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Dave Hunt: 1926-2013


Perhaps it just appears that way to me, but it sure seems like a lot of well known servants of God have been called home recently. At least ones well known by those of my generation.

Friday, April 5, 2013, Dave Hunt drew his final breath and entered into the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His beloved wife Ruth was at his side.

daveBorn in 1926, David Charles Haddon Hunt enjoyed the advantages of a godly upbringing and placed his trust in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord in his early teens.

As a young man, he served in the military toward the end of World War II. Afterward, he attended UCLA and received a degree in mathematics. It was during that time that he met the love of his life, Ruth Klassen. In 1950, they were married, and since both loved the outdoors, they enjoyed a beautiful honeymoon hiking in the High Sierras—perfect for two young people madly in love and with very little money to their name. Marriage was soon followed by the birth of two sons and two daughters. Ruth was a busy mother and also a gifted writer herself. She had a tremendous interest in and knowledge of history, a gift that would help Dave further down the road. Dave’s own career path led him into a position as a CPA/management consultant and later as the manager of several corporations.

Along with church-related activities, Dave initiated and became involved in numerous campus ministries and meetings in their home, with a special outreach to Jewish young people and foreign students. Many of these have stayed in touch with Dave and Ruth through the years, fondly recalling their times spent in Bible studies at the Hunts’ house. Dave and Ruth also traveled abroad, spending time in various locations throughout Europe, meeting with believers there and ministering in many ways while raising their own family. Dave also brought Bibles and other materials into the Soviet Union during a time when it was very difficult to do so. Throughout his later years, he and Ruth traveled extensively as he was invited to speak in churches and fellowships, large and small, all over the world. Often they stayed in people’s homes, dining with them, learning their customs, and sharing God’s Word and God’s love.

The desire of Dave’s heart was ultimately to be involved in fulltime ministry, especially since he saw firsthand everywhere he went the breaking down of the true church as the world began to work its way into her midst. He began to write in 1973, warning believers about the incursion into Western culture and into the church itself of Eastern religion, psychological and selfist philosophies, ecumenism, and other unbiblical teachings.

The ministry of The Berean Call was founded by Dave in 1992. It grew out of a previous organization, of which Dave was also a founding member since 1986. With T.A. McMahon working alongside him at The Berean Call, Dave was able to share his love for and defense of Christ in the subsequent newsletters, books, videos, and speaking engagements that resulted from this ministry. Dave and T.A. wrote three books together, including the best-known The Seduction of Christianity , which was groundbreaking in its boldness, exposing false teachings in the church and daring to identify the names of the ones behind the deception.

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Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. (Psalm 116:15)

 

6 comments on “Dave Hunt: 1926-2013

  1. PJmiller, I don’t know whether or not you’re a Calvinist or not, but I wanted to thank you for treating Dave Hunt’s death with dignity. I know he said some things that were controversial in his day, such as his book What Love is This? I never read the book in its entirety, but I believe that every Christian, whether Reformed or not, needs to test themselves to see whether they are in the faith. I’m a big Dave Hunt fan- he greatly influenced me in my walk with the Lord, especially early on. His testimony and stand for the truth is invaluable. I will miss him greatly. Thanks again.

    • Hi Becca, no im not a calvinist.🙂

      There have been theological issues on which i disagreed with Dave Hunt, but these issues did not concern the “majors”…like salvation through Christ alone, etc. And that alone is what i base my relationship with fellow Christians upon. Dave Hunt was and is my brother in Christ. As is Rick Warren, and this is why i also grieve with him and his family tonight.

      Many folks who read here don’t understand this about me. I know this.

  2. l am sorry to hear of Rick Warren’s son’s suicide. I believe the Christian army is the only one that shoots it’s wounded which totally contradicts the Bible. What about Matt 7:1 & Lk 6:37 Judge not lest ye be judged. What about Lk 6:31 Treat others the way we want to be treated. Lk 6:36 Be merciful (sympathetic, tender responsive,& compassionate ) even as your Father is all of these. It’s time Christians read the Bible & do what it says. As for me as a Lk 6 Christian & a John 13:35 Christian which says the world will know we are Christians by our love, I send out my prayers to Rick Warren, his family & Saddleback Church. In Christ rapturegirl777

  3. This has been a sad turn of events. Dave Hunt will be sorely missed (Berean Call is based in my home town) but as his wife has said, “let us rejoice for he is with the Lord.” It is a bitter sweet moment.

    My heart goes out as well to Rick Warren and family. While I may not agree with the “Purpose Driven” model of evangelism, I am a parent to, and can feel for anyone over the loss of a child.

  4. We’ll miss him down here… He did a lot of valuable work

    • Amen, he will be missed.

      It grieves me deeply every time i hear we’ve lost another long-time faithful soldier, because it reminds me of how few we have left Rick.

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