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Tommy Shelton

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3ABN Board Chairman Says,

"This Is a Seventh-day Adventist Ministry"

While Claiming That 3ABN Is a Non-denominational Ministry

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With no hint yet of Plaintiff Danny Shelton backing down from the lawsuit, we post this correspondence in response to the Plaintiff 3ABN's Request for Production of Documents and Things.

Concerned Writer Asks, "Did You Read the Lawsuit?"

From:  ******
To:  Walt Thompson
Subject:  Re: Property Transfer??
Date:  July 2007

Dear Brother Thompson,

I am trying to catch up on my e-mails. Just wondering if you have read the papers on the law suit yourself?

I have read them and it is shocking and disheartening. That stuff about 3abn being a non-denominational organization preaching a non-denominational message is a new one for me and hard to swallow. You will not be able to explain that one away. Who is at the head of your organization making these decisions?

You are falling out of favor with many.


Thompson Replies, "The Whole Board Read It" & "This Is a Seventh-day Adventist Ministry"

3ABN Board chairman Walt Thompson acknowledges that all the board members had read the lawsuit "papers," and implies by his language that the lawsuit wording was ratified by an action of the board.

-------- Original Message --------
From:  Walt Thompson
To:  ******
Subject:  Re: Property Transfer??
Date:  Jul 2007

Dear ******,

Thanks for your reply to my e mail. Yes, I have read the papers, as have all of our board members. As chairman of the board, I accept responsibility for the actions this board have taken.

3abn remains a supporting ministry of the SDA church and is a member of ASI, a lay organization composed almost exclusively of SDA lay members. It is not however, a denomination as such. The document states that "Although many of 3ABN's employees and volunteers, including Plaintiff, Danny Shelton, are members of the Seventh-day Adventist faith, 3ABN is a non-denominational Christian ministry which is not owned by, affiliated with, or financed by any specific church denomination or organization."

This is a legally correct statement I believe. While almost all of the leadership personnel, volunteers and many of the employees are SDA, and while the ministry is teaching and preaching the Adventist Three Angel's Message, and receives a good share of its financial support from Adventists, it is not considered a Church or a denomination - nor does it claim to limit its ministry to SDA's. 3ABN, as a lay ministry composed primarily of Seventh-day Adventists, has responded to the gospel commission to call God's people from all faiths, and from no faith at all, out of Babylon, but it is not a "church denomination." In fact, a few years ago when we were dealing with the State's desire to tax ministry facilities, suggestions were made that if we were to become a Church (denomination) we would be in a better position with the State as far as taxes are concerned. Of course, we did not do that, but it does indicate how we are viewed legally.

This is a Seventh-day Adventist ministry, and has no intentions to be anything else. We have a calling from God that we cannot ignore, irrespective of how we are legally considered.

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.

This action is not one that was entertained thoughtlessly or on the spur of the moment, but by a whole board of honest people that want ever so badly to fulfill the gospel commission and hasten that day when sin with all of its suffering may come to an end. Yes, God could have put an end to this without the help of the courts at any point He might have wished to do so. But God often invites us to join Him in battle - just as He did to Gideon!

I hope this is helpful to you. It is OK to see things differently and to express yourself. But rather than attempt to judge, we would cherish your prayers that we all may do all things good and to the glory of God. We honestly believe that the day will come when the truth of the matters in question will have become unfolded. Then, if not before, any loss of favor we will have suffered will be rewarded many times over.

Sincerely in Jesus' precious name,

Walter Thompson MD

"Some Definitions of Affiliated Could ... Apply"

Besides admitting that 3ABN could be said to be affiliated with the Adventist Church (or ASI), Dr. Thompson maintains that Linda Shelton defied the 3ABN Board. While that is possible, we are at a loss to know when the board ever gave her the opportunity to do so, if there were no board meetings between January and late May 2004.

-------- Original Message --------
From:  Walt Thompson
To:  ******
Subject:  Re: Fact Finding
Date:  Jul 2007

Dear ******,

Rest your fears. 3ABN has not changed its status with the Adventist Church nor forsaken the task of proclaiming the Three Angels Messages to the whole world - to counter the counterfeit.

It is true that 3ABN has filed suit against certain individuals that have been threatening to destroy this ministry. I believe the wording in the suit is correct. It reads, "Although many of 3ABN's employees and volunteers, including Plaintiff Shelton, are members of the Seventh-day Adventist faith, 3ABN is a non-denominational Christian minisrtry which is not owned by, affiliated with, or financed by any specific church, denomination or organization."

