Adventist Media Response and Conversation

Monday, August 21, 2006

Atoday on Latest 3ABN News

From Adventist Today Website: Personal Lives and The Three Angels Broadcasting Network (3ABN): Statements by Adventist Today Editors, Dr. Arild Abrahamsen, Dr. Walter Thompson (Chair, 3ABN Board of Directors), and Mr. Danny Shelton


This is the first time that Dr. Arild Abrahamsen has presented his side of the story. The letter has been around for a few days now and the Atoday website has posted the letter and asked for responses from the 3ABN Board of Director and Danny Shelton. Both responses were quite short, the Chair statement amounts to we have looked at the situation and we are satisfied with what we decided. Danny Shelton presented a far more aggressive position to the matter, refusing to comment on Dr. Abrahamsen's letter other then to say it had several errors. Shelton spent more time attacking Atoday. Some of his comments follow:

I think it is a shame that the number reason people contact Adventist Today is to hear about Danny and Linda Shelton. I wish Adventist Today was spending as much time telling people about Jesus as they are exposing unsupported rhetoric about Danny and Linda. If that were the case, I suspect you would have conversion stories to share instead of unsubstantiated comments by those who are attempting to bring disgrace to the cause of God. I haven't heard of one conversion story from Adventist Today's printing all this "gossip" about us. I hear conversion stories almost daily at 3ABN because the focus of 3ABN is to take the Three Angel's messages into all the world.

I can't think what type of person would find such a beginning of a letter to endear such a writer. It may be a shame that people search the AToday site for information on the 3ABN situation but that is really not the fault of AToday. To report on the situation is part of AToday's purpose in reporting news of Adventist interest and it certainly does not have lots of material on the subject. While it is true that AToday has printed some unsubstantiated comments so has Danny Shelton. In fact with all the controversy and so little information there is practically nothing substantiated except the divorce and dismissal of Linda Shelton and remarriage of Danny Shelton. All the rest is unsubstantiated comments including those of Danny Shelton's letter.

From there Danny Shelton denigrates AToday and how 3ABN is better. So the first paragraph says nothing about what has happened at 3ABN it is merely an attack on AToday.

You mentioned that you do not have the ability to do "investigative reporting" in your search for truth, so in exchange, you are publishing the comments of the parties involved in the conflict which may or may not reflect truth. I might ask, how does this help to discover the truth of the matter or enhance the cause we all profess to want to serve-and which Adventist Today claims to want to do? The letters in this article that you asked me to respond to are made up of many errors. I won't try to point them all out at this time. I will say that Dr. Thompson's letter speaks for me and the board of 3ABN at this time.

There seems to be a disconnect here with Danny Shelton. He seems to think that investigating something will not lead to the truth. So he asks how will looking at comments of those involved help find the truth. Possibly he has never seen a trial before but they are made up of looking and asking for the comments and observations of those involved. Instead of providing unsubstantiated claims that someone else presented many errors, he says he won't point them out at this time. The way you find truth is by dealing in specifics rather then the gossip type statements that something is filled with errors. Pointing out errors in some-one's statement specifically builds a case for or against something. As the latest letter from Dr. Abrahamsen makes some serious charges against the personality of Danny Shelton it should be important to him to clear up the matter if those charges are untrue. It should certainly matter to any 3ABN supporter if they are donating to a ministry that is run by a Psychopath. Just claiming that Danny Shelton is spreading the gospel is not enough, Christian responsibility calls for accountability as well.

20 comments:

Johnny said...

I've been reading this and what was most curious to me was the whole ebay scandal. It seemed surreal and absurd.

I don't have cable and don't watch 3ABN so it's all news to me...

Ron Corson said...

Ebay scandal? I am not sure what you are referring too. I don't think any of this was referred to on 3ABN more likely Linda simply vanished, I think they said something on the website. I don't watch 3ABN either.

Johnny said...

Alexander linked to the 3ABN gift store on the Spectrum Blog.

The way it went down was that I was reading the AToday article and I read really personal stuff about peoples supposed sex lives, felt really dirty, then got to a section talking about some impropriety regarding the 3ABN ebay store and I said out loud "I'm done."

/johnny is sitting this one out folks
//too weird

inga said...

You can probably find all you ever wanted to know and more about the 3ABN saga at two web sites:
http://www.blacksda.com/forums/index.php?showforum=48
(This one is open to the public.)
http://www.maritime-sda-online.org/ubbthreads/postlist.php?Cat=0&Board=UBB105
(You need to register as an Adventist to view this one, but registration is free.)

It's not a particularly edifying saga.

Anonymous said...

I believe that 3abn is a wonderful christ based ministry and that it is about time that they stood up for themselves.
I'm sure Adventist Today magazine can find better things to do with its time than critisize others.

Anonymous said...

I still say run Ds out of there and bring back Linda. I cancelled the 3abn dish, nor will I watch any more programs, it does not matter who is in charge long as Shelton and that new wife is there I wiil not be watching.

Anonymous said...

