For many familiar with 3ABN, they most likely can say that some of the programming has been though-provoking, challenging and has led them to a deeper study of the Word of God. On its website, the purpose for the station is stated: “In 1984 Danny [Shelton] was impressed to ‘build a television station that would reach the world with the undiluted three angels’ messages’ of Revelation 14, and through his vision and hard work, Three Angels Broadcasting Network began broadcasting on satellite just two years later. Today 3ABN television and radio networks are broadcast worldwide on 8 satellites and hundreds of television and radio stations, as well as the Internet. Each day, as hearts are won to Jesus, we fulfill our purpose as the ‘Mending Broken People’ network.” While its stated purpose is to present the undiluted Three Angels’ Messages, sadly the network has not been faithful to this calling, which has become even more apparent recently by some of the individuals, non-Seventh-day Adventists, invited to come on various programs and present themselves, their messages, and their ministries to the viewers.
Additionally, the messages of the Three Angels of Revelation 14 are made void by the utter disregard of the principles of Christian modesty and dress of both the hosts and guests, as evidenced by the excessive use of makeup, the jewelry-wearing and other denials of the principles of dress reform clearly laid out both in the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy. So while there may some programs on 3ABN that may touch on certain aspects of the Three Angels’ Messages, there are other programs that completely nullify and contradict those programs that are intended to present the Three Angels’ Messages. Would this not bring confusion to viewers, not only those of the Seventh-day Adventist faith but also those that are not? What impression would non-Seventh-day Adventists walk away with after viewing a program related to the Three Angels’ Messages but seeing a contradiction in lifestyle of those leading out or even seeing the inconsistency between the previous program and the programs that follow?
In July of 2017, one of 3ABN’s Networks, Dare to Dream Network to be specific, uploaded videos on Youtube of a program that featured influential non-Seventh-day Adventist persons to minister, share their “wisdom” and experiences with 3ABN viewers. While we cannot confirm when the episodes were taped or even shown on 3ABN, we can confirm that they were uploaded to Youtube in July. On July 2, an episode of the Urban Report featured the wife of famous actor Denzel Washington, a person who has claimed to have gotten his inspiration to play certain roles by praying to and summoning the spirits. For 30 minutes Pauletta Washington had an open platform to send whatever message she desired to the viewers. Just three days later, another episode of the Urban Report was again uploaded to Youtube, this time featuring gospel recording artist Babbie Mason. There should be absolutely no mingling of the holy with the profane; and that is exactly the case with this worldly music, falsely called gospel; and sadly this is what is happening with 3ABN, even with much of the music played on the station. As it ever had, the principle holds true that if there is even one ounce of corruption in something, the whole thing is corrupt and unfit to be partaken in. “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?...Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing]; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:14-18.
How is promoting Hollywood actors and their wives as well as “gospel” artists a part of sharing the undiluted “Three Angels’ Messages?” The Three Angels’ Messages of Revelation 14 warn of a coming judgment, tell of Babylon’s fall and why they fell, they warn against worship of the beast and its image and the reception of its mark and also admonish us to have the patience of the saints, keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Mrs. Washington is a Sunday-worshipper, as is Babbie Mason, who is not only a Sunday-worshipper but also is a Sunday minister. By having such individuals on the program the message is sent to SDA viewers and all viewers that Babylon has not indeed fallen, but that they can come on SDA platforms and “minister” to the viewers, essentially that Seventh-day Adventists are brothers and sisters with these fallen churches. The question is, should ministers, singers, and teachers from Babylon be brought into Seventh-day Adventist Churches to minister, preach or teach? God forbid! Then it certainly should not be the case with Seventh-day Adventist television stations, radio stations, or any other Seventh-day Adventist media platforms. The stern warning expressly forbidding Seventh-day Adventists from going to fallen Babylon to receive instruction from their ministers is given on page 124 of Early Writings; of which the principle that Babylonians should neither be invited nor permitted to minister on Seventh-day Adventist platforms is also inferred. By individuals being exposed to the likes of Pauletta Washington and Babbie Mason and other practices from Babylon on 3ABN, perhaps for the first time, they may begin looking at movies from Denzel Washington or listening to music from Babbie Mason or even wearing make-up and jewelry as well as following other worldly practices and end up farther away from ever receiving and accepting the true gospel than they were before having been exposed to the network programs. In the interview with Babbie Mason, a story was told in which Ms. Mason highlighted her going to church and worshipping on Sunday, to which nothing was said about the true Sabbath. Also the host of the program, Yvonne Lewis, shared a song from Babbie Mason to expose the viewers to her music. Why not expose the viewers and the guests, to the Three Angels Messages, is not that the intent of the network; or has that changed with the times?
The founder and president of 3ABN, Danny Shelton, is an author, a songwriter and a singer who has dedicated much of his projects to the uplifting of the Ten Commandments. He has recently written a book called “Spiritual Vigilantes” which is being highly promoted on the network as an evangelistic book to reach the world. From the website a description of the book is given as well as ordering information. “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, have 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. Spiritual Vigilantes is perfect for sharing the truth from God's Word with your family, friends, and those within your community.” Since the goal of said book is to lead individuals to the keeping of the commandments, specifically the forgotten commandment, the fourth, the featuring of individuals who have no regard for the Seventh-day Sabbath, not to mention their practicing of other activities that are contrary to Biblical beliefs and Seventh-day Adventist teachings, is working at cross purposes with the promotion of this book. The origin and etymology of the word vigilante can be traced back to the Spanish word for watchman or guard and the word vigilant. With all due respect, a faithful watchman, one who is vigilant, could never have sanctioned or overlooked having individuals from Babylon coming to minister to its viewers on a Network that claims to be devoted to spreading the undiluted messages of the Three Angels.