From a Lighthouse Trails reader (who spent years as a missionary in Latin America) who sent the following letter to Tom White of Voice of the Martyrs and gave us permission to post this. We do so as we share this reader’s concern over the direction that VOM appears to be taking:
Dear Dr. White:
Enclosed is a copy of a VOM prayer card for the country of Colombia. The data on the back states: “Christian 95.45%.” All I can say to this, is “You’ve got to be kidding!” Even the USA can’t boast of such a high percentage of Christians! For me, the definition of Christian is a person who believes that the shed blood of Jesus on the cross is the only means of salvation, by faith alone, not works or denomination. Roman Catholics (with very very few exceptions) believe they are saved (i.e., justified) by works and belonging to the “Holy Mother the Roman Catholic Church.” They themselves specify when asked, “No, I’m not Christian, I’m Catholic.”
You testify to having read Foxes’ Book of Martyrs, so you know that the major persecutor of true Christians down through the ages of church history has been the Roman Catholic church. Roman Catholicism has not changed, and its followers and clergy still persecute Christians–I can testify to this by personal experience as an evangelical Christian missionary in Latin America for nearly 30 years.
I have been observing that VOM is taking an ever more ecumenical stance in its publications and statistics, apparently denying any difference between evangelical Christian and Roman Catholic beliefs, and inferring that they are all one and the same. Well, in this, you are taking part in fulfilling the prophecy that apostasy will precede the appearing of the Antichrist, called in II Thes. 2:3, “the falling away.” It grieves me very greatly that VOM could be so misled, and also in this way, partake in the movement of the “emergent church.” I join other true evangelical believers in praying that there be a repentance and renewal to sound scriptural doctrine on the part of VOM and its leadership. Until then, I can no longer support in any way VOM or any of its related ministries.
P.S. I have written to VOM before, about an article on Colombia that appeared in the little booklet as part of a missionary packet for Sunday School teachers and their students, voicing the same concerns, but I never received any answer. It really is sad to see such an influential organization as VOM going this way.