Tom White Suicide-VOM Child Molestation Scandal Update

As someone who has followed and admired the ministry and work of  Richard Wurmbrand and Voice of the Martyrs since they set up headquarters here in Bartlesville, OK,  and as someone who has volunteered and contributed to VOM, I have more than just a casual or voyeuristic interest in the recent events. Of utmost importance concerning any Christian ministry is it’s spiritual integrity, including  it’s leadership and doctrinal issues. For that reason, in view of the recent tragic events, I felt the need to attempt to find whether Voice of the Martyrs, under Tom White’s leadership has held to the same spiritual standards that it’s founder Richard Wurmbrand did.

I submit the following for the discernment of the readers here:

Voice of the Martyrs Warning-Dr. Scott Johnson:

Voice of the Martyrs Warning-Dr. Scott Johnson
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tI1nXEn1wuQ
From the July 18, 2010 Bible study and current events teaching by Dr. Scott Johnson
I found this to be interesting. It seems the Jesuits have infiltrated voice of the martyrs. Anything to convince people that catholicism is real, and that following Jesus is synonymous with catholicism. satan must be tickled. Get all the unsuspecting, undiscerning, uninformed american ‘christians’ to believe that catholicism is Christian. This is in reference to the story from Iraq.
These pictures reveal the good ‘christian’ that Catholic Archbishop Emil Nona is. http://www.khoranat-alqos…showthread.php?t=11876The dagon hat is a nice touch. The man is a pagan devil worshipper, the people in the photos are a bunch of pagans who need the words of God to break through the darkness that V.O.M. and american ‘christians’ labels as ‘christianity’. It’s got nothing to do with the real Jesus, nothing to do with spiritual truth in reality. Although they are much closer to where these catholic practices came from. Pagan idolatrous wickedness started in babel, trickled around the world, got mashed together in Rome, and finally all the filth is back in the hands of the Chaldeans. Like a satanic ‘return to sender’ 35 hundred years in the making lol. They worship the false gods that their ancestors worshipped. Nimrod and Semiramis would be proud. After looking at the photos on that website, come back to the VOM paragraph, but keep a barf bag handy. “Ask God to guard the hearts of Iraqi Christians against fear so they can continue serving him with boldness.” Anything to broaden “god’s” love and mercy. All catholicism is, is Satanic baggage in a trojan horse. If satan can get ppl to embrace the trojan horse into their hearts and minds as ‘christian’ then there’ll be all kinds of ungodly, unbiblical, strong delusion lies and filth to smuggle in also. And with great ease. My heart is grieved that so many people can be so deceived, both the Chaldean Mary worshippers, and ‘christians’ in america who thing catholicism is legit. I wouldn’t think it was so easy to trick human beings if i didn’t see it for myself. I guess you can convince people to believe just about anything. And with great ease. Romans 16:18 -Eric
P.S. – Please don’t ever buy one of those dagon hats”

 

Please remember that Tom White, the director of the US headquarters of VOM for many years was responsible for what was or wasn’t part of the monthly newsletters. In fact, he wrote the monthly editorials which were sent out to subscribers. 

Another website poster has taken issue with some of the questionable content in Tom White’s editorials;

http://www.worldofprophecy.com/smf/index.php/topic,10044.0/prev_next,prev.html#new

« on: May 15, 2011, 07:32:03 AM »


November 11th, 2010 |  Author: Lighthouse Trails Editors
FOLLOW UP NOTE 11/19/10: ON NOVEMBER 19TH, PERSONNEL FROM VOICE OF THE MARTYRS CONTACTED US BY E-MAIL AND ASKED US TO GIVE THE FOLLOWING LINK TO OUR READERS FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT THEM REGARDING THIS ISSUE. http://www.persecution.co…px?clickfrom=bWFpbl9tZW51 This person who contacted us told us that Tom White is the one responsible for the Guyon article.

In the November 2010 Voice of the Martyrs magazine, there is a feature “Christian Martyrs” article on 17th century mystic, Madame Jeanne Guyon. Lighthouse Trails contacted Voice of the Martyrs last week to discuss their article and to remind them that they had brought some attention to themselves in 2009 when they promoted emerging futurist Erwin McManus’ book, The Barbarian Way, and Eugene Peterson’s The Message  paraphrase.  Lighthouse Trails did not write an article over those incidents but contacted them and offered to send them free copies of A Time of Departing and Faith Undone. We sent the two books but never heard back as to whether VOM president Tom White or other VOM officials read the books.

Needless to say, when some of their supporters contacted Lighthouse Trails last week troubled over the Guyon article, we were concerned too. Voice of the Martyrs has done a long-standing important work of defending and helping persecuted Christians throughout the world. The ministry is the inspiration of founder, the late Richard Wurmbrand who suffered persecution and imprisonment under communist rule.

The article in the VOM November magazine, titled “Madame Jeanne Guyon – June 9, 1717,” states:

Throughout her years of ministry, she continued to seek a deeper union with God, to the point that she felt God spoke and acted through her. Madame Guyon practiced a philosophy called “Quietism,” which teaches that spiritual perfection can be attained when self is lost in the contemplation of God.”

It is taught by contemplatives that if one practices the contemplative [spiritual] “disciplines,” he or she can become more Christ-like. As Richard Foster and other contemplatives teach, anyone of any religion or belief can connect with God through contemplative prayer (it has nothing to do with a relationship with Jesus Christ).

