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Among other things, Mary Penny (pen name) calls for open-minded consideration of such issues as the 2004 FCC "Forfeiture Order" amounting to $13,000, and the 2007 FCC "Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture" amounting to $8,000.

-------- Original Message --------
From:  Mary Penny
To:  AUReporter
Subject:  letter
Date:  Fri, 13 Apr 2007 16:16:21 -0700 (PDT)

I do believe that the Seventh-day Adventist Church is God's remnant church and I do not believe that the church is Babylon, nor do I believe that there will ever be a mass movement of saints called out of the SDA church because of its supposedly fallen condition. But this does not mean that I do not recognize that it is for the most part in a lukewarm Laodicean state. It does not mean that now as in Jesus day and in the time of the reformers many supposedly devout people aren't content to follow the crowd without investigating to find out what is true.

I see some who are smug and self satisfied believing that they are in some way superior and that they are part of a group that has all the truth and are favored by God. I do not believe that leaders are infallible in their judgements as to whether investigations into ministries such as 3ABN are designed by the devil to tear down a work of a man of God, or whether this investigation is ongoing because these people are honestly trying to find out what is happening there and have been horrified at what they are finding ... especially if they have not open-mindedly considered the evidence.

In Jesus day, the people asked "Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?" (John 7:48). Is this the way we judge what is true?

Some of the leaders do believe what they hear about problems needing to be solved and the lack of personal accountability there. But even though some of them do believe what has been discovered and have said so you will not hear that from the media ministry that is being investigated. And they very much control public opinion. I think that I have a duty to think for myself. We do not excommunicate, do we? Or shun people? I feel that Danny has tried to claim orthodoxy and has virtually tried to "excommunicate" anyone who disagrees with him, or at least has tried to mark them with "the mark of Cain" or a scarlet A.

We are told that everything that goes right for 3ABN is because God is blessing. Everything that goes wrong is because the devil is working to oppose it. This is quite convenient but hardly true. Ministries featured on 3ABN have done a lot a lot of good and have been allowed to get a lot of needed support. People have worked hard because of the optimism engendered by the miracle stories and because of the testimonies of others' personal successes in soul winning. It may have been a lot of hype (one huge colporteur rally), but it worked.

I hate to rain on anyone's parade and this may be considered heretical by some but though there are many miracle stories about 3ABN that are told, there are also non-miracle stories. and

Now my questions are, "Can we look into the matter without anger and be fair and evenhanded, understanding that truth is objective and not subjective?" and, "Can we be truthful and transparent and still do the same good work as has been done in the past?"

Mary Penny (pen name)

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