Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #139. Today we are reading chapter 31 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop III” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.” – Ecclesiastes 7:12
Joshua Kessler reminded Jonathan each week to tone his messages down.
“People cannot take that hard preaching every week. They don’t want you preaching on their sins every Sunday. After being beat up on throughout the week, they want you to rub them down with the balm of Gilead; they want you to soothe their cuts and bruises—not rub the scabs off.”
“You bring in a visiting preacher—once, maybe twice—throughout the year and let him preach on their sins. That they can take. Your job is to comfort them,” Joshua continued.
“Alright. I got you,” Jonathan said.
“I spoke with the manager at the television station and he’s looking for new participants to begin the next season of their reality TV show called The Preachers Club. I told him about you and he’s interested in filming you, your family, and the church family in action.” Joshua reached into his briefcase and pulled out some papers. “I took advantage of it and went ahead and signed all the paperwork, and–”
“I just know you didn’t,” Jonathan said, taking the signed contract from him.
“I’m your PR man; don’t you trust me anymore? Everything I’ve led you to do so far has worked out. You’ve been having a full house over the past months; even your overflow rooms are beginning to fill up again. You’d better begin looking into getting a bigger building,” Joshua said as Jonathan read over the contract. “Think numbers,” Joshua said.
Monica was not too thrilled when Jonathan shared Joshua’s next PR strategy with her. “Don’t you see how idiotic other preachers have made themselves look on that show? That show is a joke—the biggest joke the secular world has played on preachers. Even you and I have laughed at them saying how foolish and unreal they make themselves look. The pastors on that show have been an embarrassment to the name of Christ.”
“For us it will be different,” Jonathan said.
“We’ll be doing it to get people to come to the church—not just for entertainment. See, we’ll present the Gospel at the end of each program. That is something I have not seen the pastors on the previous programs do. Plus, I believe we’ll paint a great picture of a Christian family,” Jonathan said. “And we will be working with another preacher and his family.”
“Oh, no. Not me. You can make yourself look like an idiot if you want to, but I will not subject myself nor the children to such frivolity. And why do we have to work with another family? We will be a double laughing stock around here,” Monica said.
“No, Pastor Jonathan, we can’t present the Gospel during or after the show. We can flash the church address across the screen at the end, then when they visit the church that’s when you present the Gospel,” Joshua said as they discussed The Preachers Club in more detail.
The next Sunday, Jonathan announced to his congregation the plan for him and his family, and, of course, the church, to become the next participants on the Preachers Club Network. “So don’t be surprised if you turn around and find you’re on candid camera.” There was a unanimous raising of hands when asked for those in agreement with that decision. “This will be a great way to advertise the physical church and our internet church as well, and once the people visit the church, we’ll be able to share the Gospel with them. From this exposure we should be able to open up a few more campuses across the United States. This would also justify our desire to either purchase a bigger building or to have one built.”
At Joshua’s suggestion, Bishop Pyke, a well-known pentecostal preacher who was known for preaching half his sermons in tongues, was their guest speaker one Sunday. During their fellowship over dinner at the Reynolds’ house, Bishop Pyke somehow got Jonathan to thinking that one could not get saved unless one spoke in tongues. “On the day of Pentecost, they all spoke in tongues and over 3000 souls got saved,” Bishop Pyke told Jonathan. “Speaking in tongues seals your salvation.”
Monica listened with much reservation as the men spoke.
Jonathan traveled for a little over a month on this new road he was taking the church on before Deacon Travis and some of the other deacons expressed their concern.
“Pastor Jonathan, I respect you as pastor here, but we’ve noticed some things that we are not pleased with, and I’m going to point those things out to you,” Deacon Travis said to Jonathan one evening after morning services. “Your sermons just don’t have the power they used to have. You’re pulling the people in, but nobody’s getting saved. We’re starting to get a lot of shouting, but it seems so empty.”
“And,” Deacon Yancey said, “can’t nobody understand some of the words you been throwing into your sermons lately. I know I don’t.”
“That’s tongues, Deacon Yancey,” Jonathan said.
“Well, my Bible says not to bother preaching in tongues unless you have an interpreter. I know I needed an interpreter, but there was none. Your sermons have not been the same since you had Bishop Pyke to preach. He’s left you all twisted up in the mind. What led you to have him preach for us any way? You must have been drunk when you scheduled him.”
“Son, go back to the basics,” Deacon Travis said. “Forget about trying something new and trying to impress others. When you begin to lose focus, just go back to the basics.”
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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.