Quietism is described by one source as  “a Christian philosophy that swept through France, Italy and Spain during the 17th century, but it had much earlier origins. The mystics known as Quietists insist, with more or less emphasis, on intellectual stillness and interior passivity as essential conditions of perfection. . . . Quietism has been compared to the Buddhist doctrine of Nirvana.”1

The Voice of the Martyrs article on Guyon says that Guyon was challenged by church (Catholic) authorities for her prayer beliefs. She was eventually sent to prison for seven years (no doubt the VOM writer considers her a true martyr for this). VOM continues:

In one of her short works, “A Short and Easy Method of Prayer,” Madame Guyon distinguishes between three kinds of prayer: the prayer of meditation; the prayer of simplicity, which consists of keeping oneself in a state of recollection and silence in the presence of God [LT: this is contemplative prayer]; and active contemplation, in which the soul leaves God to act and renounces all its own interests [LT: this is the altered state that contemplative prayer induces] .

As with most long-term contemplatives, Madame Guyon became panentheistic in her beliefs. She stated that: “Here [in the contemplative state] everything is God. God is everywhere and in all things” (Guyon,Willigis Jager, The Search for the Meaning of Life, 1995, p.125). The God of the Bible would not have someone say that God is in everything. This very mindset is what prompted contemplative Brennan Manning to quote Thomas Merton in his book, The Signature of Jesus:

During a conference on contemplative prayer, the question was put to Thomas Merton: “How can we best help people to attain union with God?” His answer was very clear: “We must tell them that they are already united with God.” Contemplative prayer is nothing other than coming into consciousness of what is already there. (The Signature of Jesus, pp. 211, 218 , as cited in A Time of Departing)

As Merton and Guyon did, those practicing contemplative prayer ultimately come to believe that God is in all people and in all things. This is the “fruit” of contemplative prayer. The reason for this is that in that altered state of silence (the same as the Hinduistic Transcendental state) are demonic influences. It’s as simple as that.

Guyon embraced a prayer method in which one is to enter a state of non-thinking during prayer. Brennan Manning backs this up by saying, “[T]he first step in faith is to stop thinking about God at the time of prayer” (The Signature of Jesus, p. 212). Guyon explained it thus:

 May I hasten to say that the kind of prayer I am speaking of is not a prayer that comes from your mind. It is a prayer that begins in the heart…. Prayer that comes out of the heart is not interrupted by thinking!—(Guyon, Experiencing The Depths of Jesus Christ, p. 4)

All that is of your doing, all that comes from your life-even your most exalted prayer-must first be destroyed before union can come about. All the prayers that proceed from your mind are merely preparations for bringing you to a passive state; any and all active contemplation on your part is also just preparation for bringing you to a passive state. They are preparations. They are not the end. They are a way to the end. The end is union with God! —(Guyon – Experiencing Union with God Through Inner Prayer)

Ask any Hindu or Buddhist or New Ager, turning off the mind is the goal in meditation so that an altered state of consciousness can be reached.  As Ray Yungen puts it, it is like putting the mind in neutral, this stilling of the mind. This is not what the Bible means when it says “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10 — the classic Scripture used by contemplative teachers). This instruction meant to stop worrying, settle down, and trust the Lord. There is absolutely no indication anywhere in that or any other Scripture that we are to go into a meditative state in order to hear God or to “really know Him,” as many contemplatives say.

It is a known fact that Madame Guyon is known also for her “automatic writing.” Mystic Evelyn Underhill  ”refers to Guyon as a ‘medium’ exhibiting clairvoyance, prophecy, telepathy, and automatic writing in bewildering profusion” (“The Mindless Mysticism,” Fisher). Underhill said:

 When she [Guyon] was composing her works, she would experience a sudden and irresistible inclination to take up her pen; though feeling wholly incapable of literary composition, and not even knowing the subject on which she would be impelled to write. If she resisted the impulse, it was at the cost of the most intense discomfort. She would then begin to write with extraordinary swiftness. “In writing I saw that I was writing of things which I had never seen: and during the time of this manifestation, I was given light to perceive that I had in me treasures of knowledge and understanding which I did not know that I possessed.” (Underhill, Mysticism)

One writer explains:

As she fasted to the extreme and often went without sleep, her mystical experiences increased. She experienced what she thought was union with the essence of God. She had mental delusions or demonic visitations such as envisioning “horrible faces in blueish light.” She went into trances, which would leave her unable to speak for days. During some trances, she wrote things that she believed were inspired (Guyon, An Autobiography, p. 321-324). This is automatic writing, and she was doubtless influenced by demons. (“The Delusion of Madame Guyon,” Cloud)

We hope that Voice of the Martyrs will reconsider their apparent promotion in contemplative/emerging authors. Otherwise, they may be leading people down that slippery slope of mystical deception, and that would be truly tragic. It is sadly ironic to realize that someone like Guyon, who was imprisoned largely because of her mystical activities and writings, would be put in the same category as true martyrs who have defended the biblical faith, and this being the cause of their affliction and martyrdom. Thus we have written this article with the past and present Christian martyrs in mind, hoping to help maintain the dignity and integrity which they so deserve.

Below are a couple letters we have received over the past year or so from Voice of the Martyrs supporters. We hope that VOM will read these and see that it isn’t just Lighthouse Trails saying this; others are concerned too.

Dear Lighthouse Trails:

I have been a supporter of Voice of the Martyrs but recently was distressed to open my monthly newsletter and find Tom White supporting the book “The Barbarian Way.” [by Erwin McManus]  The tone of his letter that month was disturbing, seeming to be mocking those who are looking forward to heaven, a common attitude today.

Dear Lighthouse Trails:

First of all I want to thank you for all the work you do. My reason for writing is my concern for Voice of  the Martyrs magazine. I have enjoyed getting it in the mail for several years but in the February 2009 issue on page 2 there is an article by Tom White where he quotes Erwin McManus from his book The Barbarian Way. ( page 108-109)  This greatly concerns me. I wondered if you would want to warn Mr. White about Mr. McManus. The email for the magazine is thevoice@vom-usa.org.  Thank you.   

