Voice of the Martyrs' Tom White's Death an Apparent Suicide Following Molestation Investigation

Apr 20, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Christianity Today

This week's death of a prominent persecution ministry leader is now being described as a possible suicide in the wake of a molestation investigation by local police.

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Walker

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Apr 21, 2012
 
If there are any little girls out there who haven't 'told' ; now is the time.
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I liked what the commenter had to say on one of the websites reporting this in words better than I could find to describe my feelings about all this...(May have been News on 6, not sure). Found below my comment.....

Anyway, this person is absolutely correct. If people are disconnecting, unsubscribing, and judging Voice of the Martyrs by the act of it's US director, Tom White, this is utterly foolish and wrong thinking.

People also tend to make "icons" of their pastor, forgetting that pastors are human, and all too prone to sin just like the rest of us for heaven's sake. Where or to whom does such a man go for help or counsel, when he has been elevated so far up on a pedestal the air is so thin one could scarcely breathe?

Tom White was an activist, not a religious leader or a saint. Those that make idols of mere people are at least partially responsible for tragedies such as this...as are those that want to throw the entire VOM under the bus because of what they themselves may have encouraged.

This is a tragedy all the way around. Pray for Tom's family, and all involved, but please, continue to support the valuable work of VOM.

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"To say Tom White was a "religious leader" is untrue. He was an activist who fought to bring justice to those who were & are persecuted in their religious faith. Catholicism is NOT Christianity. It bares a different name & worships idols & priests. It's so easy to point fingers when it's not your life on the news. You have no right to judge Tom because he was never even investigated. Frankly I'm getting a little sick of hearing people say "Is VOM even a real organization?, or How do I un-subscribe to VOM"! They are reputable & saying it's fake is telling every persecuted Christian VOM published that their tragic life story was a lie. Why would you need to un-subscribe? Stop smacking God & his faithful believers in the face. May God protect the White family from media monsters & the obviously sinless cult that attaches to their skirt tales. Protect & Bless the child Lord. Help her forgive!"
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I don't believe the allegations; and I am saddened that the CEO of the organization would fall for accusations without proving them. So many people are naive and too ready to discount the true saints. I didn't know Tom White, but his editiorials were good and sound. He's with the Lord, and he may well have earned his martyr's crown.
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What's needed in this case is for the facts to come out as this investigation proceeds, not wishful thinking, and clearly not collusion and/or cover ups.

http://thewartburgwatch.com/2012/04/25/tom-wh...

Incidentally, not all our idols go to heaven.
The Truth the Whole Truth

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Has Tom White's cause of death been released yet by the medical examiner's office? It's been two months now and no word? Unofficially then, what is the word around town?
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The Truth the Whole Truth wrote:
Has Tom White's cause of death been released yet by the medical examiner's office? It's been two months now and no word? Unofficially then, what is the word around town?
I also have an issue with the cover-up. Police closed the investigation before the autopsy results were completed. The Chief of Police is on the board of VOM. No info about investigation, for example, was porn found on White's computers either at work or at home, were there other victims, etc.? One poster alleged that White's wife had a daycare in their home at one time - never mentioned by media. It appears the local media agreed to quash the story. I don't know what can be obtained under FOI.
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former supporter wrote:
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I also have an issue with the cover-up. Police closed the investigation before the autopsy results were completed. The Chief of Police is on the board of VOM. No info about investigation, for example, was porn found on White's computers either at work or at home, were there other victims, etc.? One poster alleged that White's wife had a daycare in their home at one time - never mentioned by media. It appears the local media agreed to quash the story. I don't know what can be obtained under FOI.
I agree, Former Supporter. The entire case has all the ear marks of a cover up. We've yet to hear an official public cause of death released, have we? The scuttlebutt locally is that his death was from ingestion of pills. People are still asking questions and not getting any answers. It's time someone stepped up to the plate. Seems everywhere one turns these days there are collusions and cover-ups.

I've heard several stories that appeared to be credible that White wasn't the paragon of virtue that VOM and his adoring public have made him out to be. Of course why should he have to be? He was merely a figure head, but people seemed to fall at his feet as though he were the "work" of VOM itself. Rather like people identifying with a movie star playing the part of Braveheart, for example, as though he was Braveheart himself. On the other hand, we expect those in positions such as White was, to be of solid moral character, not leading a sordid double life. He traveled to many foreign countries over the years for VOM. I believe VOM had, or still has several orphanages.

