Two Daughters of the Devil

Excerpted from Nashville’s Mother Church:  The History of Ryman Auditorium by William U. Eiland, ©1994:

None was more famous or gifted than preacher Billy Sunday, who led revival meetings in the Tabernacle (later Ryman Auditorium) in the 1920s and 1930s. Once, as prominent Nashville attorney and author Jack Norman, Sr., relates, the Reverend Sunday held a service at which he condemned lower Broadway and the red light district of Nashville as “the devil’s backbone.” He excoriated the city’s fathers for allowing such goings on in a co-called Christian city. On this occasion the crowd included two ladies who happened to be employed in that district and had come to hear the famous Reverend Sunday, probably more out of curiosity than genuine interest in salvation. Their curiosity satisfied, they did not remain to be saved. “They arose and started to walk out,” said Norman. “When Sunday saw this, he could not resist the chance to further condemn and shouted to the audience, ‘See, there goes two daughters of the devil!’ Having nearly reached the exit, one of them turned, waved to Sunday, and shouted back, ‘Good-bye, Daddy!'”


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