The following is a letter written to VOM President Tom White, which was sent to us by the person who wrote it (who gave us permission to post it):

To Dr. Tom White :

As regular supporters of Voice of the Martyrs and Bibles Unbound, we were very shocked and disappointed to see in the front of the sample “Extreme Devotion” booklet we recently received in the mail from VOM, that on the copyright page, it states: “Scripture taken from The Message by Eugene H. Peterson…”.

It is our sincere prayer that Tom White and all of the staff at VOM will educate themselves immediately on the dangers of this so-called “translation” by Eugene Peterson.

“The Message” is a contemplative, mystical distortion of God’s Holy Word. On the surface it simply appears to be written in “lingo” that is easier to understand for today’s average American – however, dig deeper and you will realize that it “adds to and takes away” from God’s Holy Scriptures, which we are warned, specifically at the end of Revelation, not to do….

[W]e would like the assurance of VOM/persecution.com that the foreign language Bibles we are sending out [through Bibles Unbound] are NOT translations/interpretations of “The Message”/Eugene Peterson’s so-called “translation.”

http://www.lighthousetrai…research.com/blog/?p=5235

Also….

Voice of the Martyrs made a statement online to address the concerns many have had regarding whether or not the ministry has offered help to the little girl in question. It does tend to trouble me they continue to use the term, “alleged activity” and “allegations of abuse”, etc. In spite of the fact they “allegedly” felt compelled to both go to the girl and her family and compelled to make a public statement, all of which tends to make me think the molestation of this little 10 yr old girl actually happened and more than mere allegations. I’d like to see a full investigation done into what happened, including into the VOM ministry. There should be zero tolerance of anything that even hints at a cover up. 

http://www.persecution.com/

This is a snip from that statement:

“Many have asked about the young girl who reported the allegations of abuse, and her family.

Both her family and the White family have asked VOM to respect their privacy during this time and not comment on specifics of the investigation. After listening to both families, and because the alleged activity did not take place at VOM and was unrelated to Mr. White’s work with the ministry, VOM’s leadership believe it is appropriate to honor their request [prior to issuing this statement VOM asked members of both families to review it].”

40 comments on “Tom White Suicide-VOM Child Molestation Scandal Update

  1. Steve Rugg says:

    A letter I had sent to Tom White, VOM that mirrors your email blog (above):

    March 22, 2012

    Tom White
    The Voice of the Martyrs
    P.O. Box 443
    Bartlesville, OK 74005-0443

    Dear Tom,

    I am writing this letter as a result of a careful reading of a small book I received recently from VOM, The Persecuted Church Global Report 2012.

    I was bothered by several references made about certain countries representing significant Christian populations as a percentage of the total population. Some examples were quite surprising to me:

    70.5% Christian in Belarus (Eastern Orthodox)
    94.4% Christian in Colombia (Roman Catholic)
    12.8% Christian in Egypt (Coptic Christian)
    56.5% Christian in Cuba (Roman Catholic)
    32.0% Christian in Lebanon (Maronite Catholics)

    I am not writing this letter in an effort to convince you of anything, but those five examples sadly do not represent countries with significant populations of Christians. Biblical exegesis speaks clearly of what a Christian is. Religious institutions (like Roman Catholic & Orthodox) are NOT “the keepers of the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven.”

    My question to you is:
    • Does VOM make a distinction between persecuted Christians and persecuted Catholics for example?
    • Does VOM aid persecuted people groups that happen to be Orthodox or Roman Catholic as persecuted Christians or aid these groups in a humanitarian mission?
    • And lastly, is the presentation of the gospel by VOM considered off limits to Catholics and Orthodox believers?

    In your Global Report you reference “harassment” of evangelicals by groups, such as the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Maronite Catholics, Orthodox or Roman Catholic churches. I believe that description of “harassment” greatly understates the persecution of non-religious Christians. It is no surprise the extent of Muslim persecution of non-Muslim groups, especially Christians. Absent Muslim oppression, these dominant religious systems (Catholic or Orthodox, for example) persecute Christians just the same but perhaps without the same level of violence found from Muslim persecutors.

    A note of interest:

    The narrative of Chiapas in the Global Report is interesting. Roman Catholicism is fundamentally idolatrous and pagan since its inception. Every year Catholics in Mexico, Central and South America engage in several unchristian religious festivities and practices including parties, drinking and pagan parades.

    The small number of people groups unreached by the gospel (using Colombia as an example) is patently incorrect. The majority of Roman Catholics worldwide have never opened a bible, do not know what is in the bible and are reminded by their priests that they will tell them what they need to know.

    Some bible references I believe are clear on these matters:
    1 Cor 10:7, 14
    Col 2:8
    Matt 15:8
    John 3:3, 5
    John 14:6

    There are well over several hundred bible passages that define “what is” and “what is not” a saint, a child of the Father, a Christian, how to be saved (by faith and by not works), etc.

    I would be saddened to find out that VOM avoids ministering to lost religious multitudes who are not saved.

    I hope to receive a response from you. My wife and I have been a part of VOM ministry for several years but we are concerned with what seems like ecumenism where all beliefs are “Christian” even if they do not accord with the Scriptures.

    Thank you for your time.

    Saved by Grace through Faith in Jesus Christ,

    Steve & Katherine Rugg

    Endnote: This letter was answered by some VOM public relations person who responded as if he had not even read my letter. His response was ecumenical and a whitewash–the Word of God does not matter to them.
    –Steve

    • Scarlett says:

      This is not looking good, especially when the “organization” rushes in as it has,albeit belatedly, to do damage control apparently in order to protect the “organization”. I’m not even sure if I want to call it a ministry any longer since it appears to have morphed into something different.

