Monday, December 14, 2009

Bishop WEAKS: The Reality of Unholy Matrimony

Bishop Weeks with wife number 3, Prophetess Christina Glenn. "Bishop"? "Prophetess"? The Pulpit Pimps certainly like titles.

I really don't know how I missed this one, but somehow I did. Thanks to my sister Jos' love of spreading the "good" news of tacky D-list celebs and irreverent ministers, I just learned that Bishop Thomas Weeks III, infamous ex-husband of multi-millionaire Prophetess Juanita Bynum, was married for the third time to yet another message bearer for the Lord (supposedly), Christina Glenn in October.

If you're unfamiliar with Bishop Weeks, let me catch you up to speed. He is a pastor of a megchurch in Georgia and head of Global Destiny Ministries. After a quick perusal of his/the church's website, I'm not quite sure what the ministry's goal is, but I know the word "global" seems to be a crucial part of it (you can become a "Global Intercessor"or join "Global Destiny Online" or simply view the "Global Map"... only that last one seems to make a lot of sense). Anyway
, back in 2002, Weeks married Juanita Bynum, who is a best-selling author and quite popular on the Word of Faith circuit. They had a platinum wedding which was broadcast on TBN, and then went on to begin a joint ministry which included a relationship book. All seemed well in Pentecostal prosperity land until news broke in 2007 that Weeks had pulled a Chris Brown and beat Bynum in the parking lot of an Atlanta hotel. The ensuing media firestorm made both seem like self-serving sensationalists. She called herself "the new face of domestic violence" (I'm telling you, these prosperity pushers really like their titles), and went on "Divorce Court" to share her story. Weeks faced domestic violence charges for the assault and pleaded guilty. They divorced in 2008.

Sadly, the drama should've ended with the dissolution of their messy marriage. But of course, it didn't. A few months before the divorce was finalized, Weeks went on "The Wendy Williams" radio show to tell his side of the story and to hock his book about what he learned because of the mess.

The interview went so well that Wendy wound up believing Weeks over Bynum. And Weeks decided to keep up the positive (?) publicity push by looking for a new Missus. Via the internet. Weeks, with cameras rolling, consulted with staff members on the attributes his future third wife should have- including her being "sensual" (Hmmm... not that being sensual is a bad thing, but maybe someone could've suggested a speed read through Proverbs 31 for Godly ideas.). The Profit Prophet found love and more press when he hooked up with Christina Glenn, a very pretty (and I suppose, sensual) minister from Greensboro, North Carolina. As I mentioned at the start of this blog, the two married a couple of months ago in a not-as-lavish-as-his-second-wedding-but-still-headline-grabbing ceremony. They've already begun a series of relationship videos (available for viewing at his site) titled "You Can Begin Again".

Eww. I can begin to hurl again. Moving on, I mentioned way back that I was raised in a Pentecostal Assembles of the World (PAW) church, and incidentally, Bishop Weeks was ordained by this Oneness organization. In fact, growing up, I often heard about and from the Weeks family who attended some of our state conferences. I guess the acquaintanceship makes me feel nauseous, but what really makes me ill is how love, marriage and relationships are cheapened and then put on display for public consumption. While I expect such trashy disregard of matrimony from a VH1 celebreality star, coming from a man of the cloth- even if it's polyester tacky televangelist cloth- is horrendous.

Over the weekend, I finished reading Donald Miller's "Searching For God Knows What" (which by the way, is fab), and he retells a lesson he presented to a class of Theology students. He told the students he would be presenting a lecture on the Gospel, but something very important would be missing. He proceeded to speak on man's sinful, fallen state, the consequences of sin and how those consequences are prevalent throughout society today. He told the class, people must repent in order to leave this natural state of depravity. He had examples and charts, and finished over 30 minutes later. He then asked the class what had he omitted. They sat in silence for 4 or 5 minutes, stumped. The answer? Jesus.

When I think over this whole woeful tale- the multiple marriages, the physical abuse, the books, the seminars, the websites, even the churches- I can't help but wonder... why have so many Christians not noticed Who's missing?


Love Abounds At Home said...

Amen! Amen! Amen!

Alisha De Freitas said...

Thanks, sister!

Anonymous said...

There it is. They are missing Jesus. Liked this one, Lili.


Living, Loving @ Laughing said...

You are on point! My prayers go out to his wife.... if one thing this whole ordeal did that was right was to expose , what goes on behind closed doors, the secrets the inner circle ( missionnarirs, pastors, deacons, ministers, lay members, keeps hidden, the verbal and mental abuse , porn, etc all going on in our pulpits homes behind closed doors .....God is not mocked

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