Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #329. Today we are reading chapter 20 of the novel “All the Bishop’s Children” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“You’re darn right I didn’t know anything about it,” Dwight said. “This explains why you suddenly had to take care of something last Sunday when I went with you to Pillar of Truth, and why you rushed off saying you had to stop by Tammi’s house the previous Sunday. Now that I think about it, it did take you a long time getting back from her house.”
Mama Tess and Mother looked at each other.
“Rosalind, I told you to leave things as they are at that church,” Dwight said. “Everyone is happy with the way Apostle Dunbar is running things. I specifically told you not to go stirring anything up. What kind of treacherous woman are you?”
“There is nothing treacherous about what I’ve done,” Rosalind said. “I had a vision, and I could not fulfill that vision at that church, so, I left that church and I am starting my own.”
“Well, apparently, you are causing some problems because Apostle Dunbar and his wife stopped by earlier inquiring about you and wanting to find out why you hadn’t been attending services,” Dwight said. “How many people were at this church you say you’ve started?”
“You don’t need to concern yourself about that,” Rosalind said. “Jesus said where two or three are gathered in His name He is in the midst, and He did not specify male or female.”
“There were about fifteen people there,” Mother said. “And a couple of the women said they enjoyed being there better than at Pillar of Truth.”
“What? You stole some of the women from Apostle Dunbar’s church to join your little rebellion?” Dwight said. “I can’t believe this.”
“Rebellion?” Rosalind said incredulously. “Those women have a mind of their own. They can make their own decisions. They chose to leave Pillar of Truth. You’re just trying to put me on a guilt trip because I’m moving forward in serving God without your help.”
Everyone fell silent.
After a few seconds, Mama Tess cleared her throat. “Do you remember when Miriam, Moses’ sister, questioned how Moses was leading the Israelites? She was bold enough to get Aaron to join her in speaking against how Moses, under God’s direction, was running things. God did not take too kindly to what Miriam did. He immediately struck her with leprosy.”
“Mama Tess, I’m not staying there and causing a problem,” Rosalind said. “I quietly left so as not to cause a problem.”
“But you took some of Dunbar’s people with you—members who were not even thinking of leaving the church before you got there. God’s not pleased with that and He’s not going to bless you for that,” Mama Tess said. “In fact, He’s not going to bless your church because of the way you went about putting it together.”
Rosalind remained silent.
“You should shut down the whole thing and go apologize to Apostle Dunbar,” Mama Tess continued. “God does not have a problem with you starting an all-women’s church if you want to call it a church. But if I understand my Bible, He wants each church under the authority of a man, and He wants women to be silent. That is not to say women can’t help. You’re going to have nothing but cacophony in your church because you’re not silent.”
“That means silent in spirit,” Rosalind said.
“Well, if you’re silent in spirit, then you’ll be silent in your words and actions,” Mama Tess said. “And you shouldn’t call whatever you have started a church either.”
“You don’t have to worry about her apologizing,” Dwight said “I’ll make sure she apologizes to Apostle Dunbar and his wife.”
Looking to her mother, Rosalind said, “Mother, you were all excited about it when you saw what was going on. Tell them there’s nothing wrong with us forming an all-women church starting out. Children are going to come; you saw some there. Eventually, the husbands are going to start attending with their wives. After a few months, we’ll begin looking like a real church.”
“I can’t believe you just said that. After all Mama Tess just said, you are still talking stupid,” Dwight said.
“I was excited, Rosa, until I found out how you went about forming this church,” Mother said. “You didn’t tell me everything. I have to agree with Mama Tess. It’s not the actual formation of the church, it’s how you went about doing it. God’s not going to bless that. I’ve told you many times that God does not play. But I do know that He’s a merciful God, and He’ll extend His mercy for a long time if you cry out for it. Yes, ma’am, my God is a merciful God, and His mercy extends for a long time. He’s –”
Rosalind rolled her eyes and sighed. By her mother’s tone she knew she was getting ready to start preaching a little herself.
“You’re right, Mother,” Dwight said. “God is a merciful God. I’m sure Rosalind fears God enough to fix this mess she’s caused before God starts whipping her behind. Now, won’t you?”
Rosalind’s only answer was to march into the kitchen. “I think the roast is ready,” she said. “I can handle the rest of the dinner by myself.”
Dwight, Mama Tess, and Mother exchanged glances. They heard pots and pans banging in the kitchen.
“Keep it quiet in there!” Dwight said.
“I’ll keep it quiet,” Mother said, starting to get up.
“No, leave her be,” Mama Tess said. “It’s best she shoves the pots around than shove us around. She’s not stupid. I think she’ll come around to do what’s right.”
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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.