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Shocking Circumstances Surrounding the Death of Voice of the Martyrs Executive Director
Shocking Circumstances Surrounding the Death of Voice of the Martyrs Executive Director ^ | 4/24/2012 | Steve Eastman

Posted on 04/24/2012 7:02:30 PM PDT by sreastman

Shocking Circumstances Surrounding the Death of Voice of the Martyrs Executive Director

by Steve Eastman, Faith Issues

It’s always shocking when someone dies before their time, especially if there are no apparent health issues. But shocking has been taken to a whole new level in the death of 64 year-old Tom White.

To its credit, The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is confirming much of what the media is reporting. You can find this statement on the ministry’s website: “Allegations were made to authorities this week that Tom had inappropriate contact with a young girl. Rather than face those allegations, and all of the resulting fallout for his family and this ministry and himself, Tom appears to have chosen to take his own life.”

According to the Associated Press, White disappeared April 17th. Bartlesville, Oklahoma police Chief Thomas Holland, who’s listed as a member of the Board of Directors, is deferring comment to Captain Jay Hastings. The police spokesman says April 17th is the same day the department learned the allegations about a 10 year-old girl.

VOM employees supplied authorities with a letter from White, suggesting he may have been suicidal or fleeing to avoid investigation. An autopsy is expected to determine the cause of White’s death.

According to the ministry’s website, “None of those in leadership at VOM, including our Board of Directors, were aware of these allegations at the time of Tom’s death.”

Voice of the Martyrs was founded in 1967 by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who spent 14 years in a Romanian prison for his faith in Christ. Tom White headed up the ministry for over 20 years.

© 2012 Faith Issues.com


TOPICS: Current Events
KEYWORDS: childmolestation; ministry; suicide; tomwhite; voiceofthemartyrs

1 posted on 04/24/2012 7:02:42 PM PDT by sreastman
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To: sreastman

This sort of thing wouldn’t happen if clergy were allowed to marry.


2 posted on 04/24/2012 7:07:02 PM PDT by Notwithstanding (Christ Jesus Victor, Ruler, Lord and Redeemer!)
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To: Notwithstanding

LOL!


3 posted on 04/24/2012 7:14:40 PM PDT by Krankor
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To: Notwithstanding

Are you being facetious? I hope so, because the alternative is that you’re intellectually lazy and willing to apply prejudice (and a corresponding confirmation bias) at the drop of a hat:

http://www.persecution.com/public/newsroom.aspx?story_ID=NDkz&ministory_ID=NjY%3d&clickfrom=bWluaXN0b3JpZXM%3d

“There is no doubt that Tom cared about his wife, his children and his grandchildren. And there’s no doubt that he cared about VOM.”


4 posted on 04/24/2012 7:26:43 PM PDT by alvin_platinga
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To: sreastman
Someone in Hollyweird will make a movie about this.

It is just too good an opportunity to smear Christians.

5 posted on 04/24/2012 7:28:51 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Krankor
This is not a laughing matter. . .but rather a true tragedy. Voice of the Martyrs is a wonderful organization that has brought to the world's attention the horrifying torture that is endured by those who choose to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. I am praying the ministry continues to be focused on its mission and I will remain a contributor.
6 posted on 04/24/2012 7:34:00 PM PDT by Maudeen (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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To: alvin_platinga

My statement can’t possibly apply to the deceased guy since he was married. Therefore my statement does nothing to denigrate him or his memory.

My statement is a commentary relevant to the general topic of ministers involved in scandals.


7 posted on 04/24/2012 7:34:43 PM PDT by Notwithstanding (Christ Jesus Victor, Ruler, Lord and Redeemer!)
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To: Maudeen

Pray for Voice of the Martyrs...


8 posted on 04/24/2012 7:49:34 PM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!)
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To: Notwithstanding

This sort of thing wouldn’t happen if clergy were allowed to marry.

Ann Barnhardt believes the same.


