I recently read this fascinating account of 19th century Presbyterian (OPC) missionary Bruce Hunt: For A Testimony. This book is Hunt’s account of his mission work in the Far East in the 1930’s-40’s. Hunt (along with his wife and children) was laboring in Harbin, Manchuria during the Second World War. Hunt, along with other Christians in the area, was opposed to the Japanese government’s attempt to force everyone (Christians included) to worship the emperor. He was imprisoned in 1941, and spent the next few months suffering specifically for the sake of the gospel.
One time, when Japanese authorities were interrogating Hunt, he was asked this question:
“Do you believe, according to the verse you have just quoted [Acts 4:12], that the Japanese emperor would be lost if he did not believe in Jesus?”
Hunt, a prisoner for his testimony, replied,
“Yes. I believe the emperor is a mere man…
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