Tom White: Voice of the Martyrs New Headquarters-Your Donation $$$ at Work

The Question arises, who actually benefited the most from the construction of this massive, and lavish “headquarters”; the suffering persecuted church, widows and orphans, or Bartlesville, Oklahoma? Bartlesville, is a city of about 35,000 population and the headquarters of the Conoco Phillips Petroleum giant, which previously has been the major employer in the area. Now, with the building of the new VOM Headquarters, VOM has become the 2nd largest employer in Bartlesville, so obviously, Bartlesville is the entity benefited most by the VOM presence in the area. Not just the VOM building and Bartlesville employees, but the traffic coming into the area by volunteers and visitors. Many Bartlesvillans, also sit on the board of directors, even prior to Tom White’s suicide. 

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Above is an image of the large new VOM headquarters, and pictured below is the view of the back side of the new Voice of the Martyrs facility, and man-made lake.

New Voice of the Martyr building, Bartlesville, OK in the US

New Voice of the Martyr building, Bartlesville, OK in the US

This link,  of McAnaw Construction contains the approx cost of construction of the various new VOM facilities, main building,  bath house, RV parking for volunteers. I’m not sure about the total finished cost of it all, but do know it is into the multimillion dollar category. Of course, this is helping to put Bartlesville, OK, (already the home of Conoco Phillips Petroleum), on the map, but also bringing in income to the city, so of course, the city is in favor of “financial progress”. 

http://mcanawconstruction.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=87&Itemid=105

In contrast, when VOM first moved to Bartlesville, OK and set up US headquarters here, (about 1992), while Richard Wurmbrand was still alive, Voice of the Martyrs was blessed by God when they were able to purchase the 5 story brick building on the corner of Frank Phillips Blvd, in downtown Bartlesville for a mere $27,000! A perfectly sound and solid building for a mere pittance considering it’s actual worth and market value. Amazing!

One has to wonder what Richard Wurmbrand would think of this new expensive layout….Richard who spent a total of 14 yrs in a cramped gray prison cell, dining on swill not fit for human consumption, rather than at Sterling’s Grill in Bartlesville, or some high end sushi place while traveling.

 I believe he and his wife Sabina had a nice, but fairly modest seniors apt in Bartlesville. They were so deserving of that and a whole lot more besides. 

I went to a couple of meetings where Richard was preaching. By this time in his life, he was frail, and had to sit while speaking. I noticed his wife being very attentive to his physical needs during these meetings. Although nothing was said about it, I believe he was in quite a bit of discomfort. He easily could have skipped out on invitations to preach at various churches and functions, but his passion and drive was fueled by his love for the persecuted brothers and sisters going through the flames of affliction. He apparently continued in this manner until the end of his life.

Some years ago, I read an account of Richard having a heart attack after hearing of a Chinese Christian who’s heart was cut out by his persecutors. That wouldn’t surprise me from what I knew about the man.

Then there was precious, devoted Sabina, wearing modest clothes and a head covering, while Richard, as frail as he was, would patiently and lovingly allow the mothers of small children to take pictures of their kids sitting on his lap. Richard was so humble and meek. Suffering for the sake of Jesus and the gospel in the crucible of torture and persecution will tend to bring about humility and meekness in those who survive it, as Richard had. He had a quiet dignity and elegance about him that I will never forget. 

But…that was then, and this is now, and since Richard Wurmbrand passed away, many changes have occurred under the leadership of Tom White. Those changes include the undertaking of this elaborate building project, but also, more disturbing and important,  is the ecumenical direction which Tom White has been taking Voice of the Martyrs.

Indeed,  one has to wonder what he would think of the changes made since he departed this life. Some of the locals —-Bartians,—- (which is what the residents of Bartlesville),  are called, are saying that too much money has been going into the administration end of VOM, including the costs of the new facilities, which should be going to help the persecuted brethren, many of whom live in abject poverty. Indeed, that may be a legitimate concern, but what should be even a larger concern is VOM’s ecumenical leanings and support of  Catholic churches in various countries where VOM operates. Churches and countries that VOM has designated as Christian when they are not. 

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So, what we apparently have here, are the large, lavish new facilities of an ecumenical organization operating on the good will donations of Christians.

 

Note from Scarlett: I’ve contacted Heavens Family and asked for a picture of their headquarters. This is the response I received, ” We don’t actually have a headquarters building in the United States! Our ministry saves the money it would spend on rent, utilities, etc. by having it’s staff and volunteers work remotely. It’s been a more efficient and cost-efficient way to operate!”
Remember, Heavens Family has developed into an efficient world wide ministry even without a large expensive headquarters. http://www.heavensfamily.org/

 


Tom White VOM Child Molestation Scandal-What is the Truth?

 

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.

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/

Regarding VOM’s “Heartfelt Letter”, and an e-mail from a reader concerning the victimized little girl.

And…….
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:

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/

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:

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”. 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.

UPDATE:

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!