3ABN is not a denomination. Nor is it owned by, affiliated with or financed by the Adventist Church. It is not now, and never has been, (though some definitions of affiliated could be construed to apply to 3ABN and the Church). Moreover, the message proclaimed by 3ABN is not primarily to the SDA Church, but is intended for people of all faiths as a call to them to come out of Babylon.

Danny and Linda were divorced in June of '04. She was let go from 3abn for defying the board in its insistence that she stop the relationship she had developed with a doctor in Norway and obtain counseling to help her do so. This she refused. I am not certain of her present whereabouts.

Since then, 3ABN has been attacked by a number of people who have been circulating a great deal of false accusations about 3ABN and its personnel around the world by Internet, e mails, letters, publications, etc., all of which has had a negative impact upon the work of 3ABN, as if to destroy it. Thank God, He is expanding the reach of 3ABN in spite of all of this. 3ABN has recently gone on Dish Network on all of its base packages, it is on the base packages of Verizon, AT&T, Quest, and is on many cable networks in America. In addition, we have full power stations in Africa, Philippines, and Papua New Guinea. We also have ministries in Russia, a Latino channel, and have association with a network in Scandinavia - to name a few.

I appreciate your interest and your e mail checking things out for yourself. You have undoubtedly heard many other rumors as well, and will do so if you have not already. You may be assured that 3ABN has always operated according to honest Christian ideals, and that the allegations being sent around the world are false.

May God bless you and yours. If you have further specific questions, please feel free to ask.

Sincerely in Jesus' precious name,

Walter Thompson MD

"3ABN Is Very Much an Adventist Institution, Teaching an Adventist Message by Adventist People"

-------- Original Message --------
From:  Walt Thompson
To:  ******
Subject:  Re: Fact Finding
Date:  Jul 2007

Dear ******,

I am sorry for upsetting you. I think I already explained that 3ABN is very much an Adventist institution, teaching an Adventist message by Adventist people. It is not the Adventist Church that is bringing suit against those who are attacking 3ABN. Were these words not included in the suit it could be implied or assumed that the Church was in some way responsible for the actions of 3ABN. This, of course is not the case. Whether or not there is another way of saying this or whether the wording on the suit can now be changed, I am not sure, but we may look into that possiblity.

Thanks for your frankness. I hope this is helpful.

May God bless you and yours,

Walter Thompson MD

"Our Role [Is] to Invite People of All Faiths to Join Us in Our Faith"

-------- Original Message --------
From:  Walt Thompson
To:  ******
CC:  Mollie Steenson
Subject:  Re: 3abn
Date:  Jun 2007

Dear ******,

Thank you for your recent e mail expressing your concerns and questions. We appreciate hearing from our viewers and supporters.

Let me begin by saying up front that things are well at 3abn. Many rumors and false allegations are flying around the world and creating questions in people's minds, just as in your's. And it is because of these false statements and inuendos that 3abn has found it necessary to seek the help of the courts of the land to expose the truth. I will say more about that briefly, but first, let me respond to your other questions.

Yes, 3abn owned a plane for a few years, and then leased one for a few more. This is no longer true. We first purchased a used Jet a number of years ago when Danny and Linda were traveling all around the country doing live programming in churches and colleges several weekends per month. To make these trips by commercial flights was taking them out of the office at least three days of the week, away from a ministry in a rapidly growing mode that required a great deal of attention. Our board then determined there would be great benefit in having a private plane so as to facilitate that travel and to give them time to do their work in the office. In retrospect, that was among some of the most important decisions we have made for the success of 3abn as a world wide ministry. Because of the quality of programming this allowed 3abn to produce, the 3abn signal is now broadcast around the world, and has just this past year been placed on Dish Network, at & t, Verizon, Quest, and many cable networks. Had we not had that benefit, it is doubtful 3abh would have qualified for its present positioning in the television field. It is our position at 3abn that God has an urgent message to deliver to the world. He also has all of the resources necessary to deliver it. He has no shortage of funds. He has called this ministry into existence to deliver the message. We believe we should avail ourselves of every available tool to tell the world the message it so urgently needs to hear. And by the way, contrary to rumor, Danny did not use the plane for personal travel.

I am not able to comment on Danny's alleged "huge tax deduction" for horses other than to say that all of my dealings with Danny have shown him to be honest and above board. I know that he raises horses as a hobby, and that he has had some pretty valuable stock at times. This is not part of the 3abn ministry, and I have had no discussions with him about those personal matters. I also know that there are those who want to ruin both Danny and 3abn, and will spare nothing in their attempt. I suspect this, like the other allegations, is published now as a further attempt to undermine his and our credibility. I expect it too will be proven without basis.

