Yes, that is Tom White on the left….
Update..3/9/2014 This is not new information, (to me), but just an accumulation of items I have gathered doing research on Tom White and VOM that I wanted to pass on to the readers. Let me preface this by saying I have no interest in falsely accusing someone, nor for merely “gossiping” about someone, especially someone who is dead. That is not my purpose here, and it grieves me to even feel compelled to talk about this. On the other hand, I am not griefstricken about divulging information about a known child molester, which Tom White was, until he was caught, and the deed became public and was the apparent cause of his suicide.
The inquiries on Tom White and Richard Wurmbrand continue pouring in on a daily basis, even after almost 2 yrs since Tom White’s suicide, which indicates to me there remain many unanwered questions concerningTom White and the VOM organization, which have not been answered by VOM that deserve to be addressed…. but VOM is not talking.
Some of what I have gathered about Tom White is factual, and some may be pure speculation on my part after piecing together the enigma that was Tom White.
Let me start not at the beginning, but here;……… most of you who have been interested in this have already seen the most publicized pics of Tom, but have you seen the one above? It’s not likely to be included in VOM publications..for obvious reasons; it totally changes the “conservative” image of the man to something quite different. This pic was taken while he was taking a tour of Iraq and Iran sometime during the mid 80′s. The question that should be in our minds, is “why” did he change his hair color from greying brown to coal black during this trip?
My speculation about Tom is that it is quite possible he was going through a mid-life crisis and wanted to project a more youthful image, at least while out of the country. And/or….was Tom White leading a double life? According to a man he traveled with on foreign trips for over 10 yrs, the answer would be yes. His comment was brief, but seemed credible. This man, obviously a foreign worker, possibly an interpetor, had posted on the Pathos website that the stories about Tom were true, leading me to believe that Tom had a prediliction toward sexual activities outside of marriage while out of the country and where he was not likely to be discovered. Possibly with underage girls, or who knows what? Please do not be surprised or shocked. The number of “Christian” men in leadership positions indulging in secretive sexual relationships and activities, and being discovered, has grown exponentially, primarily due to the Internet.
To back up a bit…you may ask why I am posting these things? Frankly, because after delving into this…I have come to believe that Tom White was involved in some very dubious activities. For example; a local source who came to me and wished to remain anonymous told me that he had grown up involved with the White children as well as having known White and his wife. He mentioned that the Whites were a very odd couple and seemed to have a marriage of convenience.
My source mentioned that when White got out of the Cuban prison he came back to Bartlesville, OK “loaded with money”. My question to that, Tom White was supposedly a school teacher before he “supposedly” was imprisioned in Cuba; so, where did this large amount of money come from?
He was apparently already involved with VOM at that time, and had offered a local Bartlesville man a large loan on a VOM property. VOM had property holdings in Bartlesville, other than the original VOM building, the old Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise building they had purchased for a reported $27,000??? In any case, White somehow had the liberty to wheel and deal with VOM monies, speculating on interest bearing loans in VOM behalf. How is it that this fledgling “ministry”, back then, would have had that kind of donation money to be offering business loans? Or, did it come from another source?
Question…although I have some major problems with Richard Wurmbrand, and his questionable and strange brand of theology, I simply can’t bring myself to believe he would either approve of or have knowledge of such dealings. And so, if not, then who or what entity was fronting, or funding the money to Tom White under the VOM name? Or, who or what entity was fronting this entire operation that later became the megalith it has become? This seems more than odd to me, and I think it would behoove some of the local residents there in Bartlesville to examine courthouse records.
Back to the rabbit trail….apparently according to another online source that now seems to have gone missing, the Wurmbrands came to know, (and trust) Tom White during a series of phone conversations while the Wurmbrands were guests at this couples home. Richard Wurmbrand learned of Tom White’s supposed imprisonment in Castro’s Communist prison, and apparently this was the main basis for Tom Whites gaining entrance into Wurmbrands confidence and trust. But…can Tom Whites motives be trusted or even believed? Who, for example, can show any actual proof that Tom White spent even one day in a Cuban prison? His book, “ Gods Missiles over Cuba? Not hardly.
There are many, many things that just don’t add up once one begins piecing together small bits of information about Tom White. Mind you, again, I am not suggesting Wurmbrands direct involvement in some intrigue, but rather looking directly at what White may have been involved in as a front to gain access…and power, into what has later become a monumental enterprise of shall we say, biblical proportions. A massive worldwide multimillion dollar mega company, funded by it’s trusting and adoring donors all over the world, with offices in nearly all free countries. With that kind of money involved I can see any number of powerful and influential “interested parties” wanting to get their fingers in the pot.
Is this all just a conspiricy theory on my part? Perhaps, but when one starts examining small details about VOM,like I said, there are some mighty strange and fishy things that just don’t add up. I for one, do not believe Tom White was who he said he was, or, that he had any real interest in VOM or it’s ministry. I believe, in fact, that he was a plant, a front, for a much larger entity that wanted to gain access to VOM for their own purposes, which was mainly that of control of what was intended to become a major factor in funding their operations via evangelical and tax exempt monies on a world wide basis.
But…who or what entity could or would be able to concoct such a scheme? Right off the bat, without naming names, I can think of at least one huge possibility. To Tom Whites adoring fans who hold him up in a near godlike status, and who will more than likely be outraged at me for even suggesting such a thing, all this will seem preposterous and far out. I’m sorry for that, but suggest you take White, as well as Wurmbrand off those pedestals where you’ve installed them.
For all the seeming good that VOM does, and I do believe it does some good, they have some very faulty un-Christlike theology they have pushed for a number of years and many sincere evangelical sponsers and workers are learning of this and taking serious objections to them, especially to VOM’s obviously ecumenical leanings. A strange dichotomy indeed to be claiming not to be a ministry per se, and yet pushing ecumenical and other strange doctrines to the max, both in their newsletters and their articles and those they support in their outreach.
However, just as the saying goes, which is a truism, “Follow the money” and do the research for yourself. And please set aside the personal idolatry for White and Wurmbrand out of it, if possible, for those of you who are so inclined to think either they, or VOM itself can do no harm.
(to be continued….perhaps)