Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #109. Today we are reading chapter 1 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop III” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.”- Ecclesiastes 7:20
A rising pastor has fallen. Pastor Kirby Rollins of Ninth Street Baptist Church has been placed in police custody for allegedly having sex with a minor and for embezzling funds from the church to use as hush money. Please stay with us for further updates.
Jonathan, Monica, and their parents listened to the disheartening report of the rise and fall of Kirby Rollins, senior pastor of Ninth Street Baptist Church where Jonathan served as associate pastor. I just cannot believe it, Jonathan thought over and over shaking his head as he pondered the fate and possible demise of the growing ministry the Lord had been using his old college friend to build. After talking things over with Pastor Richardson, his father, and Brother Montague, he had Monica to try to reach Kristy Rollins on her cell phone. There was still no answer. They finally got in touch with Carmen, the church’s secretary, after several attempts.
“I tell you, Brother Jonathan, I started not to answer. The church members have been calling the church phone and my cell phone all evening long. I had no idea so many people knew my cell number. Some people I did not even recognize by name. It got so bad I started telling them not to call me on my cell to discuss church business,” Carmen said. “I had planned on spending a quiet evening at the church after services to get caught up on some work, but the constantly ringing phone just drove me home.”
Jonathan chuckled. It was hard for him to picture Carmen being abrupt with anyone. She was normally as sweet as could be.
“You just hang in there,” Jonathan said. “My wife and I will be cutting our Thanksgiving vacation short. If nothing happens I should be in the office early tomorrow.”
“Are you sure you want to return?” Carmen said with a chuckle. “The local TV station and someone from the newspaper office are waiting in the church parking lot. At least they were when I was leaving.”
“Exactly what happened, Carmen?” Jonathan asked. “I hope you didn’t tell anyone about the confrontation between Kirby and Cam.”
“Oh, no, Brother Jonathan. My lips have been sealed. I have not said a word to anyone.”
“I didn’t think you did,” Jonathan said. “Did the police arrest him at the church? How did it all go down?”
“Pastor Kirby called me around ten on last night and said he’d be in the pulpit this morning. He told me to meet him there by six-thirty to put together a new worship service program. I showed up and waited for over two hours. About twenty minutes till eleven, Deacon Travis told me that he would be delivering the message and not Pastor Kirby,” Carmen said. “He told me Pastor Kirby called him around four in the morning informing him that he had been arrested and asked him to fill in for him.”
“Do you have any idea how the news media found out about his arrest? It’s all across the nation by now,” Jonathan said. “I saw it on TV down here. You don’t think Deacon Travis said anything, do you?”
“Oh, no, he would never do that,” Carmen assured him. “Pastor Kirby is like a son to him. My guess is someone from the police department leaked the information, or whoever knows about his relations with the under-aged girl got tired of keeping quiet and decided to tell it all for whatever reason.”
“Okay, Carmen. Thanks for everything. We’ll talk more when I get there. Go ahead and turn your phone off and get some rest. By the way, have you heard from Kristy?”
“I have not heard from her,” Carmen said.
Jonathan called Deacon Travis after saying goodbye to Carmen. Deacon Travis was in his late sixties, and had seen the Ninth Street Baptist Church grow from the ground up. His brown eyes shone with godly wisdom, and whenever he looked at someone it was as though he was looking into the depth of their soul. Pastor Kirby often called on him for advice and Jonathan knew how valuable he was to the ministry. Even though he was about twenty years older than Jonathan and Kirby, he showed them the utmost respect whenever he interacted with them.
“Yes, Brother Jonathan. I don’t know how Pastor Kirby’s arrest leaked out to the media. I drove by the church this evening about two hours after worship services and saw TV-One parked by the church office. I guess they thought we were having evening services. Anyway, when I pulled into the parking lot, they were trying to get info out of Carmen. I overheard Carmen telling them if they did not leave her alone, she’d be calling the police and suing them for harassment. I stepped in and told them to leave her alone. The cameraman kept filming away. Don’t be surprised if you see that on the news.”
“The media will stop at nothing to get some negative news,” Jonathan sighed.
“You got that right. Anyway, Pastor Kirby called me around four this morning saying the police came to his house, arrested him, and charged him with having sex with a minor. He asked me to fill in for him,” Deacon Travis said. “Now you know I don’t believe that. He’s got a lovely wife. Why would he start fooling around with some child and risk ruining his reputation? Anyway, I’ll be going down there early in the morning to pay his bond. ”
Jonathan remained silent before asking, “Did he say anything about his wife?”
“No, he sure didn’t. I’ll get my wife to call over at the house and tell her we’ll be getting him out … Hold on, Brother Jonathan … another update on the news.”
“I knew it,” Deacon Travis said when he returned to the phone. “There’s a picture of me and Carmen in the church parking lot with the news reporter, Jessica Simmons. She was telling the listeners that they have received no further updates but was wondering why Carmen would threaten to call the police or sue them if the allegation leading to Pastor Kirby’s arrest was not true. She ended with, ‘We aim to get to the bottom of this because it’s terrible to hear about what’s happening at this church.’ How ironic.”
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Now, dear listener, please know that God—the divine Author of all things—wants to write a great story with your life as well. But first you must give Him the pen by trusting Him with the life He gave you and surrendering your heart to Jesus Christ as Savior. Here is how:
1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
May God bless you until next time.