Dave Hunt; Valiant For Truth

 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.  For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.(Jude 3-4)

Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?  Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.(Psalm 94:16-17)

Many people my age (I am a Baby Boomer), have  passed through various phases of spirituality on our Christian walk. I was born Roman Catholic, but became a born again Christian around 1978,  plunging whole heartedly into the world of Pentecostalism,(Assemblies of God). Shortly after my conversion I came across tapes by Kenneth Hagin and Kenneth Copeland, and entered fully into the Word of Faith movement.

This false doctrine greatly appealed to my vanity, but led  myself, and the hundreds of thousands of other Christians into other extreme experiences; slaying in the spirit, various doubtful “spiritual warfare’ practices, dominionism, a plethora of “Prophets”, new apostles, miracle workers, an  ecumenism which included accommodation with Roman Catholics, inner healing, “Theoephostic counseling” and a host of other fad spiritualities of the 1960’s-into the new millennium. The evangelical/pentecostal church was sinking in  a sea of heresy.

It was into that time and situation, that our faithful  LORD began to raise up into prominence defenders of the true faith, “once and for all delivered to the saints”, such as Dave Hunt.

My first exposure to Dave Hunt was after he wrote the book , “The Seduction Of Christianity” in the mid 1980s. In it, he quoted the words of false teachers, for all to see and to compare for themselves. For those of us who were awakening to the danger we were in, but couldn’t quite work out why, Dave’s books were invaluable.

What struck my wife and I was  the utter spite and  vitriol that the leaders we once followed, directed towards Dave for questioning their teachings, naming names and using their own words to make the case. These were people who had constantly preached “unconditional love”, but who heaped reproach upon Hunt for daring to question them!

With love, and quiet dignity Dave would respond respectfully , to those who charged him with being a Pharisee, a “divider” or a “Legalist” in the various radio interviews and debates He engaged in.

The really big “Faith Teachers” refused to so much as debate Dave, in fact they  warned people not to read his books, lest they “hinder your anointing”. But quietly and steadily Dave challenged  we in the christian world to all be Bereans, that is to honor the Word of God above personalities,, and to check everything  out with the Word, without respect of persons.

Brother Hunt reminded all of us that it isn’t about personalities, big names or ministries, rather it is all about the Word of God, Jesus, fearing God, choosing heaven over this world, and Truth.

Dave put into words what many of us knew but couldn’t articulate. He really had a gift for clear thought, combined with a profound reverence for God’s Word. He would often stop in the middle of a message, as he was rustling through the stacks of notes he had stuffed into his worn Bible, exclaiming, “Oh how I love this Book! It is a marvel! A wonder! There is no other Book like the Bible!”.

Another memory I would share was the time, fairly recently, when Dave agreed to debate three different unbelievers, in one weekend. An Atheist, a Hindu, and a Muslim. The format for the Muslim debate was a pulpit set between two chairs, with each debater instructed to sit and wait  while the other spoke at the pulpit. Dave’s age, and the fact that he had just had an operation to replace a hip, caused him to have to wince in pain every time it was his turn to get up and speak.

But speak He did. In love, sincerity, and in devastating logic he made the case for the truth of Jesus Christ, the Lord and Saviour, the only way, truth and the Life.  Though his outer man was perishing, The truth and Love of the Holy Spirit shone through!

Dave Hunt warned us all. What a watchman! Like Jeremiah , Isaiah and Ezekiel, He told us well in advance what was happening to the church, but how few heeded? Now when his warnings are coming to pass, and the supposed “Revivals” prophesied by the “new prophets” have failed to materialize, and instead the opposite happened(decline), will anyone admit that he was right?

No doubt,  his passing will hardly be noticed  among many of the Pentecostal, Evangelical, Extreme Calvinist, Charismatic believers which he labored so long to warn, of the apostasy, the false ecumenism, of the “Strong Delusion” of 2 Thesallonians 2, and of the validity of Bible prophecy. His labor is over, though through his books, “he being dead, yet speaks”.

The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful menare taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.(Isaiah 57:1)

But God knows, and so also does the vast remnant of God’s people who did listen to Dave,  that a faithful witness and a true servant of God has passed on from us, into a better place.

We beseech you, Oh Lord, to raise up other watchman, in the character of  brother Hunt,  for this perishing generation.

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29 Responses to Dave Hunt; Valiant For Truth

  1. Wayne says:

    Thank you Bill, for this excellent eulogy.

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  3. Ann Hansom says:

    You have said it all Bill regarding Dave Hunt quite perfectly. Personally I feel bereft. Thank you for this excellent tribute.

