Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Lunacy Continues

Saints here we go again. It's time for a little comic relief and a whole lot of prayer for the mind...because it (the mind) TRULY is TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE!

With that said, I guess I simply have to go back to the roots of this blog some 15 months ago with Get Right Church & Let's Go Home and Saints vs. Celebrities Pt.1. It was at that time that the church was facing another wave of moral collapse. The Bynum-Weeks Fiasco as it came to be known was spread all over the internet, television and newspapers showing that even those in the ministry had their social and marital problems.

I think we already knew that. We were aware that good, decent and saved folk do struggle in their marriages at times. However, what we didn't know is how actually "crazy" some of the individuals were (are) that are directing the church, counseling marriages and receiving church folks money by the millions per month. Some of these, like the one featured in this article even claimed (if not in words certainly by essence) to be seated at the right hand of God. Unfortunately this same one was not aware that she needed to duck to avoid the "right hook" of man...

Yesss...She's back...The Queen Of The South...Ms. Juanita Bynum-Weeks reborn into Juanita Bynum II...

What In The World Is That?

Essence Magazine recently did an article on Ms. Bynum who was allegedly battered and abused by her estranged husband Bishop Thomas "The Love Dr." Weeks III. As we all know Juanita was stricken in a parking lot with the underside of the Bishop's shoe...or as my friend Sabatha Lewis says, "Beat In The Street With A Cleat" .

Now I know you think I'm probably not saved to make fun of something potentially so serious...and I agree that there is never an excuse for domestic violence and abuse, but I really believe that when we examine this case as we have, we will have to honesty question if any of the participants were ever saved or in their right minds from the beginning.

I say that because these individuals never ceased to exalt themselves. In one instance Bynum claimed that she "was no ordinary preacher like these others", and that she had an unusual gift from God that placed her in a category all by herself...She did this while the crowd cheered and was awestruck over her prophecies that were sometimes kindergarten interpretations of biblical and non-biblical constructs made up to keep the dollars flowing.

She's Back

Only this time she is reborn. She is now Juanita Bynum II. On her 50th birthday celebration Juanita dawned her wedding dress to celebrate her rebirth. She is now the second in a succession of mentally challenged individuals in the same body who love the spotlight and attention.

Pastor Don't You Have Anything Else Better To Do Than To Bring Up This Junk?

Nope. Not at the moment. Besides they have nothing better to do than to do this junk in the open.

Why Is This Important?

Now that's the question a true critic asks.

This is important because Juanita has never repented or apologized to the church for any of her schemes and shams that she has tried to perpetuate on the Body Of Christ. Neither her or her estranged husband have ever stopped one time to address the millions of people that they duped or deceived while they headed global Destiny Ministries. The problem is that people actually believed their lie and now that she is "getting her life together" the people are just another pawn in the grand scheme of things and are expendable.


Just look at the history. After her alleged abuse the next thing you know was that Juanita was off to Hollywood via Oprah's ranch to be the "new face of domestic violence". After she left the ranch (because she wasn't invited) she went on to divorce her husband a day after she said on TBN that she wished him well and hoped to reconcile. Thomas Weeks thought that too because even he claimed that they were trying to reconcile until he got the memo that the reconciliation was off when he was served the divorce papers.

All of this happening and children, families, adolescent and aged alike watched on. Some scared to comment because other said "Well, you better not talk about it 'cause it can happen to you too." TRUE. It, divorce or domestic violence, can happen to anyone, but HOW it happens and WHAT happens makes all the difference in the Kingdom of Christ. Because there is a potential that it could happen is not the basis for true leaders and true leadership to back down from the message of the truth and righteousness. ie: Fear tactics are ineffective and no more than mind and crowd control. What's strange is that seems to be the air the church breathes today.

What's The Mind Behind The Madness?

This is where the true saint comes in at and becomes the most effective. Juanita is in need of prayer and her inner circle will seemingly only affirm her. In fact if I'm her friend there's no way I sit silently and let her put on a gown, carry around a sword and celebrate a birthday like that. That's flat out EMBARRASSING. Look at the mind for a minute. Let's see, when asked why she was wearing the gown Juanita responded by saying this:
  • "One of the greatest moments of my life was the day that I married. That day was supposed to be the defining moment of my life when I would show the world that I had stepped into my womanhood."
The world KNEW that she was a woman BEFORE she got married. She had told the world about "No More Sheets" and how various of her body parts were sold and had been sold to men all around the country for various prices. She must have been the ONLY one in the United States that thought she hadn't reached her "womanhood" Let's read on:
  • "It was always the original intention of my dress and I refused to let it not be because it was made for me. So I wore it because I felt like someone had robbed me of that right. I waited so many years to walk in it and I wanted to give the dress the honor for which it had been made. My father told me to always face your fears head-on, and since this was the dress that is connected to the incident for which the whole world remembered me, I said that if I'm going to cross over I have to go back and stand in the same place."
What is that Juanita. Overcoming your fear and entering your womanhood through a dress or article of clothing??? Is this a word from the Lord or what???

