent timing of the Tommy Shelton
child molestation allegations, are you trying to say that Danny's
trusted board chairman and staunch defender was lying to me?
"I am very confident that an unbiased ASI group will see truth
when it is presented to them. ... The ASI group will judge me
and Linda based on evidence."
In my opinion, Danny's persistent refusal to allow ASI to
review all the allegations, including the elaborate fabrication
Dr. Thompson indicated that Danny told him in 2003 in order to
cover up the serious nature, wide extent, and recent timing of
his brother's child molestation allegations, that persistent
refusal is a fatal mistake. And that fact is obvious to nearly
everyone who knows about it.
"Our financial records are in perfect order. We have nothing
to hide. It's just that we don't have to show every one who comes
along all our records just because he thinks he is a Sherlock
Holmes as you and Gailon seem to think you are. You have bought
Linda's lie hook line and sinker because you have believed a
few people who claim to 'know' certain things."
Maybe Danny didn't tell you that I didn't believe outright
what Gailon wrote about his trying to hide during his distribution
of marital assets case the amounts that he pocketed from the
free distribution of Ten Commandments Twice Removed last spring.
That's why I wrote Danny on Oct. 31 and asked him if he was indeed
trying to hide that, and I also asked him how much royalty was
paid by whom and to whom. Did he really get 11 cents a book x
4.5 million books = roughly $500,000?
Since in Danny's four replies he evaded all attempts to clarify
that figure, he thus led me to believe that his personal profits
from that free distribution must have been substantial. And on
Nov. 3 he did say:
"The info Galon or whomever, gave you about royalties and
costs of books ect. is a lie also. ...
"I will not at this time devulge any more info about this
book at this time. I may when mine and her settlement case is
And as I made very clear in my next reply to Danny, I took
these words to mean that he was indeed hiding how much he had
profited from the free distribution of Ten Commandments Twice
Removed during the distribution of marital assets proceedings.
Correct me if I am wrong, but Danny did not correct my perception
in his replies of November 4 and 5, and still today, I am at
a loss to take his words in any other way.
In other words, I have come to believe that Danny did make
a killing on the free distribution of Ten Commandments Twice
Removed, and that he was trying to hide the amounts of those
profits during his distribution of marital assets proceedings,
I have come to believe that because of Danny's own testimony,
not because of what Gailon or any of Danny's critics have said.
"Linda knows all the bad seeds she has planted about the management
of 3ABN is not true. It is all a smoke screen. If all this wrong
doing had been going on all these years then she would also be
accountable as she was the VP of 3ABN. Yes, she was privy to
all facets of this ministry. No secrets were kept from her."
This has been my concern almost from the beginning. I have
been concerned that Danny might try to take anyone and everyone
down with him, including the totally innocent and those who have
simply made some innocent mistakes.
Whether Linda falls into that category, I cannot say and do
not know. But I would advise Danny that it will not be good PR
for his cause if he starts trying to drag a host of others into
the midst of this.
"I'm amazed that if those of us in leadership are so crooked
and such awful liars as you and your group seem to think, that
God would continue to bless us in every way. This has been our
best year ever financially. Our wills and trust department has
brought in more money this year than ever before also."
I am a bit puzzled at this. The book of Job; Mat. 5:45; Luke
12:16-20; 16:23-25; Rev. 3:17; and other passages all tell us
that material blessings are not necessarily evidence that we
are in the Lord's will, and Seventh-day Adventists have always
believed and taught that. Are you suggesting that Danny no longer
"No Bob, the last thing on my mind right now is resigning from
3ABN. I will resign when the Lord is ready for it."
I think any unbiased onlooker to our discussions the last
ten days would say that the Lord is ready for it. Shall we take
"Most of the complainers are not the prayer warriors and financial
contributors to 3ABN."
This may in part be due to the fact that Danny apparently
ensures that those who don't personally agree with his course
are removed from or prevented from being on 3ABN's email lists.
I only suggest that because I signed up a long time ago and have
yet to receive a thing.
And of course, anyone who finds out that Danny's own board
chairman has essentially admitted that Danny misled him regarding
the serious nature, wide extent, and recent timing of the Tommy
Shelton child molestation allegations would likely hesitate to
continue financially supporting 3ABN, until these extremely serious
issues are resolved. Most folks probably do not want to contribute
to a ministry if they think their contribution just might possibly
get diverted from the Lord's work and be used instead to defend
and settle cases of alleged child molestation. And with the apparent
negligence that Danny has shown in this matter, one can only
dream of the amount of punitive damages a jury just might award.
"You can believe Gailon and Linda if you choose. But I know first
hand about their lies they have told. Barb Kerr just wrote me
and told me that Gailon is voicing that he has uncovered at least
8-10 affairs that I have had since I married Linda. God knows
and I know that is lie. There has never been one!"
For the record, I am basing what I believe to be fact upon
what Danny, Dr. Thompson, Hal and Mollie Steenson, John Lomacang,
Melody Firestone, and the O'Briens have said.
As far as how many affairs Gailon said that Danny has had,
Gailon's actual wording in his email of Nov. 26 states that Danny
has had "inappropriate relationships," not "affairs." I would
very much appreciate Danny writing back and stating unequivocally
that he has not had one single inappropriate relationship in
the last 22 years.
Regarding Barb Kerr's main reason for writing Danny:
"I am writing once again to ask you to donate the master copies
of all of my cooking videos to my ministry. I now have my non-profit
501(c)(3) status and would be happy to give you a receipt for
your donation. I would also like, in writing, a statement that
gives me the rights to use the programs as I see fit. I appreciate
so much your generosity towards my ministry since you are no
longer airing the programs or selling them."
Will Danny be donating the master copies of and rights to
Barbara Kerr's cooking programs that she put so much effort and
time into, and if so, when, and if not, why not?
"I have talked to church leaders who tell me that Gailon Joy
could not be Christian."
Which church leaders have told Danny that? How can we be sure
that this statement is any more factual than the fabrication
that the child molestation allegations against Tommy Shelton
are all 30 years old?
"People finding out that he is a convicted embezzler has helped
your little group also."
Yes, as he explained in detail to Danny, Gailon did convert
to his own use money that he had an interest in, which according
to Vermont statute constitutes embezzlement. In laymen's oversimplified,
imprecise, and not quite accurate terms, he stole his own money.
This sounds just a tad more serious than the charge that Ellen
White plagiarized since she didn't use quotation marks and cite
references in every instance where she copied from her own writings.
"Ps. I didn't read the last two emails from you. I just deleted
them so I don't know what story you are talking about, but you
don't need to bother to re send it."
Here is something which one of Danny's friends pointed out
to me when he called the other day. Danny wrote on Tuesday:
"According to you and Gailon and several others, the 3ABN leadership
including myself, have covered up my wrong doing by making Linda
the scape goat. ... Should ASI decide that the 3ABN board and
myself did not 'scapegoat Linda' ...."
I replied in my next to last email:
"I believe the term 'smokescreen' would be more appropriate than
And in this email you write:
"It is all a smoke screen."
Danny's friend thought that this indicated for sure that either
you or Danny had indeed read my next to last email, contrary
to your assertion. Or, as someone pointed out, instead of reading
them, maybe Danny had someone read my last two emails to him.
Thus, he could have known their contents without actually reading
Thanks so much for passing on this reply to Danny.