Sovereignty,Suffering and The Work of Missions by Steve Saint – son of missionary martyr Nate Saint who died in Ecuador with Jim Elliott (Desiring God)

Steve Saint, whose father Nate Saint was killed in 1956 in the jungles of Ecuador along with Jim Elliott, preaches about suffering at the 2006 Desiring God conference. The movie The End of the Spear depicts the ministry of his father.

Nathanael „Nate” Saint (August 30, 1923 – January 8, 1956) was an evangelicalChristian missionary pilot to Ecuador who, along with four others, was killed while attempting to evangelize the Waodani people through efforts known as Operation Auca.

In September 1955, Nate was joined by his teammates, Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian. Saint finally found a Huaorani (also known as Aucas) settlement while searching by air. In order to reach the tribe, Saint and the team lowered gifts to the Huaorani in a bucket tied to the plane. The Huaorani were widely feared by other Ecuadoreans, because they combined a desire to be left alone with a willingness to use force. They attacked and killed any intruders without provocation. Nevertheless, the tribe was excited on receiving the gifts, gave some gifts back. Finally, the missionaries decided to attempt to meet the people on the ground, and on January 3, 1956, they set up camp four miles from the Auca settlement, using the beach as a landing strip. Their initial contact with the Huaorani started out encouraging; however, on Sunday, January 8, 1956 the entire team was killed on the beach (known as „Palm Beach”) when armed Huaorani met, and speared them.

After the death of Saint’s father, the family moved to Quito where Saint attended school. It was during this time that his aunt, Rachel Saint, and Elisabeth Elliotsuccessfully made peaceful contact with the Waodani and were living with them in the jungle. At 10 years of age, Saint first went to live with the Waodani, staying with them during the summers. He learned about living in the jungle, and also developed relationships with many members of the tribe. In June 1965, „Babae”, as he was called by the tribe, was baptized in the Curaray River by Kimo and Dyuwi, two of his father’s killers who had since converted to Christianity.

Richard Wurmbrand – The Securitate’s order to assasinate him in the United States after his emigration – PART 1 – Documents detailing the 7 point plan

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For those who are not familiar with the Romanian living martyr, Richard Wurmbrand who spent 14 years in the pit of a Romanian torture prison 30 feet below the ground, before he was released into the West, after international pressure, I have posted this old interview and a small decryption of his life. Afterwards you will find the letter from Michael Wurmbrand, RIchard’s son, who has finally pored over thousands of documents related to the Securitate’s activities as related to the assasination order given after Wurmbrand and his family emigrated to the United States. One of the biggest complaints the Romanian communist regime had against the Wurmbrand family was that they believed that Romania was being denied ‘most favored nation’ status for about 8 years in a row.

An Interview with Richard Wurmbrand

about the Church under communism

(March 24, 1909 – February 17, 2001)

was a Romanian Christian minister of Jewish descent. He was a youth during a time of anti-Semitic activity in Romania, but it was later, after becoming a believer in Jesus Christ as Messiah, and daring to publicly say that Communism and Christianity were not compatible, that he experienced imprisonment and torture for his beliefs. After serving five years of a second prison sentence, he was ransomed for $10,000. His colleagues in Romania urged him to leave the country and work for religious freedom from a location less personally dangerous. After spending time in Norway and England, he and his wife Sabina, who had also been imprisoned, emigrated to America and dedicated the rest of their lives to publicizing and helping Christians who are persecuted for their beliefs. He wrote more than 18 books, the most widely known being Tortured for Christ. Variations of his works have been translated into more than 60 languages. He founded the international organization Voice of the Martyrs, which continues to aid Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith. (via)

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This information comes from the son of Richard Wurmbrand-

Michael Wurmbrand  

Michael Wurmbrand: I had the recent opportunity to consult over 8,000 pages of declassified documents from the former Romanian Communist Secret Police (“Securitate”). I found undisputable proof the Romanian communists decided and planned to carry on the Wurmbrand assassination.

Following is a translation of a partially reproduced, communist secret police document describing such a seven-point plan to kill us. I wrote also a discussion of matters I learned from these documents of importance to those interested in helping the victims of communist oppression. If you loved and respected the Wurmbrand family, if you were inspired in your life by any of the Wurmbrand books and activities, please give this document the widest possible circulation among your circle of friends. You will see by reading this document, you will arrive to a different understanding on protecting yourself and your loved ones.

Here is the 7 point plan

that was to be carried out against the Wurmbrand family:

Wurmbrand Deplasare lui Galaxia

Finding a way to assassinate Wurmbrand in „Galaxia” (code name for USA)

1) Sending a (secret police) officer to ”GALAXIA” with the mission of studying and creating possibilities to act against “ASHAVER ( Richard Wurmbrand, NT).”

(GALAXIA was the secret code name, used by the communist information services at the time, for the United States, NT) 

Wurmbrand Ion Pescariu

“ in order to establish through (our) agency (embassy, NT)

• The activities schedule, routes (taken) means of transportation, places visited, persons close to him.  Since “ASHAVER ( Richard Wurmbrand, NT)” allows visits at his home, we will use this opportunity for the penetration by an officer or collaborator to give us a proper description, with the scope to annihilate him through some means corresponding to the concrete existing environment. Accomplishing term (of mission): September 20th 1974

Responsible (persons for the plan:) Lieutenant Colonel Pescariu Ion, Lieutenant Colonel Grigoriu

Wurmbrand Elias

informants „Veron” and „Elias”

2) Through our informers “Veron” and “Elias” (obviously code names, NT) we will establish the travel schedule for the next 3 months of “ASHAVER” (Richard Wurmbrand, NT), trying based on this, to find out the country offering best opportunities for carrying this plan. “Based on such data, (one of our) officers will travel there to study the local environment (halls where conferences are being held, probable places he eats or dwells) taking special measures to place a poisoning means in the bed he will sleep.

“ Accomplishing term (of mission): September 10th 1974

Responsible (persons for the plan:) Lieutenant Colonel Pescariu Ion, Lieutenant Colonel Grigoriu D.

3) Since “ASHAVER’s (Richard Wurmbrand, NT)”s (books) are published by a religious publishing house in Geneva (Switzerland), visited by him (in his travels,) through the informer “HERMANN”

(obviously a code name, NT) we will find out details re. the building, the employees, access paths, when is he likely to travel to Switzerland, in order to use such information to act (on this plan.)

“ Accomplishing term (of mission): September 25th 1974

Responsible (persons for the plan:) Lieutenant Colonel Pescariu Ion, Lieutenant Colonel Grigoriu D

4) Since October, this year, “ASHAVER (Richard Wurmbrand, NT) is scheduled to travel to Israel, therefore with the help of informer “EREMIA” (obviously a code name, NT) we will establish the cities where he will travel, the halls where he will hold meetings, persons accompanying him, places of meals and hotels in order to prepare the conditions to act upon him. If these measures in that “actionable space” will be approved, an officer will be placed there to carry on the actual plan.

“ Accomplishing term (of mission): October 10th 1974

Wurmbrand Securitate document

The Securitate’s accusations against Wurmbrand

5) Recently obtained information shows that “ASHAVER (Richard Wurmbrand, NT)” has involved in his activities his son, an engineer (by education), living in (IC, unclear abbreviation, might mean within the radius of the Romanian consulate, NT) and he visits him from time to time. Through the posibilities of the conference holder “ABAR” (probable code names for the local consulate of Romania on the US west coast and its consul, NT) we will find out his dwelling address and his activities, in order to analyze any opportunity given to act upon him when visiting there.

“ Accomplishing term (of mission): October 1st 1974,

Responsible (persons for the plan:) Lieutenant Colonel Pescariu Ion, Lieutenant Colonel Grigoriu D.

“6) We will study using an experienced person, in whom we could have full confidence, who, against a corresponding payment, will insure the destruction of “ASHAVER (Richard Wurmbrand, NT.)”

“7) We will take corresponding measures to implement a device, capable of an explosion obtained from a distance and of a chemical substance, ICE (code name of the substance, NT) to be used to destroy him.

“ Accomplishing term (of mission): October 10th 1974,

Responsible (persons for the plan:) Lieutenant Colonel Pescariu Ion”

Michael Wurmbrand in a 2005 visit to SIghet prison in Romania

Romanian with English subtitles

Tentativa de Asasinare a familiei Richard Wurmbrand in SUA – Partea 1 – Documente detaliate a unui plan cu sapte puncte pentru a-l ucide pe Richard Wurmbrand in Statele Unite


To read English articles click on these links-

  1. wurmbrand 17See this article in the ENGLISH version here- Part 1
  2. See the follow up to this article here – Part 2
  3. See the full transcript of Wurmbrand’s congressional testimony from 1966 about the state of persecution under communism in Romania here
  4. Tortured for Christ VIDEO – with Richard Wurmbrand, shortly after he was allowed to leave communist Romania

De la fiul lui Richard Wurmbrand

Michael Wurmbrand, Noiembrie 29, 2012

– Traducere din Limba Engleza de A. C. –

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Recent am avut oportunitatea de a cerceta peste 8 000 de pagini de documente declasificate a fostei Politii Secrete a Romaniei Comuniste ( Securitatea). Am gasit dovezi incontestabile in care  comunistii romani au decis  si pus la cale un plan pentru asasinarea lui Richard Wurmbrand.

