The story of this song, “No Turning Back” is covered in the book by Dr. P.P. Job.  It comes out of  an incident with a tribe in India known as head-hunters.  The more heads a man collected, the more successful he was considered.

One Welsh missionary succeeded in coverting a man, his wife, and two children in this village.  This man’s faith proved contagious and many villagers began to accept Christianity.  Angry, the village chief summoned all the villagers.  He then called the family who had been converted and demanded that they renounced their faith in public or face execution.  The man instantly composed a song which bcame famous down the years.

He sang, “I have decided to follow Jesus.   No turning back, no turning back.”

Enraged at the refuasal of the man, the chief ordered his archers to arrow down the two children.  As both boys lay twitiching on the floor, the chief asked, “Will you deny your faith?  You have lost both your children.  You will lose your wife too.”  But the man sang these words in reply:

“Though no one joins me, still I will follow. No turning back, no turning back.”

The chief was beside himself with fury and ordered his wife to be arrowed down.  In a moment she joined her two children in death.  Now he asked for the last time, “I will give you one more opportunity to deny your faith and live.”  In the face of death the man sang the final memorable lines:

“The cross before me, the world behind me.  No turning back, no turning back.”

He was shot dead like the rest of  his family.  But with their deaths, a miracle took place.
The chief who had ordered the killings was moved by the faith of the man.  He wondered “Why should this man, his wife and two children die for a Man who lived in a far-away land on another continent some 2,000 years ago?
There must be some supernatural power behind the family, and I too want that supernaural power.”
In a spontaneous confesssion of faith, he declared, “I too belong to Jesus Christ.”  When the crowd heard this from the mouth of their chief, the whole village accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior.

This is the power of God through the demonstation of faith. Can we too sing in the strength of our trust in Jesus, “No Turning Back, No Turning Back.?”

2 Responses to “NO TURNING BACK”

  1. Max thank you so much for this one . I have sang this song many times at camp, as you did too. That was so long ago, but it is a very good message in song ! “Though none go with me, I still will follow” – “The cross before me, the world behind me, I will still follow” May god continue to use you in sending out these devotionals each week . They bless so many and they sure bless me !!
    Love and Prayers, Joann

  2. All your devotions are excellent, but this one is especially pertinent! So many Christians fail to take definite steps to strengthen their faith by walking with Christ every day. Set aside time alone with Him through prayer and Bible Study, be connected with their church and seek one or two Christian friends who can encourage them and pray for them. Don’t fight your battles alone, but fight them with Christ and His people. The person who is in the most danger morally and spiritually is the person who thinks they don’t need anyone to help them – including God! “But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.” -Galatians 5:22,23 (LB)

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