Bishop TD Jakes Speaks Out about Juanita Bynum Abuse

Bishop TD Jakes sent a letter to the Atlanta Journal Constitution about the abuse experienced by Juanita Bynum at the hands of Thomas Weeks. Below is an excerpt: 

 “As I have watched the events surrounding ministers Juanita Bynum and Thomas Weeks, whom I have known for many years, I, like most, am concerned and saddened.

      My wife, Serita, and I, as well as the entire Potter’s House family, are deeply concerned and have expressed that concern through personal contact the moment we were made aware. Those most familiar with our ministry know that I have been a longtime advocate and tireless fighter against domestic violence.

      However pained we all may be, perhaps this is a teaching opportunity to awaken us to the fact that thousands of women are beaten and many killed by someone who says they love them. I have personally lost many women in my city, some in my church and several in my family to this heinous problem.

      The statistics for women who are abused in this country today by “intimates” — a husband, boyfriend or someone they are intimately close to – are staggering.”

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17 comments on “Bishop TD Jakes Speaks Out about Juanita Bynum Abuse

  1. I guess being neutral. What can you say? I’m sure alot of people are aware of the statistics but one thing I do agree with is that hopefully more women will wake up and see that REAL love by the ‘father’ does not treat you like. Forgive the man but I would also move on. To beat her like he did out in public while she was on the ground, that’s a man who’s done it before in my opinion.

  2. Thanks Bishop Jakes for finally saying something about this situation—As a daughter in Zion we expect to hear from you in reference to your Daughters. Also, I pray that the church will come out of Deepness and realize that the only reason we have a platform at ALL is to address the issues we truly have to deal with. As anointed as we may be—–We yet remain in the world but not of it—-BUT YET effected by issues that plague the community of which we live. I salute REAl mens that aren’t afraid to confront the TRUE issues…..Even when no one gets any GLORY—-BUT GOD—–Unfortunately Prophetess Bynum was not the first woman of God to combat the embarassment of abuse—however, I believe she was the one God chose to EXPOSE the issues OUT FRONT and say now DEAL with>………Much Love
    HIS PROPHET

  3. I love what Bishop said!. And I agree with kd (poster #1) that it’s happened before. I know it’s easy 4 everyone to say to “turn to Jesus”, and that “the FATHER will never treat you like that, ” but I guarantee you that the women who are being abused like this don’t have that on their mind at the time. Sometimes it’s their faith that makes them stay saying things like “i know God wouldn’t have me here if it wasn’t meant to be”, “or the bible says ‘stand by your husband/wife no matter what.” Some take these words more literal than they should. God would never mean -let ’em beat you til you’re dead and i’ll take over from there.” I refuse to believe that.

    Our soul mates are meant to love us as we love them, but so many will miss this mark because they will be dead before they find real love instead of true love. I hate to say it, but some people don’t know the difference. Domestic abuse is dear to my spirit and I can talk for miles on this subject but I don’t do you all like that.

  4. I am greatly anticlimax by this entire matter and my heart goes out to Minister Bynum and Weaks. I once saw in both their eyes what I have seen in the eyes of many couples before (LOVE). The enemy has certainly painted his picture in this affair but as believers of Christ we must continue to lift them both up before the Lord and remember what the devil means for bad God has already worked it out for their good. I encourage Minister Bynum and Minister weaks to use this as a learning tool, as the muscle that will take them both to the next level in Christ and remember that the same audience that was set up to watch you in your distress will be the exact same audience that God will subject to watch you in your victory(Psalm 37:5) “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him and he shall bring it to pass”. (John15:11) “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may remain in you and that your joy may be full”. God bless you both!

  5. judge not or be judge! I declare Juanita and Thomas to be more than victorous during this storm.With a Father like ours they can and will regain strength,wisdom,and courage.If we all speak about them the way we are called to ,imagine what our powerful positive words could do.Instead of pulling every scripture out of the Bible to critize and gloat in their demise,what about the scriptures concerning how and what we should do
    when our brothers and sisters are in trouble?Get the planks out of your own
    eyes .

  6. Sister and brothers,

    I feel your hearts, and I know that your faith has been challenged, but that is what the bible said, “ having done all stand…..”

    Yes! We have to stand because our faith is not in the wisdom of men, sentiments or the craftiness of the evil one. Yes! The enemy would always try to attack all of our kingdoms institutions, e.g. marriage, leadership, our lives, etc But we are victors on every side because we know is his age long tactics of striking the shepherd in order to scatter the sheep. The issue is not what the evil one did or is doing but our response to him.

    Paula & Randy, Juanita & Weeks are our family. Yes! We are one great and big family and right now they need our love and support and not our sermons and condemnation. You and I know that living the life of faith is challenging enough, talk less of living at the eyes of the public. You see brothers and sisters, love conquers all things even this one.

    I sincerely believe that we have an opportunity here to validate to the world and ourselves – whose (who) we really are. We are daughters & sons of Love and we know how to protect and nurture our own. If you are around them show them 1 Corinthians 13, because love is our nature and it is time to act it out. If you are by the media please focus on strength of the word of God – focus on the persons and not their wrong actions or mistakes – the persons involved are anointed women and men of God – FAMILY FIRST!

    We know that they have the Holy Spirit in them and he would lead them to all truth. Remember fruits or acts or love is for the matured and the strong, and if you must judge please give righteous judgment.

    Let us stay on our faith, each one practicing “excellence in expression” the word of faith in every area (marriage, leadership, living, etc) because we would be rewarded for how we dealt and made profit with the word of life.

