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

Apr 20, 2012 Full story: Christianity Today 27

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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#23 Oct 24, 2012
There are some new postings and comments here that should be of concern to supporters of VOM:

http://spiritualabusesanctuary.wordpress.com/...
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#24 Feb 3, 2013
Who knew Tom White and his family when he first got out of prison and came back to Bartlesville? Anyone here locally?
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#25 Feb 16, 2013
This is true, Riohard Wurmbrand was "ecumenical". That may have been a pleasant thing for Catholics to learn about Wurmbrand and VOM, but it is NOT a good thing for evangelical Christians concerned about the spread of ecumenism within the Christian community. Yet the Voice of the Martyrs continues this policy, which apparently was the policy of both Richard Wumbrand, and Tom White, from the very beginning of VOM to this very day.

From a Catholic forum:
http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php...

"Re: Has anyone read "Tortured for Christ" by Richard Wurmbrand?
I read it a number of years ago. I also had the pleasure of meeting Rev. Wurmbrand (he was a Lutheran) several times, both in Maryland and in England, when I was a Protestant myself; I spoke Russian with him, and he seemed to enjoy using that language with me. The Wikipedia article on his life is short, but I couldn't find any mistakes in it. I find it significant that his organization, the Voice of the Martyrs, was (and still is, as far as I know) completely ecumenical in its reporting of persecution of Christians, including Catholics. Tortured for Christ is a good memoir, and a good reminder of what life was (and could be again) like for Christians under the thumb of the Communists.

DaveBj"

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#26 Mar 27, 2013
For those who are still operating under the illusion that Tom White was the ideal Christian please realize that Tom White had ample opportunities in his travels to carry out pedophile activities. I distinctly remember seeing a picture of the nerdish looking Tom White in some location in a foreign country with what looked like either his hair dyed jet black and/or with a black toupee on, and a jet black mustache. Although his appearance had been drastically changed, it was unmistakably Tom White. I have no explanation as to why he had altered his appearance to that extreme, but there are a lot of other unanswered questions about this man Tom White that need to be answered. Frankly, the man was weird to say the least.

Christians can be very apt to trust someone's supposed "reputation" based on face value, and the fact that he headed a supposedly reputable Christian organization. The same holds true for Richard Wurmbrand the Voice of the Martyrs founder. It baffles me no end to know that otherwise good Christians can be so gullible.

Richard Wurmbrand did indeed have a very twisted version of the gospel of Jesus Christ. To think that he was able to build what later became the behemoth that is today testimony to the fact that Christians need to dig deeper into the Bible and that they may know the truth that Jesus said would set them free. No excuses for the hard study work that entails much more than showing up at church on a given Sunday morning. and sometimes Wednesday night to hear what someone else said that God said. Each of us must know it for ourselves or run the risk of being deceived.

This article about Wurmbrand for example. What a terrible representation of Christianity coming from Richard Wurmbrand's own words;
http://churchmousec.wordpress.com/2011/04/10/...
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#27 Mar 28, 2013
I don't understand your reference to the link, as that article discusses liberation theology. I completely agree with the issue of the gullibility of Christians. I find it embarrassing, sort of like having uncouth relatives. Atheists will claim that Christians have formed the habit of belief without evidence, but I don't see that as the major factor. People are lazy, as you state, and our culture is very lazy, choosing to outsource our thinking and spiritual life to experts. There is also the desire to be loving and trusting, and one trusts those who appear to be "family," much as we extend trust to those we love unless they have proven themselves otherwise. In addition, there is the childish desire (and we are told to give up childish things) to have someone else make our decisions for us and take responsibility for us. And polemical thinking doesn't just take place among Christians. You have people who are disappointed with our system of healthcare, and rightly so, who, while decrying "big pharma," accept without question the offerings of "big alternative medicine," a $50 million+ industry in the US alone. There are those who rightly point out the bias of the mainstream media, yet assume all alternative media portrays truth and worship at the Chuch of You-tube. I also believe we can choose to not hold to black and white thinking in every area, especially when looking at the lives and teachings of individuals. We can examine the errors and character flaws of a teacher like Wumbrand, while still honoring their courage and willingness to suffer for their faith.

