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Guilty as changed, M’lud?

Pontius Pilate, King Herod and Others to Face Trial at The Hague?
August 4, 2013 By Kathy Schiffer – Patheos

The International Court of Justice in The Hague has been asked to revisit a 2,000-year-old case–convening a re-trial of Jesus Christ and prosecuting those responsible for his unlawful conviction.
Dola Indidis, a Kenyan lawyer who is former spokesman for Kenya’s Judiciary, has built his case on facts which you already know: that Jesus’ trial before Pontius Pilate was invalid, because it was “conducted in a manner contrary to a fair trial.” Indidis hopes to persuade the ICJ to issue a declaratory judgment that the trial judgment and sentence entered were badly done, and were therefore null and void.
According to the Jerusalem Post, Indidis is reportedly attempting to sue Tiberius (emperor of Rome, 42 BCE-37 CE), Pontius Pilate, a selection of Jewish elders, King Herod, the Republic of Italy and the State of Israel. A Kenyan TV report adds Palestine to that list of criminal offenders who are being sued by Indidis on behalf of a group called “Friends of Jesus.”
This is not the first time Mr. Indidis has brought his case to court. He first filed in 2007 in Nairobi, in Kenya’s High Court; but that court ruled that it had no jurisdiction. He then took his case to the UN’s top judicial body, where he hopes it will receive a formal hearing.
According to the Jerusalem Post, Indidis acknowledges that the persons responsible for Jesus’ conviction and execution are dead. However, he believes that the governments and agencies for which they worked can and should be held responsible. He included the modern nations of Italy and Israel in the suit because when those nations were founded, they incorporated into their charters the laws of the Roman Empire. The JP reports:

“I filed the case because it’s my duty to uphold the dignity of Jesus and I have gone to the ICJ to seek justice for the man from Nazareth,” Indidis told the Nairobian. “His selective and malicious prosecution violated his human rights through judicial misconduct, abuse of office bias and prejudice.”

Indidis … is challenging the mode of questioning used during Jesus’s trial, prosecution, hearing and sentencing; the form of punishment meted out to him while undergoing judicial proceedings and the substance of the information used to convict him.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi considers the exercise futile, at least from a theological viewpoint. Rev. Maloba Wesonga, spokesman for the Archdiocese, said, “As we know it, the trial had to happen. We must understand that Jesus was not vulnerable and nobody can do justice to God.”

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…… but they must leave their hats on.

SHOCK as Pastor orders LADIES to go to church without P@NT!£S and B&@S….for Christ to ‘enter’, Dandora
The Kenyan DAILY POSTCounty News 21:25

Tuesday 25th February 2014 – A pastor from a church in Dandora Phase 2 has ordered all female members to go to the church ‘free’- without underwear for Christ to enter their lives!

Rev. Njohi of Lord’s Propeller Redemption church has advised female worshippers from wearing any undergarments to the church terming them as ungodly. In a meeting chaired by him, a law was passed banning the wearing of underwears. Njohi claims that when going to church, people need to be free in ‘body’ and ‘spirit’ to receive Christ.

He went ahead to warn members of dire consequences if they secretly put on their under garments. A member of the church who sought anonymity said that in last Sunday’s service, ladies did just as the pastor ordered.

Mothers were also advised to do the same and check their daughters when coming to church on Sundays so as to receive Christ too.

What is really happening to our pastors?

The Kenyan DAILY POST

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Kisii Horror

WARNING

WITCHES BURNED ALIVE IN KENYA, AFRICA **GRAPHIC!** MIGHT CONTAIN CONTENT THAT IS NOT SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES.

 


Religion at its best. Five people from Kenyan village kisii Nyamataro were slowly burned alive because they were suspected of witchcraft. They did not acknowledge Jesus Christ as their God. The five young people both men and women were beaten with sticks and set on fire to slowly roastwhile other villagers, including priests watched the spectacle. Religion always brings out the best in people
http://youtu.be/7hNnq4RjW3w

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December 7, 2013 · 00:36

Out of Africa

BLD077326from Huff News

Religion News Service | By Fredrick Nzwili Posted: /13/2013

NAIROBI, KENYA (RNS) Schismatic Roman Catholic priests, who left the church to claim their right to marry, are now asking for an “African pope” to lead them.

The priests say they regret their former church is “allergic” to change. They believe priestly celibacy is neither rooted in the teachings of Jesus nor in the work of his apostles, who were married. And they insist celibacy does not work in an African context.

Former Zambian Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo who married a Korean acupuncturist in a 2001 celebration sponsored by the Unification Church and presided by its late founder, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, serves as “African patriarch” of a number of church groups affiliated with his movement.

Milingo was excommunicated in 2006 for consecrating four married priests as bishops. Later, he founded a group called “Married Priests Now!”

Since then, the number of priests leaving the church to marry and rear children has grown. There are an estimated 300,000 members affiliated with Milingo’s movement across Africa.

The group, loosely known as the “Reformed Catholic Churches,” resembles the Catholic Church in belief and ritual and is led by young clerics, many of whom were educated in Vatican-approved seminaries before leaving to form their own congregations.

The fledgling group has churches in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, and South Africa, according to Bishop Peter Njogu, a former Catholic priest, now married, and working in Kenya.

“We respect Pope Francis and pray for him, but we are not Roman Catholics,” said Njogu. “We want a leader similar to the pontiff who will understand our situation. That leader has to be an African.”

The Milingo case shocked and embarrassed the Catholic Church when at age 71 he broke his vow and married Maria Sung, a 43-year-old Korean woman.

Following his marriage, Pope John Paul II summoned him to the Vatican, where he promised not to see his wife anymore.