      In any case, in regard to your comments, yes, I agree, you’ve touched the nail on the head. What’s more, Tom White’s apparent Catholic sympathies could be due to the fact that he was a ……Catholic. His last editorial was apparently written while in Costa Rica, a predominately Catholic country. He spoke of being at his father in law’s home, (Don Francisco). He had married a woman from Costa Rica, Maria, “Orphila),(,last name never mentioned).

      It would not have been difficult for Tom White, or anyone to enter into the inner circle of VOM back in the day of Richard Wurmbrand, if they played it right.

      I have a feeling this is just the tip of the iceberg. However, VOM needs to come clean, and if not, then people like you, and other bloggers need to keep writing and asking questions until the truth comes out. I have a feeling God is in this.

      Grace and peace to you,

      Scarlett

  2. Scarlett says:

    This notice was placed on Wartburg Watch earlier:
    http://www.wadeburleson.org/2012/04/tom-white-abuse-vom-and-power-of.html

    Interesting heading by the way, and I would have to agree, in more ways that one! Not just where the molestation is concerned!

    This was my response to the notice on the WartburgWatch blog:

    “Great post on Wade’s site. Perhaps now we can all drop the word “alleged”, thank God. Glad to hear this news.

    Hundreds of little girls just as precious in God’s eyes are being molested every day. They need prayers too. Let’s not forget that.

    Also, just because Tom White is dead, does not mean there should not be an investigation. On the contrary, the events surrounding this tragedy demands an investigation.

    My focus is still on VOM right now. There are still many, many questions concerning VOM that need to be answered. Whoever is designated as the new “leadership” in place of Tom White has a responsibility to supporters of the ministry if VOM hopes to keep the good will of the public and supporters. This tragedy and the scandal that ensued has raised many questions about the operation of VOM itself that need to be cleared up.”

  3. Scarlett says:

    Comments from Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise, the local newspaper where US VOM is based::

    http://examiner-enterprise.com/sections/news/local-news/white-was-under-investigation.html#disqus_thread

    Especially interesting are comments from those who don’t seem to be in denial about the guilt of either Tom White..or…VOM, as follows, (nicname deleted):

    “VOM receives support from Christian Media Network which broadcasts from stations ran by Voice of America, the CIA’s broadcast propaganda organization; basically they set up a transmitter on a navy base in hostile territory or next to a border and blast American propaganda to the locals, among other things. They also run illegal airstrips which circumvent customs in South American countries (smuggling?) which is why they were kicked out of Venezuela most recently and a host of other Latin American countries. Oh, and the zinger! Tom Holland, our illustrious chief of police, is both a VOM board member and an ex-CIA employee.”

    and, from the same poster:

    “VOM is a front. Quit placing this organization on a pedestal. As for Tom, I’ve known him since I was a baby and always found him and his family a little creepy, but I always assumed it was because of the work he did for the government. Now it looks like daddy may have been a very bad man.”

    Am I trying to build a case against Tom White, and/or VOM? No, I’m just reporting what I find on the Internet. And, what I’ve found, is that locally, and in Christian circles, posters and commentaries seem to be downplaying any culpability on the part of VOM, with very few exceptions, even to the point of being blindly in denial, which, by the way, VOM leadership, (whomever that is), is doing as well- for all their worth. This needs to change. As I’ve said before, just because Tom White is dead, there is no reason why a complete and transparent investigation shouldn’t take place. On the contrary, VOM supporters who’ve lent time, support and finances deserve some answers, as does the general public watching this scandal. This has gone beyond the suicide of a major International ministry head, who molested a 10 yr old girl, into focus on the inner workings of the ministry itself.

  4. Gordon says:

    I believe that GOD is in this, “somehow”. Of course HE is. HE wants HIS perfect Will done in VOM Ministry. Providing HIS true Saints within and without that Ministry co-operate. GOD is also in the Business of “cleaning House”. What Tom White did was absolutely WRONG and a SIN. And, that one (or more) act(s) of sin hurt the victim, the little girl (‘though I believe that GOD is using other Christians to bring her Comfort and any needed Healing), this sin harmed the victim’s family and close friends. It shakes the faithful within the holy Church. and this This SIN harms whatever is Good and Godly within the VOM Ministry, and it’s subsequent Fruits produced for GOD’s Kingdom. And, last but not least, it totally hurt Mr. Tom White himself. Very, very sad for the little girl. But, I, also, am sad for Tom White. Sad for where he MAY have ended up. He definitely did not handle the situation well at all. Very cowardly of him, for the way he did “deal” with it. I’m not personally convinced that he is in Heaven. GOD takes Sin and walking in HIS Holy Ways very seriously. Unlike too many parts of today’s Church. So, it can well be, and I believe it is, that GOD is drawing the Spiritual Line in the Sand. Decide this day to Whom ye will serve. GOD or Ba’al (Satan and self). GOD will not tolerate unrepentant sinfulness in HIS Church. Ananias and Saphira being classic examples. We must learn, LEARN, to take our Calling and Service to GOD equally seriously.

    • Scarlett says:

      I too believe God is in this. The scriptures say that God will judge FIRST the household of God. And although VOM did not claim to be a church per se, it did profess to be a ministry based on the concept of doing the work of Jesus Christ. However, what I have noticed is that VOM has taken on certain aspects of an overly large corporation, and that being the case, there is always a danger for the those at the top, in leadership, to not receive personal, spiritual accountability and spiritual guidance from godly wise men.

      Tom White was literally held up to an iconic status in his community, and VOM itself, as if those who knew him felt he could do no wrong. Man is always capable of doing wrong under such circumstances. It may very well have been that because of his stature and reputation, when he fell into temptation and sin that he felt there was no one he could go to for counsel and restoration. I am in no way making excuses for what this man did, because the molestation of a child is one of the worst crimes there can be, short of torture and murder.

