"Sinnerman" is a classic African American spiritual based on Exodus. It relates the story of man fleeing God ("the Lamb") and pleading for pardon on Judgment Day, but man cannot escape God's vengeance. The song was written by Johnny Otis and performed by Willie Willis.
Otis was an influential musician who played many instruments including guitar. He also wrote or co-wrote many songs that have become standards. "Sinnerman" has been covered by numerous artists including Otis himself, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley.
Willis was an American R&B singer who had several hits in the 1960s. "Sinnerman" is considered one of his best recordings.
Otis and Willis collaborated on other songs as well, most notably "Oh Happy Day". This song was originally released as a single by The Peddlers in 1959, but it became a hit when performed by Willis later the same year.
Otis died in 1983 at the age of 48. "Sinnerman" is included in this list because it is regarded as one of the greatest songs written about hell.
Toggle navigation: Jump to search for "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" is a sermon written by British Colonial Christian theologian Jonathan Edwards and preached to his own congregation in Northampton, Massachusetts to unknown effect, and again on July 8, 1741, in Enfield, Connecticut. The text is 1 Peter 4:15–16.
Edwards was born on January 31, 1703 in Boston, Massachusetts into a family of Puritans. His father was a wealthy merchant who had made his money trading with Britain and Europe. When Edwards was eight years old, his father died leaving him a large fortune. He attended Harvard College but left after only a few months to travel across Europe visiting religious institutions. Upon returning home he decided to devote himself to preaching instead and began holding weekly services in his hometown of Northampton. His powerful sermons attracted large crowds who came from far and wide to hear him speak. In addition to "Sinner in the Hands of an Angry God", other well-known sermons include "Life of Jesus Christ", "The End of All Things", and "God's Overruling Providence".
Edwards was not a trained preacher nor did he attend school. Instead, he learned from practicing preachers and studied the Bible daily. It is said that his intense devotion to his work led to a mental breakdown when he was twenty-five years old.
The Sinner's Prayer, as it is now often known, has its origins in Protestant Christianity. Some claim that it developed in some form during the early days of the Protestant Reformation as a reaction against the Roman Catholic notion of meritorious deeds. However, this is not entirely accurate as there are elements of the Sinner's Prayer found in other texts dating back to at least the 13th century.
What is unique about the Sinner's Prayer is the inclusion of the name of Jesus Christ at the end. This is where many people stop reading because they believe that the prayer itself is only for Protestants but this is not true. The Sinner's Prayer was originally written in Latin and used among Catholics until it became popular with Protestants in Europe.
In England, the prayer was first published in 1539 by John Leland. This edition went through several more editions over the next few years so it can be assumed that it was well-received. In fact, one of these later editions was even used by Charles I as he tried to persuade Parliament to grant him additional powers. When that attempt failed, the King declared that no one should read anything other than the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer in England.
A Novel Called The Last Sin Eater (A Captivating Historical Christian Fiction Story of Suffering, Seeking, and Redemption Set in 1850s Appalachia) Paperback-June 1st, 2013. By: Susan Wittig Albert.
The Last Sin Eater by Susan Wittig Albert is a novel that takes place in the Appalachian Mountains in 1858. It is the story of Sister Abagail, a young nun who is sent from her convent to bring salvation to all those who suffer with sin. She travels across America seeking out sinners to save. This book will inspire you with its description of the beautiful countryside and historic cities of the United States at the time it was written. The characters within the story are very real and they live their lives as we would today. Although the story is fiction, everything about this book is factual. The setting, the events, even some of the characters' names have been preserved for us by history. In addition, there are references made to other famous people such as Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Edison.
Within the first few pages we are told that Sister Abagail has not done any of the sins mentioned throughout the story. She does not eat meat on Fridays, nor do she drink wine or beer with dinner. However, we also learn that she has failed to save someone who really needed to be saved.