Juanita Bynum Archive

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Why televangelist Juanita Bynum was arrested

Televangelist Juanita Bynum spent last Thursdays night in a Dallas jail after she was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in a civil proceeding against her.

According to the Dallas Morning News she was released the next day, after appearing in court to answer questions in the case, which involves a 2007 judgment ordering her to pay $140,000 to ALW Entertainment.

Headed by Al Wash, ALW Entertainment bills itself as the “premiere music and entertainment company in the country.”

Wash’ attorney, David Anthony Small, says Bynum was sued by Wash for failing to perform in a play based on her famous sermon, “No More Sheets,” for which he had paid her.

When Bynum stopped making payments to Wash, Small took steps to enforce a civil order.

According to Obnoxioustv’s Blog

Small, filed a motion petitioning all of Bynum’s financial records, including copies of her banks statements, tax records, and proof of income. Not only did she not produce the court ordered documents, she didn’t show up for the hearing. Smalls was left with no other choice than to have a warrant taken out.

Bynum was arrested just as she was about to speak at the 9th Annual Spring Prophetic Conference held at Marriott Las Colinas.

Juanita Bynum

She was picked up on a so-called ‘capias warrant.’ The ultimate goal of a capias warrant is to force someone to comply with a court order.

Bynum, who considers herself a ‘prophetess, is a well-known author, gospel singer, and televangelist. She is a prime promoter of the ‘Prosperity Gospel‘ — a ‘spiritual’ scam in which people are told God wants to make them rich, but can only do so if they show faith by donating money to someone else (usually the ‘evangelist’ who teaches that stuff).

Here’s a sampling of her teachings on the subject:

Bynum’s 2003 ‘Million Dollar’ wedding to ‘Bishop’ Thomas W. Weeks III was the stuff of legends, but ended in divorce five years later.

Obnoxioustv’s Blog says the evangelist was “held on a $10K bond, which she was unable to meet.”

While in the hearing, Bynum told the judge her income varies, and she has no set salary but lives off of honorariums which range from $500 – $2 million.

Televangelist Juanita Bynum’s ex-husband seeks new wife on Web

Televangelist Juanita Bynum’s ex-husband seeks new wife on Web

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — The ex-husband of national televangelist Juanita Bynum, who divorced after a parking lot fight between the two landed him in jail, plans to take his search for a new wife to the Internet with videos featuring dating tips and what he’s looking for in a mate.

Thomas W. Weeks III, a minister who runs an Atlanta-area church and is known to his followers as Bishop Weeks, said the 10-episode series will be available starting Tuesday on his Web site.

Excerpts available Friday included Weeks, 41, discussing with aides what he should look for in his third wife.

The group concludes the woman should be at least 25 years old but “with special exemptions for 21 and up if they are classy,” Weeks said. She also must want to have children with him.

“This woman has to be very discerning, and very intimate, and very social and very sensual,” Weeks says, laughing. “And on the ministry side she has to be very diverse. She can’t be ugly.”

Bynum, 49, filed for divorce after the couple had an August, 2007, fight in an Atlanta hotel parking lot that landed Weeks in jail on charges that he pushed, choked and beat Bynum.

He pleaded guilty to assaulting her, is serving three years’ probation and has completed court ordered community service and anger management counseling.

– Source: Televangelist’s ex-husband seeks new wife on Web, Juanita Cousins, Ap, Sep. 19, 2008 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

Weeks will document his effort to open his heart to love again in 10 streaming video “Web Episodes” of his reality show “WHO WILL BE THE NEXT MRS. WEEKS,” which airs at noon Tuesday on his Web site www.bishopweeks.com. The idea came after Weeks was flooded with thousands of e-mails and letters from people offering advice about what to look for in his third wife. Some even offered to be his wife.

Weeks is inviting his followers to observe his personal life so they can get a Christian perspective on dating and coping with the desire for intimacy. The Pentecostal pastor will soon release a book about the subject called “Finding Yourself While In Transition.”

Viewers of his reality show can share their opinions on being single and his search for a mate by sending e-mails or chatting live with Weeks.

While Weeks keeps his love life in the public eye, his divorce lawyer says he is not getting the payments he is supposed to from Bynum.

The lawyer, Randy Kessler, said Friday the evangelist is behind on a settlement agreement ending her union with Weeks, under which she agreed to pay $10,000 a month for four months to cover attorney fees when the couple divorced in June.

“She should have been almost done paying the $40,000 by now, but she’s just getting started,” Kessler said. “We have gotten one payment of $5,000.”

Kessler said Bynum still has not transferred the title to the couple’s 2004 Land Rover to Weeks or made arrangements to pick up antiques she wanted from the house.

Bynum’s Waycross compound, where she runs her international ministry, was recently facing foreclosure and a delinquent tax sale at the same time, according to Ware County Tax Commissioner Steve Barnard.

The tax sale was advertised in a Ware County newspaper for a week. Then, the Evangelical Christian Credit Union, the property’s finance company, stepped forward to absorb the bill.

– Source: Bishop Weeks looking for a new wife after Bynum, D. Aileen Dodd, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sep. 18, 2008 — Summarized by Religion News Blog