I am Re-Blogging the history behind the famous song, “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus.” No turning back. No turning back.
When I accepted Jesus Crhist into my own life in 1973, I heard those words in my mind as I got out of my seat and walked down the isle to the altar. Tank you for this history behind the lyrics!
About 150 years ago, there was a great revival in Wales, England. As a result of this, many missionaries came from England and Germany to North-East India to spread the Gospel. At the time, north-east India was not divided into many states as it is today. The region was known as Assam and comprised hundreds of tribes. The tribal communities were quite primitive and aggressive by nature.
The tribal were also called head-hunters because of a social custom which required the male members of the community to collect as many heads as possible. A man’s strength and ability to protect his wife was assessed by the number of heads he had collected. Therefore, a youth of marriageable age would try and collect as many heads as possible and hang them on the walls of his house. The more heads a man had, the more eligible he was considered.
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