Ceea ce urmeaza este o reproducere partiala a unui document al politiei secrete comuniste care descrie un plan de 7 puncte ca sa ne omoare. Am scris de asemenea o dezbatere a unor chestiuni pe care le-am invatat din aceste documente de importanta pentru acei ce sunt interesati de a ajuta victimile opresiei comuniste. Daca ati iubit si respectat familia Wurmbrand, daca ati fost inspirati in viata dumneavoastra de orisicare  carte sau activitati a lui Wurmbrand, va rog sa dati acestui document o cat mai larga circulatie posiblia printre cercurile dumeavostra de prieteni. Veti vedea ca citind acest document, veti ajunge la o intelegere diferita in a va proteja atat pe dumneavoastra cat si pe cei dragi ai vostri.

Un plan de asasinare cu sapte puncte

Wurmbrand Deplasare lui Galaxia

Deplasare in „Galaxia” (SUA) pt. actionare

Iata cele 7 puncte ale planului care urma sa fie dus la implinire contra familiei Wurmbrand:

1) Deplasarea in „GALAXIA” a unui ofiter, cu misiunea de a studia si creea posibilitati de actionare asupra lui „ASHAVER (Richard Wurmbrand, NT).”
(GALAXIA a fost numele de cod secret folosit de serviciul de informatie comunista din vremea aceia , pentru Statele Unite, NT)

Wurmbrand Ion Pescariu

„urmand ca prin (a noastra) agentura (ambasada, NT) sa se stabileasca:
Programul activitatilor, traseele (luate) de deplasare, mijloacele de transport folosite, locuri frecventate, persoanele apropiate din anturajul sau. Intrucat „ASHAVER(Richard Wurmbrand,NT)” primeste la domiciliu vizita, vom folosi acest prilej pentru patrunderea legendata in locuinta a unui ofiter sau colaborator, in vederea anihilarii sale printr-un mijloc adecvat conditiilor concrete, existente.

Termenul de indeplinire(a acestei misiuni): 20 Septembrie 1974.
Raspund(persoane pentru acest plan): Locotenent Colonel Pescariu Ion, Locotenent Colonel Grigoriu

Wurmbrand Elias

informatorii „Veron” and „Elias”

2) Prin sursele „Veron” si „Elias” (evident un nume cu cod, NT) se va stabili programul deplasarilor lui „ASHAVER” (Richard Wurmbrand, NT) in urmatoarele trei luni,urmand ca in functie de aceasta, sa se stabileasca tara care ofera cele mai bune conditii de actiune.

In acest scop, se va deplasa in spatiul respectiv un ofiter, care vor studia conditiile locale (salile in care-si tine conferintele, locurile de masa si cazare probabile), luandu-se masuri de plasare a unui dispozitiv special de otravire in patul din camera in care va fi cazat.

Termen (de infaptuire): 10 Septembrie, 1974

Raspund: Locotenent Colonel Pescariu Ion, Locotenent Colonel Grigoriu D.

3) Intrucat  lui „ASHAVER (Richard Wurmbrand, NT)” ii sunt publicate(cartile) de o editura religioasa in Geneva (Elvetia) visitata de el (in calatoriile sale), vom gasi detalii prin informatorul „HERMANN” (evident un nume de cod, NT) despre cladire, lucratori, caile de acces, cand ar putea fi cel mai probabil ca el sa calatoreasca in Elvetia, cu scopul de a folosi astfel de informatie pentru a actiona (la acest plan).

Termen (de executare): 25 Septembrie 1974

Raspund: Locotenent Colonel Pescariu Ion, Locotenent Colonel Grigoriu D.

4) Intrucat in Octombrie, anul acesta, „ASHAVER (Richard Wurmbrand, NT)” este planificat sa calatoreasca in Israel, prin urmare cu ajutorul informatorului „EREMIA” (evident un nume cu cod, NT)  noi vom stabili orasele in care el va calotori, salile in care va tine intruniri, peroanele care-l insotesc, locurile de masa si cazare cu scopul de a pregati conditiile necesare pentru a actiona asupra lui. Daca aceste masuri din acel „spatiu actionabil” va fi aprobat, un ofiter va fi plasat acolo ca sa duca planul la executare.

Termen (de misiune): 10 Octombrie, 1974

Wurmbrand Securitate document

5) Informatia obtinuta recent arata ca „ASHAVER (Richard Wurmbrand, NT)” a implicat in activitatile sale pe fiul sau, un inginer, locuind in (IC, abreviere neclara, s-ar putea sa insemne in zona consulatului Roman, NT) si-l viziteaza din cand in cand. Prin posibilitatile gazdei conferintei „ABAR” (probabil nume de cod pentru consulatul local al Romaniei pe coasta de Vest a Statelor Unite si a consulului ei, NT), vom gasi adresa unde locuieste si activitatile lui, ca sa putem analiza orice oportunitate ce s-ar ivi pentru a actiona asupra sa cand el va face o vizita acolo.

Termen (de executare): 1 Octombrie 1974

Raspund: Locotenent Colonel Pescariu Ion, Locotenent Colonel Grigoriu D.

6) „Vom studia in folosirea unei persoane experimentata, in care sa putem avea deplina incredere, care, contra unei sume corespunzatoare de plata, va asigura distrugerea lui „ASHAVER (Richard Wurmbrand, NT.)”

7) Vom lua masuri corespunzatoare de a plasa un dispozitiv, capabil de o explozie detonata de la o  distanta si a unei substante chimicala, ICE (nume de cod al substantei, NT care sa fie folosita de a-l distruge.

Termen (de executie): 10 Octombrie, 1974

Raspunde: Locotenent Colonel Pescariu Ion”.

Michael Wurmbrand in a 2005 visit to Sighet prison in Romania

Romanian with English subtitles


Partea 2-a

O scrisoare de la Michael Wurmbrand

– Traducere din Limba Engleza de A.C. –

sursa pozei Flickr – Vasile Tomoiaga

mihai wurmbrand flickr v. tomoiagaDin multe alte mii de documente secrete ale politiei comuniste am gasit ca o multime, ba chiar sute de ofiteri si informatori, care locuiau in afara Romaniei, au fost folositi ca sa puna in aplicare diferite aspecte a planurilor de a ucide familia Wurmbrand. Chiar pana in anul 1978, un numar mare ale activitatilor noastre de calatorie pe cele patru continente au fost raportate cu detalii amanuntite, locul nostru de amplasare, chiar si felul in care am fost imbracati, cele mai bune cai ca sa fim identificati, toate persoanele noastre de contact cu detalii amanuntite,  un  numar mare de materiale fotografice obtinute. Politia secreta comunista a Romaniei a incercat sa indentifice in ample detalii si daca era posibil sa aiba acces la orisicine  in lume care avea legaturi cu familia Wurmbrand.

Exista documente care arata cum atat romani, dar si oameni din presa straina, politicieni, lideri bisericesti, in efectiv chiar constient platiti sa lucreze pentru politia secreta a Romaniei, vor fi adunati ca sa puna in aplicare aceste planuri de a distuge familia Wurmbrand. De exemplu, ei au fost indrumati ca  sa arate prietenie si suport pentru mesajul misionar al lui Wurmbrand, chiar sa si scrie articole in ziare pro- Wurmbrand astfel incat sa castige increderea noastra pe timp lung.  Apoi ei atrageau prieteni apropiati, sau cine lucrau pentru Wurmbrand, in tari diferite care erau visitate, ca sa plece de acasa si sa mearga afara sa visiteze, ca ei sa poata planta in casa aparate de ascultare sau sa poata efectua perchezitii in absenta lor.

Ofiterilor din interior le-a fost subliniat faptul ca bugetului Serviciului de Informatii Externe (SIE) al guvernului comunist Roman, pentru distrugerea familiei Wurmbrand, nu i s-a impus limite. Planurile acestea nu au fost de ordin amator, ele au fost extrem de detaliate, subtile si efectuate intr-o masura ca familia noastra, care credeam ca suntem experti  cu privire la comunism si metodele comuniste, nu am suspecta deloc politia secreta. Aceste dosare au permis politiei comuniste sa descopere interesele lor, slabiciunile lor,  cum ei pot fi apropiati ideologic sau chiar imprieteniti ca sa ajute la planurile ucigasului. Se afla o multime de note informative date de catre crestini, instrumente constiente, informatori ai politiei secrete Romane.

Suna absurd dar exista documente care arata chiar si pe Billy Graham  prins in acest abject de plasa comunista. Se discuta  cum ar putea fi el folosit, el  fiind un prieten stiut al presedintelui Nixon, ca sa influenteze presedintele Statelor Unite. Familia noastra a fost urmarita desigur in Romania, dar si aici in Occident, 24/7 de numai putin de 7 persoane, in acelasi timp. Asa ca in cazul ca noi urmaream (ca sa nu ne dam seama), am fi vazut persoane diferite necunoscute umbland pe strada sau la volan conducand.

