Don’t turn back

Don’t turn back

John 6: 66-67

From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. 67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.

Some of you know my roots are in The Salvation Army and I have some of their songs on my playlists. In 1985 (which seems like only a few years ago but is actually 35!) John Gowans, who later became the General of the S.A, wrote a musical for a Youth conference, it was entitled Man Mark II. He was burdened about the future of the SA, that he saw many taken up with the organisation, administration, finances etc and not with the mission of God. He actually could have been speaking to the many traditional and Pentecostal/charismatic streams today! One of his songs fits our verses this morning. It is called I’ll not turn back.  (

Please read the lyrics slowly.

If crosses come, if it should cost me dearly
To be the servant of my Servant Lord,
If darkness falls around the path of duty,
And men despise the Saviour I’ve adored:

I’ll not turn back, whatever it may cost;
I’m called to live to love and save the lost.
I’ll not turn back, whatever it may cost;
I’m called to live to love and save the lost.

If doors should close, then other doors will open;
The Word of God can never be contained.
His love cannot be finally frustrated,
By narrow minds or prison bars restrained.

If tears should fall, if I am called to suffer,
If all I love men should deface, defame,
I’ll not deny the One that I have followed,
Nor be ashamed to bear my Master’s name.

That was 35 years ago. But wherever you are today and whichever denomination or not you are worshipping within, this song should be sung. More than that the question of Jesus 2,000 years ago needs to be heard right across the churches: You do not want to leave too, do you?

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