  4. melanie allsopp says:

    AMEN AND AMEN!

    Psalms 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. (KJV)

  5. Betty Harstad says:

    Thanks so much for your tribute to Dave Hunt. I am grateful for him also as his book of 1987 (and others) helped me understand what was wrong with what was coming into our churches. I needed help as I felt very much alone in trying to understand. Thankfully, God does not leave us alone but sends watchmen to warn his people…his remnant. He will never leave us nor forsake us. Sincerely, Betty

    Sent from my iPad

  6. Diana says:

    Thank you Bill. Jesus warns us of deception in the church, and He had raised up Dave to be a watchman amongst us. May there be many more like him.

  7. A wonderful eulogy Pastor Bill; Dave Hunt taught me so much, and so many others have reason to be grateful to him. May T. McMahon find comfort in his Lord, and may God continue this crucial work.

  8. david says:

    I became a Christian in 1986, in a young Pentecostal church. After a couple of years many worrying ideas and teachings begun to creep into our church. At around this time I read a couple of Dave Hunts books which opened my eyes to the dangerous deceptions that were enslaving many. I owe much to Dave,s books and teachings. Even , recently I have been kept informed by his teachings on line. I will miss his kindness and genuine love he always displayed. He has been a great blessing to me and many others I know. He was a great watchman and now I know he is enjoying his just rewards with his Lord and king in paradise. My blessings and prayers to all his love ones who remain. He will be greatly missed. David. Melbourne Australia.

  9. Pam Stokey says:

    Pastor Randles: Thank you for a beautiful tribute to a precious man! My story is much like yours…caught up in the Word/Faith movement, yet at the same time in confusion and questioning. No one would ever discuss the errors that the leaders of that movement were teaching. Then I read “The Seduction of Christianity” and was set free from all of the confusion and questioning!! I was so elated and blessed by the truths that brother Hunt brought out and feel that I owe him so much! He truly was a defender of the faith, and so are you Pastor Bill. We need leaders like you!!
    From Pam in North Platte, NE

  10. Gina Nestor says:

    What a beautiful eulogy. Pastor Bill, you have articulated my thoughts well. Dave Hunt was instrumental in showing me the error of the word faith movement. I was in it for about a year and I wondered where Jesus was in all of this. Dave Hunt’s book, “The Seduction of Christianity” showed me the truth. When I was trying to come to grips with Calvinism by Reading R.C. Sproul’s book, “Chosen By God”, once again, Dave Hunt’s book, “What Love Is This” showed me the truth. (R. C. Sproul is an apologist for Calvinism). Pastor Bill, I listen to your sermons via mp3’s downloaded from your website every week. I put them on my friends’ ipods so they can hear you too. You also, like dear brother Dave Hunt, are a defender of the faith. You earnestly contend for the truth and our little group of believers appreciate you very much here in western Pennsylvania. We often say how much we wish you were closer that we could be part of your congregation, but praise the Lord, we are able to learn through your website. Bless you, my dear brother. We consider you our long distance pastor. As for brother Dave Hunt, we will all see him soon. I am sure our Lord Jesus said to him, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” Surely the Lord is coming quickly.

    • billrandles says:

      Gina thanks – If we are ever out your way, do you think we could get a group together to have a meeting? Give my greetings to all-Pas Bill

      • Gina Nestor says:

        Oh my yes! If you are ever in western PA or vicinity, what an honor it would be to have you at a meeting. Keep me posted if you are coming this way. You prayed for me and my friend when I was donating my kidney to her. That was 2 years ago and all went well with the transplant. She is a believer also and listens to your sermons. Bless you, Pastor Bill. We pray for you daily. Our little group only consists of about 12 believers.

      • billrandles says:

        it all started with 12. God bless

    • Sue Ackerman says:

      I feel the same way that you do about Pastor Bill, Gina. I live in NE Georgia, too far to go to Iowa, but my husband and I LOVE to listen to Pastor Bill’s messages over and over again!

  11. Tim Wirth says:

    Dave will be missed by we look forward to seeing him later when we go to be with our Lord as well

  12. Joy Wenning says:

    Thank you for this beautiful tribute to a true watchman who we will miss greatly during these perilous days. I was amazed as I read it and called my husband over to read it as well! It’s my story, right down to the dates and ministries. Raised Catholic, in1978 at 17 was born again. Attended a pentecostal church, and in 1980 went to Rhema (Hagin’s school). From there began working for Kenneth Copeland Ministries. Left there in 1986 after asking God to get me out, lest I die spiritually. It took many years of searching for truth and finding it in the Word of God alone. The Berean Call has been extremely important in our lives over the years and we long for the day when we will be reunited for all eternity! God richly bless you and yours!