Whatever the truth is, I hope it will come out, because it sure isn't being told locally.Such is the power that VOM has in this city.

Frankly, it's hard to respect a "ministry" that's not 100% transparent.

The following is from LighthouseTrailsResearch you may find interesting. It's a letter to Tom White questioning Tom White's, and VOM's ecumenical position. I believe Tom White was a Catholic himself and sympathized with the Roman Catholic Church, although this is not widely known either in the community, or advertized in VOM literature, nevertheless, it comes across in the VOM stats and publications. Funny that evangelicals that support VOM turn a blind eye to this, when it should be raising red flags all over the place, don't you think?

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/newsl...
The Truth the Whole Truth

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More on Tom White, VOM and the Catholic Church;

http://spiritualabusesanctuary.wordpress.com/...
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I would like to hear exactly what the allegations about Tom White's behavior, as described by people in the community and those who knew him are. One person on another blog posted that a garden variety pervert would have a lot more information available, such as the results of examination of computers, cell phone records and interviews. This is a cover-up by VOM, the PD, local newspaper and others in the community. It seems that no one is looking too hard for additional victims.
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I would like to hear exactly what the allegations about Tom White's behavior, as described by people in the community and those who knew him are. One person on another blog posted that a garden variety pervert would have a lot more information available, such as the results of examination of computers, cell phone records and interviews. This is a cover-up by VOM, the PD, local newspaper and others in the community. It seems that no one is looking too hard for additional victims.
Just wanted to add, my pastor always has another person with him when he counsels. He insisted that I remain present when he counseled my teenage son. To me, that is integrity.
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I would like to hear exactly what the allegations about Tom White's behavior, as described by people in the community and those who knew him are. One person on another blog posted that a garden variety pervert would have a lot more information available, such as the results of examination of computers, cell phone records and interviews. This is a cover-up by VOM, the PD, local newspaper and others in the community. It seems that no one is looking too hard for additional victims.
Of course there will be some who accessed Tom White's personal computer, and were privy to it's contents, but that info will never be made public by either VOM or the local Bartlesville, OK PD.

The case was slammed shut so quickly, it almost made one's windows rattle. The stated reason, was that since White was dead,any further investigation would be fruitless, although on both sides, it was admitted that his death was by suicide, and indeed, there had been a molestation of the girl by White.

Of interest, I believe Capt. Holland, the chief of police was on the board of VOM as well as a personal friend of Tom Whites. I'm not saying that he was influential in rapidly closing the case along with any further investigation, but I'm not saying he wasn't either.

In any case, I believe a thorough investigation into VOM should be made to investigate all aspects of VOM. Even notable ministries such as VOM should not be above public scrutiny. A cover-up? Obviously.
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Don't be such a hater. God loves all his children. Also a little history is in order here. Southern Baptists were were founded out of a desire to prolong slavery. Protestants were founded out of Henry VIII's desire to fornicate. We were all born with sin, but we can learn to love and forgive if we believe.
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I liked what the commenter had to say on one of the websites reporting this in words better than I could find to describe my feelings about all this...(May have been News on 6, not sure). Found below my comment.....
Anyway, this person is absolutely correct. If people are disconnecting, unsubscribing, and judging Voice of the Martyrs by the act of it's US director, Tom White, this is utterly foolish and wrong thinking.
People also tend to make "icons" of their pastor, forgetting that pastors are human, and all too prone to sin just like the rest of us for heaven's sake. Where or to whom does such a man go for help or counsel, when he has been elevated so far up on a pedestal the air is so thin one could scarcely breathe?
Tom White was an activist, not a religious leader or a saint. Those that make idols of mere people are at least partially responsible for tragedies such as this...as are those that want to throw the entire VOM under the bus because of what they themselves may have encouraged.
This is a tragedy all the way around. Pray for Tom's family, and all involved, but please, continue to support the valuable work of VOM.
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"To say Tom White was a "religious leader" is untrue. He was an activist who fought to bring justice to those who were & are persecuted in their religious faith. Catholicism is NOT Christianity. It bares a different name & worships idols & priests. It's so easy to point fingers when it's not your life on the news. You have no right to judge Tom because he was never even investigated. Frankly I'm getting a little sick of hearing people say "Is VOM even a real organization?, or How do I un-subscribe to VOM"! They are reputable & saying it's fake is telling every persecuted Christian VOM published that their tragic life story was a lie. Why would you need to un-subscribe? Stop smacking God & his faithful believers in the face. May God protect the White family from media monsters & the obviously sinless cult that attaches to their skirt tales. Protect & Bless the child Lord. Help her forgive!"
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@No hate, the history of the SBC is far more complex than you have stated. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Baptist... King Henry VIII didn't need to create his own church to either fornicate or commit adultery, both of which he did flagrantly. He separated from the Roman Catholic Church because he wised to divorce his Catholic wife and marry his mistress, Anne Boleyn. Most of us know what happened to her. I fail to see what any of this has to do with the issue discussed.
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I was replying to the comment that the VOM leader was Catholic and that the Catholic church is a cult. That being Catholic is extrapolated as a potential motive for his alleged crime. There are no bad churches but there are bad people.
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@No hate, the history of the SBC is far more complex than you have stated. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Baptist... King Henry VIII didn't need to create his own church to either fornicate or commit adultery, both of which he did flagrantly. He separated from the Roman Catholic Church because he wised to divorce his Catholic wife and marry his mistress, Anne Boleyn. Most of us know what happened to her. I fail to see what any of this has to do with the issue discussed.
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No Hate..If anything is being extrapolated here it's your comments number's 13 and 15,(both).

