Sunday, November 11, 2007

Juanita Bynum: I've Come This Far by Faith

In case you haven�t heard, Black female spiritual leader Juanita Bynum is divorcing her husband, Thomas W. Weeks III, pastor of Global Destiny Church. Weeks has been charged with aggravated assault after allegedly stomping and kicking her in an Atlanta hotel parking lot on August 21. [Weeks has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges stemming from the alleged attack.] Now, after a media baptism by fire in which her spirit and credibility have been put to the test, Prophetess Bynum tells what happened that night and how she�s trying to move forward with a new ministry and message about domestic violence that may change the Black church, forever. Read excerpts from the first of her two-part exclusive interview in the December issue of ESSENCE.
By Denene Millner

Juanita Bynum
Credit: Matthew Jordan Smith
Prophetess Juanita Bynum

On Breaking Her Silence:
�All of what I�m going through right now has to do with the loss of my marriage, the love of my husband, and the jeopardizing of my integrity at the hands of my husband. I don�t want anyone to think that my silence meant consent. My silence was meant to wait for the cool of the day. This is not about anger or retaliation but integrity and truth on behalf of my name.�

On Why She Stayed in the Marriage:
�I don�t want anybody to think I was stupid for staying; I stayed because of who I was�I had to be careful. My thoughts were, I can�t get a divorce. What would people say? How would they view me? I just felt like I needed to pray more. And I did, and it did get better. We went three years without him getting physical, but then the verbal rage would still be there.�

On What She Says Happened With their Million Dollar Home:
�I came back from a trip and was getting ready to tape for television when he walked in and said he had already moved us out and all of our furniture was in the church warehouse. I cried for two days. My sisters said, �Nita, you�ll get another house,� and I said, �It�s not about the house.� This was the place where I had the presence of God. That�s the one thing I had. And I felt like that�s what [my husband] took.�

On What She Says Happened on August 21:
�He just grabbed me, and he grabbed me around my throat and threw me to the ground. I said, �Oh, my God, my head!� because the whole sky was spinning. And when I turned around, that�s when I got the first kick. I screamed out, �Please don�t kill me!� That�s when the bellman grabbed him, and they were going at it. I don�t know what was happening, but the bellman was going into his pocket, and I grabbed his arm and got between them and said, �Please don�t hurt my husband,� and that�s when the bellman let him go. And I took maybe two or three steps over and I collapsed on the ground.�

On Previous Incidents of Alleged Abuse:
�He pulled off on the side of the road to a gas station, and there were a lot of people out there, and he pulled the van up and told me to get out. He went in the back of the van and threw my Louis Vuitton luggage out in front of the people. I was sitting in the car and looked back to see what he was doing. When he started throwing my luggage out, I said, �Wait!� He was snatching the other door open to get the rest of my luggage out and the door knocked me to the ground. And he left me there. He had my purse, my phone, my money. I had nothing.�

On Her Marriage:
�People will say, �If you love your husband and you forgive him, why can�t you just reconcile and go to counseling?� And I wish with all my heart that it could be as simple as that. I have faith that God is a miracle worker, because I�ve seen him work miracles. But I�m not sure, not 150 percent sure that the person I saw in the parking lot that night won�t ever show up again.�

On Her New Mission:
�When people can see where you came from and see what you are today and know looking at where you came from and know that there is no real legal reason why you should even be left standing and you�re still standing, that is when God gets the glory. That�s when people say there must be a God somewhere. That�s where my stand is right now.�

Read part one of our entire interview with Juanita Bynum in the December issue of ESSENCE.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Thomas Weeks Indicted. Bellman Speaks. Heard Death Threat!

Thomas Weeks III was indicted by a Fulton County Grand jury for allegedly beating the mess out of his 2nd wife Juanita Bynum.The bellman has come forward and his claims agree with Bynum's story. That makes 2 witnesses of this beating, it's no longer a "he said, she said" matter and the scriptural rule for rebuking this nut as written in 1 Timothy 5:19-20 has been fulfilled.There are also claims Weeks beat another woman, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdYLCR...And Weeks appears to be as bad with women as he is with his money that he obtains via his false doctrine, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpsOHj...Juanita Bynum and Thomas Weeks preach a false doctrine. Run from them both!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Juanita Bynum

Juanita Bynum
Wailing Women Win

Jaunita Bynum preaching on no more sheets

Jaunita Bynum preaching on no more sheets.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Juanita Bynum - Lord, I'm Available to You

Juanita Bynum - Lord, I'm Available to You

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Juanita Bynum -Bio

Juanita Bynum
preacher; writer

Personal Information

Born Juanita Bynum on January 16, 1959; divorced, 1985.
Education: Saints Academy of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) high school in Lexington, Mississippi.
Religion: raised COGIC.