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#28 Mar 28, 2013
Princess wrote:
I don't understand your reference to the link, as that article discusses liberation theology. I completely agree with the issue of the gullibility of Christians. I find it embarrassing, sort of like having uncouth relatives. Atheists will claim that Christians have formed the habit of belief without evidence, but I don't see that as the major factor. People are lazy, as you state, and our culture is very lazy, choosing to outsource our thinking and spiritual life to experts. There is also the desire to be loving and trusting, and one trusts those who appear to be "family," much as we extend trust to those we love unless they have proven themselves otherwise. In addition, there is the childish desire (and we are told to give up childish things) to have someone else make our decisions for us and take responsibility for us. And polemical thinking doesn't just take place among Christians. You have people who are disappointed with our system of healthcare, and rightly so, who, while decrying "big pharma," accept without question the offerings of "big alternative medicine," a $50 million+ industry in the US alone. There are those who rightly point out the bias of the mainstream media, yet assume all alternative media portrays truth and worship at the Chuch of You-tube. I also believe we can choose to not hold to black and white thinking in every area, especially when looking at the lives and teachings of individuals. We can examine the errors and character flaws of a teacher like Wumbrand, while still honoring their courage and willingness to suffer for their faith.
Very well said. I would agree with most of what you said, and I apologize for posting an incorrect link, but I would differ with you regarding Richard Wurmbrand, in that errors and character flaws are one thing, but false teaching that leads the Lord's flock astray is quite another. And that is quite frankly what Mr. Wurmbrand has done, his "courage and willingness to suffer nonwithstanding.

I will try to post a correct link asap. I realized my mistake too late to correct it. Topix has no edit system in place. Again, my apologies.

God bless

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#29 Mar 30, 2013
This is the correct link I had intended to post:
The Sweetest Song by Richard Wurmbrand
http://bitflow.dyndns.org/english/RichardWurm...

If this pdf file doesn't open correctly, I would urge readers to open it with Adobe Reader instead.

In this book, Wurmbrand, begins the introduction with a reference to the writings of a Jewish mystic, from the Jewish Kaballah, which as all Christians should note is definitely not an appropriate source of knowledge or edification for the sincere Christian reader.

Then, as one weaves through the maze of Wurmbrands odd mix of pseudo-Christian meanderings and anecdotal musings, we notice his many references to various Catholic saints and Jesus's supposed relationship with them, as well as their observations and comments throughout the book. Also of note, scattered in between, are more references to the Talmud, another Jewish source which has been rightly condemned by evangelical Christians as heretical.

Finally, the book concludes with the commentary that Richard Wurmbrand felt inspired to write this book after meditating on the sayings of Rabbi Akiba, another Jewish mystic taken from the Babylonian Talmud.

My conclusion after admittedly "not" having read this book completely, but having scanned it thoroughly enough to come to believe that Wurmbrand's writings are heretical and deceiving.

It matters not that he writes as an intellectual. Intellectuals can be deceived just as anyone else who is not fully grounded spiritually in the Word of God and truth. If this seems harsh in reference to Mr. Wurmbrand, please refer back to the epistles of the Apostles and also the teachings of Jesus Himself for verification about false teachers and false prophets.

Christians with discernment should be able to ascertain when following the history of the Communists that they tossed any and all into prison that bore the name of Christian, whether they were indeed Christian or not. This would include Catholics, and Anglicans, as well as evangelical Christians.

If the truth is to reign above all, even our compassion for those souls such as Wurmbrand who have suffered as many have under Communist rule,it must be tempered, first with prayer and then with a careful study of the Word of God so that we will not be deceived, and finally with love.

That said, Christians are more in need of discernment in this last hour than ever before as the darkness deepens that covers the land of Christendom and the world. But as the Word of God says, "We, brethren, are called to be salt and light." Test the spirits whether they be of God..or not.

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