Come, Ye Sinners

Hymnology: Come, Ye Sinners

And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” ~Mark 2:17

Hymn Story

The 18th Century was an exciting, yet turbulent time in the history of the church. While God was saving countless sinners through the preaching of some spiritual giants, Christian unity was fracturing along doctrinal lines. At times the vitriol was so potent that it seemed the divide between Calvinists and Arminians was greater than that between Christians and Pagans. The story of hymnist Joseph Hart and his hymn “Come, Ye Sinners” gives us a fascinating glimpse into this period, demonstrating the serious consequences of ideas. Continue reading