I thought you were offering the latest 3ABN news. What about all the blessings? What about all the new countries they are reaching with the good news of the Lords' soon return? What about the technological advances that are helping them to be able to finish the work of reaching the world with the gospel? What about the many cable networks that have rescently picked them up so that lost souls all over the world can find hope? So much good news and people choose to look at smut!!

Anonymous said...

For those who have not as of yet, do go to save3abn.com! There is just not gossip but back up documental facts. So for those who are sincerely believe that the Devil is attacking 3ABN through Gailon and others on the outside. Think again! Satan is attacking 3ABN from within; starting with the one of the founder’s himself – Danny! The Lord is liken to a surgeon here having Gailon in His hands. The cutting sharp edge scalpel cutting away to remove the cancer growth within 3ABN to SAVE 3ABN! Also, after looking up save3abn.com, do look up rescue3abn.blog.com

will-brie said...

3 ABN has had questionable issues since the very begining. I know I was there when it first started. I saw plenty, and I heard plenty concerning Tommy, and many other family members. One thing that has never been discussed, but a lot of people that work there knew about is the adulterous affair Dannys sister had while she was married with her married cousin. That was two or three years before 3ABN. Then almost as soon as 3ABN was up and running she had another affair with another married man while they both worked at 3ABN. They would meet at her best friends house, motels, and back seats of cars. When she was confronted by the wife of the man it was`nt long until the wife received a letter revoking her membership from the SDA church. Shortly after that the man became very ill (he suffered from chrons disease and stress can make chrons much worse) He had surgery and was lucky to be alive. After a long recovery he called Danny to let him know he was ready to return to 3ABN. Danny told him he thought he quit and no longer had a job. Danny knew better. He should have been fired, but his sister should have been fired to. She was`nt. Shes still there doing probably what she does best. Is there any wonder with people like the Sheltons running 3ABN it is crumbling. Danny and his family seems to forget that GOD sees ALL, and knows ALL.

truth4ever said...

will- brie`s comments were true except for one thing. Dannys sisters 2nd child was a result of the affair with her cousin which all the Sheltons were aware of. They always protect there own no mater what there sins are. Please help save 3ABN by ridding it of these people who think there above GODS commandments!

Ron Corson said...

Just a reminder that some of the comments here may or may not be accurate about the Shelton's, I don't know and some of the posters are anonymous, so healthy skepticism is in order.

Anonymous said...

Don’t you think it odd, Ron, that this website contains such negativity?

3ABN has been a tool of the Lord’s - spreading the Gospel literally around the world - bringing millions of people to Christ…

It seems that instead of standing up in support of the ministry when it falters against Satan’s attacks, we stand ready to be his agents in bringing its downfall.

Anonymous said...

I have seen the proof of adultery, and find it convincing. Any doubters should check:

http://savegailon.blogspot.com/2007/08/linda-shelton-wuz-one-hundred-percent.html

I am sure that this will also be of help:

http://savegailon.blogspot.com/2007/08/tireless-labor-for-sinners.html

in understanding the motivations of the parties.

Carleton Womack

Anonymous said...

Carlton, you have no clue what the adventist religion is about. You were not there and have no ideal what the Sheltons are capable of.

Anonymous said...

I also know the Shelton's and they are fine people. All of them.

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NEMO said...

AS AN ADVENTIST TV HOST... I SAY GET OVER IT. EVERYONE HAS SIN ... THAT'S WHY JESUS DIED, BECAUSE EVERYONE SINS.. ALL THE TIME. THANK GOD WE ARE FREE FROM THIS HEAVY BURDEN.ENJOY SALVATION IT IS A FREE GIFT FOR THE ASKING. GET YOU EYES OFF OF MEN ,,, THEY SUCK//// BLESSINGS TO YOU .... NEMO

Anonymous said...

Jesus saves and forgives, but confessions, repentance, and restitution where possible are required.

The new Save 3ABN site is at Save-3ABN.com.

Grandma said...

As a person who has watched 3ABN, I believe that God has blessed and grown this ministry. I believe a lot of good has come from it. Of course where a good work is being done evil will invade to destroy that work. I was told there was scandal and Danny Shelton stepped down. I observed this to be fact as I watched 3ABN. Danny Shelton was no longer hosting. I pray for GOD'S work and for everyone involved at 3ABN. David, chosen of GOD did a good work yet he fell from grace (Big Time)! Still God said David was a man after HIS own heart. David repented and was very sorrowful for his sins. Still he had earthly consequences for his choices even though he was forgiven by God and loved by God. He was not allowed to build the Temple of God. Can we take any lesson from God's word? God said," Be still and know that I AM GOD." Man looks on the outward appearance God looks on the heart. ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God. He that is without sin let him cast the first stone! PRAY people!! For your advesary the devil goes about seeking whom he may devour and even more as you see the day approaching. Pray for yourself and all these people, instead of dragging them through the mud. Pray for God's work where ever it is being done for the time is short! If anyone is hindering the work of God and the spreading of the Good News then let them repent and step down so the work of The most forgiving and gracious SAVIOR can go forth. Thank you for letting me speak.

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