Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #175. Today we are reading chapter 7 of the novel Charmaine” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“Hi Gloria, so good to see you,” Regina said as she opened the door to welcome her sister. The Sunday after storming out of her house, Sis. Gillespie had driven to a nearby town to her sister’s house.
As they went into the kitchen, Regina said, “We haven’t talked in a long time. What’s been going on?”
“Oh, you won’t believe it, girl,” Sis. Gillespie sighed as she dropped into one of the chairs in the kitchen. She gave her sister a quick update of what had happened the past week. “The gall of him expecting me to write a letter of apology. Can you believe that? These church people have nothing to do with the arguments that we have at home. I mean, what takes place in our marriage is our business. And you know what, he had the audacity to discuss our business with the deacons in the church. He’s gonna pay for that ‘cause I’m not going back.”
“Well, you have left him two times before,” Regina interrupted, “and you went back. So what’s different now?”
“This time, I’m definitely filing for divorce.” Sis. Gillespie kept glancing at her phone expecting him to call. “He can beg me to come back as he’s done before, but this time, we’re through.”
Handing Gloria a glass of iced tea, Regina said, “I thought you had a good thing going there. Now, I’m not big on this church stuff, but I think it might be a good idea to think about this before you lose a good thing.”
Wednesday morning came, and Pastor Gillespie still had not heard from his wife. He thought of calling her on her cell phone, but decided against it. She chose to leave, he told himself. After working out at his home gym, he went through the mail while waiting for his coffee to brew. A large orange envelope caught his eye. He opened it immediately and scanned its contents. It was a letter from her divorce attorney stating that she was filing for divorce. Well, that settles it, Rev. Gillespie thought to himself. At least now I know what direction to go in.
After the prayer meeting that evening, he met with his deacons and his assistant pastor, Bro. Martin. He shared with them that his wife had left and was filing for divorce. “With that said, gentlemen, I ask that you pray for us that God’s will be done, and I would appreciate it if you did not discuss this with anyone.”
“Well you know you have to tell the church family soon,” Bro. Martin said matter-of-factly.
“This coming Sunday, I will let them know. I have nothing to hide,” Pastor Gillespie said. “However, I want you all to know, I have no intentions on resigning as pastor for several reasons: one, the Lord led me to start this church. Two, it was her decision to leave, and it was also her decision to file for divorce. Three, I do not claim perfection in our marriage, but she just has not been obeying the Bible which says the wife should be submissive and respectful toward her husband. Any comments?”
“Are you going to go along with the divorce?” Deacon Wiley asked.
“I really don’t want our marriage to end in divorce, but if she goes through with it, then I’m not going to fight it. I want to know where you all stand on this decision.”
The men were silent for some time. Deacon Wiley spoke first. “Pastor, I am not going anywhere. We’ve walked this way too long together for us to part ways over this small matter. It was your wife’s decision to leave…”
“Divorce is no small matter,” Bro. Martin interrupted.
“I agree, Bro. Martin. We all would hate to see the Pastor and Sis. Gillespie get a divorce, but wrong is wrong, and she was totally wrong in this,” Deacon Lester said.
“Pastor, all I know is this, if you had not stood firm in your decision, the men of this church and in our sister churches would be the laughing stock among the women as I speak,” Deacon Rodney said. “Frankly, I am too old to engage in that kind of fight in defense of myself as head of my home.” He was the oldest of them all and had walked with Pastor Gillespie ever since the inception of the church. He was full of wisdom and chose his words carefully whenever he spoke. As an after-thought, he added, in his Southern drawl, “But as feeble as I am, I will fight for my headship position in my home if I have to.”
The men all laughed, nodding their heads in agreement, all with the exception of Bro. Martin who sat behind the group with his arms folded across his chest. Pastor Gillespie noticed and wanted to hear more from Bro. Martin.
“Pastor,” Bro. Martin said somewhat hesitantly, “We all know the Bible says if a man knows not how to rule his own house, and keep his house in order, how shall he take care of the house of God? I mean, if you can’t keep your wife in line, how can we expect you to keep the church in line?”
“Pastor, if you don’t mind, I’ll answer Bro. Martin’s concern,” Deacon Alexander said. He did not care much for Bro. Martin, but at the same time he respected his position as assistant pastor. Pastor Gillespie nodded, giving him the go-ahead.
“Frankly, Bro. Martin, Pastor Gillespie has ruled this church well, and he has ruled his house well, but when you have a wife or anyone under you who continually rebels against you, disobeys you, and disrespects you, there is nothing you can do but let them go if they choose to go. It was Sis. Gillespie’s choice to leave and to file for divorce. Pastor did the right thing by putting his foot down. Pastor has been sober-minded, vigilant, and hospitable. He has not been a drunkard, nor has he shown any violence, nor is he a lover of money, and he doesn’t have any children at all, and since that’s the case, he doesn’t have any unruly children. So he fits the bill to remain as pastor here—has fit it for years now.”
Deacon Alexander looked around at the other deacons who were nodding their heads in agreement.
Not even giving Bro Martin a chance to respond, Deacon Rouch said, “Pastor, I think you ought to send a letter to all the pastors who were present at the meeting explaining the situation to them. There is no telling what those women who were present at the meeting will do. Women know how to communicate with each other without saying a word.”
Pastor Gillespie chuckled. “Brothers, thank you all for your input and encouragement. Please continue to pray for us.”
Bro. Martin was the first to leave the meeting.
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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.