    • Joy Wenning says:

      I should rephrase that…not “die spiritually”, but lacked the love for the truth necessary to grow in grace. I realize there is a false teaching about that particular thing:)

  13. constancejulia says:

    I am so grateful for Dave Hunt’s ministry; for his sheer hard work and faithfulness in contending for the faith. Thank you Dave, although you never knew me here, and thank you Lord, for Dave.

  14. veronica bekker says:

    Very true Pastor Bill. I was greatly blessed by Dave Hunt’s teachings and books which I saw for the first time at Elijah Ministries in Johannesburg, South Africa, where we used to fellowship. Greatly benefited by his newsletter “The Berean Call.” His teachings will live on and continue to help many around the world. One of the giants of our time. Love you Dave. Thank you pastor Bill. God bless, Veronica, South Africa

  15. Sue Ackerman says:

    I am very grateful to Dave Hunt for his faithfulness in proclaiming the truth in the face of much opposition and unbelief. He has been a great inspiration to me. He will be greatly missed. Thank the Lord that Dave left behind so much written material that we can still be blessed by!

  16. Sharon says:

    Thank you Pastor Bill for those words. How precious a race Dave Hunt has run. I think that many believers have been more equipped to hold fast to the Truth through the goodness of The Lord as he raises up those who cling to and preach The Truth, our Lord Jesus. Love Sharon

  17. Alan & Melinda Proffitt says:

    amen!

  18. Richard Smith says:

    Sad news for DH was the first man who pointed out to me in the late 1980’s that something was wrong with the Charismatic and Pentecostal wings of Christianity. He helped place me into a position where I and another man could help tackle the Toronto Deception head on during the mid 1990’s. DH has gone to be with the Lord but on earth his influence will live on.God bless him!

  19. Megan Reardon-Bester says:

    We Thank You Precious Lord for giving us Dave Hunt – those who dare to get up and speak God’s truth as He Himself has revealed and declared. Irrelevant of who receives it or not – be faithful unto what He has called you to do. Our sole calling is to please the Master, He loves us like no other, so in this we find contentment, Lord continue to raise up others to Sound the Warning Trumpets, Grant them Courage and Strength in You, we lay up treasures in heaven, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard and entered into the heart of man, the things God has prepared for those who Love HIM! Blessings and Grace to Ruth, who stood by Dave’s side supporting and encouraging his ministry, We pray the Lord will be with you, right beside you, the word is night unto you, in your heart. Bless you Jesus, you stick closer than a brother -we love you, there is none like you.

  20. Jared says:

    I was a very new Christian when I first encountered Dave Hunt at Believers In Grace church. At the time, I was largely unaware of most of the things that Dave taught against. Although I didn’t really understand yet the kind of cult and occult things he preached against, it laid a good foundation for years to come as I did encounter those things and knew them for what they were when I saw them.

    Although our dear brother is absent from his body, he is now present with our Lord; and for that I rejoice!

  21. I had the pleasure of meeting Dave and his wife Ruth at a prophecy conference that our bible study group organized in Vancouver, B.C., in the spring of 1996. As far as I know, it was the only prophecy conference Dave ever did in B.C., so I am so thankful to the LORD for having met him!

    Sadly, the conference room in the hotel we booked was never more than a 1/4 full that weekend but it just goes to show that, even then, Bible prophecy is not on the radar of those who profess to be Christians.

    Nowadays, we have Rick Warren telling us that it is a waste of one’s time to study Bible prophecy but we should not be surprised as he is part of the predicted apostasy of 2 Thess. 2.

    For those of us who were there however, it was a blessed time of amazing teaching and great fellowship.

    Thank you Bill for this wonderful and right-on eulogy, and may we all imitate Dave in contending earnestly for the faith.

    Maranatha!

    Sandi Broyden
    B.C., Canada

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  23. Karen says:

    Thanks, Bill, for a wonderful tribute to Dave Hunt. I had the pleasure of living in Bend, Or, where the Berean Call is headquartered and went to his conferences and could go to the ministry and check out his books for free. I did purchase most of his books over the years, and what a difference they made in my life as I was able to tell others and share his books. Dave was a very kind and humble man in the Lord that spoke the truth of God’s word no matter what the attacks against him were. I am very grateful to his ministry for helping to keep us discerned.

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