My wife ordered this book for me a few weeks ago. My prayers, my attitude, and my soul haven’t been the same since. This book has changed me.
Though “Tortured for Christ” by Reverend Richard Wurmbrand is a relatively small book (160 pages), I found myself unable to move through it as quickly as I have other books. My typical reads consist of theology books or works written by the Puritans. Though my head and heart rejoice at beautiful truths I glean from those reads, none has impacted me in the same way “Tortured for Christ” has.
The Holy Spirit has used this book to awaken me to the needs of my brothers and sisters in Christ who suffer persecution around the globe.
My soul has never felt so grieved, while reading a book, other than the Scriptures, as it had while reading this one.
My soul has also never rejoiced, while reading a book, other than the Scriptures, as it had while reading this one.
As Reverend Wurmbrand described the persecutions that he and other brothers and sisters in Christ have faced and continue to face under communism, I was brought to a place of confession and repentance for the comfortable Christianity that I’ve enjoyed in the “Bible Belt”. Wurmbrand described the moment of conversion for those in communist Romania, a moment that feels foreign to us in the free world, even though it should be the universal reality for believers:
“The joy of having brought someone to Christ is always mixed with this feeling that there is a price that must be paid.”
There is a cost of following Christ. In a land that doesn’t persecute Christians as openly as communist nations, it’s easy to forget that.
However, Wurmbrand also gives great detail into the love that those persecuted have for their persecutors. They long to see their persecutors converted! Even further, to quote Iuliu Maniu, former Prime Minister of Romania, who was thrown in jail for following Christ, said, “If the communists are overthrown in our country, it will be the most holy duty of every Christian to go into the streets and at the risk of his own life defend the Communists from the righteous fury of the multitudes whom they have tyrannized.”
Wurmbrand’s love for the persecuted church and the persecutors of the church overflows in this book. He also gives the reader ways to support the underground church in communist countries and calls us all to pray for our brothers and sisters and their persecutors.
“Tortured for Christ” is available for free at http://torturedforchrist.com.
Order the book. Read it slowly. Pray for our persecuted family and their persecutors. Support them in whatever way you can (Chapter 7 is full of ways to support the underground church). Finally, tell others.
“Persecution has always produced a better Christian – a witnessing Christian, a soul-winning Christian. Communist persecution has backfired and produced serious, dedicated Christians such as are rarely seen in free lands. These people cannot understand how anyone can be a Christian and not want to win every soul they meet.” – Reverend Richard Wurmbrand