Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Words from our founder: Reclaiming men for Christ

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand
I remember the first Soviet officer I met. I asked him if he believed in God. I would not have minded if he had said “No.” Freedom is given to every man to say “Yes” or “No” even to God. But he gave me the most amazing answer: “We have no order to believe. If we get such an order, we will.” 

I had met the typical Soviet man, a being who has been robbed of one of the greatest gifts given by God to man: to be an individual in his own right. He had been changed into a robot who waited for orders about what faith to embrace or reject. The Communists don’t allow any sphere in which the individual is free.

Therefore, love the Communists and be gentle towards them only in the measure to which this does not conflict with the main purpose. Robots must be changed into men again. Christ must be proclaimed and accepted freely. His kingdom must come.

Excerpted from Richard Wurmbrand’s book, Alone with God. In Canada, you can order this book from our online catalogue or by contacting our office.

The Voice of the Martyrs was founded in the mid-1960s by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who was imprisoned and tortured by Communist authorities in his native Romania for 14 years. While still in prison, Pastor Wurmbrand envisioned a ministry that would focus on the plight of the persecuted Church, raise a voice on their behalf, and provide encouragement and assistance to them.

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