      See, the VOM leadership said they had no idea, they didn’t know. How can that possibly be? Holy men and women of God develop a sixth sense so to speak, of discernment. Someone should have known he was in trouble, even before a crime was committed. The only way people around Tom White in the VOM group who worked with him COULD NOT HAVE KNOWN, is that they fell short themselves and lacked spiritual discernment. This is the problem with ministries that morph over into organizations that use Jesus Christ as a figurehead. What I am saying is that there had to have been signs which many on the inside as well as on the outside of VOM didn’t recognize in time to stop this from happening. It should have been. And now a tragedy has happened.

      God saw it all along, nothing escapes his eyes. VOM will be called to account to God to not try and cover this up, but to repent before a holy God and begin to do things his way, or they will suffer the loss. It’s not a matter of trying to “protect the name of the ministry in order to keep it going”, because I believe as you do, that God is drawing a line in the sand, so to speak, and is bringing judgment on all ungodliness. I have read testimony after testimony online and in posts praising Tom White, even to ignoring the horrendous sin he did. This is so wrong and God is not going to tolerate it and neither should those who seek to obey Jesus with all their hearts and KNOW what the scriptures say..and this is part of them that relates to this situation:

      Ezekiel 18:24-30

      (NKJV)

      24 “But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live? All the righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; because of the unfaithfulness of which he is guilty and the sin which he has committed, because of them he shall die.

      25 “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ Hear now, O house of Israel, is it not My way which is fair, and your ways which are not fair? 26 When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity, and dies in it, it is because of the iniquity which he has done that he dies. 27 Again, when a wicked man turns away from the wickedness which he committed, and does what is lawful and right, he preserves himself alive. 28 Because he considers and turns away from all the transgressions which he committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 29 Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ O house of Israel, is it not My ways which are fair, and your ways which are not fair?

      30 “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways,” says the Lord God. “Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin.”

      Yes, I have heard some online say that God would receive Tom White into his Holy Presence in spite of the fact that he killed himself after he committed the sin of molesting a young girl. These people need to take the blinders off their eyes and repent of their own sin of agreeing with wickedness. “Not all our idols go to heaven”.

      Thank you for your comment Gordon. This issue needs to be talked about and preached in the churches and fellowships, because the issue of pedophilia, sexual and spiritual abuse has become nearly pandemic in the church. And I tremble at the judgment of God that will surely fall if the people of God don’t stop tolerating this, stop covering it up as if it were nothing in God’s eyes.

      As for VOM, they need to come clean before God and man, and put in a counsel of truly godly apostles in the leadership, with full accountability to one another. Because the end, even if it appears to be a good work will never justify the means, when sin in ministry is involved.

      • Gordon G. says:

        Scarlett, How true it is what you mentioned about the apparent lack of accountability in Tom White’s life in relation to the VOM Ministry. That is so key. Yes, they should never be that way. When a person has such “power”, it’s too easy to think that they are above scrutiny, and are able to get away with evil deeds done in darkness. Yet, those of VOM who say that they had no idea reminds me of some parents of children who were sexually abused, they never saw the signs of what took place, until in hind-sight. It’s sad and it’s behooving to learn from this extremely unfortunate and grieving and situation.

  5. Steve Rugg says:

    I must say that Tom’s “alleged” inappropriate conduct (now considered molestation) with a 10 year old little girl is only the tip of the iceberg. At his age of death, I believe 64 years, Tom did not do this one time. How many other times and to how many other victims did he prey? Tom White’s spiritual condition was not christian in any biblical way–the only measure by which this tragedy must be viewed. A letter from James E. Dau, Chief Operating Officer, was a pathetic whitewash of the incident and symptomatic of the spiritual deadness of the insulated leadership at VOM. He says that Tom “deeply loved his wife and children”–what garbage. Is leaving this legacy of molestation and suicide to his widowed wife and loss of a father by his children Love and a Christian witness??? The bible says NO, emphatically NO. What about the Christian martyrs whom VOM has supported? I know they won’t see Tom in Heaven at the wedding feast with Jesus. They had a testimony for Christ, Tom does not.

    Readers and the VOM staff who sympathize with Tom White need to learn their bibles and stop being such an embarrassment to the true faith of Jesus Christ. In a nut shell, unless you are born again (regenerated) you will not only NOT see the Kindom of Heaven, you cannot enter it either. To these false-professing christians who are willfully ignorant of the Word of God–there will be no bible studies in heaven or hell.

    • Scarlett says:

      This is very true Steve. However, I believe as awful as this is, the LORD is going to work something good out of what Satan intended for evil. I believe God intends to clean up the church, and it’s going to be an extremely messy and probably painful ordeal, and will shake the present unbelief, complacency, and compromise in the lukewarm to their very core. BUT… He’s going to do it. And when the dust settles, He will have a church filled with the Spirit of the Living God.

    • Gordon G. says:

      VERY WELL SAID. You hit the nail on the Spiritual head in your comment. Nonetheless, I wish to reiterate, that the little girl (and others?) is the biggest victim, if not the Kingdom of GOD’s Ministry on Earth. What an absolute shame this whole thing is for all around. What a big mess this all is. Mr. White should have repented and sought GOD’s Forgiveness, and that of the girl and her family and of the VOM Ministry and it’s Supporters. And, then, toughed-out the Consequences here on Earth. He himself, and the Ministry would have gotten more respect and trust from the people in the long-run. I mean, I’m saddened about Tom, too, to a degree. GOD is willing that none perish. And, ‘though I do believe that GOD is angry, ANGRY at Tom, I believe HE was saddened too, for his soul’s sake. Tom is totally in Hell. If he would’ve even had a last-minute repentance prayer before GOD, it would have shown by him being willing to stay alive and face the consequences. That’s all speculation, but, it seems that’s how it’s played out at this point. The whole thing is just another big black stain on the Church of GOD. We are truly in the throes of the Great Apostasy.