Exista documente care au semnatura dictatorului comunist din Romania, Nicolae Ceausescu si al Sefului politiei secrete aproband aceste planuri. Aceste planuri au fost discutate pe larg de catre asa numitul Consiliul Securitatii de Stat, planuri care in parte au fost semnate de asemenea si de cel mai faimos si cel mai inalt ofiter care a fugit vreodata din politia secreta comunista din toate tarile comuniste, Generalul Ion Mihai Pacepa (vezi istoria lui pe internet: Mihai Pacepa), desigur ca dinainte de  fuga sa din Romania.

Ion Mihai Pacepa

Ion Mihai Pacepa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nu pot accentua indeajuns  cat de mult a fost extinsa „mana” comunista amestecandu-se in viata tuturora, celor care comunistii credeau ca aveau vreo tangenta cu familia Wurmbrand, nu numai in Romania  sau alte tari comuniste dar si in Occident. Ar dura cu siguranta luni de zile de studiere a acestor documente si reproduceri a mii de pagini pentru a documenta acest efort enorm al comunistilor de a ataca intr-un fel sau altul pe Richard Wurmbrand, familia sa si mesajul sau de pe intreaga lume de a demasca persecutia comunista a crestinilor credinciosi.

Cand Richard Wurmbrand a venit in Occident si a explicat ca intr-o tara de 20 de milioane de oameni cel putin 1 milion au trecut prin inchisorile comuniste, multi lideri din bisericile din Occident l-au acuzat pe Wurmbrand de „exagerare”. Dupa caderea comunismului in Romania, numarul oficial publicat a fost de 10 la suta din populatie si in exces de 2 milioane. Ma rog ca niciunul din cei care citesc aceste pagini, pentru binele lor si pentru propria lor siguranta, vor respinge ceea ce scriu aici ca fiind exagerat sub nici un fel. Deoarece am fost la ambele capete a acestui proces, in primul rand ca unul dintre fondatorii cu 45 de ani in urma a organizatiei misionare, cunoscuta azi sub numele deVocea Martirilor, care se opune si face cunoscut pe scara larga atrocitatile comuniste, iar acum avand posibilitatea sa obtin in mod personal informatie cu mii de pagini, de felul cum  adversarii nostri comunisti se vor lupta cu noi, ba chiar cautand sa ne omoare, as vrea sa impartasesc cu voi lectiile pe care le-am invatat, gandindu-ma ca unele din acestea ar putea fi de un real folos spiritual pentru cine le citeste si pentru cei dragi ai lor.

Nu voi da vina pe cititorii acestui material dace se intreaba cum se face ca nu am fost deja omorati in urma unui astfel de efort gigantic din partea comunistilor romani? Primul si singurul raspuns este :

„NUMAI PRIN HARUL LUI DUMNEZEU!”    Comunistii cu siguranta ca au incercat.

English: Jacques Chirac (at the time, Prime Mi...

English: Jacques Chirac (at the time, Prime Minister of France) with Nicolae Ceauşescu during a visit in Neptun, Romania, in 1975 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sa mai intamplat asa deoarece cel mai de sus om din politia secreta comunista din Romania, Generalul comunist Pacepa a fugit in Statele Unite in 1978. Ceausescu, dictatorul comunist a incercat sa reduca la tacere pe multi din oponentii sai, omorandu-i. El a incercat sa-l foloseasca pe faimosul terorist international Ilich Sanchez, poreclit „Carlos the Jackal” (Sacalul). Este o informatie publica ca el a fost cazat si suportat financial in Romania. Fuga din anul 1978 a Generalului comunist Pacepa a avut loc, dupa explicatia data chiar de dansul, deoarece el a fost trimis ca sa-l omoare pe Directorul de la Europa Libera, Sectia Romana. In aceeasi perioada, Ceausescu a trimis un ucigas in Franta pentru a executa  un alt dezident si acest „ucigas” ofiter a fugit la Serviciul Secret din Franta (cerand azil politic}. Serviciul Secret Francez a inscenat si publicat „o omorare falsa” a dezidentului prevazut sa fie omorat. Politia secreta comunista Romana a functionat fara ca  sa aiba vreo idee de ceea ce de fapt s-a intamplat, crezand ca omorul a fost dus la capat. Francezii au mers atunci pe calea radioului, prin traficul de posta cu serviciul secret Roman, dovedindu-se ca acest episod a originat de la comunistii Romani. Presedintele Frantei a urmat apoi cu o vizita in Romania si a explicat dictatorului comunist Ceausescu ca toate imprumuturile, afacerile internationale ale Romaniei, avantajele sale proprii si chiar si viata lui va fi terminata in cazul in care un astfel de comportament va continua. Toate acestea sunt documentate. Ceausescu si-a desfintat „serviciul de ucidere” comunist.

Familia Wurmbrand a supravietuit si imi pare rau ca parintii mei nu sunt in viata astazi, acum cand tot acest material secret informativ a fost pus la dispozitia mea si  trebuie ca eu sa va transmit lectiile pe care le-am invatat.

Richard Wurmbrand

Richard Wurmbrand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

– Familia noastra a inceput o  munca misionara, care acum se numeste Vocea Martirilor, s-a nascut prin durere, prin credinta, prin urgenta, comparata cu o persoana aproape sa se inece agatindu-se de un pai, sau cineva grav ranit cersind macar pentru o aspirina. Noi am fost rascumparati din Romania pentru suma de10 000 de dolari si scopul nostru imediat a fost ca sa apelam la crestinii din Occident ca sa ajute pe fratii lor crestini care sunt opresati sub comunism. Adevarata lucrare crestina care asteapta miracole adevarate este de felul acesta si trebuie sa fie tinuta de felul acesta. Moise  a fost trimis in Egipt de Dumnezeu ca sa-l convinga pe Faraon numai cu un toiag de umblat. In cele din urma el si-a dat seama ca a avut nevoie si a obtinut de la Dumnezeu mai mult, 10 plagi miraculoase.

– Cand ai de infruntat un adversar care controleaza o tara sau tari lupta este neegala, deoarece:

– Cei ce sunt implicati in lupta de partea cea buna sunt poate unul sau doar cativa, iar resursele umane de cealalta parte sunt chiar de nenumarat! Nimeni nu se amageste „cu repetari de fraze” sau „exemplul” lui David luptandu-se cu Goliat, dar imaginati-va o lupta intre David si sute de Goliati.

– Cel ce se lupta de partea cea buna nu isi da seama de natura personala a acestei lupti. Unul isi imagineaza ca se lupta pentru libertatea altora, pentru principii bune, pentru o credinta adevarata, in general cu naivitate pentru conceptii demne. Adversarul diabolic se lupta in masa, nu pentru o ideologie ci pentru propria supravietuire, pentru pozitiile care le-au apucat, salariile, folosind mijloace pe care eroii cei buni in naivitatea lor nici nu si le-ar imagina! Da acesti ofiteri comunisti se luptau pentru locurile lor de munca.

– Eu am stiut ca comunistilor le-ar fi placut ca sa vada  familia Wurmbrand moarta. Chiar si atunci cand cei de la FBI au venit la mine ca sa-mi dea de stire personal ca un glont pare sa fi fost desemnat pentru mine, eu am luat numai masuri generale de precautie, dar nu mi-as fi imaginat cunoscutii mei cei mai apropiati, da mancand citeodata zilnic la masa mea, a fost o parte de platit a acestui plan pentru ca acel glont comunist sa vina si sa ma ucida. Cineva nu poate sa fie niciodata naiv despre unul sau mai multi Iuda.

Nu este deajuns ca sa ai bunavointa si chiar o cunoastere necesara ca sa fi angrenat in lupta pentru a ajuta victimele unui asupritor fara ca sa te gandesti cu seriozitate ca viata si madularele tale sunt in pericol. Familia ta este in pericol si ei trebuie sa  fie facuti foarte constienti de acest lucru. Cat despre copii, gandeste-te la istoria din Biblie despre Avraam si Isac. Aceasta nu este numai o istorisire. Avraam a fost numit un om al credintei, nu pentru nimic. Esti  gata ca in ceea ce  crezi sa-ti sacrifici copiii nestiutori? Ai o intelegere adevarata a ceea ce inseamna daune colaterale si esti dispus sa-ti asumi responsabilitatea pentru ea? Atunci cand comunistii au avut aceste planuri de moarte impotriva mea, fetita mea avea numai doi ani. M-am gandit eu la aceasta? Nu, nu m-am gandit!

Imi cer iertare prin aceasta scriere chiar daca este cu intarziere, chiar daca  nu pot face mai mult, la nimeni, pe care eu sau parintii mei am intalnit sau avut tangenta fapt pentru care au devenit tinta unui reticul din luneta comunistilor. Ei sunt documnetati cu sutele care sunt prea multi ca sa poata fi numiti. Istorisirile din Biblie, descrie cum persoanele cu lepra trebuiau sa strige pentru avertizare, „lepros”, „lepros” inainte ca sa se apropie de cineva. Ar fi trebuit sa avertizez toti prietenii, pe toti cunoscutii de ceea ce ocupatia mea si pericolele au fost. Daca te angrenezi in lupta cu astfel de inamici, te indemn ca sa faci acelasi lucru. Eu nu condamn pe nimeni, care fara explicatii, au refuzat sa aibe vreo relatie cu noi.

Din aceste documente pot sa citesc cum oameni nenumarati au fost contactati de comunisti ca sa lucreze impotriva noastra si au preferat sa se tina la distanta in tacere mai degraba decat sa comunice cu noi.

