Tortured for Christ By Ramon McGee
Suffering has a voice. Blood has a voice. God has a voice that will never be stilled in the earth. That’s what I learned from reading Richard Wurmbrand’s searing book, Tortured for Christ. He describes the horrible tortures he suffered behind the iron curtain. All because he dared to preach the unadulterated Gospel.
I must admit, this book was very difficult to read. Because the tortures described were so inhuman, though humans were used as instruments of the devil, it was hard to get through. More importantly, the book really challenged me to examine where I am as a ‘Christian’. It’s a term that is thrown around too loosely these days, and under duress can fly out the window. One of the things the book does, is to encourage believers to make no false claim about how they would never turn their backs on Christ. What Tortured for Christ shows is that the only one who can really keep us from turning back is Jesus Christ. As examples, Wurmbrand notes some of the ‘Christians’ who readily under torture turned into informers, spies, and the false brothers the Bible warns believers about. In prison, and under torture, men would sell their souls, and their brothers, all for a piece of buttered bread.
Wurmbrand documents how families were torn apart, children forced into orphanages, men beaten to bloody pulps, and worked to death. All because they would not turn their backs on Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life in the midst of this hard world. Readers of the book will see that evil is a mystery as the Bible describes. Also how the goodness of God revealed through Jesus Christ sustains men in the midst of even the worst circumstances that Satan has produced outside of hell itself.
Wurmbrand’s horrifying journey through the valley of the shadow of death ends with his being released from the hard core prisons he suffered in for years. He came to America, and with his wife Sabrina Wurmbrand, founded The Voice of the Martyrs Ministry in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, U.S.A. I highly encourage this book for anyone who wants to get a broader picture of Christianity outside of America’s zones of comfort, materialism, and Republicanism equals Christianity philosophies. Prepare to be challenged.