    Share this mail with your friends

    I love you all

    Owusi Jerrie
    http://www.savemeafuturetoday.org

  7. where does one start. i have read what everyone has said and i agree with bishop. lets pray for these folks and declare war on the devil. this is a blow to the body of christ but i know God will always win. i love the families involved and will not stop praying for them.

  8. I AM CONTINUALLY PRAYING FOR THE ENTIRE BODY OF CHRIST. THESE ARE THE LAST DAYS, AND THEENEMY IS TRYING TO KILL EVERY SAINTS WITNESS. SO LET’S JUST PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER.

  9. I PRAY THAT PASTOR WEEKS AS WELL AS PROPHETESS WILL USE THIS AS A PLATFORM TO HELP THOSE OF US THAT ARE DEALING WITH THE SAME THING. PLEASE KNOW THAT WE ARE DEPENDING ON YOU BOTH. DON’T BE AFRAID TO SHOW THE WORLD YOUR SCARS. I DO BELIEVE THAT MANY WILL BE HEALED AND WHEN THIS SEASON IS PAST WE WILL REJOICE IN THE FACT THAT “WHAT THE EMENY MEANT FOR EVIL, GOD HAS TURNED IT AROUND FOR OUR GOOD. I STILL BELIEVE THAT ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD. YOUR SISTER IN CHRIST..I LOVE YOU BOTH

  10. Hello people,
    Great thoughts and views! Have you thought the fact that the Christian community issue is fundamental, one largely premised presently on wrong foundation? No wonder the rancor and associated arguments.
    In product development, it is the exclusive right of the creator/ manufacturer to name a product; because the name suggests its character. It was the people in Antioch that called them Christians and not Jesus! Christianity – from several suggestions would mean a people trying to be like Christ but that is not what Jesus came to do. He is the first fruit and we are same like him (the vine and we are the branches). All of these could be seen as growing up processes. This should give one a view we must take when addressing a Christian that is in the wrong. What I would refer as growing up experience – we all once walked on all fours (hands & legs) like animals but that was babyhood stage but there is also growing up, even when you are fully grown sometimes you may find yourself for whatever reason on all fours (I would hope it is for awhile and not a lifestyle).
    There is a life after here, a life of ruler ship and God knows that and we should recognize that, we would be given responsibility higher than what had on this earthly plane…Jesus said that, for the Joy that was set before him – he endured the cross and the shame. God respects human will but that is what decides for the individual where you would be at the next life – the position you would occupy, because God has a large family you see and he is a just God…and there is not favoritism here! You would be rewarded according to your work. Remember God’s word is our talent to trade or live with, he would not trade it for you, you would have to make the investment options, if you make 30%, 60%, 100% percent – good for you! He would always seek to help us with His wise counsel but it is ours to choose.
    If a Christian chooses to remain a baby, leave him or her, God is not mocked you see! Whatsoever a man sows that shall he also reap. Then it told us not to sow to the flesh – (sensory reasoning – which is elementary really) but to the spirit! To some they don’t even know what defines happiness, fun and prosperity for them! it is like a baby looking at the cloud are thinking …wow! “It is and looks so solid…so real”…but we know my reason of growth that the clouds is simply air! Why the division over nothing? If you are intelligent ……wow! Praise God and keep it for your credit and please don’t use it to cause division!
    Men and women are not their bodies nor are they their emotions! We are higher than these two but – what a deception to see many being controlled by it! What is reality? What informs what is real to us? Is it our reasoning or our emotions or the word of God? However if a brother chooses to live and copulate with another brother…. please leave them alone (and love them anyways because it is your life and reward to love) …they have made their choice of having their bodies and their mind control them. As they have theirs to deal with remember you have yours to deal with. Let each one of us focus on working out (expressing) their wholeness (salvation) in Christ with fear and trembling (meaning – with strict adherence to detail from the master plan) knowing that He would repay us with JOY!
    The joy that Jesus was willing to forego every insult, shame, physical pain for……Oh! i am looking forward to Joy! I am not going to let myself be deceived that all these things in these world are that tangible and real, if i fall …i will get me up again because am focused of having a 100% yield – having traded with word of God on this plane and made profits.
    Lets stop the debate and let each one focus on trading/living the word of God! for you that have issues – I say to you ….use (trade) the word on that area —you would see profit…i know you will because nothing is greater than the word of God.
    Know this, Gal 3:27; for all of you who have been baptized into Christ, have clothed yourselves with Christ! You are Christ now! Start living/trading (expressing) who you truly are! Anything outside of you in Christ is not real and should be subsume by the real one!
    Love you all my family in Christ!
    Cheers!
    Owusi Jerrie (www.savemeafuturetoday.org)
    info@savemeafuturetoday.org

  11. Response to d. huntleys’ post: Judge Not?…..Taking words from a text out of context leaves many of us without the principle thing : Wisdom. You do know right from wrong – don’t you? The mind, heart, and actions were Wrong. That’s a judgement and I stand by it and I’m not afraid of using discernment, wisdom, or common sense and more importantly I’m not afraid of being judged myself.
    Judge and condemn the action. Stop pussyfooting around. Stand for what is just – the respectable and honorable treatment of wives and women in general.

  12. our ways are not the ways of God, i lift my mentor Pastor Jaunita and her husband before God and i know that God is the greatest Strategist & Fixer, He will fix it for them, in Jesus name, Amen

  13. Sister, Bynum I know your pain been down that same road GOD
    love you and the work you do,let
    people know the devil is real and
    this is the type thing the devil
    will put in front of you, your husband allowed the devil to come
    in and trick his mind and the end
    results is,We should have churh
    in the court house break that
    yoke sister I love you, would like
    to meet you.

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