Then she spoke of the importance of he wedding dress, her rebirth, new name and evolution:
  • "...When I stood in that dress for the second time I looked at myself in amazement because I knew the real moment that I waited for all my life had come again for me to define who I was."
Hold the phone. A wedding dress "defined" who she was? Forget what God says...let's all look to be defined by our clothing now.
  • "So that's when God gave me my new name, Juanita Bynum, II, because I have redefined myself and been reborn. It was like being given an opportunity to be me again—the new evolved me. I rewrote my ten commandments and I declared that my past would not be a part of any mockery, shame or error, and it would only be a part of my future for me to pass on lessons about my experiences..."
She said God gave her a new name because SHE has redefined herself and been reborn??? Then she "rewrote her 10 commandments" What is that??? That is mental pressure speaking and an unsound mind. Problem is she's still directing the lives of others in this condition, still selling books and still receiving offerings from the faithful...WOW! Now, be careful, because the last celebrity rebirth that we experienced was Kirk Franklin. Soon after he declared his rebirth, he was on Oprah declaring that he was a recovering porn addict. All the while he was an award winning gospel artist. Is something similar in the works for Juanita Bynum II?

Now this is where it could get sticky...So far as the sword is concerned...(And I won't quit my day job to go on a comedy tour) let's see what she says about that:
  • Bynum: "Yes, I told my manager when I lifted that sword [during my birthday celebration] I had something on me and that I'm getting ready to fight for every woman I know who has low self-esteem, feels like she can't get herself together or has been made to feel like trash. That fight is in me for real now."
Now I wonder what she's gonna do with that sword. If she reads this we probably all know what her response is to that question, but all I can say is that those who live by the sword die by the sword. The new sword we have is an invisible and all encompassing sword of the spirit and of the WORD which is the only thing able to meet the needs.

Now, I told you 15 months ago that she considered herself a celebrity. When asked about her sincerity in her endeavors what does she say?:
  • "People that don't understand the life of a celebrity would say that. You should never talk or fight while your opponent is fighting. Let them say anything and everything they are going to say. I'm a lady so I don't do that. But everybody in their right mind knew I was going to stand up for it with dignity and not like a clown. I had a story to tell. There are things that happened in my marriage that I will never discuss because there's no need. Today, I am married to my destiny and l promise to remain faithful to her forever and always."
In other words we question because she, as a celebrity, has a life that we common folk can't quite grasp. Self exaltation STILL reigns in this lady's mind. Can the church, does the church see it? I wonder. In addition, she was always married to her destiny...that was what most of her most popular messages were about...a self destiny and purpose. Certainly NOT about the Kingdom of Christ.


I do want to conclude by relaying my sympathies for the death of her father 7 months ago. This was another very stressful event upon her. I really and sincerely believe that Juanita has snapped and should be advised by at least one of those 300 people who went to her birthday event to sit down, get some sound counseling, restore or establish a relationship with Christ and don't be afraid to become and be another face in the crowd of the sanctified and blood washed host.

Romans 12:1-2 ~ "1-I beseech you therefore by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy , acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2- And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and accpetable, and perfect, will fo God."

Blessed!

15 comments:

  1. This is truly a sad day for the Body of Christ. I believe that in the early part of her ministry (brokeness) she really had a heart for GOD, the things of GOD, and most importantly the people of GOD. She was definately an intercessor. However, because of the fame and notoriety, she lost her way.

    The Bible clearly tells us that a great fallen away will occur... even the very elect will be deceive (if it were possible)... With that said, she mentioned several years ago about her having a mental (nervous) breakdown due to the stress and pressure of life (first divorce, ministry etc). Hence, history is repeating itself.

    I agree that her inner circle are guilty as charged. No one is speaking into her life truth, correction, reproof, nor rebuke. So many of these so-called "celebrity christians" surround themselves with yes men/women because they can't endure sound doctrine.

    People of GOD, until she and others like her (Bryant, Tims, the White's, Jakes, and Weeks) repents OPENLY before the church, the fall will become greater and greater. Thus, a bad reflection upon the Body of Christ, as unbelievers are not aware of the scriptures being fulfilled (fallen away).