Author. Recorded videos include: No More Sheets; Are You Planted for the Kingdom (also available on CD); I'm Too Fat For the Yoke (also available on CD); Limp of the Lord; Now That's Dominion; The Refiner's Fire; My Delivery; The Spirit of Isaac; The Umpire of my Soul; Tied to the Altar. Wrote: No More Sheets; Don't Get off the Train. Speaker. Engagements include T.D. Jakes' Singles Conference ("No More Sheets" message), 1997; T.D. Jakes' "Woman, Thou Art Loosed!" conference, 1998; Women's Weapons of Power Conference, 2001.

Life's Work

In a time when sexuality permeates the culture, there is a woman who encourages women to find closure for previous relationships, live chaste, and be the kind of people they hope to attract. Using her own mistakes as a basis for her sermons, prophetess Juanita Bynum has dedicated herself to reaching others with a message from God, a message that offers healing and encouragement through suggesting celibacy for singles. Treading on territory where few women have ventured, Bynum has allowed herself to be God's vessel, telling her colorful story to the masses, in hopes of saving souls from following the same dark paths she once walked.

As a child in Chicago with her parents, Katherine and Thomas, and siblings Janice, Kathy, Regina, and Thomas, Bynum embraced the church as a distinct part of her life. The family were members of St. Luke Church of God in Christ, where the father was an elder.

According to Ministries Today, Bynum was an outgoing child. Her charisma became apparent to those outside her immediate realm, when she landed a starring role in her middle school's production of My Fair Lady. Her performance grabbed the attention of television show agents who wanted to cast her in programs similar to Julia, starring Diahann Carroll. Bynum's mother, however, declined the offers. "I used to make her stop playing outside and come in the house and just sit still," she told Ministries Today. "I wanted my daughter to listen to the voice of God," she added.

Though she later admitted in Ministries Today, "Every time I got on my knees I kept hearing [God] say, 'Before I knew you, I formed you in your mother's womb to be a prophet to the nations,'" she struggled in her youth to obey instructions from God. Still, Bynum had hopes of being a servant. She attended Saints Academy of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) high school in Lexington, Mississippi and graduated second in her class. Soon after her graduation, Bynum, still a teenager, began preaching at churches and revivals. Eventually, she traveled to Port Huron, Michigan, to minister for pastor William T. Nichols and his wife, and ended up on an unanticipated journey that changed the course of her life.

Choices Led to Hardship

At the age of 21 Bynum married, despite the warnings of her loved ones. "Everybody told me he wasn't right, but I was screamin', I'm in love. I can change him," she told Essence. As Bynum later found out, she could not change her husband, and she had married him for all the wrong reasons.

A virgin until her marriage, Bynum admitted in Essence, "I married for sex--and what the man looked like." Her husband left her in 1983 and divorced her in 1985. The pain of the failed relationship landed her in an institution, battling anorexia nervosa, and questioning her life's turn of events. She lost sight of God's path, and eventually sought refuge and healing in empty sexual affairs. In addition to her emotional state, her financial state crumbled. She was forced to go on welfare to survive.

Struggled to Rebuild her Life

In 1990 Bynum returned to Chicago, became a hairdresser, and managed to leave government aid behind. Her next steps led her to New York as a flight attendant for Pan American Airways, a job she held until the company went out of business in 1991. Bynum told Essence that friends believed the fate of Pan Am was God's way of telling her that she was supposed to be a preacher. "I knew God was saying that this was my destiny, but I didn't want to hear it."

In New York, Bynum joined a new church and began ministering again. In 1996 she met a man who would prove to be a key figure in her transformation into a renowned prophetess. Though he knew nothing of her story, Pentecostal evangelist Bishop T.D. Jakes invited her to the singles' conference in Dallas--a step that, according to Essence, was the result of his obedience to God's instruction.

Life Story Became Testimony to Singles

Jakes' obedience turned out to be the stepping stone for Bynum's explosive break into national popularity, when two years after attending the singles' conference, Bynum's role changed from attendee to keynote speaker. In 1998 she delivered a message titled "No More Sheets" to 17,000 people, the majority women, and brought the crowd to their feet with praise and deliverance.

