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Pastor “apologizes”

This story is from yesterday’s Arab Times. I am putting in the whole thing because of what is missing:

A US pastor accused of beating his televangelist wife Joanita Bynum has apologized to all Christians over a case that could see him imprisoned for up to 27 years.

In a statement issued through his lawyers Wednesday, Thomas W. Weeks III, 40, apologized to Christians, his church family and others “having to endure this ordeal.”

Weeks, known to his followers as Bishop Weeks, is accused of beating, stomping, choking and threatening to kill his gospel singer wife during an August 21 argument outside a hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been indicted on felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from the alleged attack.

“Because of the method in which this was handled just hours following the situation, it has not only hurt me, but has damaged the reputation of Christians around the world,” Weeks said.

“It is for this reason that I continue to trust in God while the storm would try to engulf me. Finally, I’m asking every Christian to pray that God’s will be done.”

In his statement, Weeks, the pastor and co-founder of Global Destiny Ministries, also cautioned against rushing to judgement in the case, and said he would give his side of what happened at the appropriate time.

This article makes my blood boil.

He apologizes to everyone – EXCEPT to his wife, whom he beat, stomped, choked and threatened to kill.

This is typical of the cowardly kind of bully who beats up on those smaller than he is and tries to make them believe that it is THEIR FAULT, that they drive him to these vicious rages by . . . oh who knows . . . a tone of voice, a step too loud, one of the kids gets a bad grade. It is always everyone else’s fault, and he is quick to kick the nearest victim, usually his wife. And the saddest thing of all, is that the wife, and sometimes the kids, buy into this jerk’s reasoning. “You made me do it.”

“You made me blacken your eye. You made me break your arm. You made me push you down the stairs. You made me drink. You enraged me. It’s all YOUR fault.”

If you are one of those cowardly, contemptible bullies reading this, I have nothing but scorn for you.

I hope this guys wife leaves him and never looks back. Of course, the problem is, he is one of those self-absorbed imbeciles who might feel she is his property, and might decide to kill her for leaving him. Still, even a moment’s freedom from this abusive lout’s controlling rages is better than another minute in his presence.

In the last line, he says he will give his side in time – yeh, when he can figure out how to present it so that HE is the victim, and his beaten wife the bad guy. I am not going to hold my breath.

September 8, 2007 - Posted by | Community, Crime, Cross Cultural, Family Issues, Living Conditions, News, Relationships, Social Issues, Women's Issues


  1. God I hate abuse in all its forms…

    Comment by chikapappi | September 8, 2007 | Reply

  2. Me too, Chikapappi.

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 8, 2007 | Reply

  3. Probably he is not practicing what he is preaching or may be he is doing ‘ love thy neighbour , beat your wife ‘ thing !
    He should rot in jail !

    Comment by "GreY" | September 8, 2007 | Reply

  4. He’s only apologizing to get out of the jail sentence.. a**h0le…

    Comment by Swair | September 8, 2007 | Reply

  5. I get the impression that this guy thinks if we knew could just see it from his point of view, we would understand that his wife “deserved” it. Sadly, his wife may see it that way, too. It’s common among abused spouses.

    Ya hit the nail on the head, Swair, Grey.

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 8, 2007 | Reply

  6. i think he just couldt controll his anger,and as human,he should and must be forgiven.its true that he preach….fine,but he cant be 100%holy and pure..we should always no that mistakes are bound to happen but woe to him trough whom it comes,so we should;t condemn him thuogh our judging because we’ll also be judged by God someday…LINDA BOATENG,GHANA

    Comment by linda Boateng | June 19, 2008 | Reply

  7. Linda, I read your thoughtful comment. I agree. You are right. Sometimes I get carried away, especially when it comes to violence against women.

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 28, 2008 | Reply

  8. it is witten that judge not thta you might not be judged,
    tome thuis c’ld have been un on going issue till it got public.he s’ld apologise to his wife that He bitan let God sort them out.
    Character is also another thing before you get to bishop
    it is required of you to be aman of agodly chracter,well disciplined etc.
    God is mercifull that is true but what about the damaged image?

    Comment by james | August 20, 2008 | Reply

  9. You are right about mercy, James. And a person who serves the Lord as leader needs to be particularly careful, I believe, to set a proper example. We can forgive a lapse, but hitting and biting a woman shows poor judgement, in my mind.

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 20, 2008 | Reply

  10. i want to know how this happened! coz i cant understand a husband beating up a wife for no reason….just cant understand that!

    Comment by peter | March 14, 2010 | Reply

  11. Peter – there are SOME reasons you can understand a husband beating up a wife????

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 15, 2010 | Reply

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