But something happened to Juanita Bynum's fairytale. The golden couple split up. Then the dream became a nightmare.
According to Bynum, she was recently beaten, choked and stomped by her estranged husband, Weeks, outside an Atlanta hotel.
The alleged beating received plenty of national media coverage. Subsequently, Bynum held a press conference announcing that she had found a new "God-given" purpose. With a dramatic show of vulnerability and hubris, she said, "Domestic violence has a new name and face, and it's Juanita Bynum."
There can be only one possible reason why this marriage ended the way it did. Neither Bishop Weeks III nor Juanita Bynum are "born again," and God did not call them to be his ministers.
I submit to you that there's no way a man of God would beat his wife, as Weeks is alleged to have done.
And if Juanita were truly a woman of God, she would not use her marital problems for personal gain – or use the media to destroy her husband.
Rev. Haggard headed up the14,000-member New Life Church, based in Colorado. Haggard was also president of the National Evangelical Association, influencing some 30 million Christians. Ted Haggard – married with 5 children – fought for a ban on same-sex marriage this past election until he was "outed" by the prostitute.
After admitting to some of the allegations, Haggard agreed to temporarily step aside as the head of the church. But he and his wife were later informed that the church board has recommended he be permanently removed.
I can't help but wonder, what if instead of removing Rev. Haggard, the church had allowed him to stay on and share his testimony about this "darkness"? Wouldn't his testimony equip Christians with a deeper understanding of the spiritual battle we all face?
This is the core issue that needs to be addressed openly with all church members, not hidden away in secrecy.
Haggard's judgment and anger opened the door to allow evil to enter into him at a time when he didn't realize what had made a home in him. This evil spirit drives Haggard and drives most people, until they repent and are born of the spirit of God.
Mike Jones, the homosexual prostitute who exposed Haggard, is a tool of the devil. If this person had true love for his fellow man, he would have approached Haggard and encouraged him to stop his sinful and destructive behavior.
You figure out why JLP has differing approaches. In the first, a female pastor is having trouble with her husband, also a pastor, and JLP states both of them are not saved. In the second case, a pastor is caught having an affair with another MAN and JLP makes a case to keep him as head of a church?
You figure out why JLP has differing approaches.