Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #117. Today we are reading chapter 8 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop III” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” —John 3:18
Mitzie was listening to the news when her husband walked through the door.
“Cam,” Mitzie said, “why can’t you leave well-enough alone? Why did you have to go over there and stir up trouble? Haven’t you swindled enough money out of Pastor Kirby and the church already?”
“Yes. And if swindled is not the word, then extort might be a better word because that’s what you were doing,” Mitzie said.
“He was just paying me my due. You know I helped him build up that church; plus, I told him to stop seeing Sandy,” Cam said throwing his hat on the couch while loosening his tie. He turned his attention to the television.
“Cam, we joined the church almost one year after Kirby started it. He hired you on as assistant pastor because you had some business acumen and he needed someone to handle the money, and also because you filled in as pastor when our former church lost its pastor. So you came with a little pastoral experience,” Mitzie said. “And might I add, he paid you more than enough. We did not even miss the money when you left the church. You were making enough working with Aetna.”
“Mitzie, he has to learn he cannot take advantage of my niece or anyone else and get away with it. He has to pay.”
“Well, you’re not God,” Mitzie said. “Now you have Sandy all nervous. She’s scared people will find out she’s the person he fooled around with.”
“She doesn’t have to worry about that. Kirby won’t tell and because she was under-age when it happened, her name will not be released to the public. And I’m sure you won’t tell either,” Cam said keeping his eyes on the television as Jessica signed off. A sly smile crossed his face.
“That’s nothing to smile about,” Mitzie said. “Have you forgotten the verse that says ‘do not rejoice when your enemy falls’? If I were you, I’d leave Kirby alone, I’d leave Ninth Street Baptist Church alone, and I wouldn’t mess with Brother Jonathan either…”
“I’m not messing with them. I’m just bringing things to the light and to help the world see you can’t do wrong, hide it, and expect to get away with it. I’m going to watch the news a bit longer. You go on to bed.”
On her way to her bedroom, Mitzie saw light under Sandy’s bedroom door. She knocked on the door.
“It’s open,” Sandy said.
“I’m just checking on you before I turn in for the night,” Mitzie said as she entered the room.
Sandy took her ear plugs out her ears. She looked at her aunt, her face displaying grief and guilt.
“Aunt Mitzie, I’m sorry I lied to you. I was never raped. Pastor Kirby did not force himself on me. I consented. I knew what I was doing. I knew it was wrong having sex with him. I… I wanted to do it at the time.”
Mitzie stood by the door in shock. “Why did you lie to me?” she asked. “Why didn’t you just tell me the truth? Things could have worked out better, I think.”
“Uncle Cam told me to keep quiet about it. He told me not to tell you. He said that you couldn’t handle it,” Sandy said. She reached over and stroked Solomon’s back as he slept on the bed beside her.
Mitzie sat down slowly on the bed. “Sandy, you cannot hide sin, especially if you are a Christian. Even if people around you never find out the truth, God will always know the truth and will constantly convict you about it until you get it right. You may be feeling bad right now, but deep down, don’t you feel good that the truth is out—that you no longer have to hide it?”
“I guess you’re right, Auntie,” Sandy sighed. She shrugged. “Maybe I’ll feel better soon. I’ve just been miserable since the day I started lying about it. Now, Pastor Kirby’s in trouble and I’m getting away free. I need to apologize to him and to Kristy for letting this happen. Kristy treated me like a daughter and I did this to her.”
Mitzie reached over to hug her niece. “Just pray for God to work it out, and in the meantime, you learn what you need to learn from all this.”
Anise Caverly kicked off her black stilettos while waiting for Leanne Rider to answer the phone. Thank God Melvin’s not home, she sighed. The less I see of him the better. I can talk without interruption. “Come on, answer the phone,” she said out loud.
“About time,” Anise said. “What took you so long to answer?”
“I had three bags of groceries in my arms, struggling to open the door when I heard the phone ringing. I thought I told you I was going to the grocery store,” Leanne said.
“I forgot,” Anise said. “Anyway, I hung around for a while longer at the church, and, lady, you should have been there. This mess about Pastor Kirby is going to get bigger.”
“What are you waiting on? Get to talking,” Leanne said.
“The television people were there interviewing the members about the allegations that put Kirby in jail and all that. I had to say my piece,” Anise said with a chuckle.
“What did you say?”
“Oh, the truth. I told that news lady, Jessica Simmons, that I believe there may be some truth to it, and that he flirted with me and made sexual advances towards me too; but I caught on to what he was doing and left him cold. I might be on television tonight. You better tune in.”
“Anise, how could you say such a thing about Pastor Kirby? And even if that were the truth, you should have kept your mouth shut. Are you trying to defame his name too?” Anise was surprised at Leanne’s response.
Without waiting for an answer, Leanne continued. “You know the world does not love pastors like Pastor Kirby who preach hard against their sin and evil. They will do anything to drag his name through the mud.”
“Maybe he should have preached more against his own sin and evil then,” Anise replied.
“Look, Anise, we can’t let one sin nullify all the good he’s done through the church over the past seven years, now can we? Look how many people have been saved and given new life because of him. I know my life has been changed and so has yours. You even said so yourself!”
“But we can’t have a pastor preaching against sin and he’s sinning himself. That’s hypocrisy,” Anise said quietly.
“Neither can we have women calling themselves Christians throwing themselves at pastors who are trying to live right,” Leanne said, “That is hypocrisy too.”
“Who are you talking about now?” Anise said cautiously.
“Anise, stop this game playing. You told me a few weeks back, how that Pastor Kirby was trying to flirt with you in his office, and you just told me you mentioned to the TV people — ”
“S-o-o, that man was not trying to flirt with you, and if he did, you started it all. I see how you eye the men of the church. I see how you’re always up in Pastor Kirby’s face after every service while his poor wife is back in the nursery with their little children, and with the other little children whose parents don’t want to be bothered with them during services.”
“Now, Leanne — ”
“Now Leanne, nothing!” Leanne said. “You remember Brother Cam; he used to be assistant pastor at Ninth Street. Well, I still stay in touch with him and his wife. Cam told me he stopped by Pastor Kirby’s office one day, unexpectedly, and you were sitting on Pastor Kirby’s lap. The door was slightly open so he saw everything. So as not to embarrass you, he said he called out Pastor Kirby’s name real loud. When he called out, you jumped up and buttoned your blouse, smoothed your clothes down, and acted as though you were just leaving. Now, do you deny that?”
Anise swallowed hard.
“You can’t, can you?” Leanne said. “So I don’t want to hear you say one more negative thing, whether it is true or not, about Pastor Kirby.”
“Brother Cam may have gotten me mixed up with someone else,” Anise said quietly.
“Nope. He described you to a T; even down to the very blouse you were wearing, which, by the way, happens to be the same blouse you were wearing in church tonight.”
After not receiving a response from Anise, Leanne hung up the phone.
Thank you for joining us for this episode of Whyte House Family stories. You may purchase a copy of this novel and any other Christian fiction books read on this podcast from Amazon.com.
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.