Misiunea a folosit multi crestini care doreau sa ne ajute deafara sau dinlauntrul tarilor comuniste ca sa furiseze, sau sa ajute pe altii sa furiseze Biblii si fara ca noi sa ne gandim, multi crestini din Romania si-au folosit copiii lor si au expus acesti copii nestiutori la pericole de neimaginat.

Sa vedem in continuare modul in care cei care au dorinta si mijloacele pentru a lupta impotriva unor astfel de dusmani ai crestinismului, ar trebui sa procedeze! Cand doresti sa faci un sacrificiu este bine sa te gandesti in mod serios la obiectivul pe care vrei sa-l realizezi, cantitatea de suferinta pe care tu si altii sunteti capabili de a o suporta. Dupa ce vei fi vatamat, va fi prea tarziu pentru regrete, in special atunci cand si altii, fara vreun un avertisment sau banuiala, vor fi si ei  vatamati.

Asa cum tatal meu a accentuat de multe ori, capul sarpelui trebuie  zdrobit nu sa-l gadilam pe burta. Crestinii trebuie sa atace capul raului. Dragostea de bani este radacina tuturor relelor. Motivul pentru care comunistii au vrut si au lucrat ca sa ne omoare, a fost descris de catre unul dintre ambasadorii comunisti romani intr-o discutie confidentiala: „Datorita  lui Wurmbrand, Romania a pierdut clauza de natiune favorizata cu Statele Unite, 8 ani la rand.”

In timp ce multe misiuni se  lupta cu multe feluri de rele prin programe de ajutor, nenumarate banci si oameni de afaceri sprijina raul in aceleasi locuri prin interesele lor financiare, afaceri ca de obicei (zi de zi), ca de exemplu in China Rosie, Vietnam, si toate tarile musulmane, etc. Cum poate un crestin sa fie cu constiinta impacata atunci cand se duc si lucreaza  sa ia un salariu in industria  petrolului din tarile musulmane acolo unde fratii lor crestini sunt mutilati si chiar omorati pentru credinta lor? Cum pot crestinii care in timp ce pretind ca ajuta crestinii persecutati din China, incurajeaza comertul cu chinezii comunisti?

Intregul rationament al liderilor care sunt la carma misiunilor crestine, cu privire la obiective si mijloace, trebuie  sa fie revizuite. Tot la fel trebuie revizuite si intentiile bune ale donatorilor care sa puna sub semnul intrebarii nu numai  integritatea bisericilor lor, acceptand de exemplu rele  cum ar fi homosexualitatea dar chiar si comertul cu inamicul.

Moise a intrat in Egipt, o tara din care el a fugit, ca sa ajunga fara compromisuri la Faraon cu scopul final de a solicita eliberarea poporului sau,  fara compromisuri. In contrast, in timpul comunismului in Romania, prea multi lideri religiosi din Occident din multe denominatiuni, au venit in Romania ca turisti, distractie, incercand sa atraga  liderii comunisti cu afaceri personale, etc, asa dupa cum este descris in multe din aceste documente.

Crestinii din Occident, nu numai ca sunt neconstienti de situatia fratilor lor din tarile comuniste si musulmane,  nu numai ca „dorm la volan” dar ceva si mai grav, ei dorm cu inamicul! Faca ca aceasta scriere sa-i trezeasca, si sa lupte impotriva celui mai subtil inamic, diavolul in toate formele lui!

As dori  sa pot pune aceasta scriere ca un post-scriptum in cartea de acum faimoasa a tatalui meu, Torturat pentru Christos, manuscriptul careia, dupa ce am iesit din Romania comunista, l-am scris de patru ori in anul 1966 la o masina de scris veche si greoaie, inainte ca sa apara in Limba Engleza si apoi sa fie tradusa si raspandita in 85 de limbi.

„Diavolul, da tarcoale ca un leu care racneste, si cauta pe cine sa inghita”! (1 Petru 5:8). Va rog, dragii mei frati crestini, ca niciodata sa nu va subestimati inamicul!

Marturia lui Richard Wurmbrand dupa ce a fost lasat sa plece din Romania (doar in Engleza):


Documentarul realizat de Lucia Hossu Longin este ultimul video (jos) pe aceasta pagina.

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Un video predica -Richard Wurmbrand in limba Germana (48 de minute)

E posibil ca acesta sa fie primul documentar realizat de un Pastor Luteran American care l-a ajutat pe Richard si Sabina Wurmbrand sa emigreze in SUA.

In continuare, vizionati urmatorul documentar care a fost  transmis pentru prima data  in ziua de 23 mai 2006, orele 23.00, pe postul national de televiziune, TVR 1,  documentarul despre viata si lucrarea pastorului Richard Wurmbrand in cadrul “Memorialului Durerii”, realizat de catre distinsa doamna Lucia Hosu Longin.


Pastor Richard Wurmbrand (March 24, 1909 – February 17, 2001)
Sabina (Oster) Wurmbrand (July 10, 1913 – August 11, 2000)

Many people called him the „Voice of the Underground Church” and others referred to him as the „Iron Curtain St. Paul.” This humble man who began the ministry of The Voice of the Martyrs was the Rev. Richard Wurmbrand. Richard’s life was a partnership with the equally amazing Sabina, whom he married on October 26, 1936.

Richard Wurmbrand was born the youngest of four boys in a Jewish family on March 24, 1909, in Bucharest, Romania. Gifted intellectually and fluent in nine languages, Richard was active in leftist politics and worked as a stockbroker.

After their marriage, Richard and Sabina were converted to Christ in 1938, chiefly because of the influence of a German carpenter, Christian Wölfkes. They joined the Anglican Mission to the Jews in Bucharest. Richard was ordained, first as an Anglican, and then after World War II as a Lutheran minister.

During World War II, Richard and Sabina saw an opportunity for evangelism among the occupying German forces. They preached in the bomb shelters and rescued Jewish children out of the ghettos. Richard and Sabina were repeatedly arrested and beaten and, at least once, nearly executed. Sabina lost her Jewish family in Nazi concentration camps.

In 1945 Romanian Communists seized power and a million „invited” Russian troops poured into the country. Pastor Wurmbrand ministered to his oppressed countrymen and engaged in bold evangelism to the Russian soldiers.

That same year, Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand attended the Congress of Cults organized by the Romanian Communist government. Many religious leaders came forward to praise Communism and to swear loyalty to the new regime. Sabina said, „Richard, stand up and wash away this shame from the face of Christ.” Richard warned, „If I do so, you’ll lose your husband.”

„I don’t wish to have a coward as a husband,” she replied. Thus Richard declared to the 4,000 delegates, whose speeches were broadcast to the whole nation, that their duty is to glorify God and Christ alone.

Between 1945 and 1947, Richard distributed 1 million Gospels to Russian troops, often disguising the books as Communist propaganda. Richard also smuggled Gospels into Russia. On December 30, 1947, the People’s Republic of Romania was proclaimed.

Richard Wurmbrand kidnapped
On February 29, 1948, the secret police arrested Richard while on his way to church and took him to their headquarters. He was locked in a solitary cell and labeled ‘Prisoner Number 1.’

In 1950, his wife Sabina was also imprisoned. She was forced to serve as a laborer on the Danube Canal project, leaving their nine-year-old son, Mihai, alone and homeless. Following her release in 1953, the Romanian authorities informed her that Richard had died in prison.

A Christian doctor masquerading as a Communist Party member discovered Richard alive in prison. In a general amnesty, Richard was released in 1956 after serving eight-and-a-half years in prison. He was warned never to preach again. While in prison, he went through horrific tortures at the hands of the brutal secret police. Despite the treatments and the warnings he received from his persecutors, Richard resumed his work with the „underground” churches after his release.

He was re-arrested in 1959 through the conspiracy of an associate, and sentenced to 25 years. He was accused of preaching ideas contrary to Communist doctrine. Due to increased political pressure from Western countries, Richard was granted another amnesty and released in 1964.

In December 1965, the Norwegian Mission to the Jews and the Hebrew Christian Alliance paid $10,000 in ransom to the Communist government to allow the Wurmbrand family to leave Romania. Reluctant to leave his homeland, Richard was convinced by other underground church leaders to leave and become a „voice” to the world for the underground church. Richard, Sabina, and their son Mihai left Romania for Norway and then traveled on to England.

The birth of a unique ministry
Richard began his ministry of being a voice for persecuted Christians in England with Rev. Stuart Harris, where he also wrote his testimony of persecution, Tortured for Christ. Later, Richard moved on to the United States, and in 1966 he appeared before a U.S. Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, where he stripped to the waist and revealed 18 deep torture wounds on his body. His story spread rapidly, leading to more and more speaking engagements.

In 1967, the Wurmbrands officially began a ministry committed to serving the persecuted church, called Jesus to the Communist World (later renamed The Voice of the Martyrs). In the same year, Richard released his book, Tortured for Christ.

In October, 1967, the first monthly issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter was published in the U.S. By the mid-1980s his work was established in 80 restricted nations with offices in 30 countries around the world.

