No Time for Evil Episode 2 by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte

No Time for Evil

Judgment must begin at the house of God

Plagues do not come without a cause

A NOVELLA

by Daniel Whyte III
with Meriqua Whyte

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No Time For Evil

Their conversation was interrupted by a phone call.

“Yes, Rhonda. Put him on line two,” Prophet Malcolm said. “Excuse me a minute, Bishop, while I take this call.”

Prophet Malcolm had a grim look on his face as he listened to the person on the other line.

“Is everything alright?” Bishop Akron asked when the prophet got back on the phone with him. 

“Yes and no,” Prophet Malcolm said. “That was Sister Ella. Her husband just passed away. He was one of those stubborn persons who felt he was too good to listen to the warnings of God. He had been in the hospital after testing positive for this coronavirus. I told him to close down his barber shop and wait it out and that whatever financial need he had the church would help him out. But he was one of those proud men who just could not accept help and would not listen. He kept going to the shop. Picked up the virus somewhere. On top of that, he refused to wear a mask. Now we don’t know who he has passed it on to.”

“I guess some of us just have to learn the hard way,” Bishop Akron said.

“Yes, but this is not the time to learn the hard way,” Prophet Malcolm said. “Sister Ella wants me to perform his funeral. Anyway, as we were talking, God is judging us.” 

“We have forgotten that God has said if we judge ourselves we will not be judged.”

“If we hurry up and judge ourselves and change then God will have mercy and will hear our prayers for ourselves and for others and will hold back His wrath. Brother, I still believe God don’t like ugly. He’s proven that over and over.”

“He sure doesn’t like ugly,” Bishop Akron said. “What will you be preaching on this Sunday?”

“No Time For Evil.”

“How timely.”

“I’m tired of the church pointing out the evil of the world yet refusing to look at the evil within its four walls. The world is doing what it’s supposed to do, and that is to do evil. But it’s we Christians who are not doing what we are supposed to be doing, and that is, walking in the Spirit and living holy lives. God has been telling us and is still telling us to be holy as He is holy. Isn’t that still in your Bible?”

“Yes, sir, it still is.”

“The problem is, we don’t want to be holy because we still want to dab a little in our sins every now and then,” Prophet Malcolm said. 

“Now, is this going to be a series?”

“Yes, because I’m going to be thorough. I’m going to hit on every sin I can think of that’s permeating our church walls,” Prophet Malcolm said.

“Now you want to be careful, Prophet, lest you run the people off. You don’t have but a small crowd,” Bishop Akron said. 

Prophet Malcolm laughed. “They can try to pull a Jonah stunt on me if they want to. But in my thirty-five years as a pastor, I’ve seen people try to run from God, but guess what? They always come high-tailing it back after God finish whipping their behinds.”

Bishop Akron burst out laughing.

“They run off forgetting it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Almighty God,” Prophet Malcolm said.

“From your years as a pastor, I’m sure you have some Jonah stories to tell,” Bishop Akron said, barely able to contain his laughter.

“I surely do,” Prophet Malcolm said. “When I see their hard faces as I preach from the pulpit, that’s like putting gas in my tank. I rev up my Gospel machine and without flinching a muscle, without batting an eye, I put my foot to the pedal and preach a little harder and a little longer. That’s what God told Ezekiel to do. He said ‘whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear . . . Go, get thee unto the children of [thy] people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord God.’”

“Where in Ezekiel is that found?”

“It’s in chapter three,” Prophet Malcolm said. “Little does my handful of people know that if they want me to shut up after about fifteen minutes of preaching, and if they don’t want me to preach too hard at them, then all they have to do is sit up straight, have a pleasant look on their faces, nod their heads intermittently, crack a smile every now and then, and especially say ‘Amen’ loud and clear. But many of them have not learned that yet.”

Bishop Akron laughed so hard he had to hold his side. “We’re a stubborn people, aren’t we?” he said.

“Impudent and hard-hearted is how God described His rebellious children to Ezekiel,” Prophet Malcolm said. “And, yes, we are the same: impudent and hard-hearted. I was talking with a preacher friend and he said America is not in repenting mood; we don’t have a repentance mindset. And that’s from the White House on down to the poor house.”

Bishop Akron fell silent as he listened to Prophet Malcolm expound on the sins of America as a nation. Conviction fell upon him as he thought on the sins in his own family and the sins he’s condoning in his church.

“I tell you what, just as Rome was destroyed from within, America will be destroyed from within,” Prophet Malcolm said. “Are you still there, my brother?”

“I’m still here. Just listening to the words of the great prophet,” Bishop Akron said.

“I don’t know about great. Maybe humble is a better word having passed through the chastening hands of God several times,” Prophet Malcolm said.

“Well, I hate to cut our conversation short, but I do thank you for your time, Prophet Malcolm. As always it’s been a great encouragement talking with you. Be sure to tell your wife Andrea and my wife send our love.”

“I will. Don’t forget to call me for our regular Sunday chat,” Prophet Malcolm said.

“I will. You have a blessed day.”