Tortured for Christ
by Richard Wurmbrand
Scripture Testimony Index stories in this book
A Russian man is brought to Christ after listening to Richard Wurmbrand read the Sermon on the Mount, the passion and crucifixion of Christ, and then the resurrection. He expressed great joy and prayed with delight a simple prayer of repentance.
Richard Wurmbrand met a Russian couple who worshipped a "Nobody," a comparison to when the Apostle Paul met those who worshipped an unknown god. Richard led the couple to the full experience of salvation and redemption.
The Romanian church was hard-pressed on every side; from kidnap, to imprisonment, to heartbreaking lies by State officials to their loved ones and unspeakable tortures. From the clergy to the laity, and even children; no one was spared from persecution by the government.
Alexander, a fourteen year old boy, paid the ultimate price, preferring that to having his father betray their brethren to spare his life.
After over 8 years of torture and imprisonment, Richard Wurmbrand was released and warned to never again preach or engage in any religious activity. But Richard will rather obey his Master - so he defied the authorities; damned the consequences, and continued to witness Jesus Christ to the underground church in Romania.
On her wedding day, of all days, a young Christian girl is arrested by the Communist police for evangelizing and teaching children about Christ. But while everyone else wept, rejoicingly, she kissed her chains, and thanked God for counting her worthy to suffer for His Name.
In Communist Romania, severe beating was the reward for preaching the gospel. But instead of backing down because of this, Richard Wurmbrand, alongside other believers, resolved to continue preaching, saying to themselves: we preach and they beat; and everyone is happy.
A young Christian prisoner, sick with tuberculosis, was asked to betray his fellow prisoners in exchange for life-saving medicine. He refused to betray his friends. Then he was tempted to betray those prisoners who had done evil against him. Again he refused saying that Jesus commanded us to love even our enemies.
A Christian man that was sentenced to death expressed love for his persecutors and hope that he will see his wife in heaven. The officer on duty heard this conversation and later became a Christian.
Richard Wurmbrand reflects on his years in prison, and how the believers would joyfully sing even though they were beaten for it.
While in prison, Richard Wurmbrand was asked by one of his captors, “How long will you continue to keep your stupid religion? Boldly, he made a defence for his faith, giving reasons as to why he will rather remain a Christian.