In 1990, after the fall of Nicolae Ceausescu in December 1989, Richard and Sabina returned to Romania after 25 years in exile and were warmly received. A printing facility and bookstore were opened in Bucharest, and the officials of the city offered to store Christian books in a room below the palace of Ceausescu, the very site where Richard had been held in solitary confinement.

Richard retired from the day-to-day work of The Voice of the Martyrs in 1992, but he continued as a consultant and member of the board of directors, maintaining a keen interest in the work until his death in 2001.

During his ministry, Richard wrote 18 books in English and others in Romanian, some of which have been translated into 38 different languages. His most well-known book is Tortured for Christ. He received numerous honors and citations during his lifetime for his work and ministry.

Richard is remembered with great affection as an outstanding man of God, passionate for the cause of Christ, powerful in evangelism, and persevering in suffering for the sake of the Jesus he loved. Sabina, who passed away August 11, 2000, is remembered as a woman of great integrity, a student of the Scriptures, a mighty faith warrior and a true help mate to her husband.

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    Richard Wurmbrand – Pregateste-te de intalnire

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    Richard Wurmbrand – Pastorul

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    Richard Wurmbrand – Nimic nu se schimba

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    Richard Wurmbrand – Iubire Iertare – Ioan 6 cu 47-56

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    Richard Wurmbrand – Film Liviu Mocan Fundatia El – Realizator Cristian Dor de cer-Integral

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    Richard Wurmbrand – Ferestre spre cer – 7Mantuirea pentru toti oamenii partea 7 din 7

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    Richard Wurmbrand – Calea Adevarul si Viata 221 – partea 2 din 2

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    Richard Wurmbrand – Cu introducere Ferestre spre cer – Nebunia dragostei – partea 1 si 2

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25 year old christian man decapitated in broad day light in Somalia for his faith – Crestin decapitat in strada in Somalia

Vocea martirilor raporteaza: despre un tanar de 25 de ani l-a primit pe Hristos in 2010. Farhan Haji Mose avea un business in Somalia si mergea des in Kenya. Intr-una din vizitele lui in Kenya, Mose a intalnit niste crestini care i-au predicat evanghelia si El a crezut in Isus Hristos. Intors in Somalia, Mose a fost urmarit timp de 6 luni de zile si s-a confirmat ca el s-a convertit de la Islam la crestinism. Vineri, in orasul Barawa l-au prins si l-au tras pe Mose  in piata unde l-au acuzat de spionaj si de convertire de la Islam la crestinism si a fost decapitat pe loc, dupa care i-au desecrat corpul. Violenta este intentionata sa sperie misionarii crestini si sa-i opreasca de a mai propovadui evanghelia lui Isus Hristos cetatenilor din Somalia. Acesti teroristi care sunt extremisti Islamici au o lista de oameni care sunt raportati cu suspiciune ca ei s-ar fi convertit de la Islam la Hristos. Rugati-va pentru Somalia si pentru credinciosii de acolo care sunt intr-un astfel de pericol si care se poate ca vor avea aceiasi soarta ca si Farhan Haji Mose.

ENGLISH version

from Mission News Network and Voice of the Martyrs.

Somalia (MNN) ― As if in answer to the capture of 300 Al-Shabaab members last month in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, the attacks on civilians have gotten more extreme and more public.

The latest attack came last Friday when Islamic extremists brutally murdered a Christian in the city of Barawa, in broad daylight. Voice of the Martyrs USA spokesman Todd Nettleton explains, „In this case, it is a 25-year-old man named Farhan Haji Mose. He apparently became a Christian in 2010, out of a Muslim background.”

Nettleton goes on to say that Mose „had a business in Somalia which required him to travel to Kenya. It’s thought that he met Christians while he was in Kenya, received the Gospel, and received Christ.” Muslim extremists then tracked Mose for six months, to confirm his Christian activity before catching him and accusing him of being a spy and leaving Islam, Christian and Muslim witnesses said.

Al Shabaab members caught up with Mose in the coastal city of Barawa in Somalia. He was accused, and convicted by the impromptu „court,” while a crowd assembled to witness the sentence that comes with an apostasy conviction. Nettleton clarifies that „in the minds of a radical Islamic militant, these people are apostates. They’ve left to follow another religion. The just punishment is execution.”

Mose was summarily beheaded, and then his body was desecrated as a warning for others. „Their goal is to rid Somalia of Christianity,” notes Nettleton. The number of Christians who have been tracked down and murdered has been growing over the last couple of years. What’s more, he adds, is ominous news that the religicide isn’t held to Somalia’s borders. „We’ve heard reports that Al Shabaab literally has a list of people they are looking for who are suspected of having left Islam and being Christians.”

Pastor and family executed in Syria

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Syria (MNN) ― The civil war in Syria continues to claim lives. More than 30,000 have already died in the conflict. Now, with the rule of law unbridled, innocent Christians are becoming victims as radicals take advantage of the situation.

The Middle East Director of Christian Aid Mission says marauding bands of militants are responsible. „They’re not necessarily Syrians, but they’re very radical Muslims, and their goal is to eradicate Christians. They believe it’s an abomination to have Christians within Syria.”

We are not identifying this director for security reasons, but he tells us a Christian Aid-supported worker was a victim. „There was a band of militia that came through and told all of the people to get out; then, they went ahead and killed the pastor and his family. So there [are] quite a few now–I think there are 11 [Christians]–who have been killed in that one area from that ministry that we help.”

Why has the rule of law disappeared from Syria? The director says, „All of the typical security that you would have in the country is trying to protect the country. They’re not worried about providing police protection for the little communities around, and so the people are all vulnerable.”

That’s forcing many Syrians to flee into Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. The ministry directory is particularly concerned about 32 Christian families who escaped this recent violence, who are frightened for their lives. „The goal is to try to get them out. Once they get into Lebanon, because they’re close to the border of Lebanon, then they need to be taken care of.” Funding is need to help these believers.

The ministry director says non-Christians are also in need. Christian Aid-supported churches are reaching out with food, shelter, clothing, and the Gospel. „They’ve had many, many Muslims who have become Christians and there’s still an opportunity to give out Gospel DVDs and New Testaments to the refugees. There’s great openness among those people.”

Support is also needed for to support Christian schools that have been established for the children of refugee families.

Prayer is also important: not just for the victims, but for those responsible. „You look at the Apostle Paul: he was the worst of sinners and was a persecutor of the church. And God reached his heart! We need to be praying for these radicals that God would touch their hearts and that they would come to know Christ.”

To support Christian Aid Mission’s refugee outreach program or their refugee school ministry, click here.

Boko Haram kills 25 Christian college students at a university in northeastern Nigeria Monday night

The Christian Post is reporting that 25-30 christian students were killed by the Extremist Islamist group Boko Haram:

The killings reportedly occurred in the late night hours on Oct. 1, when masked gunmen went door-to-door in the off-campus housing section of Federal Polytechnic College in Mubi, a city in the remote Adamawa State in northeastern Nigeria.

Open Doors USA sources confirmed that the gunmen separated the Christian students from the Muslim students, addressed each victim by name, questioned them, and then proceeded to shoot them or slit their throat.

„Open Doors is calling on Christians in the West to bear this horrific burden with our brothers and sisters in Mubi and Adamawa state,” Open Doors USA spokesman Jerry Dykstra said in a press release emailed to The Christian Post.

„Nigeria is becoming a killing field,” he added.

Fuentes told CP that according to a local Nigerian police chief, Monday night’s killing were performed by Boko Haram as an act of reprisal after 156 Boko Haram members were arrested in Mubi in late September.

Fuentes told CP over the phone interview that the goal of the terror group, which has reportedly overtaken 13 of Nigeria’s northern states, is to make the country a completely Islamic nation and rid it of all western influence.

„In these [Nigerian] states to be a Christian is of grave danger,” Fuentes said, adding that killing Christians is „Boko Haram’s way of wiping out western influence.”

Fuentes confirmed that in Mobi, where Monday’s massacre took place, there has been some form of violent attack on Christians nearly every day since Nov. 2011.

In light of Monday’s attack, Open Doors USA requested that all Christians pray for the families of the deceased students, who have been „thrown into mourning” and are reportedly in „indescribably pain right now.”

„Please pray for the parents, families and friends of the innocent victim of this slaughter. Pray that they will receive the comfort only our Lord can give. Pray that justice will prevail. Pray that Christians will not retaliate,” Open Doors said.


How things work in a non democratic country – Pastor Youcef Nardarkhani’s lawyer arrested

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Pray for the persecuted church:

  • Hebrews 13:3 Remember those who are in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
  • Matthew 5:10  Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • 2 Corinthians 4:7-12 – “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.”
  • 1 Peter 4:12-16  Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.

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Iran (MNN/ACLJ) ― Another obstacle has been handed to imprisoned Iranian pastor Youcef Nardarkhani. According to reports, the Iranian government has acted against his attorney in the case.

Todd Nettleton with The Voice of the Martyrs explains. „His attorney, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, has now been sentenced to nine years in an Iranian jail for apparently representing people like Pastor Youcef – people whose human rights have been violated.”

American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which has been working to secure the release of Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, called Iran’s decision to imprison Dadkhah „very troubling” – a move that puts the Christian pastor in greater danger.

