Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #145. Today we are reading chapter 37 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop III” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is wellpleasing unto the Lord.” Colossians 3:18-20
“I tell you some in-laws are just nosy,” Jonathan said, handing the phone to his wife.
“Are you talking about my father?” Monica asked.
“Don’t you ever say anything negative about my parents whenever you and I don’t see eye-to-eye,” Monica said.
“Well, he is nosy. You go blab to your mother, my in-law; she blabs to your father, my in-law; he calls a world-wide conference with Pastor Richardson and my father, your in-law; and they all come together trying to rain down the last verdict on me. I tell you the truth,” Jonathan said.
“Do you know what your problem has been lately? And I’ll say this as nicely as I can,” Monica said. “But you have become a self-centered egotistical, proud . . . I can’t even think of the right name.”
“Do you have a problem with what I have become?” Jonathan asked.
“Yes and no. You might want to read about King Rehoboam in I Kings chapters twelve and fourteen, and also in 2 Chronicles chapter ten. He only heeded the advice of the unwise, young, inexperienced men and turned a deaf ear to the advice of the older, experienced, wise men. And that is what you are doing. You’re forsaking the counsel of the older wise men God has placed in your life, and you are gravitating to the words of the young bucks.”
“So now you’re preaching at me. Why don’t you just go on to sleep and let’s have some peace,” Jonathan said.
“I am for peace,” Monica said. “But while we’re at it, if you plan on continuing with this Young Preachers Club show, even after you have been advised against it, you risk losing your family.”
“Oh please, you’re not going anywhere,” Jonathan said with a chuckle. “So you can just toss that idle threat aside.”
“That’s not an idle threat because you are woefully deceived if you think I can’t do without you. But I think I will take your advice and go on to sleep.” Monica pushed her seat back further and closed her eyes. “By the way, you may want to check out your PR man. I believe he has good intentions, but his latest strategies aren’t working too well for the soul-winning, Bible-believing, preaching-the-whole-counsel-of-God-without-compromise church that you’ve been called to build.”
“Please! Just go on to sleep,” Jonathan said.
The family was able to snatch a few hours of sleep once they got home before leaving for church. Jonathan went to his office to prepare the message. Curiosity led him to turn to I Kings chapters twelve and fourteen and to 2 Chronicles chapter ten. A few verses stood out to him:
But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him.
…and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men.
Jonathan thought on the advice from Deacons Travis and Yancy, his father, his father-in-law, Pastor Richardson, and a few of the older church members who expressed opposition when he had the “Christian” hip-hop group to perform at the church, and also when he announced doing the reality TV show:
“Go back to the basics.”
“Recapture the vision.”
“This is not a numbers game; it is a spiritual war for souls.”
“Pride goeth before a fall.”
The advice of the young men brought about King Rehoboam’s fall so much so that he had to find a place of refuge. Jonathan read I Kings 12:15:
Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people; for the cause was from the Lord, that he might perform his saying…
Jonathan used that verse to justify his decisions and actions. This church is of the Lord, its growth is of the Lord, and God has placed me here for such a time as this: to bring the church through this mess Kirby left behind and to take it to greater heights. With those thoughts, he picked up the telephone and called Joshua.
“Yes, Joshua, I’m very pleased with how things have been going. We have become a household name. What’s our next step?”
“Yes. The home. The family. See, I observe the faces of the people as you preach and I take note of the spiritual temperature in the auditorium before you preach, while you preach, and after you preach, and that series you just finished on the home . . . it did not go over too well,” Joshua said.
“How so?” Jonathan asked. “I have received nothing but positive comments from the people.”
“Many of the women, including the single women, are mad. They do not want to hear about this submission stuff. They know it’s in the Bible, but they do not want you to preach on it. They’ll read it for themselves when they get ready.”
“Wait a minute, now,” Jonathan said. “You’re telling me to preach from the pulpit that wives are not to submit themselves to their husbands? That would directly oppose what the Bible says. You know the same Bible says if any man adds to or takes away from the Word of God, God’s wrath will be upon him.”
“No, no, Pastor Jonathan,” Joshua said. “I believe you should preach the whole counsel of God, but there’s a way to do it without offending the people. You’re not going to please all the people, but you can please most of the people. You get the women on your side and keep them on your side, you’ll sure ’nuff have a supporting team.”
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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.