Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast: Holiday Edition episode #36. Today we are reading chapter 10 of the novel “Shaking The Gates of Hell” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
There was much rejoicing from the soul-winners that evening as they shared reports on the souls they led to Jesus.
“One lady had asked me to come back this evening,” Sister Mannings reported. “When I got there, her front door was wide open. I think she was trying to avoid me because I saw her making a beeline out her back door as I walked up to her front door. Anyway, I asked her son if she was in. The son told me, no. I said thank you and I headed around the side of her apartment building A to move on to building B. Her apartment was on the end of the building. Lo and behold, she was sitting behind her apartment up against the wall talking with a friend. I said to myself, ‘I got you for sure now.’ She and her friend listened while I shared the Gospel with them and they both got saved. Now, she promised me she’s too old for a haunted house, but she’ll definitely be here for services on Sunday. And guess what? We’ve been praying for someone to drive the church bus. Well, she has her CDL license and she works for the school as a bus driver. So she may be the one to drive our bus for us on Sundays to pick people up, Pastor Grant.”
“I can top that,” Brother Royce’s wife said. “One lady was baking cookies with her daughters. After I stated the reason for my stopping by, she listened; she was so much into what I was saying, her cookies got a little toasty. I offered to replace them for her, but she said, ‘It’s best for my cookies to burn in the oven than for me to burn in hell.’ We both laughed as she gave me a hug and thanked me profusely. Pastor, she wants someone to come by on tomorrow and talk with her husband. She says he should be home by eight. I’ll be taking her some cookies for her sweet spirit.”
“Praise the Lord! That’s what it’s all about,” Pastor Grant said. “Now you answer me this: Why wouldn’t anyone not want to trust Jesus as their Savior? I mean salvation is so plain. God made it as easy as He could: Just believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”
“Pastor, I had the privilege of leading two little girls to the Lord,” Sister Ramsey said as tears filled her eyes. “Oh, man! I can’t believe how much I’ve missed sharing Jesus with others. Greg, we have to keep doing this,” she said to her husband.
“Praise the Lord!” Pastor Grant said with the others. “You know, Psalm 126:5-7 says, ‘They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. The Bible also says that the Kingdom of Heaven is like a little child.”
“Oh, yes!” Sister Ramsey said.
“As you’ve noticed I bring my children soul-winning with me,” Pastor Grant said. They understand enough to tell another child how to get to Heaven. And I’ve noticed children will oftentimes open up to other children and will accept every word their peers tell them without question. So I use every means available to share the Gospel with the lost. Even my children.”
Pastor Grant and his children returned home rejoicing. He ushered them off to their rooms to get ready for bed.
“We had a great time. Brother and Sister Ramsey came out tonight, and I’m happy to say they are back together. Isn’t God good? That’s one couple the devil cannot shout the victory over tonight,” Pastor Grant said.
“Why didn’t you come and get me?” his wife asked.
“I thought it best to let you rest. You needed it. Now, don’t you feel better? I’m going to take a shower and get in the bed because I am very tired,” Pastor Grant said loosening his tie while moving towards the walk-in closet.
The phone rang while he was making his way to the bathroom. His wife answered the phone. “Yes, Sister Greene, he’s here. Hold on a second,” Blocking the mouthpiece, she called her husband to the phone.
“Yes, Sister Greene. We missed you tonight. How’s everything going?” Pastor Grant asked.
“What? … How long ago was this? … You should have called me on my cell phone … Why didn’t you leave a message with my wife? She would have gotten in touch with me. I’ll go down and check on him … No, there’s no need for you to come down there. I’ll take care of it. I’ll get back with you tonight. Let me pray with you before I let you go, and Sister, pray and leave it in God’s hands.”
After hanging up the phone, Pastor Grant said to his wife, “Sister Greene’s son, Clifton, is in jail. He was picked up for stealing. I have to go down and talk with him and try to get him out. Just pray for him. You don’t have to stay up if you don’t want to because I don’t know how long this will take.”
Pastor Grant hugged his wife, said goodnight to the children, and headed down to the jail. He decided to give Pastor Johnson a call. After sharing with Pastor Johnson where he was headed to, Pastor Johnson offered to come along with him.
“It makes no sense how foolish our young black men are acting,” Pastor Johnson said on their way back from the jail. “Even Clifton had to agree that what he did was just stupid. He stole the goods for the sheer pleasure of getting over on the store people. What kind of pleasure can you get out of that?”
“He’s a good kid. He’s been really hurting since his father and mother separated. I’m working at getting them back together,” Pastor Grant said. “I do thank you for coming along and talking some sense into his head.”
“I think a night in jail will do him good,” Pastor Johnson said.
“Yes, it should. I could see the fear in his eyes when we told him he’d have to stay there. Hopefully, that will help set him straight again,” Pastor Grant said.
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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.