In 2009, Pastor Youcef Nardarkhani, a leader in the Full Gospel „Church of Iran” network, was arrested and imprisoned after protesting a decision by the government requiring that his son study the Qur’an.
He was charged with apostasy, which carries a death sentence under the revised penal code. However, the court now says Nardarkhani is being executed for the trumped-up charges of rape and extortion,charges not mentioned during the original court proceedings.

Nettleton says this is bad news for Nardarkhani and other jailed Christians. „[Pastor Youcef] is going to have a hard time finding another attorney. When the government is locking up people who are representing him, you can imagine that any lawyer would think twice about taking his case.”

While Nettleton is urging Christians to contact the Iranian embassy to complain about this, he says Iran doesn’t listen – „particularly to Americans. Sometimes in cases dealing with Iran, our Canadian friends or sometimes our European friends can have a much stronger voice because Iran HAS relationships with their governments.”

Despite the crackdown on Christians, the church is growing. „The Islamic government–which is run by the Mullahs–see the growth of the church. They see thousands of people leaving Islam to follow Jesus Christ, and they don’t know how to respond; so their first thought is, ‘Hey, let’s lock up all these people.'”

Nettleton is urging you to pray that not only Nardarkhani will be released, but also his attorney. He’s also asking you to support the work of The Voice of the Martrys. The ministry is coming alongside Christian families with relatives who are imprisoned for their faith.

Final order signed for Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s Execution – Urgent Prayer is needed!

After many lies from the Iranian government sources in the past year, about the danger Pastor Youcef faces for the crime of apostasy- that is the crime you are guilty of for becoming a Christian in Iran-  Mission News Network reports that his execution order has been signed and he now awaits execution at any moment. Pray for Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani and his family, that God gives and strengthens their faith, as this is the biggest trial a man or woman could face. Here is the article in its entirety from Mission News Network:

Iranian pastor’s execution could come at any time

Posted: 23 February, 2012

Iran (MNN) ― Sources in Iran say an execution order for Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been signed.

According to Present Truth Ministries (closely connected with Nadarkhani), this is grim news. Todd Nettleton, a spokesman for Voice of the Martyrs USA, confirms the news.  „Apparently, that execution order has not been delivered to his family or his attorneys, but the report is that it has been signed. That means that at any time, he could be executed.”

Often the government will execute people without any prior notice to attorneys or family. It’s also unclear whether it has been approved by the Ayatollah who is the head of the Judiciary Sadegh Larijani.

Nadarkhani was born to a Muslim family and admits that he was introduced to the teachings of Islam, but he claims he never accepted the faith. That was the basis of his appeal to the High Court on the apostasy verdict.

Nettleton explains, „His reply to that is: ‘Well no. I wasn’t a practicing Muslim.’ This execution order being signed says that the court has not approved that logic. They are saying: ‘Yes in fact, you were a Muslim. Because you’re a Christian now, you’re an apostate, and you’ll be executed for that apostasy.'”

Pastor Youcef has refused to recant his faith during the three years he’s been separated from his wife and two sons. His conviction and sentence has been delayed due to international pressure, according to other reports from Present Truth Ministries.

Meanwhile, on February 17, Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA) introduced a resolution denouncing Iran for its leaders’ ruling of apostasy against Youcef Nadarkhani and calling for his immediate release. So far, it has the support of seven other members. Nearly 90 members of Congress previously signed a letter supporting Nadarkhani.

When asked if international pressure would be enough to intervene again, Nettleton responded, „The most important thing we can do is to pray. There are petitions you can sign. We have Pastor Youcef on They can also send e-mails to Iranian authorities asking that he not be executed.”

Given the application of the apostasy law, one would think it would have a severe „chilling effect” on evangelism. Quite the opposite, says Nettleton. The Arab Spring and Iran’s Revolution played a big role in that.

Ruthless government oppression of the protestors shook many Muslims’ faith. To them, the government is the mullah, and the mullah is the government. That means, Nettleton goes on to say, that „when there is disappointment with the government or frustration with the government, it translates in people’s minds to disappointment and frustration with Islam.”

People are looking for an anchored Truth, „so there’s hunger for the Gospel. There’s an openness for the Gospel. And the Church is growing at a rate that is really mind-boggling.”

Ask the Lord to uphold and sustain Youcef, his wife, and their two children. Pray that this family may soon be reunited. Pray for Youcef’s legal team and all those in authority connected with this case.

Pray that the Body of Christ will continue to multiply and mature despite persecution.

Peace on earth? Not until Christ returns…unless you are a Christ follower

Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace !

Isaiah calls Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace in Isaiah 9:6 – For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

While Luke tells us that the angels proclaimed peace on earth amongst the peoples whom God is pleased with:

Christians can have peace through Christ !

  •  Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”.
  • Also inRomans 5:1 the apostle Paul states: Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Also in John 16:33 Jesus states: I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
  •  And in Philippians 4:6-7 -And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  • In John 14:27  Jesus states: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you

But, His kingdom is not of this world…

Yet, in John 18:36 the apostle John writes: Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” and Isaiah refers in 2 different verses to the time of peace when Jesus will reign as King over the earth.

  • Isaiah 11:6 -The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
  • Isaiah 65:25 – The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

…so, without Christ, the world cannot / will not have peace !

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While Christians around the world get ready to celebrate the birth of the Saviour, here’s a brief, yet important example of a life well lived (to the end) that is Christ-honoring, an example from a man named Juma Nuradin Kamil.

  1. Persecution– Romans 8:35-39

    Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,

    “For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

    No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  2. Perseverance – 1 Corinthians 16:13
    Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.


2 Thessalonians 1:4

Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.

Pray for the country of Somalia, a country that is predominantly Muslim (99.67 %) and a profession of faith in Christ is punished by death (decapitation). According to Voice of the Martyrs, there are only about 4,000 Christians in Somalia in a population of 9.9 million people, so you can understand what a tiny minority the Christians are and therefore very vulnerable to persecution. Here is a story of a faithful man, who persevered unto the death, death by decapitation – Juma Nuradin Kamil. He rightly understood what the Apostle Paul meant in

Philippians 1:21

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Matthew 16:26

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

The following is the report published at Voice of the Martyrs:

Christian convert beheaded

A kidnapped Christian convert from Islam was found decapitated on September 2 on the outskirts of Hudur in Bakool region, in south-western Somalia. Juma Nuradin Kamil, who embraced Christianity about three years ago, was kidnapped on August 21 by three suspected Islamic extremists from the al Shabaab terrorist group. Muslim extremists from al Shabaab, a militant group with ties to al Qaeda, have vowed to rid Somalia of Christianity.

Sources believe the kidnapping and subsequent manner of murder suggest that al Shabaab militants had been monitoring him. „It is usual for the al Shabaab to decapitate those they suspect to have embraced the Christian faith, or sympathisers of western ideals,” a Christian leader said. „Our brother … was determined in his faith in God. We greatly miss him.”

Pray for Juma’s family and the grieving Christian community. May they rest in the knowledge that the Good Shepherd walks with them through this difficult time. Ask the Lord to protect believers in Somalia and deliver them from harm. Pray that the perpetrators will repent and turn to Jesus Christ.

For more on our suffering brothers and sisters in Somalia, go to the Somalia Country Report.

September 22, 2011 Sources: Compass Direct

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani faces imminent execution in Iran

The Christian Post reports that 34 year old Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani who has been under death sentence for refusing to renounce his Christian faith was under court examination this week after the Iran Supreme Court upheld his death sentence of September 2010. Pastor Nadarkhani has been jailed since 2009.

The Christian Post reports that „On Wednesday, Nadarkhani refused for the fourth time in open court to renounce his Christian faith. That’s one opportunity more than required under Iranian law to execute the pastor for apostasy. In a letter Nadarkhani wrote last June from Iran’s Lakin Prison, he affirmed his determination to stay true to his Christian faith even to his death.”

Pastor Nadarkhani obviously is standing on God’s word- Luke 12:4

“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do.

He should make us consider carefully how much we trust Christ and how much we reflect this in the way we live our life each and every day.

May the Lord be with him! And may he shake us all out of our selfishness and complacency.

You can read the article here at the Christian Post website.

Film -The Radicals- The first Anabaptists: Michael and Margaretha Sattler (1525)

You can read more about Michael Sattler’s contribution to the Baptist faith here ‘I Wait upon my God’ 16 page pdf written by Ched Spellman for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The year is 1525. Michael and Margaretha Sattler have fled their religious orders. Their quest: restore the church to the purity of its early days when communities of believers practiced peace, compassion and sacrificial love.

The Sattlers join a group called the Anabaptists and together challenge the 1000 year control of the Church by the State. They call for baptism to once again become, not a mark of State citizenship, but an adult and voluntary decision to follow Christ. As their movement grows, so does the determination of their enemies to stop them…by any means necessary.

In 1527, Michael is burned at he stake (after his tongue is cut out) and Margaretha drowned. But their movement survives and today is carried on by the Mennonites, Brethren, Brethren in Christ, the Hutterites, and the Amish.

This being a film about persecution, it does depict some violence that is not suitable for young children. (The last 5 minutes are also missing, due to technical difficulties. I apologize for that)

In 16th Century Europe there arose a group of people who acknowledged no authority but God’s. They were hunted like outlaws by both Protestants and Catholics. They were forced to meet in caves and forest glens. Many were burned at the stake or drowned. Their persecution lasted for over 200 years until they were nearly annihilated.

