By Ziden Nutt
(From our series “The Best or Worst Advice I’ve Ever Received.”)
The date: October 24, 1952. The place: East Gary, Indiana. I was sitting in the front row, in the third chair from the right side. A very frail gentleman stood on the platform speaking. He had just spent 15 months in a Communist China prison, from March 22, 1951, to June 20, 1952. Among the torture methods used was a giant nutcracker, large enough to apply pressure to a human head. He said the only thing to help him keep his sanity was quoting Scripture over and over that he had memorized in years past.
Then he gave some of the best advice I’ve had: “Memorize all the Scripture you can. It will be useful to you many times, maybe even under persecution.”
The gentleman was J. Russell Morse, with whom I had a long friendship. Thirty-nine years later, I preached his graduation service from this life. The date: January 27, 1991. The place: Joplin, Missouri.
Ziden Nutt founded Good News Productions International, and is now retired.