VOM and the Tom White Suicide-Sexual Molestation Scandal-the Silence is Deafening

Pope Benedict still pushing “unity” of all religions…(ecumenism) Apparently VOM is sympathetic to Catholicism from all indications!

Friends, I have to agree with Lighthouse Trails Research take on this. There is still a hushed atmosphere in the VOM camp about this mess, in what seems to be an obvious attempt to sort of sweep this scandal under the carpet and hope the whole sordid event will blow over. What really upsets me is the unwillingness of the Christian admirers and supporters of VOM to believe that Tom White was capable of either committing suicide…or, sexually victimizing this young, innocent girl.

Also, as Lighthouse Trails reports below, the way VOM couched their PR statements with carefully constructed words to soften the truth is very disturbing and disappointing.  I would have expected more from them.

It’s far past time for the church to clean up their act and stop being in denial about the fact that all too often, the church has been as guilty as sin of the cover up and collusion in sexual and spiritual abuses in the church.

“As many of you know, Voice of the Martyrs long-time Executive Director, Tom White is suspected of committing suicide last month. On Wednesday, April 25th, 2012, Voice of the Martyrs president, Jim Dau, issued a statement titled: “Heartfelt Letter from VOM’s President on Tom White.” The letter expressed deep sorrow for the untimely suicide death of Tom White. The letter did mention that White took his life after allegations came forth that White “had inappropriate contact with a young girl.” While the letter said that White loved his wife and children and that personnel at VOM were heartbroken, virtually nothing was noted in the letter to express the deep sorrow that should be felt for the alleged 10- year-old victim. When a child is molested, it is a scar he or she will live with the rest of his or her life.

While we can understand that VOM staff and leaders are most likely in a state of shock and despair over Tom White’s apparent suicide and the circumstances surrounding his death, they need to understand that they are being watched right now by millions around the world to see how they will handle this tragic situation. God forbid that they would try to white wash and minimize what Tom White allegedly did. When you have organizations such as the American Psychological Association stating that sexual contact with children is OK as long as the child is consenting, and when you have a fallen society, such as America, that says homosexuality is normal and abortion is acceptable, and when you have a society that is filled with pornography from grocery stores to the Internet, Christian believers cannot fall into such a demoralizing evil trap that by its very nature denies God.

Even referring to White’s alleged child abuse as “inappropriate contact with” somehow minimizes such a crime. Using the word “with” can give the impression that there is some sort of mutual agreement. Rather than stating “inappropriate contact with,” it would be better to state “immoral contact against” the girl. We don’t mean to sound picky, but VOM should choose their words very carefully right now, for the sake of their ministry, for the sake of child abuse victims everywhere, and yes, for the sake of the Gospel.

We are not trying to say that the work Tom White participated in for many years at VOM to help persecuted people should be negated. But please, VOM, do not try to make this less than it is. Take this opportunity to humbly apologize to the body of Christ, to the little girl and her family, and to God.

Perhaps, Jim Dau left out feelings of remorse for the little girl in order to protect VOM financially or legally. But if VOM thinks they will help their organization maintain its integrity and financial strength by writing letters like the one Jim Dau wrote, they are terribly mistaken. Humility, repentance, restitution (to the girl and other possible victims), biblical integrity, honesty – these are the qualities that their donors and supporters will be looking for.

Voice of the Martyrs has, as have most mainstream Christian organizations, been promoting contemplative spirituality and showing signs of being sympathetic toward Catholicism. Wouldn’t this tragedy be a perfect time to get right with God, and in so doing, point the world to the One Who came to save whosoever shall believe on Him?”

6 comments on “VOM and the Tom White Suicide-Sexual Molestation Scandal-the Silence is Deafening

  1. Scarlett says:

    I agree FleeBabylon. However, from what I’ve seen, her comment is pretty typical these days. Apparently to cover up for her idol, or excuse him, she has centered her entire comment around Jesus words, “let he who is without sin, cast the first stone”. Sad, isn’t it?

  2. fleebabylon says:

    lest someone reads betty comment and think that Christianity is just another powerless man made religion, a true believer may fall into sin BUT they will not walk in it, they will not live and die in it.

    1 Jn 3:5 You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

  3. Betty Rigsbee says:

    I believe all humans are capable of “any sin” whether Christian or not. Unfortunately the forces of evil show not respect of person. Satan tries to destroy the good as well as take control of those who are evil. If and I do stress if Mr. White is guilty of the charges then he will have to answer to God. If he did succumb to such an act I am most assured that he felt such shame that ending his own life was just in his eyes. No one is above sin and no one is without sin. Jesus said, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone”.

    • Scarlett says:

      Jesus said truthfully as always. I just pray that whatever sin I may commit in the future will not involve harming a child or another human being. I do believe Christians are supposed to walk in the spirit and not in the flesh, taking up their cross, denying their self, and following Jesus and by that they are able to overcome the tendency to sin. And if they do sin, they are to confess that sin to Jesus and He will forgive them and cleanse them of all unrighteousness. So, as I read the scriptures, I take that to mean that we are to stay in the cleansing flow of Jesus blood, by confession and His forgiveness and cleansing. We shouldn’t get too far off track if we do that and keep short accounts with God. Thank you for your comment Betty. It’s always interesting to hear another Christians opinion on things.

  4. Trav says:

    MrWhite was alleged criminal, not VOM. MrWhite is dead, girl is anonymous. Maybe then it is nobody’s else’s business. I think so.

    • Scarlett says:

      Since Tom White was the figurehead, spokesman and head of VOM for 20 yrs, and intimately involved with every aspect of VOM operations, including the building of this massive new multimillion dollar headquarters in Bartlesville, I think that does make it the business of those who’ve supported VOM with their time, voice, and hard earned money. If VOM is to be considered a Christian ministry, it’s not to be above public scrutiny. Also, when ministries start to begin being less transparent and more secretive, thats when they start getting in trouble. VOM has indeed exhibited a touch of closing ranks and making this mess too hush hush, simply because it involved Tom White and VOM and the local as well as the Christian media went along and played the game. If this had involved some ordinary run of the mill person, you can bet, every detail would be front page news, including whether the individual’s PC had child porn on it, the cause of death, (which is still “pending” btw), and the statement would not have been “inappropriate contact of a 10 yr old girl), it would have been something like committed lewd molestation or something similar.

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