  6. Scarlett says:

    There are so many disturbing aspects of this scandal that need to be carefully scrutinized by the Christian Community, including what the monies sent into VOM have been used for. For example, the issue of ecumenism has been brought up. Looking into this with some shamefaced hindsight, this was right in front of our faces for years, hidden in plain sight. This is no small matter considering the vast scope and power of the VOM organization.

    International VOM branches.
    http://www.persecution.net/w-wide.htm

    Are monies we donate to VOM being funneled into some of these, and their “outreaches”? Without a doubt, yes. As much as I, for one, wish to aid my true Christian brethren, I am going to have to refrain from financial donations to VOM until I actually see some change from their ecumenical position.

    I checked a few of these branches, and there was only the standard VOM eulogy of Tom White’s sterling record with VOM, no mention of the sordid circumstances surrounding his death, or even that his death was suicidal.

    Is it therefore surprising that ecumenism could lead to such gross sin? I think not. And from what I’ve been reading and checking out, Tom White has enjoyed the iconic status of a celebrity “martyr” in his community and around the world, all the while living largely and dining well on delicacies that I could never afford…but may have paid for out of my or some other widow’s donated love offerings, (actually a drop in the bucket, but when multiplied by thousands of tax exempt donations, it obviously adds up). Compare this to the sacrificial lifestyle of early Christians, such as the apostles.

    If you’ve seen pics(and I need to post one) of VOM’s lavish new facilities in Bartlesville, OK, one can only imagine the nail biting going on with the financial officers at VOM about how to do damage control if the level of donations drop significantly. I don’t know what the finished cost was but I did see construction estimates, (bids), ranging from 8,000,000 to 14,000,000. Not chump change.

    One can only hope and pray that God will somehow intervene and clean house. Is it not possible that God himself will somehow take care of his martyrs and persecuted ones? I personally have to do a lot of praying about this and many other things concerning the church, including soul searching my own walk.

  7. Jael says:

    I was searching on the internet for more information on Tom White and came across your site.

    As many of you, I have been a supporter of VOM for over 20 years, but over the last few years, there have been some red flags waving, specifically the “inclusiveness” of Catholics. A dear friend of mine was trouble too, and wrote a letter to VOM with her concerns. She too, got a pat answer.

    In regards to Tom White’s suicide, it was a wicked cowardly act. Suicide is self-murder, and Scripture is very clear: “murderers will not inherit the kingdom of God”. For all the “kingdom” work that Tom did, it was all for nought.

    This incident should be a wake-up call for all Believers to fear the Lord more deeply. It’s also a reminder to not follow the blind, lest you fall into the same ditch.

    In regards to this little girl, and possibly other victims of Tom’s crimes, they deserve justice. Surely, there are people out there that either knew or suspected something was amiss. All those who provided cover, need to have the lid blown wide open.

    Keeping my eyes on the Author and Finisher of my faith,
    Jael

  8. Scarlett says:

    I agree Jael, I am very disappointed in Tom White and VOM, and also about the inclusiveness of Catholics into the VOM operations. VERY! As all evangelicals should be.

    This scandal has become too hush hush. We don’t even know for sure Tom White actually did commit suicide, because it was reported in the Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise Newspaper today, the medical examiner may not have a complete report on cause of death for another three to six months. C’mon. When Whitney Houston died, the complete news, including the medical examiners report was completed and made public not long after. So, it looks to me like they are deliberately stalling….why?

    I also agree with you that someone must surely have known or seen something. What about White’s personal computer? Eh?

    What about this that I found on an obscure little secular blog? What do you think? My gut feeling is that he’s telling the truth and he knows something, but do you think anyone will bother to check it out?

    >>>>>>>>

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2012/04/the-hypocrisy-burns-voice-of-the-martyrs-tom-white.html#comment-11253:

    A says:

    April 25, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    “Sorr for my bad English. I traveled more than 10 countries with Tom and I can assure that all stories are true. YES it was a mistake to take his own life, but it will never destroy the work he has done for VOM.”

    • Gordon G. says:

      That is true, that whatever Good Works that were done by GOD, through Tome White, will live on. But, it may very well be that Tom himself will benefit NOTHING of it if he has ended up in Hell. And, I’m sorry if that is what has happened, too! I hate for anyone to end up in Hell. Much more does GOD Himself!

  9. Scarlett says:

    I think if Tom was a Catholic, they believe they have to spend time in pergatory to pay for sins, but then they will be saved, but we don’t find that in scripture.

    • Gordon says:

      Right. Purgatory will not be found in Scripture because it is a Lie. This time-period of life on Earth, before death, is the time to deal with our sins and make our souls right with both GOD and man. Because, the Common Rule of Scripture is that, it is appointed unto man once to die and after that the Judgment.

      • Scarlett says:

        Mind you, I don’t know for sure that Tom White was indeed a Catholic, but from all indications he may well have been. Because without a doubt, from his previous editorials and ecumenical content in the VOM newsletters it does appear that he was sympathetic to the RCC. All I was intending to say in my previous comment, is that the doctrine of purgatory might possibly explain Tom’s reasoning in not shrinking away from suicide.
        I think it would behoove evangelicals to watch VOM and see how the new leadership conducts business, and what type of content they allow into their various publications and videos in the coming months.

  10. Debra says:

    No Church or ministry or Christian is perfect.VOM is excellent and NEEDED.Find someone els to pick on,like Bill Mahr,or the Hollywood sewer to society.

