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Sometimes it seems to me that some of the biblical students have gone through the Bible with magnifier glasses to search in the text of the Scripture to find whether the Bible really contains: “Thou shall have Wednesday church service” or “Thou shall have Saturday church service.” And when they do not find it (I don’t either) then they conclude by saying, “The Bible does not say (usually it goes like, “the Bible does not authorize it”) to have Wednesday/Saturday church service, so we should not (‘must not’ by extremists) have it. Period!

But I wonder whether those students of the Bible use the same magnifier glasses to search what the Bible commands (or authorizes) us to do?

One of the accusations of atheists for God’s existence is this: “There is so much evil in the world, so there cannot be a good and loving God.” But the refutation to that accusation goes: “There is so much evil in the world because there is so much good also in it.” How would you differentiate if you lack one of the two poles? The existence of evil does not nullify the existence of good and loving God or vice-versa.

I think this illustrates the approach of biblical students who search the Scripture to find biblical authority for the church services of Wednesday and Saturday evenings. They see one side of the coin and usually fail to see the other side of the coin. Of course, there is no direct command that church should or must have worship services on Wednesday/Saturday evenings. But there is also no direct prohibition in the Bible!

Well, some may say, ‘God does not need to tell us not to do when He has not commanded it.’ I completely agree with that. But my question is, ‘Does having church services regularly on Wednesday/Saturday evenings displease God? Or are we violating one of the commandments of God by worshipping Him on Wednesdays and Saturdays?’ I do not see any Scriptural reason to deny worship God corporately in any appointed time.

Offer Praise to God Continually

Whether it’s my ignorance or arrogance, I don’t know, but I have not yet come across in the Bible true worship of God bound to time and space. Rather the Bible says, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (Hebrews 13:15-16, NIV).

A guy on the webpage asked: “When did Wednesday start to be church day for Christians?”  (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=400584   accessed July 9, 2013). There were around twenty-three comments to it, but none of them emphatically said it is unbiblical practice. Some, of course, have not heard about it, but others have and attended. One comment goes like “The reason is purely one of convenience—it’s a midweek service, almost precisely halfway between Sunday mornings (3.5 days interval either side). So if you are going to schedule a service other than on Sunday, it’s the ideal time to have one.” I think this should be our approach too to Wednesday/Saturday evening church services in our place instead of arguing against it since we are advised to offer praise to God continually.

Teaching and Admonishment

The Bible says, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17, NKJV). The preceding verse to this reads, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (3:16, NKJV).

The above Scriptural exhortation is very clear that we do everything (including Wednesday/Saturday services) in the authority of Jesus Christ to give thanks to God. By the authority of Jesus Christ through the guidance of the Holy Spirit apostle Paul exhorted the believers to treasure the word of Christ in their hearts richly. It has to be done through teaching and admonishing in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.

Now ask for yourself, ‘what do we do in Wednesday/Saturday church services?’ Don’t we thank God? Don’t we hear God’s word? Don’t we sing hymns? Yes, we do. Then they accomplish teaching and admonishment as mentioned in Colossians 3:16-17, aren’t they? Thanking God draws close to Him. Hearing God’s word increases our faith. Singing hymns energizes our spiritual life. Alive Christian needs them all!

What we do when we do is to be considered carefully before passing any comment on what or when in matters of opinion of our faith. Remember: “The Lord does not see as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (cf. 1 Samuel 16:7). Any spiritual activity that brings glory to God and edifies the church has to be our pursuit in our journey to eternity.

Let us not be too ignorant of the Scriptures. Let us not to be too arrogant as if we know everything. And let us continue to praise our God and exhort one another in love and humility by taking every opportunity with much prayer and perseverance, for “we must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” The Message Bible paraphrased, “Anyone signing up for the kingdom of God has to go through plenty of hard times.” (cf. Acts 14:22).

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About Ati Bosa Yobin

A. B. Yobin is from Shidi village of Arunachal Pradesh. Currently, he is pursuing a Th. M program in Evangelical Theological Seminary, South India.

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