    Man of God, give ear to the Spirit of the LORD and continue to PROCLAIM/HEARALD the TRUTH via the internet, the pulpit, in your community etc, as the LORD is about to do GREATER things in YOU and your MINISTRY. You are about to encounter a season (dark) in your life when your close ministry friends will walk away from you... Let them GO! GOD will use this experience to give you GREATER clarity, and a GREATER anointing. Speak the WORD, in season and out of season...

    There's a lifting of the hands...

    Intercessor

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  2. This is tragic and a tragedy in the making. I am sure the secular headlines will read the end of this tragic story. And all will be "saddened". But while she is alive why wont those who cant speak into her ear, saying what thus saith the Lord? Or has someone given her God's Word and she has rejected it? In either case, no good will come of it.

    Her words here seem to indicate the latter.

    Why? Because blind people have surrounded and insulated another blind person (Bynum) and goaded her into thinking she can walk across a busy street with speeding cars in both directions ---blind---and not be hurt. Delusion produces death, both spiritually and naturally.

    There is but one end to pride: a fall.

    Lord, do you see this? Please help us out of this deep ditch before it is too late.

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  3. This is tremendously heartbreaking. I pray that those who truly care for her, would do all they can to help her turn to the truth.

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  4. Pastor Burnett, GCMWatch(Pastor Foster), Intercessor, and other Saints,

    What is IT going to take for Juanita Bynum to repent? Her first marriage failed. She has had problems in her flesh just like all of have...but she used her testimony and her gifts to gain fame and fortune...i.e. No More Sheets. She took an already married man, and I heard a prophetess say way before the headlines of this fiasco union falling apart publicly, that IT WAS NOT the LORD's doing! She got beat down by the devil in her Ahab husband...(You do reap what you sow. I am not EXCUSING Weeks' behavior!) What will it take for her to repent?

    Where are all of these spiritual parents of hers, Jakes, Hilliards, Paul and Jan Crouch? What have they done to SIT HER DOWN? They are just as guilty as her because they are in the same spiritual boat she is in!

    Married to her destiny? I am a woman now? My LORD, she has not figured out that she is a woman before she turned 50?

    She needs to go away and get help to be healed. She needs to go and sin no more! She needs pyschiatric help. She has been an offense to the Gospel a long time and now she has taken it to another level.

    I agree with Pastor Foster, Her pride is leading her to a great fall. I believe she HAS BEEN warned by true saints and I believe the HOLY GHOST has left her! It is almost like watching the living version of King Saul before our very eyes!

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  5. I concur with everything said here. Looking at the picture, if she wasn't well known, she would remind you of the crazy people you come across on the streets that preach and talk crazy at the same time and wondered what happened to them and keep on walking..

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  6. The Bible states that a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. This is what I think about Juanita Bynum II or Jr.
    GOD BLESS

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  7. Superintendent Burnett:

    I had not seen these previous articles. Thank-you for re-running them as they remain extremely prevalent and relevant to some of our current dilemnas in the church and Christianity.

    Shalom,
    Min. Johnson

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  8. All comments are truly on point!

    All I hear in the spirit concerning Juanita is "one cannot serve 2 masters...you cannot serve God and mammon!"

    If God be God, then serve Him, if baal be baal, then serve him...Obviously Juanita is serving the latter at this point in her life. I pray that the scales will fall from her eyes before she's so far gone that she can never find her way back...IF that hasn't already happened!

    Sister Pat

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  9. Juanita Bynum has spiritual and mental issues that are as glaring to the discerning eye as a Broadway marquee. Her old wedding dress? Swashbuckling with a fake sword? Adding "II" to her name? Jesus take the wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. EnochWalked,

    Who will sit Bynum's ministers down? Everyone you mentioned needs to be "silenced" for a while themselves!
    This is not new for Juanita Bynum. She has been on the edge for years. Her mannerisms, teachings, hyper-emotionalism and theories have been off for a long time. She's had a previous psychiatric hospitalization. I am soory for that.
    In the BET documentary on her life as a minister the y explored her origins and early years. It was revealed that her mother set her apart from her siblings as a child who had a "calling" and a special "anointing" . She was sent to a different school and was forbidden to do some things her mother allowed her other children to do. Sounds like a prescription for mania to me; the sibs and Juanita. even now hse holds herself a special and different.
    Her screaming, extrabiblical revelations, phoney prophesies and money manipulations of the unlearned, gullible, desparate, lazy and stupid paid her very well.
    How long will she remaina maverick and rebel? We need to pray for her and many others. They have decieved many.
    I hope people can now CLEARLY see that her lie that GOD gave her the design for her ceremony and its excess to re-do a ceremony to q man she was ALREADY married to months before was a charade. According to some press reports she paid a king's ransom ($30,000( for it. I guess she needed a reason to wear the thing again. Sheesh!