These people separated from the governments of the world and imitated Christ in everything. They refused the State’s protection saying, “If we accept a prince’s sword, we accept his authority. Christ is our only authority.”

They were a Church standing alone, without prince, sword, or money to protect them. “We have only one Lord, Christ Jesus, and that is all we need,” they said.

This peculiar people first alarmed local officials by baptizing adults and refusing to baptize infants. This gave them the name of Radicals or Anabaptists. At that time, infant baptism was viewed as a mark of citizenship. Baptizing newborns was the system’s way to register and track its citizens. Baptism was the equivalent of a birth certificate today.

Anabaptists committed ultimate treason by being baptized as adults. By being baptized again, they were renouncing their former citizenship. Adult baptism symbolized their breaking away from the old system and their joining with God’s kingdom.

Ever since Constantine, Church and State have been intertwined. Even the early Protestant movements sought the protection of their princes. But the Anabaptists refused such ties with the State and offered the world a new vision of Christ’s Kingdom, separated from the world.

“We must stand apart from the rest of the world. Anyone who joins Christ’s kingdom must separate from the world. It takes only one bad thread to ruin the whole fabric. If we allow the fabric of this world to be woven into Christ’s Church, then the Church is corrupted,” they said.

As these Radicals first began coming out of the corrupt Roman Catholic system, they could not concur on what they believed. Finally, at a secret meeting they agreed on these four articles:

1) Repentant adult sinners are to be voluntarily baptized to take them out of the old system and into the Kingdom of God.
2) No oaths of any kind are to be sworn.
3) The sword is rejected because it is outside the perfection of Christ.
4) There shall be a separation between the good and the evil, the believing and unbelieving, light and darkness, and the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdoms of the world. And none shall have part with the other.

Evrei 11:36-38 – Eroii credintei – Catalin Lup

Evrei 11:36-38

36Alţii au suferit batjocuri, bătăi, lanţuri şi închisoare;

37au fost ucişi cu pietre, tăiaţi în două cu ferestrăul, chinuiţi; au murit ucişi de sabie, au pribegit îmbrăcaţi cu cojoace şi în piei de capre, lipsiţi de toate, prigoniţi, munciţi, –

38ei, de cari lumea nu era vrednică-au rătăcit prin pustiuri, prin munţi, prin peşteri şi prin crăpăturile pămîntului.

yankee9o Feb 23, 2011 pe Youtube:

versuri (lyrics) (English subtitles in video)

Şi noi fiind înconjuraţi de-un nor aşa de martori
/:Să ‘nlăturăm orice păcat privind spre malul celălalt
Aşa creştinii au luptat ei nu s-au dat în lături:/

Să le urmăm c-un dor nespus credinţa lor supremă
/:Căci au luptat şi au învins creştinii noştrii ce s-au stins
De dorul Lui au fost cuprinşi mergeau cântând pe-arene:/

Când legile i-ameninţau şi-atunci ei n-aveau frică
/:Când fiarele le slobozeau pe mici şi mari îi sfâşiau
Dar ei de dor mai mult ardeau nici de-asta n-aveau frică:/

De foame istoviţi de frig ei pribegeau departe
/:Prind munţi şi peşteri alungaţi prin temniţă în fier legaţi
Lovit mai crud şi-ameninţaţi de Domnul nu-i desparte:/

Cântau al mântuirii cânt mergând pe orice cale
/:Şi-atuncea când intrau pe rând în subterane toţi cântând
Celui ce zice „Vin curând!vegheaţi în aşteptare”!:/

Căci am să vin ca şi un hoţ în noaptea cea târzie
/:Vegheaţi păziţi a mele porţi şi atunci Eu n-am să vin ca hoţ
Când voi striga la voi la toţi „Mireasa Mea să vină”!:/

În vremea ce ne-a mai rămas să stăm în aşteptare
/:Şi înapoi nu, nici un pas, ‘nainte să nu dăm răgaz
Că vine Mirele chiar azi să îi cântăm OSANA !:/

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William Tyndale Biography (c 1492-1536) Photos of Tyndale Bibles

Portrait of William Tyndale

The Life of William Tyndale (c.1492-1536)

WILLIAM TYNDALE, translator of the New Testament and Pentateuch, was born on the Welsh border, probably in Gloucestershire, some time between 1490 and 1495. In Easter term 1510 he went to Oxford, where Foxe says he was entered of Magdalen Hall. He took his M.A. degree in 1515 and removed to Cambridge, where Erasmus had helped to establish a reputation for Greek and theology.

Ordained to the priesthood, probably towards the close of 1521, he entered the household of Sir John Walsh, Old Sodbury, Gloucestershire, as chaplain and domestic tutor. Here he lived for two years, using his leisure in preaching in the villages and at Bristol, conduct which brought him into collision with the backward clergy of the district, and led to his being summoned before the chancellor of Worcester (William of Malvern) as a suspected heretic; but he was allowed to depart without receiving censure or giving any undertaking. But the persecution of the clergy led him to seek an antidote for what he regarded as the corruption of the Church, and he resolved to translate the New Testament into the vernacular. In this he hoped to get help from Cuthbert Tunstall, bishop of London, and so „with the good will of his master” he left Gloucester in the summer of 1523. Tunstall disappointed him, so he got employment as a preacher at St Dunstan’s-in-the-West, and worked at his translation, living as chaplain in the house of Humphrey Monmouth, an alderman, and forming a firm friendship with John Frith; but finding publication impossible in England, he sailed for Hamburg in May 1524.

After visiting Luther at Wittenberg, he settled with his amanuensis William Roy in Cologne, where he had made some progress in printing a 4to edition of his New Testament, when the work was discovered by John Cochlaeus, dean at Frankfurt, who not only got the senate of Cologne to interdict further printing, but warned Henry VIII and Wolsey to watch the English ports. Tyndale and Roy escaped with their sheets to Worms, where the 8vo edition was completed in 1526. Copies were smuggled into England but were suppressed by the bishops, and William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury, even bought up copies on the Continent to destroy them. Attempts were made to seize Tyndale at Worms, but he found refuge at Marburg with Philip, landgrave of Hesse. There he probably met Patrick Hamilton, and was joined by John Frith.

About this time he changed his views on the Eucharist and swung clean over from transubstantiation to the advanced Zwinglian position. His Parable of the Wicked Mammon (1528), Obedience of a Christen Man (1528), in which the two great principles of the English Reformation are set out, viz. the authority of Scripture in the Church and the supremacy of the king in the state, and Practyse of Prelates (1530), a strong indictment of the Roman Church and also of Henry VIII’s divorce proceedings, were all printed at Marburg. In 1529 on his way to Hamburg he was wrecked on the Dutch coast, and lost his newly completed translation of Deuteronomy. Later in the year he went to Antwerp where he conducted his share of the classic controversy with Sir Thomas More.

After Henry VIII’s change of attitude towards Rome, Stephen Vaughan, the English envoy to the Netherlands, suggested Tyndale’s return, but the reformer feared ecclesiastical hostility and declined. Henry then demanded his surrender from the emperor as one who was spreading sedition in England, and Tyndale left Antwerp for two years, returning in 1533 and busying himself with revising his translations. In May 1535 he was betrayed by Henry Phillips, to whom he had shown much kindness as a professing student of the new faith. The imperial officers imprisoned him at Vilvorde Castle, the state prison, 6 mi. from Brussels, where in spite of the great efforts of the English merchants and the appeal of Thomas Cromwell to Archbishop Carandolet, president of the council, and to the governor of the castle, he was tried for heresy and condemned. On the 6th of August 1536 he was strangled at the stake and his body afterwards burnt.

The Burning of William Tyndale, from Foxe‘s Book of Martyrs

Though long an exile from his native land, Tyndale was one of the greatest forces of the English Reformation. His writings show sound scholarship and high literary power, while they helped to shape the thought of the Puritan party in England. His translation of the Bible was so sure and happy that it formed the basis of subsequent renderings, especially that of the authorized version of 1611. Besides the New Testament, the Pentateuch and Jonah, it is believed that he finished in prison the section of the Old Testament extending from Joshua to Chronicles. Beside the works already named Tyndale wrote A Prologue on the Epistle to the Romans (1526), An Exposition of the 1st Epistle of John (1531), An Exposition of Matthew v.-vii. (1532), a Treatise on the Sacraments (1533), and possibly another (no longer extant) on matrimony (1529).

Excerpted from:
Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th Ed., vol. XXVII.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1910. 499.

What is the Tyndale Bible?

William Tyndale holds the distinction of being the first man to ever print the New Testament in the English language. Tyndale also went on to first translate much of the Old Testament from the original Hebrew into English, but he was executed in 1536 for the „crime” of printing the scriptures in English before he could personally complete the printing of an entire Bible. His friends Myles Coverdale, and John „Thomas Matthew” Rogers, managed to evade arrest and publish entire Bibles in the English language for the first time, and within one year of Tyndale’s death. These Bibles were primarily the work of William Tyndale.