    • Scarlett says:

      I agree that ministry to the persecuted is needed. What is not needed is compromise with the RCC which is NOT Christian. Are evangelical bible believing Christians supposed to help support a cult that’s responsible for the deaths of 70 million people? As it stands now, it remains to be seen whether or not VOM has remained true to the cause.

  11. Steve Rugg says:

    To say that “picking on VOM” is like saying Paul the apostle was picking on the jewish leadership of his day or Jesus picking on the Pharisees by calling the “white-washed tombs” (Matt 23:27). Sadly one of the greatest failures of the church today is heretical teaching, no teaching of the Word of God and a general “inclusiveness” that all things are one–also the product of biblical illiteracy (rampant among professing christians). Professing christians need to ask themself if they are “aligning” themself to God through faith in Jesus Christ (abiding in Him) or have we chosen to abide in one of the many humanistic philosophies offered in the ever growing menu of choices to those who …”will not endure sound DOCTRINE (caps added) but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers…” (2 Tim 4:3-4). The efforts of those who have done this website and the participants in this blog are trying to say what has already been said numerous times in Scripture (see 2 Tim 4:2,5). There is no cure for apostasy among professing christians. That is why Paul the apostle said to “examine yourself to see if you are in the faith (2 Cor 13:5). Only repentance will do–sadly a word in Scripture that is key to a person’s being born from above but also the most despised and maligned word found today in the “mainstream” church.

  12. Lliam says:

    I have been a VOM supporter and IDOP leader for some time now, and have found many discrepancies with the organization, from them holding their founder in higher regard than Christ.
    To…
    Their being locked into the pagan holidays and worship practices of Catholicism.

    We as believers, and followers of the way, should go to the handbook of the way, thus being you Bible…

    We are warned in…
    Matt 24:5For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

    As for our martyred brothers and sisters…

    24:9Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

    Now because of the suspected actions of Mr. White…

    10And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

    His replacement and many others in the ministry field…

    11And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

    The repercussions of his actions…

    12And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

    Its sad to be called a Christian, when that term is now more noted with hypocrites, molesters of children, and money brokers.

    Just remember…

    1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

    9Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

    10But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

    11To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

    Test the spirits to see if they are from GOD…

    • Scarlett says:

      Very well said. You’re study of scripture, time spent in prayer and communing with the LORD is shining through.

      We MUST have discernment in this dark hour or we will be deceived just as Jesus warned.

      Peace and grace unto you brother.

  13. Nick says:

    It is God’s duty to judge people to heaven or hell, not yours or mine. God tells us specifically not to judge lest we be judged. Yes, we should learn from Tom’s failures and ask God that we don’t fall short of His calling and to protect us from the wiles of the Devil who is very sly and cunning. The Bible teaches us that sin is sin, whether it is a lie, stealing, slander, adultry, molestation or suicide, they all make us fall short of the glory of God. And I dare say all of us fell short of the glory of God today since we not only sin but we are sin.

    • Scarlett says:

      Nick, please show me anywhere in my comments or posts that I have judged “people to heaven or hell”.
      However, this “judge not” mantra the Laodician, lukewarm church regurgitates to cover it’s own and everyone else’s sin has been worn thin. Neither is it scripturally accurate.
      Here is a nice little study that will shed some light on the subject,,,although a serious reading of scripture would do the same thing only better.
      http://www.bible.ca/ef/expository-matthew-7-1-5.htm

    • Gordon G. says:

      Nick, The Lord YAHUSHUA (JESUS CHRIST) said that “by their fruits ye shall know them.” The act of DISCERNING whether someone has ended up in Heaven or Hell IS NOT the same as CONSIGNING someone to either one of those places. Only GOD has the Power to allow a one to enter Heaven, or to cast a one into Hell and into the Lake of Fire. But, we Saints can know one another by the “fruits” which we produce. In the Book of ACTS, the Apostles did the very same with Judas (the son of Perdition), when they declared that he went to his rightful place (in Hell). For, Judas was sorrowful and regretted what he did in betraying YAHUSHUA, but, he did not repent and trust in the Lord’s Forgiveness. The same is so with Mr. White. All indications is that he knew he had sinned. He acted in cowardice by killing himself, instead of facing the repercussions of his sinful actions. Mr. White had a worldly sorrow, but, not a “Godly sorrow” that produces the Fruits of Repentance. Else, he would’ve stuck around to face whatever’d’ve come his way. IF he had asked for GOD’s Forgiveness and truly repented before he killed himself, he didn’t show faith in that Forgiveness and any seriousness in real repentance, else he would have stayed alive to trust in GOD’s Mercy to “get him through”. The Scriptures say that the “cowardly” also will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. It’s not “Judging” in the way that only GOD can judge to acknowledge that one is in Hell, indicative by his “fruits”. It’s just a warning for the rest of us in the Faith. Including ME!

  14. Patrick says:

    Amen Nick. Guys some of the above conversation about Tom’s/VOM’ failure is just plain unnecessary. Try not to sound like you enjoy casting stones and condemning people to hell.

    • Scarlett says:

      Tom’s “failure”? I wonder if you’d be so understanding if this were your daughter that had been molested,raped, sodomized, or whatever it was that was swept under the carpet.

      I’ve seen these cover ups happen too many times in churches, up until recently…Now, I think God himself seems to be blowing the lid off of these crimes in the church. Get used to it. Crimes in churches are going to be uncovered from here on out, not just by this blog, but by many others.

