Thursday, August 9, 2012

Words from our founder: Where justice, peace, and joy reigns

VOM founder Richard Wurmbrand 
We do not consider that sanctification is merely a personal matter; it is also a social vocation. Not only must I be glorified, but the social body must be glorified, by creating the kingdom of God on earth. In other words, a kingdom where justice, peace, and joy reign.

We must fight for just laws and institutions, as the first Christians created an ideal social institution, the Church, which has this characteristic too. We long for a social justice which springs from love and is inspired by the wish to imitate God, who makes the sun to shine and the rain to fall on all alike.

Jesus reproached whole towns for not being converted (Matthew 11:21-23); in other words, He expects conversion to be a social phenomenon, embracing large numbers of people.

Excerpted from Richard Wurmbrand’s book, Christ on the Jewish Road. 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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