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Monday, May 05, 2014

Nigerian Islamist Leader: Kidnapped school girls are our slaves and we may sell them

DAKAR, Senegal — In a video message apparently made by the leader of Nigeria’s Islamist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls nearly three weeks ago, called the girls slaves and threatened to “sell them in the market, by Allah.”

“Western education should end,” Mr. Shekau said in the 57-minute video, speaking in Hausa and Arabic. “Girls, you should go and get married.” The Islamist leader also warned that he would “give their hands in marriage because they are our slaves. We would marry them out at the age of 9. We would marry them out at the age of 12.”
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3 comments:

Steve Finnell said...
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Alice Linsley said...

Lord, draw a circle around Boko Harram and these evil men and contain them so that they might be consumed by their own hatred.

Steve,

Luther and Protestants are wrong on the "priesthood of all believers" notion. In his 1520 treatise To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation Martin proposed this innovation: that all baptized Christians are priests. He wrote:

That the pope or bishop anoints, makes tonsures, ordains, consecrates, or dresses differently from the laity, may make a hypocrite or an idolatrous oil-painted icon, but it in no way makes a Christian or spiritual human being. In fact, we are all consecrated priests through Baptism, as St. Peter in 1 Peter 2[:9] says, "You are a royal priesthood and a priestly kingdom," and Revelation [5:10], "Through your blood you have made us into priests and kings."

Luther further developed this idea in his treatise On the Babylonian Captivity of the Church (1520), in which he wrote:

How then if they are forced to admit that we are all equally priests, as many of us as are baptized, and by this way we truly are; while to them is committed only the Ministry (ministerium Predigtamt) and consented to by us (nostro consensu)? If they recognize this they would know that they have no right to exercise power over us (ius imperii, in what has not been committed to them) except insofar as we may have granted it to them, for thus it says in 1 Peter 2, "You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a priestly kingdom." In this way we are all priests, as many of us as are Christians. There are indeed priests whom we call ministers. They are chosen from among us, and who do everything in our name. That is a priesthood which is nothing else than the Ministry. Thus 1 Corinthians 4:1: "No one should regard us as anything else than ministers of Christ and dispensers of the mysteries of God."


Luther's notion of the priesthood of all Christians departs from the understanding of the author of Hebrews had when he wrote to Hebrews - Habiru, a caste of ruler-priests who only married with their caste. It also departs from Peter's understanding. The phrase "priesthood of all believers" alludes to Peter's epistle to Jews of the Dispersion, that is Hebrew (Ha-biru) followers of Jesus Christ. In I Peter 2 we read, "You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a priestly kingdom." Here Peter is speaking of an historic reality that should not be generalized to believers who are not descendants of the Habiru/ Hebrew. Peter is not speaking of a universal priesthood. The Habiru really were a royal nation, a nation of priests, and only the Christian priesthood continues that order today.

John (Ad Orientem) said...

This guy is just your typical blog pimp. Please ignore.