Posted by: adventlife | July 12, 2017

3ABN Breaks the Adventist Silence on Abortion, by Nic Samojluk


The Day Ministry Magazine Went Silent on Abortion.

A couple of decades ago the topic of abortion was the main issue in our Adventist media. The readers’ interest in this controversial issue was so great that on July 1988 David Newman wrote the following:

“Our articles on abortion have touched a sensitive nerve. We are receiving more email on this subject than on any other recently published article. The letters are running 10 to 1 in favor of the church adopting a stricter standard.”

Then suddenly, a few years following the publication of our current Adventist “Guidelines on Abortion,” which justifies the killing of innocent unborn children under a variety of circumstances, a long silence ensued on the pages of that periodical

A Deafening Silence. Following the adoption of our current abortion guidelines in 1992, our Adventist media lost interest in continuing the debate about abortion.

Many pro-life Adventist leaders left the church; some of them started their own independent ministries; and, believe it or not, some even went as far as joining the Catholic organization due to their strong pro-life position.

Our official “Ministry” magazine, which had been following this controversial debate for many years, suddenly went into a long hibernation and refused to publish anything that dealt with the issue.

If you have any doubts, I suggest you read the special report I wrote about this unusual event entitled The Day Ministry Magazine Went Silent on Abortion.”


What happened? Why the sudden silence? Did the interest in abortion diminish, or was this the result of an intentional desire by the pro-choice/pro-abortion elite and the liberal leadership to silence the pro-life opposition whose opinions were running, according to Newman, 10 to 1 in favor of the church adopting a stricter standard? We cannot be 100 percent sure, but the timing of the comments on abortion blackout is rather suspicious!

Breaking the Adventist Silence on Abortion

This is why the publication of a book—“Spiritual Vigilantes”–authored by Danny Shelton, the current president of 3ABN, is so significant. It marks the departure from a conspiracy of silence on the abortion issue by Adventist leaders throughout the Adventist community.

How many sermons have you heard preached about this topic from Adventist pulpits in the last two decades? Perhaps I live in a different Adventist world, but I have heard none. Not only this, but I have written to the General Conference asking why we were silent on the abortion issue, and the answer I received was: “Read our Guidelines on Abortion.”

I expected an answer from the Book—the Bible. I was led to a document created by fallible human beings who replaced the four words from God’s Law—“you shall not murder”– with 1314 words designed by liberal Adventist theologians whose deliberate but hidden purpose was to nullify God’s Word.

Danny Shelton’s Book: “Spiritual Vigilantes”

Below is 3ABN’s introduction to Danny Shelton’s book, “Spiritual Vigilantes.” The book is free thanks to the generosity of many donors. People are donating small and large amounts of money. Some donations are in the $10,000, $20,000, and even $100,000 dollars. You can order 10 or thousands of copies, and you are asked to pay only for shipping expenses.

“We are living in a time of extreme spiritual warfare, and now is the time for Christians everywhere to take their stand for the Lord! Danny Shelton has just released his latest book, Spiritual Vigilantes, which shows how the government, as well as many Christian churches, has attempted to change God’s Ten Commandment law. Written in a “no holds barred” approach, you will discover answers as to why America is more divided by politics, race, and religion than any other time in history. ….”


A Circular Letter Signed by Danny Shelton

I received a letter signed by Danny Shelton, the president of 3ABN, advertising his new book “Spiritual Vigilantes” from which I would like to transcribe the following comments:

“The book deals with “spiritual vigilantes,” or people who try to change or negate God’s laws. It addresses the topic of same-sex marriage, abortion, and the change of the Sabbath to Sunday, because not much is heard in many of our churches about these, anymore. I’ve been amazed about how little opposition there is to same-sex marriage and abortion from many of our members.—and even leaders. As Seventh-day Adventist Christians, we teach the world that we cannot pick and choose which commandments we keep. God gave us Ten Commandments to follow, and the book of James tells us that if we break one commandment, we break them all!

After both Steve Wohlberg and I talked about abortion, a lady came to me an said she was almost ready to finance her daughter’s abortion, but that the Holy Spirit had convicted her not to. Well, she said, “I know of at least one life saved in this camp meeting.”

What Prompted Danny Shelton to Break the Adventist Silence on Abortion?

