Tortured For Christ

Fourteen years in communist prison could not break his faith

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Tortured for Christ – the Complete Story The pastor and his wife who changed the world.

On February 29, 1948, Richard Wurmbrand was arrested by the secret police. His crimes? Leading Christian worship and witnessing—both of which were illegal under the atheistic Communist regime of Romania.

Because of Richard’s faithfulness to Christ, he endured 14 years of prison and torture. His wife, Sabina, suffered three years of forced labor. They emerged not with melancholy or a bitter spirit but with a story of victorious faith.

This biography explores the inspiring lives of Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand telling the complete story in a single volume for the first time.

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The Story

Persecution comes

In 1945, Romanian Communists seized power and a million Russian troops poured into the country. Pastor Wurmbrand ministered to his oppressed countrymen while engaging in bold evangelism to the Russian soldiers.

Persecution comes
Many betray Christ

Many betray Christ

In 1945, Romanian Communists seized power and a million Russian troops poured into the country. Pastor Wurmbrand ministered to his oppressed countrymen while engaging in bold evangelism to the Russian soldiers.

You Must Stand Up

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 stood up and demanded to be heard.

You Must Stand Up

Richard then walked up to the podium and declared to the delegates, whose speeches were broadcast to the whole nation, that their duty was to glorify God and Christ alone.

Prisoner Number 1

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.

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Did you know Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world today?

More Christians have been martyred in the last 100 years than all of Church history

10 Christians killed daily

345 Christians killed monthly

4,136 Christians killed monthly

Christians in 60 Countries Subject to Persecution today.

The Underground Church

Tortured for Christ is often described as the life story of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand. In fact, however, Pastor Wurmbrand is not the main character of the movie or the book. The main character is a woman, but she is not Sabina, his wife. The main character is not listed in the movie credits or on the book cover, nor is she mentioned by name in any of the promotional materials. In fact, you can only see her in the movie and book at all if Christ reveals her to you, and that may only occur after you have read or seen the story several times.

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the underground church

The chance to catch even a glimpse of this woman is the only real reason to watch and read Tortured for Christ. When you see this woman, you will know Tortured for Christ as more than just a story about a pastor who paid a high price for following Jesus.

This movie, this book, is made to reveal her. Who is she? The Underground Church.

Pastor Wurmbrand wrote, “Before entering prison, I loved Christ very much. Now, after having seen the Bride of Christ (his spiritual Body) in prison, I would say that I love the Underground Church almost as much as I love Christ Himself. I have seen her beauty, her spirit of sacrifice.”

This is the reason why Tortured for Christ takes place in prison: To see her, you must look in prisons and the most closed countries. The Underground Church does not appear in wealthy, free places where people have rights and dignity and good food and running water.

Watch the movie. Read the book. Perhaps like Christ, the Apostle Paul, and Pastor Wurmbrand, you will be transfixed by her as well.

If you are a Christian, you will face persecution

What does the Bible say about PERSECUTION?

“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.”
Mark 10:29-30

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
Matthew 5:44

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
Romans 8:35

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:10

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:10

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.
John 15:18

In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
2 Timothy 3:12

Blessed are you when people hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil,
because of the Son of Man.
Luke 6:22