3abn is a supporting ministry of the SDA Church. We preach the message of the Church. We encourage viewers to join and support the Church. Our board is composed of faithful Seventh day Adventists. But we are not legally affiliated with the church. We continue to operate independently of the church. While we believe it is our role to invite people of all faiths to join us in our faith, we do not compromise our ministry to join them. Perhaps this answers the question about preaching a "non-denominational" message.

Now back to the issue of the law suit.
About 9 months ago, e mails, Internet posts, personal letters, etc. began circulating around the world accusing 3abn and its people of all manner of false allegations. Initially, we attempted to respond to some of the questions being asked and allegations being made. The things we said were then often twisted, edited, or otherwise given a different meaning, then posted on the Internet for the world to read. We plead with them to stop, for even if any of the allegations were true (which they were not), it was not right to destroy people in such a public way without knowing all of the facts. In time, we realized we needed to do something, and after some discussions with some in Church leadership and meeting as a board, requested ASI to help us out. In response, after some discussion, ASI agreed to set up a commission to respond to our request. So as to credibly fulfill our request it would be necessary to hear both sides of the story. Unfortunately, Linda and those she had chosen to represent her were unwilling to abide by the procedure established by ASI, and hence made it impossible for ASI to arrive at an opinion. Since 3abn is a supporting ministry of the Church, leadership of the church rightfully stated that they had no authority to interfere with 3abn activities - nor were they willing to hear our side of the story. Where else does one go for help? When we could find no other options by which to have our case heard so as to reassure our viewers and supporters, and when the leadership of the Church began to curtail their people from participating with 3abn because of the effect the rumors were having on the world church, we believed we must do something. But what?

Let me say again at this point. 3ABN has committed no crime or immorality, quite contrary to the terrible things being said about us. From the beginning of this ministry, we have had as a primary objective to do things right and above board. We believe we have upheld that standard.

None of us were concerned about our own persons, and would not have considered a law suit to defend ourselves. We have dedicated ourselves to the cause of Christ, and know that one must sometimes pay a price for doing so. But when the criticism began to seriously affect the ministry, and limit its ability to perform the task God has commissioned us to do, we believed it was time to act on His behalf. Yes, we might have continued to pray and expect God to yet bring us through the crisis. But as I read the record of the Bible, though God has always been the One who goes before His people into battle, He has often insisted that they also have a role to play. Gideon is just one example of many.

As far as going to the courts, I might site the example of the Apostle Paul, who wrote the portion of First Corinthians 6:5-7, about the courts, but himself finally appealed to Ceasar because he was unable to work things out with his own people. I quote from Acts of the Apostles, " "When Festus was come into the province, after three days he ascended from Caesarea to Jerusalem. Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against Paul, and besought him, and desired favor against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem." In making this request they purposed to waylay Paul along the road to Jerusalem and murder him. But Festus had a high sense of the responsibility of his position, and courteously declined to send for Paul. "It is not the manner of the Romans," he declared, "to deliver any man to die, before that he which is accused have the accusers face to face, and have license to answer for himself concerning the crime laid against him." He stated that "he himself would depart shortly" for Caesarea. "Let them there . . . which among you are able, go down with me, and accuse this man, if there be any wickedness in him."


{AA 428.1}

This was not what the Jews wanted. They had not forgotten their former defeat at Caesarea. In contrast with the calm bearing and forcible arguments of the apostle, their own malignant spirit and baseless accusations would appear in the worst possible light. Again they urged that Paul be brought to Jerusalem for trial, but Festus held firmly to his purpose of giving Paul a fair trial at Caesarea. God in His providence controlled the decision of Festus, that the life of the apostle might be lengthened. {AA 429.1}

Their purposes defeated, the Jewish leaders at once prepared to witness against Paul at the court of the procurator. Upon returning to Caesarea, after a few days' sojourn at Jerusalem, Festus "the next day sitting on the judgment seat commanded Paul to be brought." "The Jews which came down from Jerusalem stood round about, and laid many and grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove." Being on this occasion without a lawyer, the Jews preferred their charges themselves. As the trial proceeded, the accused with calmness and candor clearly showed the falsity of their statements. {AA 429.2}

