The Story That Won’t Go Away…

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16 Responses

  1. Linn says:

    Panahi’s testimony from the recent “Restore” conference.

  2. ( | o )====::: says:

    Michael, thank you for addressing this then AND now!

  3. Michael says:

    Thanks, GMan…

  4. Dread says:

    Ah here I am on a preaching and friend visiting tour and I’m interrupted by rumors of my supposed support of an abuser. I’m buried in love, friends, and Jesus fellowship only to discover I’m the object of a lapsed believer’s scorn over my handling of a high profile abuser narrative.

    I wake early and read here and discover the source of my indictment. This old war story.

    Liars lie. Victims lie. Abusers lie. We all get in the web of lies. We believe lies and become associated with the lies.

    I decided to let it lie.

    My abdication of antisocial media continues — in peace.

  5. Muff Potter says:

    Good for Naghmeh!
    I applaud her courage and resourcefulness.

  6. Michael says:


    We all supported the Abedinis…until we couldn’t.

    People don’t know the half of this sordid tale…

  7. Nonnie says:

    I feel so conflicted about this story because SHE was the one that convinced us ALL that he was a godly man, a man used mightily by God. SHE spoke all over at churches and fooled us all and then suddenly changed her story. Most of us got taken in and I know I felt like a fool for all the FB posts of “Save Saaed” that she encouraged me to post. Saying all that… I believe her now, but this whole thing disgusts me and I don’t trust any of the players today.

  8. pstrmike says:

    ” I don’t trust any of the players today.”

    Me neither. If we stopped paying attention to them, they would eventually realize the collapse of their echo chamber and perhaps move on to something other than feeding their needy [false] self.

  9. Nonnie says:

    But today she and Graham are both BIG time speakers in their specific venues. Go figure.

  10. Michael says:

    I led the parade here in advocating for his release.
    Knowing what I know now…I would have suggested they keep him.
    We got sold a slate of lies …and I feel awful about it.

  11. Nonnie says:

    I think we all feel awful about it.

  12. pstrmike says:

    I agree. I feel bad about this. I told my church about this, asked them to pray for Abidini’s release. I can’t think of any thing other than this story was hyper-sensationalized….. perhaps the old adage if its too good (or too big) to be true………

  13. Nonnie says:

    I guess we can be consoled that we erred on the side of love and grace and are trying to get it right.
    I know that I still cringe a bit, when I read about some conference or church that is propping up any of the characters in this story.

  14. Dread says:

    The victims are all thriving on their victimization. That is the great religion of the day. Then there’s the religious and political beasts and their aggrandizement.

    I speak of the preacher and the lawyer. They too carry on.

    We are all compelled by these lamb dragons. We are all seduced and intimidated into their ways.

  15. Michael says:


    I’m going to write on this soon…I’m old and won’t hear the yowling that follows…

  16. Dread says:


    I welcome it.

    This one reveals so much about the time in which we find ourselves. So lost and so confused.

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