The History of William Tyndale and his Bibles

William Tyndale was the Captain of the Army of Reformers, and was their spiritual leader. Tyndale holds the distinction of being the first man to ever print the New Testament in the English language. Tyndale was a true scholar and a genius, so fluent in eight languages that it was said one would think any one of them to be his native tongue. He is frequently referred to as the „Architect of the English Language”, (even more so than William Shakespeare) as so many of the phrases Tyndale coined are still in our language today.

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Tyndale was a theologian and scholar who translated the Bible into an early form of Modern English. He was the first person to take advantage of Gutenberg’s movable-type press for the purpose of printing the scriptures in the English language. Besides translating the Bible, Tyndale also held and published views which were considered heretical, first by the Catholic Church, and later by the Church of England which was established by King Henry VIII. His Bible translation also included notes and commentary promoting these views. Tyndale’s translation was banned by the authorities, and Tyndale himself was burned at the stake in 1536, at the instigation of agents of Henry VIII and the Anglican Church.

Queen Mary 

An Illustrated Tyndale New Testament

A clergyman hopelessly entrenched in Roman Catholic dogma once taunted William Tyndale with the statement, „We are better to be without God’s laws than the Pope’s”. Tyndale was infuriated by such Roman Catholic heresies, and he replied, „I defy the Pope and all his laws. If God spare my life ere many years, I will cause the boy that drives the plow to know more of the scriptures than you!”

Tyndale was the first person to print an English language New Testament, doing so in 1525-1526. Only one complete copy of this first edition is known to exist, and the British Museum paid $2 million for it in 1948! Tyndale’s illustrated New Testaments of the 1530’s were even more spectacularly beautiful, and they went through several editions and printings. One year after Tyndale’s execution in October of 1536, Tyndale’s friend John Rogers, operating under the assumed name „Thomas Matthew”, produced the 1537 „Matthew-Tyndale Bible”. This was the very first printing of a complete English language Bible to be translated directly from the original language of Greek and Hebrew. It was reprinted once again in a more practical size in 1549. Originals (both whole books and individual leaves) and facsimile reproductions of these works are available today.

Church History -Jan Hus (1369-1415) – predecessor to the Protestant movement of the 16th century (video)

(from Below – a 55 minute movie based on the life of Jan Hus, immediately followed by a 30 minute documentary (from the Christian History Institute) on the life of Jan Hus.

Jan Hus (1369-1415)

was a Czech priest, philosopher, reformer, and master at Charles University in Prague.

He is famed for having been burned at the stake for heresy against the doctrines of the Catholic Church, including those on ecclesiology (the branch of theology concerned with the nature, constitution and functions of a church), the Eucharist (the Christian sacrament commemorating the Last Supper by consecrating bread and wine), and other theological topics. Hus was a key predecessor to the Protestant movement of the 16th century, and his teachings had a strong influence on the states of Europe, most immediately in the approval for the existence of a reformist Bohemian religious denomination, and, more than a century later, on Martin Luther himself.

Between 1420 and 1431, the Hussite forces defeated five consecutive papal crusades against followers of Hus. Their defense and rebellion against Roman Catholics became known as the Hussite Wars.

The following biography information provides basic facts and information about the life and history of Jan Hus a famous Medieval character of the Middle Ages:

  • Nationality: Czechoslovakian
  • Also Known as: Johann or John Hussinetz, Johannes de Hussinetz or Huss
  • Lifespan: 1370 – 1415
  • Time Reference: Lived during the reigns of the English Kings – King Richard II, King Henry IV and King Henry V
  • Date of Birth: He was born in 1390 in was born at Hussinetz in Southern Bohemia
  • Early Life and Education: He studied at Prague and was an early follower of Stanislaus of Znaim
  • Career Timeline of Jan Hus:
    • In 1400 he was ordained priest
    • In 1401 he became a Dean
    • In 1402 Jan Hus became a rector and preacher of the Bethlehem Church in Prague
    • 1402 – Jan Hus was influenced by the theological writings and ideas of John Wycliffe
    • Hus began to attack the views of clerics
    • Jan Hus became the rector of Prague University and was received at court
    • In 1410 the Pope issued a decree against the ideas of John Wycliffe which were banned
    • Jan Hus continued to preach about the new ideas – his followers were called the Hussites, but was forced to leave Prague
    • 1414 – Three Bishops were appointed to investigate Jan Hus
    • He was imprisoned by Archbishop of Constance at his castle on the Rhine
    • 1415 Jan Hus was sent to trial and convicted as a heretic
    • He was sentence to burning at the stake
    • Jan Hus refused to recant and the terrible sentence was carried out
  • Date of Death: Jan Hus died on July 6, 1415
  • Accomplishments or why Jan Hus was famous: A cleric and religious reformer in Czechoslovakia who attracted followers called the Hussites. He was a follower of the English reformer John Wycliffe
  • Prophecy and Jan Hus Quote: “In 100 years, God will raise up a man whose calls for reform cannot be suppressed.”
    • Nearly 100 years later, in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses of Contention on to the church door at Wittenberg

The First (1385) English Bible Translator – John Wycliffe’s Life – (Video)

„John Wycliffe” is a dramatic biography of the life of the 14th century scholar and cleric who translated the Bible into English for the first time. Wycliffe found himself in the middle of religious, political and social conflicts. An Oxford scholar, one of Europe’s most renowned philosophers, he was a defender of English nationalism against the power of the pope and a champion of the poor against the injustices of the rich. John Wycliffe taught that God’s forgiveness couldn’t be bought with indulgences. He preached that the only true authority is the Word of God, and the Word could only be understood by all if the people could read it in their native tongue. „John Wycliffe” captures the trials and heroic struggles of this significant man of faith – the „Morning Star” of the Reformation.

(DVD available at Amazon)

Other video of interest – Martin Luther (English with Romanian subtitles)

You can read an in depth  biography on John Wycliffe here.


VIDEO by BabylonLingo

some church history…Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch and one of the earliest post-New Testament martyrs

Ignatius said, „Now I begin to be a disciple…let fire and cross, flocks of beasts, broken bones, dismemberment…come upon me, so long as I attain to Jesus Christ.”

Ignatius was born in 35 A.D. and  died in the year 107 A.D.

Ignatius was going to die. He knew it. He wanted it. The only possible problem, as he saw it, was meddling Christians.

„I fear your kindness which may harm me,” he wrote to Roman Christians who were hoping to free him. „You may be able to achieve what you plan. But if you pay no heed to my request, it will be very difficult for me to attain unto God.” And that was truly Ignatius’ goal to imitate „our God Jesus Christ” in death. If Christians really wanted to do something, they should pray that he would remain faithful. „If you remain silent about me, I shall become a word of God. But if you allow yourselves to be swayed by the love in which you hold my flesh, I shall again be no more than a human voice.”

That Ignatius truly wanted to die was as much as we know about his martyrdom.

As the second, or third Bishop of Antioch, one of the most important churches of the day, he was certainly one of the most prominent Christians of the time immediately succeeding the apostles. But Antioch was also home to some religious debates, and while Ignatius denounced division as „the beginning of evil” the bishop engaged in debate with tenacity.

To the Magnesian church (near Ephesus) he wrote scathingly of the Ebionites, who demanded the keeping of Jewish regulations. „It is outrageous to utter the name of Jesus Christ and live in Judaism.” Similar attacks were launched against the docetists, who believed Christ only appeared to be human. Anyone believing such nonsense that Christ only seemed to suffer could not truly be called a martyr, he asserted.

He was probably arrested on the charge of ‘atheism’ – denial of the Roman Gods – and was taken from Antioch to Rome by an escort of ten soldiers. At nearly every stop, he met leaders of local churches, and during the trip he penned, with the help of a secretary, seven letters.

Though most famous for being one of the church’s earliest martyrs, his letters also served to record the rapid development of church hierarchy. „Follow, all of you, the Bishop, as Jesus Christ followed the Father,” he wrote to Polycarp’s church at Smyrna (now Izmit, Turkey). „Wherever the Bishop appears, there let the people be, even as wheresoever Christ Jesus is, there is the Catholic church .The instruction is remarkable because it is the first recorded use of the phrase „catholic (meaning universal) church”. (He was also the first outside the New Testament to speak of Jesus’ „virgin birth”.

The details of Ignatius’ death are lost to history, but not his desire to have his life count for something. „Now I begin to be a disciple…let fire and cross, flocks of beasts, broken bones, dismemberment…come upon me, so long as I attain to Jesus Christ.”

For further study, you can read the Seven letters written by Ignatius on his way to Rome, to be tried for the charge of ‘atheism’ (non belief in the Roman gods). As Ignatius died in 107 A.D. these are among the earliest writings to follow the apostles New Testament writings.

You can also visit this page for further study on how Ignatius did indeed use references to the writings of the New Testament in his own letters, proving that the New Testament Gospels and letters were indeed known and read by the churches in the first century. You can read them here at The Development of the Canon of the New Testament site.

You can also read a very useful book from the Editors of Christian History Magazine titled 131 Christians Everyone Should Know (foreword by J.I.Packer) Article above is excerpted from this book (Pages  358-359)

Here are prior posts from the „some church history” series:

Spread of the Bible

Athanasius (defending orthodoxy)

Jacob Arminius

The best selling book of all time (Part 1)

The best selling book of all time (Part 2)

Blogosfera Evanghelică

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