Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #324. Today we are reading chapter 15 of the novel “All the Bishop’s Children” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
For a little respite and a break from her children, Rosalind spent a few hours on Saturdays and on Tuesday evenings in church work with the ladies of Pillar of Truth Church.
“It seems like Pillar of Truth has a weak women’s ministry,” she shared with her husband upon returning home one Tuesday evening. “All they do is sing in the choir, cleanup the church, fix food when they have dinner on the grounds. They don’t usher; they don’t voice anything during the church services; Sister Perry does not even have a word from the Lord for us on Sunday mornings.”
“What’s wrong with that?” Dwight asked.
“Women hear from the Lord, too,” Rosalind said. “The Lord told Deborah to take over and lead because Barak was scared.”
“Apostle Perry does not seem scared to lead,” Dwight said.
“I believe it was Phillip who had four daughters who were prophetesses,” Rosalind continued.
“They were prophetesses, and they did not preach in a church,” Dwight said.
“And, Anna, I believe ministered in the temple–”
“Through prayers and fastings,” Dwight said. “It says nothing about her preaching in the temple.”
“You keep using the word ‘preaching’; I didn’t say anything about preaching.”
“But that’s what you are implying,” Dwight said as his mother’s words came to his mind: It’s only a matter of time before women begin seeking pastoral positions in the churches. You watch and see.
“All I’m saying is, Sister Keturah Perry should be able to share an encouraging word with us ladies from the pulpit. That’s all I’m saying,” Rosalind said. “Women hear from the Lord, too. We’ve remained silent for too long inside and outside the church. I believe it’s time for us to speak up.”
“If I recall accurately, Paul told Timothy that women, including Sister Perry and Rosalind Jacobs, ought not to teach, nor usurp authority over the man, but to be silent in the church,” Dwight said.
“I never said anything about Sister Perry usurping authority over Apostle Perry. All I’m saying is, we women have unique needs, and nobody understands a woman like a woman—not even a male pastor. Even Solomon said a man cannot understand a woman.”
“Where is that in the Bible? I cannot recall reading that in my Bible? Solomon did say one cannot understand the ways of a man with his maid. Are you trying to use your psychological magic on me under the pretense of Bible teaching?” Dwight asked.
“So exactly what are you getting at?” Dwight asked.
“They need a stronger women’s ministry and one that ministers from the pulpit on Sunday mornings. Sister Perry may not be the one because she’s kind of feeble; she does not have that aggressive go-get-’em personality. She lacks charisma. She does not project her voice. One of the other women should head that ministry,” Rosalind said.
“I wonder who that other woman could be?” Dwight asked. Not receiving an answer, he continued speaking. “Now don’t you go stirring up the peace at Pillar of Truth. Everyone is happy with the way things are going. Apostle Perry is doing a great job and his wife is just as sweet as can be.”
As if I would, Rosalind thought. Not able, or rather, refusing to make it a passing thought, Rosalind planted that seed in Keturah Perry’s mind.
“I just believe women ought to have more voice from the pulpit on Sunday mornings. I don’t see anything wrong with that being that many women come out only on Sunday mornings. Do you see anything wrong with that?” Rosalind said to Keturah after their next meeting together. “There’s no need for the men to dominate the pulpit. We’re supposed to be working together to do God’s work here on earth.”
Keturah listened patiently as Rosalind continued talking.
“Women were treated as lower class humans back in Jesus’ days, and I believe He came to do away with that. He had a bunch of women following Him and working with Him when He was on earth. In fact, it was a woman who told the disciples of Jesus’ resurrection. That just says that Jesus wants women actively involved in His work. The men ran away when the soldiers arrested Jesus, tried Him, and crucified Him; but the women stayed with Him to the end.”
“So are you asking me to preach?” Keturah asked pointing her thumb at her chest.
“To the women. I know the men are going to be sitting in there as well, but you can make it clear that you are only speaking to the women. I’ll be more than happy to help you if you want me to. As I said, you’ll be ministering to many women who, for whatever reasons, can only make it out to Sunday services.”
“I believe you have a point there,” Keturah said after thinking on Rosalind’s words. “I’ll see if that will go over with my husband. He’s running the church the way he thinks God is leading him, and I do not want to stand in the way.”
“Alright,” Rosalind said giving her a hug. “I’ll pray for God to touch his heart and to help him to see where we are coming from. You let me know what he says, alright?”
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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.