"No More Sheets" proved to be a testimony of Bynum's sexual deviation and her process of purification. She reached out to the crowd with brutal honesty, honing in on the concept that "single" is not synonymous with unmarried; instead "single" refers to those who are free from the remnants of past relationships. "In order for God to bring somebody else in your life, there's got to be room for that person in your life. You're not single yet," she told the crowd. "You're still attached."

Wrapped in sheets, Bynum explained that each sheet represented a past relationship and only God could peel those layers away in order to make people truly single--ready to receive their ordained mates. She shared a story of poverty that placed her in roach-infested projects, using McDonald's napkins as toilet paper. Bynum told the crowd that by allowing her to struggle, God was reconditioning her to release her dependence on men and embrace her dependence on Him. It was a sacrifice that she made in order to be blessed.

Bynum told Essence that when she was on stage, her message had a life of its own. "It wasn't me--it was God." By end of the video, the camera captured thousands in a moment of spiritual awakening, chanting, "No More Sheets! No More Sheets!"

Bynum's endeavors have taken her across the country to deliver her untraditional message to the masses at numerous venues including Jakes' 1998 "Woman, Thou Art Loosed!" conference. With her popularity came the conception of Morning Glory Ministries, a venue that allows people to find out exactly where Bynum will be delivering messages and to obtain information about the prophetess. Videotapes like the now famous, "No More Sheets," and other tapings like "I'm Too Fat for the Yoke" and "The Limp of the Lord," as well as books including Don't Get Off The Train, which was written about her experiences in Port Huron, are available for purchase through the ministry. Her lessons are also available through her ministry's television program, Morning Glory, which according to Ministries Today, was airing on 15 television stations throughout the country in 1999.

Despite the great success Bynum has found in ministry, her fulfillment comes from one-on-one contact with people. "I really love people," she was quoted as saying in Ministries Today. "My biggest joy is the individual contact I have with them." In fact, when she isn't traveling, she runs a bible institution training ministry at her church, New Greater Bethel Ministries in Hempstead, New York.

Bynum is constantly reminded of the rough days from which strength arose, and told Essence that the memories are still a great part of her existence. "If I close my eyes right now, I can see myself in the snow, wearing a black $2 coat and tennis shoes with no socks, waiting to get my $76 in food stamps. I can see myself in the hospital after my nervous breakdown, crying and throwing myself against the walls of the padded cell they put me in. When I remember the process it took to get myself from there to where I am today--and then I see a sister with no hope--I'm driven to get to that sister. I believe that the pain in each of our pasts gives us an opportunity to help others. If I honestly tell somebody what has happened to me, then maybe that person will be transformed."

From the pages of her electronic guestbook on www.nosheets.com, it appears that her mission to help others make a transformation is working. One message was just one of many that speaks to miraculous change. It read, "Sister Bynum, I want to thank God for you. I just read No More Sheets and I can't begin to tell you it has changed my life. I thought I knew, but am now aware that I knew nothing. Everything is so clear to me now. I can't explain how your book has changed me... If it weren't for you and your message, I would still be lost... .I can proudly say no more sheets for me and I love you so much for what you have given me."

While Bynum has touched the hearts and souls of many, she is still cognizant of life's little lessons. In fact she found one in her dog, Corky. According to her website, www.nosheets.com, Bynum purchased the red-pepper poodle at a time when her heart was heavy. "The Lord explained to me that the dog was feeling what I was feeling, which was rejection. He said the poodle is thinking: What's the use in going to the window and barking? She's not going to choose me anyway," she was quoted as saying.

Bynum did choose Corky. Something as small as reaching out to this dog quite possibly brought healing to both Bynum and Corky. Those who truly believe in God's wonders have testified that He works in mysterious ways. An example of his mystery, Bynum is on fire for the Lord, and she intends to do His work until the flame is extinguished.

Further Reading


Ministries Today, July/August 1999.
Essence, May 2001, p. 185.
Additional information was obtained from the video No More Sheets, T.D. Jakes Ministries, 1997.

— Shellie M. Saunders

Juanita Bynum

This is a clip of Juanita Bynum serving up the congregation with a little spiritual soul food at megafest 2006


Dr. Juanita Bynum-Weeks tells these ladies the truth about the fact that women give their husbands SEX, BUT NO ROMANCE. Ladies you could really take heed from this advice, because it's not a lie regardless if it's about religion or not.


Judge Dr. Juanita Bynum-Weeks gives advice to a couple whose marriage is in shambles, and they are looking for a way to solve their problems. Again, Juanita tells it to them straight without holding anything back.

Lucinda Moore & Juanita Bynum "Praise Break"

Lucinda Moore & Juanita Bynum "Praise Break"