Perseverance and Purity Through Fire

I just finished reading the book ‘Tortured For Christ’. The author is Richard Wurmbrand, founder of Voice of the Martyrs The book speaks of Wurmbrand’s 14 year stint in a Romanian underground prison cell and solitary confinement, enduring inhumane tortures because of his stand for the word of God and against communism. The circumstances of Richard Wurmbrand are not unique to his life in 1948, the life of believers throughout Asia, Africa and Europe today who live in the underground church find themselves in jeopardy of the same types of persecution, imprisonment and even death for the cause of their Lord.

I have received the monthly magazine ‘Voice of the Martyr for right at 3 years now. Never a month goes by that I don’t find myself amazed at two things; 1) the unwavering commitment of these persecuted brothers and sisters. 2) and at the same time such condemnation of the church we find so comfortly basking in the seeming blessing in America.

Brother Wurmbrand made the statement that “the underground church is a poor and suffering church, but it has no lukewarm members”. In America we find a church that is endued with much knowledge, rich, increased with goods and hath need of nothing, yet pews filled with lukewarm believers. Why the difference?

In Deuteronomy, the 8th chapter God instructs Moses to tell the nation Israel after having lead them with a strong-arm out of Egypt into the land that I promised your fathers:8:7-20 “For the LORD thy God bringeth you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills; A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey; A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass. When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee. Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day: Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end; And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. As the nations which the LORD destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the LORD your God”.

Could it be that when the church is immersed in material blessings it chooses to forget God, while His church that is in the fire of persecution hangs their very testimony and life upon His faithfulness?

This book is a worthy read for all who profess this Christ. Click here for a free copy of ‘Tortured for Christ‘.


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