Sat, Feb 29


The Valley Church

Tortured For Christ - Movie Event

Wurmbrand was a Romanian Christian pastor in 1944 when Russian troops entered his country. Atheism became the official state religion, and those who proclaimed Christ were arrested and tortured. Neither Wurmbrand nor his wife and children remained silent. His kids even made a game out of saying “Go

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Tortured For Christ - Movie Event

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Feb 29, 2020, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The Valley Church, 3770 N Center Rd, Saginaw, MI 48603, USA

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The movie was filmed in Romania with Romanian actors, and some of the scenes even were filmed in a prison where he stayed.

Tortured for Christ shows Wurmbrand taking a stand for Christ from the get-go. When other church leaders succumbed to Communist doctrine at a “Congress of Cults” – a large public gathering of church and government leaders – Wurmbrand didn’t back down. His wife encouraged him.

“If I speak now, you’ll have no husband,” he whispers to his wife in the film.

She retorts, “I don’t need a coward for a husband.”

Wurmbrand took the podium that day and preached the Gospel. Incredibly, he avoided immediate arrest.

Perhaps even more incredibly, Russian soldiers were open to the Good News – and many became Christians due to his bold witness. To avoid confiscation of Bibles, Wurmbrand and his fellow believers had special Bibles printed with Karl Marx on the cover. “Marx on the cover, Jesus in the pages,” he says in the film. He even baptized one Russian soldier in his bathtub.

He was preaching on borrowed time, though, and he eventually was arrested and put in prison. The Russians assumed he would cut a deal and give them the names of all the Christians, but he refused.

Thus began 14 years of torture. He was beaten. He was burned. He spent three years in solitary confinement. In one particularly horrifying incident, he was forced to stand for hours and days in a box surrounded by sharp spikes. And through it all, he refused to recant his faith. 

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