Pulpit Pimping Gone Bad

***UPDATE – March 11, 2008*** 

 Wow, that was quick. After a few hours of trial, Thomas Weeks pleads guilty to assualting his wife. She doesn’t look too happy with the verdict, does she?



Original Post – March 10, 2008 

By now, you’re well aware of the Thomas Weeks – Juanita Bynum marriage, divorce, domestic violence debacle. You can Google to find out (or be reminded) of their sorted mess, so I won’t rehash it here.

The good “bishop” Weeks goes on trial this week in Atlanta to answer to the legal implications of the alleged domestic violence encounter that took place here in the ATL last August. Since “the incident”, his church has lost thousands of members, and he’s been posting more videos on the Web than Osama Bin Laden.

I would normally ignore this mess, but I found a few interesting nuggets in the article from today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Robert Graves, who worked as an organist at Global Destiny and travels with Bynum, said he heard more of the couple’s disagreements than he wanted because his office was next to Bynum’s. “You heard a lot of profanity and screaming,” Graves said. “There were a few times when we saw the effects of what we heard.”

What do you expect? When two pimps are vying for the same “turf”, there’s bound to be trouble sooner or later.

In December 2006, Weeks was accused of workplace violence. He allegedly grabbed a female employee by the neck and threw her to the floor because he was angry about how she handled church affairs. Bynum and others persuaded the employee not to report the incident, court records show.

I grew up in the “big city”, so hearing about (or seeing) a pimp disciplining his “employees” is nothing new – except when it happens in a church office. But wait, here’s the key to this whole mess:

In the months leading up to the Aug. 21 incident, Graves said Weeks got upset because he wanted his wife to come to services more often. Bynum’s ministry was at a high point. Because of her demanding schedule of TV appearances and speaking engagements, Bynum was being pulled away from Global Destiny. Collections were down, Graves said.

“The church was pretty much built around her popularity. When she left, that kind of hurt the ministry.”

There you have it – the straw that broke the camel’s back was a decrease in “collections” (again, doesn’t that sound like what the pimp does at the end of his employee’s “work shifts”? Go around to gather their “collections” for the night?). Although Weeks claims that his wife “wanted to be the next Oprah”, he’s just as guilty because he was pimping her popularity while she was pimping the Gospel.

Jesus built his church on Peter’s revelation that He was the Son of God (Matthew 16:13-19), Weeks & Bynum built their “church” on the revelation that they could make a few dollars off the backs of hard working (yet deceived) believers.

I said it before and I’ll say it again: the pimp is only as successful as his “employees” allow him to be – if you stop putting up with this mess, then they’ll go away. Salvation doesn’t come from the “anointing” of a pimp – it comes from belief in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16). PERIOD.

While many will turn from pimps like Weeks & Bynum and return to the true Word of God, others will still flock to them. The bible clearly says that you are a fool if you put your trust in man. Moreover, your heart turns away from God when you prop up others in Christ’s place (Jeremiah 17:5-6).

To those of you who read this blog as escapees of your former pimps and former residents of the plantation, I urge you to continue to pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ – specifically that their eye’s and ears are opened to the deception that they’ve submitted to, that they repent of their faith in men, and that they return to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Pray hard, because this is what we’re still up against:

Bynum continues to work as a traveling evangelist and platinum-selling gospel singer. Weeks still preaches from his pulpit at Global Destiny with charismatic charm that brings women to their feet to praise God.

I guess this is what Paul meant when he wrote 2 Timothy 3:1-6.


3 Responses to “Pulpit Pimping Gone Bad”

  1. 1 gcmwatch March 10, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Okay I wont wear out my welcome but I cant forget a friend of mine who was seeking “recoginition”. She thought that by joining one of these big churches she would chummy up to the “tv pastor” she was accustomed to and viola, the same anointing would be on her. She went first to Jentzen Franklin’s church, was there about 6 months only to find out he wasnt interested in meeting with her.

    Next she decided to go to the next hot thing in Atlanta which at the time was Global destiny, et al. A couple of weeks there and the stars in her eyes dissappeared. These pimps pimping pimps getting pimped see people as $$$ signs, nothing more.

    I felt sad for her and the many others in the Atlanta area who are starstruck on a man but have little time for Jesus and the Kingdom of God. I advised her to find a small church where the leader is authentic and serve the Lord with gladness.

  2. 2 Speaking Truth March 10, 2008 at 11:19 am

    You are always welcome here sir – comment anytime you want!

    You’re right – people are chasing after these men (and women) hoping to get “it” on them, and they’re dissappointed when they look under the “skirt” of ministry to see what’s really there.

    The sad thing about the whole situation is that there are plenty of “pimps in training” just waiting for their chance to “come up”. As soon as one of these pimps fall, the P.I.T. is more than willing to fill in the void.

    We’ve got to keep waving the Blood stained banner!

  3. 3 Candy July 21, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    My former pimp took it to the point of one of his ministers saying his name in the pulpit then saying mmmph mmph mmph thers just somethign about that name. I todl my family this wsa worship as the bible says JESUS there is something about that naem. I told ym familt that if he did not correct this worship by Wedneday nights srevice God was goign to take him out of here. Wednesday night came and no correctionwa smade. This 40 year old man dropped dea in the fllor at the end of service righ in front of a woman who did her trial sermon shouting over the pastor adn not Jesus

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