In any case, whether or not Tom White was a Catholic, or not, had nothing whatever to do with his choosing to molest a 10 yr old girl, and then committing suicide. To make that assertion that it did is utterly absurd.

However, someone in his position should be completely transparent, yet the leadership at VOM after this scandal broke, claimed "they simply had no idea". Does that sound like transparency to you?
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Continuing...

No Hate,you said;
"Don't be such a hater. God loves all his children. Also a little history is in order here. Southern Baptists were were founded out of a desire to prolong slavery. Protestants were founded out of Henry VIII's desire to fornicate. We were all born with sin, but we can learn to love and forgive if we believe."

No Hate, for you to suggest that demanding accountability on the part of the leadership of a ministry and of the ministry itself is "hating",is not scriptural. This situation has nothing to do with "forgiving" or "loving".... it has to do with accountability,transparency, and honesty on the part of a ministry claiming to serve in the name of Jesus Christ.
If you want to love, forgive and overlook the pedophiles, wolves, deceitful workers, and money changers in your "church", please don't suggest that others do. Furthermore, when God's people volunteer their labor or financially support a ministry, they have every God given right to demand accountability on the part of that ministry and it's leadership without being labeled as haters, or unloving and unforgiving. That's flat out manipulation geared at silencing objections to wrong doing and it's not going to work in this case.
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I have been waiting for cause of death as well. I have heard from those who went to church with Mr. White, that the 10 year old was actually his grand daughter.
The Truth the Whole Truth

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Looking for answers wrote:
I have been waiting for cause of death as well. I have heard from those who went to church with Mr. White, that the 10 year old was actually his grand daughter.
We are looking for some answers as well. I think it's pretty safe to say VOM has said all their going to say on the matter, which is little to nothing.

Many of the countries where VOM had offices were only sent notices of Tom Whites "passing away", with nothing about his suicide, or the molestation. I am very disappointed in VOM's behavior in this regard, because, not only being rather disingenuous and sneaky, it's really not fair to those who've supported VOM financially as well as they're volunteer time and labor.

However, as you mentioned, there are those who know some of the details surrounding this tragedy, and I believe more information will eventually be forthcoming. For example...another local source said by word of mouth that Tom White had committed suicide by taking "pills".
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The medical examiner has finally come forth with the cause of death report on Tom White suicide, although there was no apparent reason to perform and autopsy.

http://spiritualabusesanctuary.wordpress.com/...

Alcohol and drugs,(apparently some kind of overdose of antihistamine) was the cause of death.

This is so sad, and should never have happened. I do not blame the family for reporting the molestation however, because who could have known he'd kill himself?

I hope everyone will realize that child molestation is a crime, and not just some kind of moral failure that should be kept secret by families and churches when it involves one of their own.
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Did Tom White lead a secret life? I'm not referring to the apparent molestation of the little girl, but feeling there must have been other encounters with other children. There was one comment on the Pathos website that indicated that Mr. White was doing "something" during his time this individual spent with White on his 10 yrs of travels. The persons comment was brief, and he didn't indicate what the "something" was that White was doing, other than to allude to things of a sexual nature saying that the "stories" about Tom White were true. Someone, somewhere, knows more.

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