Tortured for Christ (Part 3)
Today's post is going to be a bit lengthy and will most likely be the most difficult of them all to read. Today's post will be descriptive of the tortures (some of them) that the imprisoned Christians had to endure. While the passages that I will be selecting are indeed horrendous, it is not my intent to "scare you" but rather to illuminate the strength of their faith which they held on to throughout it all, not with the strength of their own will but by the power of God. "A pastor by the name of Florescu was tortured with red hot iron pokers and with knives. He was beaten very badly. Then starving rats were driven into his cell through a large pipe. He could not sleep because he had to defend himself all the time. If he rested a moment, the rats would attack him. He was forced to stand for two weeks, day and night. The Communists wished to compel him to betray his brethren, but he resisted steadfastly. Eventually, they brought his fourteen year old son to the prison and began to whip the boy in front of his father, saying that they would continue to beat him until the pastor said what they wished him to say. The poor man was half mad. He bore it as long as he could, then he cried to his son, "Alexander, I must say what they what they want! I can't bear your beating anymore!" The son answered, "Father, don't do me the injustice of having a traitor as a parent. Withstand! If they kill me, I will die with the words, 'Jesus and my fatherland'. The Communists ,enraged, fell upon the child and beat him to death, with blood spattered over the walls of the cell. He died praising God. Our dear brother Florescu was never the same after seeing this." from pages 50-51 "Handcuffs with sharp nails on the insides were placed on our wrists. If we were totally still, they did not cut us. But in the bitterly cold cells, when we shook with cold, our wrists would be torn by the nails." From page 51 "Christians were hung upside down on ropes and beaten so severely that their bodies swung back and forth under the blows. Christians were also placed in ice-box "refrigerator calls", which were so cold that frost and ice covered the inside. I was thrown into one while I had very little clothing on. Prison doctors would watch through an opening until they saw symptoms of freezing to death., then they would give a signal and guards would rush in to take us out to make us warm. When we were finally warmed, we would immediately be put back into the ice-box cells to freeze. Thawing out, then freezing to within minutes of death, then being thawed out---over and over again! Even today there are times when I can't bear to open a refrigerator." Page 51 "We Christians were sometimes forced to stand in wooden boxes only slightly larger than we were. This left no room to move. Dozens of sharp nails were driven into each side of the box, with their razor sharp points sticking through the wood. While we stood perfectly still, it was alright. But we were forced to stand in these boxes for endless hours; then when we became fatigued and swayed with tiredness, the nails would pierce our bodies. If we moved or twitched a muscle---there were the horrible nails. " Page 51 To be continued..... Richard Wurmbrand had commented over the many atrocities that he could not elaborate on. There were many others that were depicted in this book, but I think there is sufficient evidence in today's post to cement in your mind the devastating traumas that they were forced to endure. Tomorrow's post will focus on the Glory of God that shone forth brightly in these dark cells and into the darkened hearts of the people that were witnesses of their great faith. May God's grace and peace be with you.