After the separation, his wife, Sung went on a hunger strike in protest. They reunited in 2006.

Milingo’s marriage gave a global dimension to the calls for married priests, and led dozens of clergy to come forward and reveal their secret marriages and families.

Angry at the betrayal, Catholic bishops expelled priests associated with the rebels and strongly warned Catholics against them.

In marrying, the priests believe they are Africanizing Christianity. They are also open to shunned practices such as polygamy and women’s leadership, said Njogu.

“We must realize, for example, the lack of children is the worst evil for man in the African tradition,” said Njogu who teaches comparative theology at Kenya Methodist University.

In 2011, Njogu established the Restored Universal Apostolic Church. The same year he was installed the church’s bishop by Milingo in a ceremony attended by 15 other married priests. Within two years, RUAC had more than 3,000 members in Kenya alone.

Njogu now serves as the chairman of eight rebel Kenyan priests who have been enthroned as bishops of churches they founded after being expelled from the Roman Catholic Church. Their independent churches are affiliated with Milingo and include 80 former Roman Catholic priests and an estimated 30,000 members, some priests said.

“Every Sunday, we see new people coming to our churches,” Njogu said. “They come voluntarily and want to become our members. I think this is the future of Christianity.”

Njogu, like many in the movement, believes celibacy is too onerous a vow.

“The young priests find it very difficult to stay celibate, and many are in favor of marriage,” he said. “When a priest is married, he is able to serve the church better. This also makes their lives easier.”

Bishop Mark Kambalazaza, a former Malawian Roman Catholic priest who formed Charismatic Redeemed Ministries International, said many priests who take the vow of celibacy live with mistresses.

He thinks the Vatican should allow priests to choose whether to remain celibate. He hopes Pope Francis can change the law.

“This is the perspective in the Anglican and the Greek Orthodox churches,” said Kambalazaza, referring to the practice of married priests in those churches. “The church is called to make an analysis on all these issues and decide appropriately, if it is to remain true to its calling.”

In March this year, the Rev. Anthony Musaala, a Ugandan Catholic priest, shocked the church when he wrote a letter published in the Ugandan press saying that many bishops and priests in the country had failed the celibacy test.

Musaala was immediately suspended for urging open and frank dialogue about priests marrying.

“My forecast is that we will have a few more years of Catholic self-deception, perhaps 10, telling ourselves and the world that everything is OK, nothing serious,” he wrote in the letter. “Then the scandals will surface.”

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The Kingdom

I remember watching a television documentary some years ago about St Paul’s Cathedral. The final programme was a look at the choir school, with boys from as young as seven or eight years old until about twelve or thirteen.

They had to work immensely hard, with the older boys regularly working something like a 13-hour day before they had any real free time. But they seemed quite happy with their punishing schedule, because for all of them their life and soul was in the choir and the music.

One lad was desperate to be chosen as head chorister. His brother had been head chorister before him, and this lad was frantic to follow in his brother’s footsteps and lead the choir. Sadly, he was so eager and worked so hard that his voice couldn’t cope with the strain, and he developed nodules on his vocal cords which eventually prevented him singing at all.

 He was chosen as head chorister, but had to resign after only two or three weeks. I don’t know what happened to him after that, for the programme failed to show us what effect this devastating development had on the boy’s life.

Of course people of any age can have a dream which may develop into an ambition, and ambitions vary enormously. Many people have a real ambition to win the lottery or somehow or other become a millionaire. Others have the ambition to reach the top of their chosen field. It’s this burning ambition which keeps sportsmen and women constantly training and constantly pitting themselves against tougher and tougher opposition.

Some people are thrown into unexpected ambition through life’s events. Ever since the murder of his daughter Julie in Kenya  30 years ago, businessman John Ward devoted his life to battling against the enormous odds of authority and red tape to bring Julie’s killers to justice. As did Doreen and Neville Lawrence, father of Stephen Lawrence who was murdered by racist youths in London.

Many people who experience personal tragedy find themselves devoting their lives to trying to prevent similar tragedies happening for other people. So the families of those who have died from leukaemia or cancer or whatever, are always in the forefront of organisations to raise money for research into the illness.

People with burning ambition of whatever sort and for whatever reason, would give their eye teeth to realise their ambition. Some have been known to die for their ambition.

It’s in these all-encompassing and ultimate terms that Jesus talks about the Kingdom of God. He says that anyone who really understands what the Kingdom of God is like, would give their eye teeth for it. Or at any rate, they’d sell all they possess for the Kingdom of God.

But he doesn’t only describe the Kingdom of God as some paradise to be experienced after death. His pictures of the Kingdom of God are very down to earth and very immediate. And he repeats over and over again that the Kingdom can be realised from tiny beginnings.

Jesus told a story in which he said the Kingdom was like a glittering and glorious banquet, to which anybody who was anybody, was invited. But those invited people weren’t prepared to give their all. They weren’t prepared to let go of wealth and position and laziness and fear, so the banquet was thrown open to those who had nothing to get in the way.

Those who have nothing – the poor and downtrodden and destitute – find the entrance to the Kingdom more easily than the wealthy, because the poor have nothing to lose.

If the Kingdom is inside us as well as outside us, then we need to get to know ourselves. According to the Gospel of Thomas (Logon 3) Jesus said, “If you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty.” If you don’t know the Kingdom you live in the poverty of confusion and misery and anxiety which is the opposite of the excitement and joy and delight which characterises the Kingdom.

But the Kingdom is like a mustard seed, the tiny seed of the God within. Once that God within begins to become conscious through prayer and meditation and service, then it grows rapidly and becomes a large tree capable of sheltering and nurturing others

And when the Kingdom is alive and active through just a handful of people, then its spread and its growth just can’t be contained.

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