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Gird Up Your Loins!

JuanitaBynumWedding2.jpgAll you TBN fans might be interested in this bit of news.  Juanita Bynum was assaulted by her husband yesterday, Bishop Thomas Weeks III.  Mr. and Mrs. Weeks, of course, lead marriage seminars around the country.

I once saw Juanita Bynum preach a sermon on TBN in which she issued a call to men to exercise headship.  She kept yelling (screaming?) over and over again (with a voice that could melt glass) "gird up your loins!"  Its a wonder she could even speak afterward.

Bynum, who calls herself a "prophetess," is a former hairdresser and flight attendant, the perfect resume to be a regular preacher/prophetess on TBN.  Her lavish (dare I say it, garish) wedding to Bishop Thomas Weeks III was broadcast live on TBN back in 2002.  That tells you all you need to know about her role in certain Pentecostal circles.

Sadly, Bishop Weeks was arrested outside a hotel in Atlanta for assaulting her.  They are currently separated (Click here: Bishop charged with attacking evangelist wife |  While there is never any justification whatsoever for domestic violence and the good Bishop belongs in the slammer if he assaulted her, I cannot help but wonder if the breaking point for Weeks is that he finally had enough of being told to "gird up his loins."  

Meanwhile, Reformed Chicks Blabbling tells the whole sordid tale far better than I ever could (Click here: Reformed Chicks Blabbing: Juanita Bynum was attacked by her husband)  . . .

Reader Comments (16)

I'm not sure why being assaulted would be a problem for a "Name It, Claim It" advocate. Why not just speak perfect health back into existence?
August 23, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterWayne Rohde
I don't know, your tale sounded pretty good to me :-)

Thanks for the link!
August 23, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMichele
She may of angered him by her preaching, but she doe not deserve to be hit. Men need to be spiritual leaders. In this relationship it is hard to see who was the leader of their marriage.
August 23, 2007 | Unregistered Commentertiminater
August 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPB
"Gird up you loins" are fighting words. See Job 40. It's like saying "get ready to fight"

He took her literally.

August 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRick B.
A "prophetess" who didn't see it coming?

Matt Holst
August 24, 2007 | Unregistered Commentermholst
Did they think they could teach on marriage and not be tested on it themselves?

James does well to warn that not many should become teachers.
August 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChris Sherman
Violence had already manifested in type and shadow before it became reality.
August 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

Are there still conservative Pentecostals out there who are against the errors of those people in TBN? Thanks. :)
August 25, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAlbert
>A "prophetess" who didn't see it coming?

That's a really nasty thing to say. Juanita does not deserve to be mocked because she was attacked - no woman does, whether they are prophetic or not.

A true prophet does not know everything, least of all about their lives. They speak for the Lord but only know and see in part as the Holy Spirit reveals. God reveals or hides as he sees fit.

For the record, I in no way condone her or her husband's ministry - it sickens me as do most tele-evangelists - neither do I think her to be a true prophet.She has said and done a lot of abhorent things. However I think I am sickened more by the church dancing on Juanita's 'grave' and mocking her at what must be a really hard time.

That said, I hope Juanita will reach out to the Lord at this time and understand why He allowed it to happen - this and the other things that are going wrong for her.
August 25, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterr m franklin
Actually I would like to clarify. As I have not heard Juanita actually prophesy, I am going to say whether she is a false prophet or not. It may be there is a good genuine gift on a currently 'bad' woman. A bad woman in the sense of the abhorent prosperity teaching and the fleecing of the flock.
August 25, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterr m franklin
It's hard to believe in their marriage seminars when both Weeks III and Bynum were married and divorced twice already before marrying each other to make for each of them their third marriage.

Even though domestic violence is wrong, I wonder after reviewing some of the Juanita Bynum videos on the Internet and knowing her past experiences about men as documented in her ‘No More Sheets” book if the woman has a serious psychological condition where her self-esteem and self-worth is dependent on whether or not she has a man committed to her in covenant?

Also, with the recent Youtube videos

where she is talking about sex and pleasing her man, I wonder if her view of love can only be found ‘between the sheets’ with a man (aka the sexual realm)?

Seemed like the message went from ‘No More Sheets’ to ‘Between The Sheets” to the empty bed.
August 25, 2007 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous
She's divorced... he's divorced... they were supposed to be prophets... ad nauseum. ENOUGH!

I am disappointed (though not surprised) to see the blogosphere eating this up tabloid style. This is a lamentable blight on the church. The world will add this incident to the perception of deplorable hypocrisy in the church.

I, too, am disgusted by the insanity that is so common in charismaniac circles. But this is not fodder for cutesy snide blogging with that disgusting "tee-heehee" snickering about how this happened in the other guy's camp.

August 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPhil
Albert, I work at the House of Bibles and I can think of one book, Gordon Fee wrote a smaal book called The Disease of the Health and Wealth Gospels. 45 Pages where he is against TBN and he is Pentecostal.
August 26, 2007 | Unregistered Commentertiminater
Paula White mega Charismatic TV preacher / star and Husband Randy are divorcing.

Here is the link as reported in the Tampa Tribune by religion staff writer Michelle Bearden.
August 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterIvan
Hold up! Did anybody see her on TBN? No apology to the Body of Christ. I would have expected her to spend some time reconnecting with the Lord and allowing him to work this situation out. But she's trying to bring a message. I can't get with this.

I hate to speak ill of church leaders, but when you bring embarassment on the church, its time to get where you can listen to God rather than ministering to someone else!!!
September 6, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterGloryOne

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