Bishop Weeks Denies Abuse of Juanita Bynum

Posted on September 15, 2007. Filed under: articles, Christian Leaders | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Last Night I watched the press conference given by Bishop Weeks and was disheartened. It was very painful to watch. I wondered if maybe his mind was gone. I don’t know. Sometimes people who are in a rage really don’t remember what they did while in that state. I hope that is the case with him. Because the alternative is too ugly to contemplate.  

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution“Thomas W. Weeks, 40, also a preacher, said he felt compelled to speak his peace after his famous wife announced to the public recently that she was “the new face of domestic violence.”

Weeks, who face felony charges for allegedly beating, choking and stomping his wife to the ground at a hotel parking lot on Aug. 21, said there are “two sides to every story.”

“I want to be clear in saying I do not condone in any way, shape or form violence of any kind towards women,” said Weeks in a conference room at Global Destiny Church of Duluth. “My role has always been to operate as a protector and not as an aggressor. I have walked away from many situations between the two of us, just like I walked away that night.”

“Weeks said he and Bynum, 48, were trying to reconcile the night before the alleged attack. They separated in June.”

  

According to Fox News, Mr. Weeks has been accused of having a previous physical altercation with a female within the church. 

  

 ATLANTA (FOX 5) — “Two faithful followers of Bishop Thomas Weeks, III said last week’s alleged attack against his televangelist wife, Juanita Bynum was not the first time Weeks has shown violence against women. Aungelique Proctor reports.According to the news report, Weeks assaulted a worker by the name of Lorraine Robinson. Ms. Robinson failed to go to the hospital because the two women she confided in and supposedly Juanita Bynum herself discouraged her from doing so.”  

  

The one thing that is glaringly obvious to me is that Bishop Weeks needs serious prayer. I am not saying this to be facetious, I am so serious. From my observations he has given himself over to another spirit, not the Holy Spirit. For a man to lay hands on a woman is reprehensible! But then he goes a step further and lay hands on one of his church members.  

  

Signs were there that he needed help 8 months prior to him jumping on Juanita Bynum. People however over looked them and said that God would work it out. Well He did. He allowed it to come to the forefront. 

  

You want to make sure you “work out your own soul salvation according to the Word of God with fear and trembling.” What does that mean? It means there is a price to pay for at the end of the day for un-confessed sins. There is an accountability factor involved here. And you will give an account of all you do in this body. The scripture goes on to say “Be sure your sins will find you out.” And “what you do in the dark will come to the light.” 

  

There are deep seated issues that the Bishop hasn’t dealt with. And in all of this he is still in denial. They have irrefutable evidence that he did it. But yet and still he denies it. The prosecutor’s office says they have more than enough evidence to proceed with this case. So how could he hold that press conference and make the statements he did? 

  

The bottom line is Bishop Weeks needs to come clean and get help. First he needs to repent. Then he needs to get professional counseling for his rage and bitterness. This is not just an anger management situation. This case is much deeper than this. For someone to go to the level he went to is so beyond simple anger.  

  

For those in the church that wants to sweep this under the rug shame on you.  This has been allowed to on too long as it is. Until we the church get right how in the world can we help someone else.  For those that are blaming Juanita Bynum for going after her husband thereby getting her self beat up shame on you! How asinine is that statement? That is the reason women don’t come forth! Because they have been told by both the perpetrator and society somehow she was at fault. The woman then becomes to believe the lie! 

  

The church needs to stop hiding behind religious piety and start being the church Christ has called you to be. Back in the day, both Jesus and John the Baptist laid into those that were overly religious.  They both referred to the leaders of that day as vipers, vultures, hypocrites, liars and thieves. 

  

They called them to task for putting burdens on the people and being unfair in their dealings with them. They hid behind their authority to and so called knowledge to place undo weights on the people.  

  

The same thing is happening today. Along came Jesus on the scene and said “ He was sent to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captive, recover sight to the blind, and to set at liberty all who were oppressed. Does this sound like what the church is doing today? I venture to say a resounding NO! 

  

Let us get back to being the church that Christ died for. Let us love our fellow man enough to help him. Let us not ignore wrongdoing and do nothing. Let us let our light shine so that others may see it and want to come to that light. As it stands you find so many that do not want to have anything to do with Christ, because of the representation of Him.  

  

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Paula White & Divorce in the Church

Posted on September 10, 2007. Filed under: articles, Christian Leaders | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Today my co-host Lisa Darel and I talked about The Paula White story and divorce in the church.  Leadership leads by example, or so we have always been told. In this case the  leaders of Without Walls International is setting a very poor example for us to follow.

When leadership falls it causes others to stumble as well. Single women everywhere are questioning if a happy marriage is on the horizon for them. Many have lost hope because their Icon has fallen. That is why it is so important to not look to man. Because man will fail you everytime.

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Here is a quote from Christian answers concerning how the Lord feels about divorce.

God Hates Divorce
If anyone wonders whether there can be life and grace after divorce, it is worth meditating on a statement in Jeremiah. Often in the Bible, the main metaphor used to describe God’s relationship to Israel is a marriage. Likewise, the main metaphor for idolatry is adultery. So, through the prophet Jeremiah, God says,  “I gave faithless Israel her certificate of divorce, and sent her away because of all her adulteries” (3:8).Many people know that in Malachi God says, “I hate divorce.” But they may not know why: God has been through it. He knows the humiliation of rejection and betrayal—from hard-hearted people like me.God hates divorce because God is a divorcee. So he invented the first divorce recovery program. It started at a place called Calvary. The price was a cross. The program is still underway.     

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The Seed

Posted on September 8, 2007. Filed under: Godly Principles | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

flower.jpgA successful Christian business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing one of his directors or his children, he decided to do something different.

He called all the young executives in his company together.“It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO,” he said. “I have decided to choose one of you.”The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. “I am going to give each one of you a seed today – a very special seed. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO.”One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed.

He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story. She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed.Every day, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow. Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew.Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing. By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn’t have a plant and he felt like a failure.

Six months went by – still nothing in Jim’s pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing.

Jim didn’t say anything to his colleagues, however. He just kept watering and fertilizing the soil – he so wanted the seed to grow.A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection.

 Jim told his wife that he wasn’t going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened.Jim felt sick at his stomach. It was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right.

He took his empty pot to the board room. When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful–in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed. A few felt sorry for him!When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives.

Jim just tried to hide in the back.“My, what great plants, trees, and flowers you have grown,” said the CEO.“Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!”All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the financial director to bring him to the front.Jim was terrified. He thought, “The CEO knows I’m a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!”

When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed. Jim told him the story.The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, “Here is your next Chief Executive! His name is Jim!”

Jim couldn’t believe it. Jim couldn’t even grow his seed. How could he be the new CEO the others said?Then the CEO said, “One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed.I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead – it was not possible for them to grow.All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers.“When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive!”

If you plant honesty, you will reap trustIf you plant goodness, you will reap friends.

If you plant humility, you will reap greatness.

If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment

If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective.

If you plant hard work, you will reap success.

If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation.

If you plant faith in Christ, you will reap a harvest.

So, be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will reap later.

Two thousand years ago Paul wrote to the church at Galatia the same story but with fewer words, “What you sow, so shall you reap” (Gal. 6:7).

“We are grass that will wither and die but the incorruptible seed of God’s Word will live forever – sow it daily into the life of your family! (1 Peter 1: 23 – 25).

–Author Unknown

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