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Jonathan Smith, convert to Adventism partly through the ministry of 3ABN, receives a second reply from 3ABN board chairman Walt Thompson regarding the lawsuit, and responds accordingly.

Walt Thompson's Reply to Jonathan Smith

-------- Original Message --------
From:  Walt Thompson
To:  Jonathan E. Smith
Subject:  Re: 3abn and Lawsuits - Tell it not in Gath
Date:  Thursday, July 12, 2007 7:49 PM

Dear Jonathan,

I very much appreciate your comments and quotathions.

I can understand and appreciate your admonition that we drop the charges. I would undoubtedly recommend the same if I were in your shoes. There is an old Indian maxim that says one ought not judge another until one has walked in his shoes for a fortnight. I believe this is still good advice. Jesus too said, "judge not that you be not judged, for with the same judgment you judge, shall it be done unto you (or something like that)." You just cannot know the experience of those on the receiving end at 3abn, nor can you know how you would respond in a similar situation.

Though these experiences have led our board to arrive at a different conclusion, I never-the-less respect yours. God has placed within our hands a ministry and blessed it with the tools to reach the world with the Three Angels Messages. While we acknowledge that God could fight our battles for us and win, hands down, He has elected to honor us to go to battle with Him on occasion to fight for what is right. Believing this, we would be the worst of fools to turn tail and run away.

We cherish your prayers. Though you may not agree - Jobs friends didn't agree with him either - I anticipate when all is said and done, God will confirm our faith as He did Job's.

Sincerely in Jesus' Precious name,

Walter Thompson MD

Walt indicates above that the 3ABN board voted to file the lawsuit.

Jonathan Smith's Reply to Walt Thompson

-------- Original Message --------
From:  Jonathan E. Smith
Organization:  Management Studies, UWI Mona
To:  Mollie Steenson, Walt Thompson
CC:  Pastor John Lomacang
Subject:  Re: 3abn and Lawsuits - Tell it not in Gath
Date:  Thu, 12 Jul 2007 21:44:19 -0500

Dear Dr. Thompson,

Your decision is yours and anyone else involved; I cannot decide for you. Somehow I get the feeling that you believe that a lawsuit may not be the ideal thing but you are going along with it anyway. Note that once you agree to it, you are held responsible for any consequences that may result, both now and hereafter along with the other decision makers.

It is very sad that I sense a certain amount of retribution being sought by this lawsuit, even though Jesus said we should forgive 70 times 7, and that vengeance is His, He will repay.

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God's words are "My grace is sufficient for thee." ... That can keep you. If you choose not to operate within the grace of God, then you go it alone. I am not saying you are right or wrong with your complaints - that is to be determined when all the evidence is examined. What I am saying is that your methodology is ungodly, unacceptable to God.

Comparison to Job should not enter the picture any at all, since it defeats your thesis. Though his friends accused him falsely, he did not retaliate. If you are like Job you would lay yourself in the arms of God and say "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him." Job 13:15.

What are the ways that Job would maintain? How was Job described? "... that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil." Job 1:1.

In light of 1 Corinthians 6 and the quotes from EGW, I think a lawsuit is evil. If you were like Job you would behave like Job ... this current attitude makes me fear for the souls of the leaders of 3ABN. Do not be railroaded into a decision you may regret. What personal benefit is there in a lawsuit? Can you win? Even if you silence Joy and Pickle, even if you bankrupt them, what prevents people from sending stories all over the place using phantom names and addresses? What prevents stories like what is found in "The Televangelist" (some of which are obviously false, some remain to be proved or disproved) from spreading like wildfire? What prevents 3ABN from spending a lot of time and resources fighting these fires the rest of its time?

A court ruling in your favour is not a victory. It proves nothing - a lot of the outcome is dependent on high-priced lawyers and suspect tactics; it exposes dirty allegations which will bring this sordid mess into the land of the Philistines. There will be great rejoicing in Gath and Ashkelon. God has never approved of a lawsuit between brethren and never will. You have received bad advice bad, bad counsel.

This may very well be my last letter to you on this matter; I will still pray for the success of 3ABN but certainly I will not pray for this matter in the way it is handled. My prayer is that God will spare the organization for the good of souls worldwide and for the souls of its staff and friends.

When David got rich and relaxed, he lusted after Bathsheba he should have been at war. When Solomon got rich and at ease, he bowed to the gods of his wives. When 3ABN starts operating in forbidden waters, a hellish delight will resound in the satanic world as God's resources are diverted from their true cause. Can you truly say then that we are standing on holy ground?

I pray and I beg you to cease and desist before it is too late.

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Jonathan E. Smith
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