Broken Vows: Bishop Thomas Weeks III Breaks His Silence
This story continues to divide the church. Who was the perpetrator of domestic violence of God’s anointed? Prophetess Juanita Bynum alleged that her husband of four years savagely beat her on August 23, 2007. After being silence. Bishop Weeks did an interview that aired on Black Entertainment Television (BET) on January 20, 2008. In this interview, Bishop Weeks says that he never hit Prophetess Juanita Bynum. He in fact alleges that she has been violent towards him on many occasions. He says that Bynum fabricated this story in order to leave the marriage with her reputation in tact while annihilating his. He alleges that this story was fabricated so that she could gain notoriety, preserve her fan base, and as she has done, exploit the situation for financial gain. He also says that the two were not estranged as Bynum reported. He also claims that Bynum is tired of preaching and that she has her sights set on Hollywood.
Is Domestic Violence a Real Issue?
Prophetess Juanita Bynum, the face of domestic violence? Or is it in fact Bishop Thomas Weeks III? Who is the victim? Women are beaten by men everyday in this country. According to the National Violence Against Women Survey, 22% of women are physically assaulted by a partner or date in their lifetime. 5.3 million attacks occur each year among women 18 years old and older, resulting in 2 million injuries and 1,300 deaths. For more information or for help, visit www.ndvh.org or call Domestic Abuse Hotline 1-800-799-safe.
Domestic Violence is not just a woman’s issue; men are also abused by their partners. However, it is underreported, therefore, it is difficult to give accurate statistics. According to MenWeb, an estimated 835,000 men suffer in silence each year. Men are even less likely than women to admit they are abused because of pride. For more information or for help, visit www.batteredmen.com and www.safeforall.org.
Who Do You Believe?
Clearly there are three sides to this story, his side, her side, and the truth. But, which of the two is being honest with the body of Christ and the world? Weeks and Bynum have two different accounts of the day in question. Weeks alleges Bynum stopped him from entering his vehicle. That she was about to attack him and that he pushed her off. He recalled the first instance of domestic violence that the prophetess perpetrated against him. He went into great detail. He also recalled another instance of violence. Now that he has broken his silence, who is more creditable in the court of public opinion? Bishop Weeks offers a convincing argument. He went into great detail about the abuse he has suffered at the hands of his wife for years. Prophetess Bynum described Weeks as a man with a temper who was controlling. Who do you believe?
Where Do We Go from Here?
When you are anointed by God, and called to minister on the world’s stage, you are a living sacrifice. Only when the trial is over and the verdict is in will we know who sacrificed the other’s reputation. There is not doubt that one of them is not telling the truth. The issue is not just who lied on whom but what does that do to the body of Christ. The dirty laundry of God’s people is being aired out for the world to see. Will people use this as excuse to say, “ I knew church people were hypocrites” or will Christians become disillusioned and turn away? If Prophetess Bynum is the one not telling the truth, will the office of prophet and gift of prophecy be viewed in the same way? If Bishop Thomas Weeks III has compromised his anointing by lying to God’s people and the world, will the office of bishop or pastor still be viewed in high regard? Neither of them is perfect nor is one of them Christ. They are not to be worshipped. But God speaks to His people through them. Have we put these people on a pedestal and have forgotten that they are human and make mistakes? One thing is certain, soon the dust will clear and the truth will revealed and all lies exposed. Domestic Violence continues to be a real issue in America. If you or someone you know is being abused, get help. Let this hurtful situation for these God’s people cause a healing for someone else. Ultimately, the focus should not be on Prophetess Bynum or Bishop Weeks, but on the kingdom of God.