Festus discerned that the question in dispute related wholly to Jewish doctrines, and that, rightly understood, there was nothing in the charges against Paul, could they be proved, that would render him subject to sentence of death, or even to imprisonment. Yet he saw clearly the storm of rage that would be created if Paul were not condemned or delivered into their hands. And so, "willing to do the Jews a pleasure," Festus turned to Paul, and asked if he


was willing to go to Jerusalem under his protection, to be tried by the Sanhedrin. {AA 429.3}

The apostle knew that he could not look for justice from the people who by their crimes were bringing down upon themselves the wrath of God. He knew that, like the prophet Elijah, he would be safer among the heathen than with those who had rejected light from heaven and hardened their hearts against the gospel. Weary of strife, his active spirit could ill endure the repeated delays and wearing suspense of his trial and imprisonment. He therefore decided to exercise his privilege, as a Roman citizen, of appealing to Caesar. {AA 430.1}

In answer to the governor's question, Paul said: "I stand at Caesar's judgment seat, where I ought to be judged: to the Jews have I done no wrong, as thou very well knowest. For if I be an offender, or have committed anything worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar ." {AA 430.2}

Festus knew nothing of the conspiracies of the Jews to murder Paul, and he was surprised at this appeal to Caesar. However, the words of the apostle put a stop to the proceedings of the court. "Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, Hast thou appealed unto Caesar? unto Caesar shalt thou go." {AA 430.3}

Thus it was that once more, because of hatred born of bigotry and self-righteousness, a servant of God was driven to turn for protection to the heathen. It was this same hatred that forced the prophet Elijah to flee for succor to the widow


of Sarepta; and that forced the heralds of the gospel to turn from the Jews to proclaim their message to the Gentiles. And this hatred the people of God living in this age have yet to meet. Among many of the professing followers of Christ there is the same pride, formalism, and selfishness, the same spirit of oppression, that held so large a place in the Jewish heart. In the future, men claiming to be Christ's representatives will take a course similar to that followed by the priests and rulers in their treatment of Christ and the apostles. In the great crisis through which they are soon to pass, the faithful servants of God will encounter the same hardness of heart, the same cruel determination, the same unyielding hatred. {AA 430.4} (Witness the posts on the Internet and other places!)All who in that evil day would fearlessly serve God according to the dictates of conscience, will need courage, firmness, and a knowledge of God and His word; for those who are true to God will be persecuted, their motives will be impugned, their best efforts misinterpreted, and their names cast out as evil. Satan will work with all his deceptive power to influence the heart and becloud the understanding, to make evil appear good, and good evil. The stronger and purer the faith of God's people, and the firmer their determination to obey Him, the more fiercely will Satan strive to stir up against them the rage of those who, while claiming to be righteous, trample upon the law of God. It will require the firmest trust, the most heroic purpose, to hold fast the faith once delivered to the saints. {AA 431.1}

This statement describes the vicious attacks against 3abn and its people exactly. Those making the attacks never came to us seeking truth, but rather, came to us with false accusations challenging us to prove them wrong in the "court" of public opinion where no oath requires truth to be told.

The suit is not about revenge. It is not about hurting anyone. It is all, and only about fighting for a ministry our Lord has raised up to proclaim the Three Angels Messages to the world. We believe He is leading, just as He lead Paul and Elijah and those of the past who faced similar opposition.

While I do not equate the Church Manual with EGW or the Bible, I do think that God does guide the Church.

The current CHRUCH MANUAL clearly states that there are situations where the church has neither the authority nor the ability to resolve disputes, and in such cases recourse is only to the civil authorities.

The CHRUCH MANUAL also states that the church should not be diverted from its mission to preach the gospel to become a civil magistrate.

I hope this has been helpful to you in trying to understand our actions. The order to impound was requested in our attempt to slow the flow of false information that was flooding the Internet and gosip circles. As I understand it, the word only means that certain legal documents are not available to be published on the Internet or other public places prematurely. It does not mean that the "books" will never be opened - only that there is a proper time for that to occur.
The law suit is about the discovery of truth at a time when some would like to see 3abn tried and condemned in the Internet court of public opinion where there are no ethical rules of conduct. In the short run, it is easy for lies to win over truth. God faced the same dilemma when Satan rebelled. He could have told the whole truth about Satan at the time, but none would have believed. We are in a similar position. God chose to reveal truth by a process of judgment. We have chosen to follow His example. Truth will win in the long run.

Thanks again for expressing your concerns. I would be happy to discuss this further if you have further comments or questions.

Sincerely in Jesus' precious name,

Walter Thompson MD
Chairman, 3abn board

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