Friday, January 22, 2016

Saeed Abedini: abuser and sexually immoral man is released from Iran's prison

1Pe 2:20  For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.

***UPDATE***

Naghmeh has now filed for a domestic relations case against Saeed, even filing with her maiden name, Panahi. The "Christian" Post reports:

Idaho Attorney General Dave Leroy suggested that often such cases lead to divorce.

"We have a process in Idaho where instead of being divorced parties can separate for a period. There can be other collateral issues that are taken up early or late in a domestic relations case but ultimately a domestic relations case between man and wife typically means a divorce," Leroy told KIVI-TV.

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*** End of Updat***

As it turns out, according to Naghmeh Abedinin, wife of just-released from Iran's imprisonment, Saeed Abedini, her husband was quite abusive from before they married all the way through his imprisonment, which led to her public appeals for his release.

"Christianity" Today had reported on November 15, 2015:

In two emails to supporters, Abedini revealed details of her troubled marriage to Saeed Abedini, an American citizen and pastor imprisoned in Iran since September 2012.
Those troubles include “physical, emotional, psychological, and sexual abuse (through Saeed’s addiction to pornography),” she wrote. The abuse started early in their marriage and has worsened during Saeed’s imprisonment, she said. The two are able to speak by phone and Skype.
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Charisma Magazine noted, "An American citizen and the mother of two children, Naghmeh Abedini said the abuse began in 2002. The two were married in 2004."

Reuters reports:
During most of her husband’s time in prison, Abedini served as the public face of the campaign for his release. But their private conversations, she said, became ever more fraught.
“I just couldn't understand - the more I fought for him the more abusive he was becoming,” she said.
Because of that, and out of concern that she wasn’t spending enough time with her children, Naghmeh Abedini decided to pull back from her advocacy work in the fall of 2015. At that time, she sent the emails about her marriage that attracted so much attention. She said she was “very upset” when they were made public, in a Christianity Today article, and that her husband was “devastated.”
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CBN's interview with Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC),  saying that Abedini was in "good shape" and in good spirits, surmised that with the view to releasing Abedini, the Iranian government took good care of him for about the last six months.
Yet the abuse Saeed hurled at his wife increased to the point of her having to just step away and told some people how overwhelming it was. She went private for a little over a month or so after her revelation of the abuse by Saeed for their whole relationship, including prior to their marriage if the report is accurate.

The fruit revealed by Neghmeh is that her husband is not saved. He abused her physically, emotionally, and sexually while also enslaved to pornography. Moreover, his abuse INCREASED while in prison in the last two months. This man is neither a Christian nor a pastor.  One would think that a Christian who is imprisoned, having the indwelling Spirit of the triune God, would be made to withstand harsh treatment as Scripture repeatedly says (1 Peter is full of this truth, and Acts and Hebrews 11 has numerous examples of them). But that's not what has been reported even by his wife. Saeed was bad prior to his imprisonment, and his abuse during that imprisonment increased. That shows a hard heart, not a spirit-filled Christian. All the religious talk we heard about from letters he had written is absolutely bogus when the real picture of his abuse toward his wife is revealed. In a word, Saeed is a Pharisee. Good works like building an orphanage is disgusting when you realize at the same time he was enslaved to sexual immorality and physical abuse. 
Apparently, Christians don't care about his sexual immorality and abuse. They will use this fraud of a man as a "hero" of the Christian faith, except he's not in the faith. Christianity today then, is also a fraud.
1Pe 3:7  You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered. 8  To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; 9  not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing. 
Tit 1:6  namely, if any man is above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion. 7  For the overseer must be above reproach as God's steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain, 8  but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled9  holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. 
1Ti 3:2  An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 
1Ti 3:3  not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money. 
1Ti 3:4  He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity 
1Ti 3:5  (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?), 
1Ti 3:6  and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil. 

Eph 5:1  Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2  and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. 3  But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; 
Eph 5:25  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 28  So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; 29  for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, 30  because we are members of His body. 


**Note**

While at this time I believe that Naghma likely was abused, I believe that their whole story seems to have holes in it.

1 comment:

Vanessa Loy said...

I've read other news accounts that they married in 2002. If he was abusing her before they married, it seems incredible that she would marry him. I also wonder if the allegations affected Iran's decision to release him in any way.