Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #330. Today we are reading chapter 21 of the novel “All the Bishop’s Children” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Dwight thought the tension in the air at dinner was as thick as the roast he was trying to slice.
Mama Tess and Mother spoke mostly to their grandchildren as they ate. Dwight’s attempts at conversation were met with smirks and eye rolls by Rosalind.
When dinner was done, each retired to their room except for Dwight, who watched television until it was late. When he finally climbed into bed, his wife said, “You need to be a bit more quiet; people are trying to get some sleep.”
“My watching TV late at night has never disturbed your sleep before,” Dwight said, “unless your conscience is bothering you and keeping you awake. Or maybe you want it quiet so you can lie awake, scheming and plotting without being disturbed. No wonder you wake up so irritable.”
“Just go to sleep,” Rosalind said.
“I expect you to make things right with Apostle Dunbar by disbanding that church immediately and apologizing to him tomorrow for trying to destroy his church,” Dwight said. He nudged his wife after receiving no answer. “Did you hear me?”
“Loud and clear.”
“Are you going to do it?”
“Look, Dwight. I’ll do what I feel led to do. Okay? Now, go to sleep. I’m sure you plan on going in tomorrow because I don’t think we’ll want to be around each other all day.”
The following day during his lunch break, Dwight stopped off at the Pillar of Truth Church.
“I’m glad I caught you,” he said as Apostle Dunbar invited him into his office. “I won’t keep you long.”
“How can I help you?” Apostle Dunbar asked.
“What you heard is correct. My wife got the stupid notion to start a church headed by women just for women. It took her mother to tell me what was going on. She went to this church, which they are holding at someone named Tammi’s house, yesterday.”
“I see,” Apostle Dunbar said. “God told me something was going on.”
“And, I hate to tell you this,” Dwight continued. “But most of the women worshipping with her are from Pillar of Truth.”
“I thought that much,” Apostle Dunbar said.
“I apologize for all the trouble she’s causing,” Dwight said. “She can be stubborn at times, but I just didn’t know she would take it this far. I thought she at least had that much respect for the church of God, and–”
“Brother,” Apostle Dunbar said, “you don’t need to apologize for your wife’s behavior. She can take care of her own apology if she is sincere and wants to repent. Now, I respect you as a man and as her husband — and please don’t take this the wrong way — but you need to get control of what goes on inside your house. I heard your wife was dissatisfied with how things were going at Mt. Providence and that’s why she started coming over here.”
Dwight nodded. “I told her she needs to disband that church,” he said. “I’ve been praying all morning for her not to give in to her flesh and the devil,” Dwight said.
“That’s right. Brother Dwight, you do what you need to do with her as your wife. I’m going to do what I have to do with her as a pastor protecting his flock,” Apostle Dunbar said. “She is banned from entering this church at any time, no matter the occasion, until I receive a sincere verbal apology from her to me, to my wife, and possibly to the church family. I also do not want her to have any contact with my wife or any of the other ladies in the church until she apologizes.”
“I’m with you on that. But why does she have to apologize to the church?”
“She has caused disruption among some of the families. A few husbands and wives are already at odds with each other because of this, and as you know, if there is unrest in the families that make up the church, there’s going to be unrest in the church body.”
“You’re right,” Dwight said, standing up and extending his hand. “As you can imagine, there’s much unrest in our house right now. Please be praying for us as I talk with her again.”
“I sure will,” Apostle Dunbar said, giving Dwight’s hand a firm shake. “God bless. By the way, you are welcome to visit us here anytime. We still want you to minister to us. Don’t let your wife’s behavior dampen your spirit and hinder the calling God has on your life.”
Later that evening, Dwight reiterated to his wife Apostle Dunbar’s conditions for things to be made right. “You would not listen to me and now look at the shame you brought upon yourself and on this family,” he said.
Rosalind rolled her eyes.
“And don’t you go behind our backs to try to talk with his wife to get her to smooth things out for you. They have a great relationship and I don’t want you messing it up as you’ve already done for some of the families at Pillar of Truth,” Dwight warned his wife.
Rosalind looked at her husband. “Just because you went sticking your head in matters that do not concern you, I am not going to apologize. But knowing you, I’m sure you’ve apologized for me already.”
“It’s not the same and you know it. You’ll be the talk of this town and I don’t mean in a positive light either. If I were you, I would not show my face at any church around here until you make things right.”
“You’re not me,” Rosalind said. “Stay out of my business. Maybe if you had just gone ahead and started our church we would not have to deal with this.”
“What do you mean by ‘we’ and ‘our’?” Dwight asked.
“Yes. We. Our. We’re husband and wife, aren’t we?” Rosalind snapped.
“Oh, so now you want to talk like that? Well, since we’re supposed to be one, we ought to be in agreement with each other, so you should have no problem apologizing. Is that not right?” Dwight said.
“Huh!” Rosalind said.
“Until you make this situation right,” Dwight continued, “you and I will never have a great relationship. Things just won’t be the same and things have to change.”
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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.