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  11. Pastor Burnett, After reading the post and comments,I am convinced that members of the body of Christ love Juanita and want Gods'best for her as I do.Let's continue to pray for her total deliverance,body,soul,spirit and mind.WE know that God can if she will only be honest,humble and willing.Thank God for your concern and compassion,also,your uncompromising stand for the truth.

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  12. Walt,

    Your assessment is on point. I believe that the church really wants the best for Juanita and wants to see her turn towards the biblical path.

    I don't personally know her but I have some unspoken relationships to her past and present that I won't mention at this point, and I really would like to see her take time and consider her ways and as you said, simply submit to God and his people in humility. I believe that God would deal with whatever is wrong and use her to HIS glory if she would allow that to work.

    She really doesn't need to be this confused or confused period.

    Thanks.

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  13. I pray much harder for her followers and those she has mislead and will continue to do so, than I do for her. It is not that I have a lack of compassion for her situation but I am naturally more concerend for those who are hurt by the madness. Perhaps my own experiences have made me so. Fact is; both sides need prayer. Please don't forget the sheep!

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  14. Amen St. James.

    The people allowing themselves to be deceived are in a very dangerous situation because if it's not Juanita it's someone else...

    This leads to another point...What is the church feeding the flock that they are so hingry and will almost eat anything? Are we (in general) teaching discretion and spiritual discernment so that the truth will be known from a lie? If we are, are the appetites of the people so intrenched in self-will that they eat ungodly fruit anyway no matter what we preach?

    Israel, was taught what to do and how to serve the true and living God, but they degenerated so until they claimed God had a cohort and set her representation next to the temple to worship her along with God...

    I'm inclined to believe that many of the priests were yet preaching and teaching, but yet immorality abounded because of the hearts condition of the people...

    I believe in short that Juanita and those like Juanita only expose the true, underlying problem within the church...a moral degeneration and spiriutal decay called apostasy, which Paul promised that some will depart from the faith and be turned unto fables...this turning is because of what's bound in their hearts...

    I believe that's where we are.

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  15. Pastor Burnett:

    You said "If we are, are the appetites of the people so intrenched in self-will that they eat ungodly fruit anyway no matter what we preach?"

    I believe this is the core of our problems, and not to sit in judgment, but I have had to focus on the God's Word to keep me grounded and of a sound mind and not get caught up in all of the hype that is being presented as straight from the mouth of God and not his Word in order for me to reach my "destiny". Really can't stand that word now and it is so overated and a marketing term to get more money in my opinion.


    I John 2:15-16
    15Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

    16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

    (I believe money, fame and fortune drives the majority of the "church" today)

    2Preach the WORD (I don't know what most preachers are preaching nowadays); be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

    3For the time will come when they will not endure SOUND doctrine; but after THEIR own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having ITCHING ears;

    4And they shall turn away their ears from the TRUTH (we typically don't want to hear the truth, too much work and causes us to dig deep within ourselves), and shall be turned unto FABLES."

    (All of her rhetoric and her cohorts is just that FABLEs and THEIR followers regurgitate it and spread it as GOSPEL0

    I love the whole chapter of 2 Peter..

    3Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their OWN lusts,

    4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

    (Now everything is DESTINY, not preparing AND focusing on His coming and preparing ourselves to be found in Him or when He calls us home)

    2 Peter 3:9
    The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward (thank you Lord for your Mercy and Grace) not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (this is our ultimate destiny and purpose)


    Very seldom do I hear "repent and turn from our wicked ways; crucify our flesh with its affections and lusts; we must beat our own bodies into subjection because in our flesh dwells no good thing; we talk too much about destiny, purpose, money, our time, our season, nothing that is going to save our souls...

    Okay, I digressed a bit, but back to the state of Juanita mentally, physically and spiritually, some highlights in CAPS.

    Jude 1


    12These are SPOTS on your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: CLOUDS WITHOUT WATER, CARRIED ABOUT BY WINDS; TREES WHOSE FRUIT WITHERED, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

    13Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; WANDERING STARS, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.


    17But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

    18How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

    19These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

    20But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

    21Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

    22And of SOME have COMPASSION, making a difference:

    23And OTHERS SAVE with FEAR, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

    My question is how do you determine the differene between those to have compassion for other save with fear? What is the difference?


    24Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

    25To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

    I am in prayer for her that those that love and are around her will rescue her and tell her the truth...

    I really believe that she regrets the spectable she made to the public and it went further than she expected, and really wants her husband back.

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