“… But not on Sunday night”

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Some Christians are unable to attend every assembly of the church. However, some choose not to attend. This choice violates at least the following three biblical principles: (1) The mandate to prioritize God’s kingdom over all else (Matthew 6:33; 22:37-40; Romans 12:1-2). (2) The mandate to obey the eldership (Hebrews 13:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13; 1 Timothy 5:17). The mandate to not forsake the assembly (Hebrews 10:25).

Gus Nichols was a beloved gospel preacher of the 20th century. He wrote a powerful poem on the subject of Sunday night attendance. The poem is called “But Not on Sunday Night,” and is reproduced below.

I love the church that Jesus built,
And know that it is right.
I go there every Sunday morn,
But not on Sunday night.

I love to sing the songs of God;
Such worship must be right.
And this I do on Sunday morn,
But not on Sunday night.

I love to hear the Gospel too,
It gives me pure delight.
I hear it every Sunday morn,
But not on Sunday night.

And may God bless our preacher too,
And give him power and might,
And put a sinner in my place
At worship Sunday night.

It’s true, the church can save the world,
If good light shines bright;
I help it every Sunday morn,
But not on Sunday night.

Yes, all of us must one day die,
I hope I’ll be doing right;
So may I die on Sunday morn,
But not on Sunday night!

If you have been choosing to absent yourself on Sunday evenings, why not reconsider?

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