9 posted on 04/24/2012 8:02:15 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Notwithstanding

In a war, it is far more effective to take down your enemy’s leaders that a mere foot soldier.

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

I had a friend who was a Marine sniper in Vietnam. One of his kills was an NVA colonel who was standing at a blackboard, giving a lecture to troops sitting on three rows of benches.

My buddy dropped him from 1400 yards.

Can you imagine the psychological impact on those troops? You are getting a lecture in a supposed safe area, then the colonel drops without you hearing the sound of the shot?

Satan does the same. He gets far more press from a Christian leader falling suddenly that from a hundred “ordinary” sinners.

“Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.” 1 Cor 10:12


10 posted on 04/24/2012 8:07:58 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: sreastman

Just seems to me the louder people proclaim their causes, the more skeletons they have in their closets.


11 posted on 04/24/2012 8:17:02 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: the invisib1e hand

We ALL have closets. We are all sinners saved by Grace if we so choose. (GRACE = God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense)


12 posted on 04/24/2012 8:25:06 PM PDT by Maudeen (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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To: the invisib1e hand

We ALL have closets. We are all sinners saved by Grace if we so choose. (GRACE = God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense)


13 posted on 04/24/2012 8:25:19 PM PDT by Maudeen (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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To: Notwithstanding

You: one-trick pony.


14 posted on 04/24/2012 8:30:00 PM PDT by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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To: Theo

This sort of thing wouldn’t happen if clergy were allowed to marry.


15 posted on 04/24/2012 8:50:01 PM PDT by Notwithstanding (Christ Jesus Victor, Ruler, Lord and Redeemer!)
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To: Notwithstanding

Tom White did have a wife, children and grandchildren.” The apostle Paul says in 1 Cor 7:7-9,17 I would like everyone to be unmarried, like I am. However, each person has a special gift from God, one this and another that. I say to those who are unmarried, especially to widows: It is good for them to remain like me. However, if they cannot control themselves, they should get married, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion. Nevertheless, everyone should live the life that the Lord gave him and to which God called him. This is my rule in all the churches. Seems it didn’t get to the church in Rome, why?


16 posted on 04/25/2012 12:55:35 AM PDT by Colorado Cowgirl (God bless America!)
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To: Maudeen
Fallacy-of-moral-equivalence alert.

A tortured conscience combined with egoism is probably the single common denominator in the evil perpetrated against innocents.

17 posted on 04/25/2012 3:20:01 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: Colorado Cowgirl

The Church heeds this, for sure.

The Church discipline of celibacy is actually the way the Church lives out and heeds this very Scripture; the special gift of priestly ordination is reserved for those who can control themselves. In fact, the Church makes it quite clear to those seeking ordination that such self-mastery is required to the point that volunteering for priestly ordination includes volunteering for celibacy. Celibacy is NOT imposed - it is chosen. In fact the Church even understands there can be exceptions and a small number of married men can receive priestly ordination.

If anyone understands this rule of Paul, it is Rome.


18 posted on 04/25/2012 3:45:39 AM PDT by Notwithstanding (Christ Jesus Victor, Ruler, Lord and Redeemer!)
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To: Notwithstanding

I have a problem with “self-mastery”. If you don’t get it from God, then you don’t have it. But He (Jesus) said to them, “Not everyone can accept this saying, except those to whom celibacy has been granted, because some men are celibate from birth, while some are celibate because they have been made that way by others. Still others are celibate because they have made themselves that way for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let anyone accept this who can.” Matthew 19:11-12


19 posted on 04/25/2012 4:48:13 AM PDT by Colorado Cowgirl (God bless America!)
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To: Maudeen

I just read the letter I received in the mail today from VOM. This was news to me.

I could have written your post, almost word for word.


20 posted on 05/08/2012 8:45:45 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: the invisib1e hand

Not this case. Not this time.


21 posted on 05/08/2012 8:47:20 PM PDT by Resettozero
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