Are the “Hidden things being made manifest”? I held Voice of the Martyrs in such high regard, focusing on the help that was being given to suffering and persecuted Christians, and remembering the godly man, Richard Wurmbrand, the founder, I couldn’t imagine there could be anything amiss in this ministry. But since the recent tragic event of Tom White’s apparent suicide in the wake of allegations of the sexual molestation of a 10 yr old girl, many things previously hidden in plain view are coming to light. I have a strange feeling there is more to come in this case………..
At this time, I think it may be appropriate to remind the new leadership of VOM they are more than a Voice of the Martyrs, they were called to be a voice of the Lord Jesus Christ, and more than the “servants of the persecuted church”, but the servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. And as such, their loyalty is to be to Him, 100% without any consideration of covering up sins in order to protect the ministry.
I’ve seen this happen before in churches, where sexual sin and molestation has occurred. It’s the very worst form of spiritual abuse. It has been the churches best kept secret…until now, thanks primarily to the Internet and bloggers like “Lighthouse Trails”, Wartburg Watch and others for exposing these church crimes.
Molesting a child is more than “inappropriate contact”, it’s the rape of a child’s very soul. No church or ministry is above the law, and certainly not above the law of God. Shame on the churches who are, or have been guilty of collusion and cover up in these sex crimes against children.
I have become increasingly disillusioned and disgusted in the way VOM has been dealing with this situation.
Also, it has come to light that for several years Tom White ignored repeated godly warnings that VOM was becoming increasingly and dangerously ecumenical.
My thanks to ” Lighthouse Trails” for publishing 2 posts that mirrored by own concerns about VOM.
Regarding VOM’s “Heartfelt Letter”, and an e-mail from a reader concerning the victimized little girl.
Letter to Tom White of Voice of the Martyrs, (dated Sept. 25, 2011),
From a Lighthouse Trails reader (who spent years as a missionary in Latin America) who sent the following letter to Tom White of Voice of the Martyrs and gave us permission to post this. We do so as we share this reader’s concern over the direction that VOM appears to be taking:
It’s past time churches and ministries come clean. Judgment begins at the household of God.
That said, I posted this response to a commenter, “Gordon” this morning on a recent post:
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 to 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:
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”. Many LIES are being said at funerals!
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 council 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.
Finally, just last night, as I looked for answers OUTSIDE the Christian community- that seems for the most part to be covering sin, to my utter disgust, I came across a secular blog, that contained a post that really caught my attention. It was from a man who said he had traveled with Tom White in 10 countries and that he knew the stories were true. He apologized for his “bad English” and went on to say that he felt Tom shouldn’t have killed himself BUT his work with VOM would never be destroyed. I had the feeling this man was NOT A TROLL OR CRACKPOT, but that he KNEW SOMETHING!
Dee, on Wartburg Watch said recently that judgment calls may be in order. I agree, and my gut feeling is that the man who posted this had been a VOM worker who traveled with Tom White extensively, perhaps as an interpreter, or guide, and knew him on a rather intimate basis and knew the way Tom behaved away from home during his travels. It seemed that this man may not live in the US and may not have been aware there was an investigation in progress here in the US, and a need for witnesses or those who may have had some knowledge of problems Tom may have had, since locally, VOM personal are all apparently claiming they had no idea, (which is pretty hard for me to swallow).
In any case, I’ve sent this information on to OSBI for their examination, since they would be the only ones with resources to locate this rather obscure poster who only left a nic name to go by.I hope OSBI follows up on this because the information this man has may possibly be the very thing that opens people’s eyes and sheds some real light into the insane darkness surrounding this tragedy and crime. Yes, PLEASE PRAY!