Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #157. Today we are reading chapter 49 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop III” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” – Proverbs 8:13
Jonathan, Joshua, Deacon Travis, and a few other men from Ninth Street Baptist drove together in one of the church vans to the Louisiana Christian Leadership Conference.
“You preach it up now!” Deacon Travis said giving Jonathan a slap on his shoulder when he was called to the podium.
The Montague family, the Reynolds family, and Pastor and Sister Richardson gathered in their respective homes to view the meeting. As Jonathan delivered his message, Monica listened aghast. That is not the preaching machine husband I know. He seems lost and unsure of himself. The power is not there.
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“Wanda,” Pastor Richardson said, “I really want to offer him the pastoral position here at New Mt. Zion, but after tonight’s preaching, I don’t know if I can justify that decision. I wanted a young man full of fire and who has some spiritual maturity about him, and one who will be here for a long time. Jonathan and his father would work well together; but that pride has gotten a hold of him. Did you count the number of times he used the word ‘I,’ and ‘me’?”
“Give him time,” his wife said. “God’s still working on him. Sometimes God has to bring us down into the pit before He can raise us to greater heights. Give Jonathan some more time. The best you can do for him right now is to continue to pray for him.”
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Jonathan’s parents looked at each other. “He’s at the top of the success ladder. He’s a young man preaching alongside preachers twenty-thirty years older than he is. He has lost focus of the main thing. God is kicking the rugs out from under his feet one by one,” Brother Reynolds said.
“You’ve got to talk to him,” his wife said. “We can’t stand by and watch him bring about his own destruction.”
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Although the men, with the exception of Deacon Travis, congratulated Jonathan as they returned to the hotel, Jonathan felt discouraged. He had to face up to the fact: Something was missing from his preaching tonight.
“I don’t know where the power went,” he confided in Deacon Travis.
“I think you know,” Deacon Travis said. “I think you know.”
Jonathan spoke with Joshua the next morning. “I want out of the Young Preachers reality show contract. I know it’s going to be hard considering we’re supposed to be working with another pastor and his family; but I’m sure they can continue on without me.”
“You are at your peak, Pastor Jonathan. Why the sudden change?”
“Like I shared with you before, it’s costing me my marriage. I can’t risk that anymore. My wife is not coming back until I get out of it. This is how serious it has gotten: she is normally rallying for me. She may not like something, but she’ll go with the flow without a problem. But when she is strongly convicted about something she will stand her ground. She was never for us being a part of the Young Preachers Club in the first place, but I thought once we got into it she would settle down. She is dead set against it. And another thing: I have not told anyone the real reason she’s with her parents. I do not want the members to begin speculating, and then gossiping, wondering how long she’s going to be gone. Before long their speculations will begin to hit the internet, and then we will have an even bigger mess on our hands.”
“If you’re sure about it, I’ll call the network manager right away,” Joshua said. “This is not worth losing your marriage, your peace, and your power over.”
“I’m very sure. When you get married you’ll understand better what I’m going through,” Jonathan said. I’m not returning to an empty house, he thought as Joshua made the phone call. I chose not to listen to sound advice from those who love me most. I’m just like King Rehoboam.
Joshua got off the phone. “The manager says he can’t just cancel the show,” he told Jonathan. “They promised the network four months of episodes, and he has to keep his word to them.”
Jonathan’s only response was a tired faraway look in his eyes and slumped shoulders.
“I’ll keep trying, Pastor Jonathan,” Joshua said. “I feel responsible for it.”
“No, Joshua. No need to blame yourself. You didn’t know things would turn out this way. Plus, you were just doing your job.”
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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.