In an embarrassing turn of events, Tom White, the executive director of Voice of the Martyrs who was found dead earlier this week, died of what police believe was a suicide. He was being investigated for having inappropriate contact with a young girl.
Since the investigation was ongoing, no one at the ministry knew what was going on. Tom White led the charge for bringing to light what persecuted Christians all over the globe were facing, often working with lawmakers and various ministry leaders to help the persecuted. It’s really sad that someone with such a high profile as a Christian had such a dark side, if the allegations are true. I feel sorry for his wife, children, and grandchildren who are left to deal with the allegations on top of the suicide. My prayers are with them for God’s strength and love to uphold them in this dark hour.
This situation has brought to my mind Paul’s warning to us in 1 Corinthians 10:
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. [v. 12]
But I’m also thankful for the next verse:
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. [1 Corinthians 10:13]
If Tom White was guilty, I imagine that pornography had some role in all of this and he had the power to make better choices. Fellow Christians, I hope that this serves as a lesson to us all to stop any sinful, illegal behavior in our own lives that we do in secret that would not reflect well on the gospel or the church.
Source: Jeremy Weber. Voice of the Martyrs’ Tom White’s Death an Apparent Suicide… ChristianityToday.com. April 20, 2012.
–Harry A. Gaylord–