We take a look at these scriptures, in honor of the Dapchi girl, who refused to didn’t deny Christ, despite being held by Boko Haram.
On March 21, 2018, we woke up to the news of the release of the abducted Dapchi girls.
Sadly, only 104 were returned as five allegedly died in the custody of the suspected Boko Haram terrorists. The girls were released after spending 32 days in captivity.
This leaves a brave young girl named Leah Sharubu, who refused to deny Christ and convert to Islam. One of the schoolgirls, Khadija Grema, told Channels Television that “she was held back” because of her faith.
In honor of this brave girl, we take a look at what the Bible has to say about refusing to deny one’s faith in God.
Here are 10 Bible verses on refusing to deny Christ.
1. 2 Timothy 2:12 —
“If we endure, we will also reign with Him…”
2. 1 Peter 4:14–16 —
“When people insult you because you follow Christ, you are blessed, because the glorious Spirit, the Spirit of God, is with you. Do not suffer for murder, theft, or any other crime, nor because you trouble other people. But if you suffer because you are a Christian, do not be ashamed. Praise God because you wear that name.”
3. John 15:20 —
“Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.”
4. John 16:1–3 —
“These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.”
5. 1 John 5:19 —
“We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”
6. Matthew 5:11–12 —
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
7. Matthew 24:9 —
“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.”
8. 2 Timothy 1:8 —
“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God.”
9. John 15:18 —
“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.”
10. Mark 8:38 —
“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
Dapchi Girl’s parents react
Leah’s Dad, Nata Sharibu has discussed his daughter’s actions. He says he is proud that his daughter.
In his words, “Right now, I’m not in Dapchi. I’m in my duty post. I called the parents who are in Dapchi. I was informed that my daughter was not released. All of them have been released but they said some were dead there, but my daughter is alive.
“They said she was a Christian that’s why they could not release her. They said she cannot be released until she becomes a Muslim. And my daughter said she would never be a Muslim.
“I spoke with about five to six of them whose daughters have been released. They are presently with their daughters in Dapchi. They were dropped by the Boko Haram people in Dapchi town this morning.”
“I am happy because my daughter did not denounce her faith. They refused to release her because she refused to convert to Islam.”
P.S: Leah’s refusal to give up her faith even at the risk of not returning home to her parents is a reminder of what real Christianity is about.
It is reminder that being a follower of Christ is way bigger than arguing about tithing.
Pulse Religion calls on Christians all over the world to intercede on behalf of this young girl and her family. We pray that she is returned home safely.