    • Gordon G. says:

      Patrick, And, it’s absolute cowardice and the biiggest act of dropping the Ecclesiastical ball by being contented with a false feel-good “gospel”, and the false Once-Saved-Always-Saved gospel that blinds the Church of today of the real and serious consequences of sin in the life of one who claims to follow CHRIST. The very LACK OF TEACHING about Hell, Etrnal Damnation, SIN and GOD’s expectation of Holy living has BLINDED and sedated so many “Saints” into comfort-zones of believing that no matter what they say or do, that, they is on their way to Heaven. But, that is not the Way of GOD. GOD says “Be ye holy as I AM Holy” and that “Without Holiness, no man shall see the LORD. No, no one is perfect on this side of Eternity, but, if we sin, we are to DEAL WITH THE CONSEQUENCES that come as a result. Did Mr. White do that? It’s an absolute crying shame, not only for what he did to the little girl, but, also for where this all landed him! The Church, so much of it, needs to seriously WAKE-UP. This is a Warning from GOD, that we need to take Walking in HIS Ways, seriously!

  15. Scarlett says:

    Thank you Gordon for continuing to stick up for the truth, and Jesus Christ. It’s appalling to me to find so many “christians”, on he Internet defending Tom White, even in spite of the fact that VOM and Bartlesville, OK police that there is evidence Tom White molested the minor girl. It’s bad enough already, but I wonder what they think the world of unbelievers think of them when they do this?

  16. Patrick biglane says:

    CONCERNED former VOM Supporter:

    Scarlet, Thank you for the insights you brought to this issue with the lighhouse link. I believe there is some connection to VOM’S ( and/or tom white’s) recent downfall due to (at least in part) the inappropriate endoresement of mysticism and gnosticism.

    I believe the worst influence of the Catholicism is very well laid out in a book called, To God Be the Glory, by Joel Hemphill. You can google this book, and/or Joel’s name to order it.

    Blessings

  17. Scarlett says:

    I personally don’t believe Tom White was qualified to be a spiritual leader in any capacity. Clearly, the articles mentioned indicated that he had a faulty grasp of scripture. He seemed to have Catholic sympathies, and may have been a “closet” Catholic himself.

    Thank you for your comment Patrick. I haven’t read the book you mentioned. It may have some accurate assessments of Catholicism, (one doesn’t have to be a Christian scholar, hey?) But according to some reviews, the Hemphill book isn’t being recommended as a scriptually accurate Christian resource.

    http://apprising.org/2008/08/30/joel-hemphill-does-deny-the-deity-of-christ/

  18. Cheryl says:

    - Re. Richard Wurmbrand, does anyone know anything about this?

    http://www.blessedquietness.com/journal/housechu/charhind.htm#RICHARD

    – I know these are off-topic, but can someone who’s genuinely born-again and fears God please write about the following?

    – YWAM:

    http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Psychology/ywam.htm

    http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/youthwithamission.html

    – YWAM-er, 700 Club, claiming Jesus visited him in prison – yeah sure: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2IGNj3iXuY

    – World Missionary Press: wmpress.org viz. Every Home for Christ/Dick Eastman:

    http://www.wmpress.org/Newsletters/Newsletters2011/11julyvl.shtml

    http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/BookReviews/hour.htm

    http://www.spiritoferror.org/2007/05/%e2%80%98apostles%e2%80%99-from-well-known-ministries/109

    Please can some godly man with righteous indignation get onto all this American trash “Christianity” and run the javelin through it like Phinehas of old?

    Thank you.

    • Scarlett says:

      Thank you for sending this information Cheryl! This is a bombshell. Just maybe the breakthrough I’ve been praying and waiting for. I will post on this just as soon as I can.

      Please do not hesitate to send any further information you come across.

      Bless,

      Scarlett

  19. Scarlett says:

    Please view my most recent post concerning Voice of the Martyrs:
    https://spiritualabusesanctuary.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/richard-wurmbrand-teaches-belief-in-the-i-of-self/

    I submit this for the readers discernment. Please read carefully.

    Jesus bless you,

    Scarlett

  20. Cheryl says:

    Thank you, Scarlett. Yes, and just something of a Disclaimer regarding “a bit” to do with where the item I submitted came from.

    This is semi-off topic, but do you know of Chuck Baldwin? See here and here for mentions of Madame Guyon:

    http://www.newswithviews.com/baldwin/baldwin441.htm

    http://www.newswithviews.com/baldwin/baldwin483.htm

    Also, please be very cautious regarding the whole religio-econo-politico action area. *Where do a lot of these writers lead us to*? Don’t go in for Revolution.

  21. Scarlett says:

    Yes, I know a lot of people follow Chuck Baldwin, but I don’t and I wouldn’t advise other Christians to either. He is too militant! Christ never called Christians to rise up against the government or try to legislate morality by changing laws. Also, Madame Guyon and her “mysticism” is very dangerous and bordering on channeling demons in my opinion. Unfortunately, a lot of Christians mistakenly seeking “a deeper experience” get involved in this fleshly endeavor, which, bottom line is no different than transcendental meditation or eastern mysticism.

    Thanks for your comments, your efforts are greatly appreciated and edifying.

    Blessings,

    Scarlett

  22. Scarlett says:

    PS: Gordon, I’ve been going over some of these comments this evening, including yours and I just want to say that I appreciate so much your knowledge of the Word, the wisdom and discernment in your responses, and not only that, but your love and concern for the brethren.

    Grace and peace to you,

    Scarlett

  23. Scarlett says:

    Hi Gordon, because the comments were getting way off topic, I have started a new post here and have copied and pasted the comments between the two of us onto that thread, so that others may view and respond if they wish. (I still get a lot of views looking for information on the Tom White, VOM issue, and want to keep this particular thread inclined to that subject).

    https://spiritualabusesanctuary.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/election-2012-are-christians-crying-give-us-barabus/#comment-1767

    A lot of time and thought goes into making a response, and I just want you to know I have not deleted yours, and again, to tell you they, and you are much appreciated.

    Grace and peace,

    Scarlett.

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