Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #233. Today we are reading chapter 3 of the novel “I Need Someone to Pray with Me” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” – Mark 11:24
Kelli arrived for services as she promised she would. She felt right at home as she settled down on the pew with her friends.
“As you know, I’ve been preaching a series on relationships: husband-wife relationships, parent-child relationships, friend-friend relationships, boss-employee relationships, etc.,” began Pastor Ashton. “I have been presenting each in light of biblical teachings keeping Jesus as the focus because in the end ‘all that matters is Jesus — just Jesus.’ Now, today, I want to preach on, ‘Living Together With All the Benefits of Marriage But Without the Marriage Vow.’ In other words, I want to preach on ‘shacking up.'”
“Tell it, Pastor!”
“It’s not friends with benefits, my room-mate, my roomie, my housemate, or my live-in-mate; as we try to pretty it up. It is plain old shacking up!”
“Tell the truth, Pastor!”
“My text this morning will come from Hebrews 13:4: ‘Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.'”
Simone listened intently.
“The Bible calls people who shack up whores and whoremongers. The Bible is very clear on this: you cannot have, nor can you enjoy the privileges and the benefits of marriage without taking the marriage vow, without saying ‘I do.’ Let me bring it home to you.”
“Go ahead, Pastor Ashton!”
“One, you cannot sleep in the same bed with a man or woman you are not married to. Don’t look at me like you don’t understand what I just said,” Pastor Ashton said, surveying the crowd. “Let me repeat: you cannot sleep in the same bed with a man or woman you are not married to. In other words, you cannot have sex with that man or that woman you are not married to.”
Oh, me, Simone thought. What have I gotten myself into?
“The marriage bed is sacred before God. It is undefiled and it has to remain undefiled, if you want God’s blessings. Another word for shacking up and for having sex with someone you are not married to is fornication. Forni-what? Some of you are saying. Let me spell it out for you: F-o-r-n-i-c-a-t-i-o-n. Paul the Apostle asks this question in 1 Corinthians 6:15: ‘Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.’
“I’m talking to Christians who are shacking up. I am talking to Christians who are fornicating around. I am talking to Christians who are practicing whoredom.”
Simone listened grimly. She could not protest what she was hearing.
“Once you get saved your body is not your own; you now belong to Jesus, and all that you do with your body you must do for His glory. But there is hope, folks! The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:11: ‘And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.'”
Such were some of you, Simone thought.
“Paul says to us in 1 Corinthians 6:18, flee fornication,” Pastor Ashton said. “Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.’
“Why would you want to sin against your own body? Why would you want to bring harm to your own body? I do not have the statistics on this, but I believe most of the people who have AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases are those who engage in sex with someone they are not married to. I say that without fear of successful contradiction because when you have sex the right way, that is, within the confines of marriage, God protects you from such diseases because you are doing it His way. And when you do things God’s way you get a blessing instead of a cursing.”
Kelli felt a little guilty, but she sighed a sigh of relief as now she and Trevor were planning on getting married.
“Yes, folks,” Pastor Ashton said. “Such were some of you; meaning, you used to do it, but you don’t do it anymore. You used to shack up, but you don’t shack up anymore.You used to commit fornication, but you don’t commit fornication anymore. You used to have a live-in partner, but you kicked him or her out, or you moved out. He used to come by for a short visit, but you don’t allow him or her to do that anymore. Such were some of you. Amen, somebody!”
Heavy conviction fell upon Simone as the Word of God cut to her heart.
“In chapter 7 of 1 Corinthians, verse 1 reads: ‘It is good for a man not to touch a woman.’ In other words, it is good for a man not to have sex with a woman he is not married to. And verse 2 goes on to say, ‘Nevertheless, to avoid fornication,’ to avoid having sex outside of marriage, to avoid shacking up, ‘let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.’ You don’t believe what I just read? I’ll give you time to find it and read it with your own eyes,” Pastor Ashton said.
Simone, with Aubrey’s help, gingerly turned to the book of 1 Corinthians and followed along as Pastor Ashton read the passage again.
“To him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin,” Pastor Ashton quoted. “In other words, you were shacking up and living in sin, but you did not know any better. But now, you have just heard the truth, your eyes have been enlightened, you read it for yourself. You now know to do good; you now know to let ‘Jody’ go; you now know to let ‘Sylvia’ go; you now know the true and right thing to do. My question is: what are you going to do now that you know the truth? Are you going to keep on sinning? Are you going to keep on whoring around? Are you going to still let ‘Jody’ stop by every now and then for a little maintenance work? Are you going to keep shacking up with your boyfriend or girlfriend? Or, God-forbid, you’re having sex with somebody of the same sex. That’s beyond a sin; that’s an abomination in the sight of God. Don’t bow your head yet, it’s not time to pray. We’re going to pray here shortly. The Bible says, to him or her that knoweth to do good and doeth it not to him it is sin!”
Simone meant it when she asked Jesus to save her a few weeks back; there would be no turning back for her. She could not deny what she just read from the Word of God. She was living in sin. I have to change my ways, she thought as she left her seat to kneel at the altar.
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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:
- 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.”
- Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.