You may wonder what prompted Danny Shelton to break the Adventist silence on abortion? Of course, the main responsible for this miraculous event is the Holy Spirit. Nevertheless, you probably agree with me that many Adventist pro-lifers have been praying for this to happen.

This is true about my experience. I have been begging the Lord for this to take place for many decades now, and I have written letters both to the General Conference and to some of the individuals in charge of the 3ABN leadership. In answer to one of my letters to a former 3ABN CEO, I was assured that “everybody at 3ABN is pro-life.”

This was encouraging; nevertheless the same individual told me that he felt talking about abortion was not an integral part of 3ABN mission to the world. I felt sad to read this. I answered that 3ABN was duty bound to fully disclose our Adventist pro-abortion position on this issue.

Imagine the reaction of those joining the church the day they discovered that our church is not currently behind all Ten of God’s Commandments, and that we had replaced God’s prohibition found in Exodus 20 with a liberal attitude towards the killing of innocent human beings.

I sometimes wonder whether these letters of mine did have any effect on the conscience of our leaders. I may never know the answer to this query of mine this side of eternity. Nevertheless, I praise the Lord for Danny’s decision to address this subject. He has a huge megaphone, and the influence of his book may yield fruits for the salvation of many souls for God’s kingdom.

My Letter to the Former President of 3ABN

Pastor ……


PO Box 220

West Frankfort

Il 62986, USA

Dear Elder …,

This morning I felt impressed to send a small donation your way. I wish I could send larger contributions, but my only income is Social Security.

What prompted me to do this is a couple of sermons I heard on 3ABN. The first one was by a very energetic pastor whose name I do not have. He traced the history of the reformers starting with Luther and ending with the Adventist movement. It was the best sermon I have ever heard on the topic. He ended with the assertion that the Adventist Church has the last message for the world because it represents the last warning found in the Bible to a sinful world.

I agree that the book of Revelation contains the last call to come out of Babylon and stop worshipping the Beast portrayed in said book. My question is: Is past behavior the best way of identifying said beast and its image? Does present behavior a better method perhaps of identifying both the beast and its image? It is true that centuries ago Rome persecuted the saints without mercy. Nevertheless, isn’t it also true that the Catholic Church is today one of the most valiant defenders of the right to life?

Contrast this with the behavior of the United States which is responsible for the genocide of 55 millions of innocent human beings in our country alone! And to think that our Adventist Church has been profiting from this morally abhorrent behavior since 1970—three years before abortion was legalized in the U.S. mainland! As I listened to this amazing portrayal of the work of Reformers, the following quotation by Ellen White came to my mind:

“We must as a people arouse and cleanse the camp of Israel. Licentiousness, unlawful intimacy, and unholy practices are coming in among us in a large degree; and ministers who are handling sacred things are guilty of sin in this respect. They are coveting their neighbors’ wives, and the seventh commandment is broken. We are in danger of becoming a sister to fallen Babylon, of allowing our churches to become corrupted, and filled with every foul spirit, a cage for every unclean and hateful bird; and will we be clear unless we make decided movements to cure the existing evil?” {21MR 380.1}

She issued this dire warning a century ago when our church was still pro-life. Can you imagine what she would say today knowing that our church has been profiting from the genocide of the most innocent members of the human race? 3ABN has been doing an incredible work in sharing with the world the Three Angels message of warning and hope, and I commend you for what you did for the unborn a couple of decades ago; nevertheless, I get the impression that the beastly behavior of the U.S. towards the unborn in which our church has been participating seems to be of no visible concern to 3ABN.

Health is not the main concern of 3ABN, I presume; nor music, or the Sabbath, yet your programming assigns a good portion of your television time to those side issues. How come the flagrant violation of one of God’s Commandment seemingly gets no equal portion of your time and effort?

This brings me to the second impressive sermon I heard on 3ABN last night. The preacher was Ron Halvorsen, and he spoke very eloquently about the Sabbath. My guess is that the Sabbath topic is given ample attention in your programming.

When I contrast this with your apparent silence on the violation of the Sixth Commandment, I get the impression that we seem to value time more than human life. Should not the right to life be as sacred as sacred time? Did not Jesus remind the Jewish leaders that the Sabbath was made for man instead of the reverse?

I will continue praying for 3ABN because it seems that it might be the last hope for a true revival in our Adventist community of faith.

May the good Lord continue to bless your ministry!

Nic Samojluk

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