“… 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?

About Barry Gilreath

Barry is the pulpit minister of the Macland Road Church of Christ.

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