In 1997, Juanita Bynum rose to stardom after delivering a powerful message titled “No More Sheets” at Bishop T.D. Jakes’ annual “Women Thou Art Loosed” conference. She continued to minister to audiences around the globe after that huge success. Bynum began to write books and to record CDs, and as her popularity grew, her sermons were picked up by the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). By about 2002, the “Prophetess” was no longer a featured speaker at the conference. Now, after nearly 20 years Jakes and Bynum have reunited.
In 1992, the global phenomenon of “Woman Thou Art Loosed” began as a curriculum taught to women by Jakes in the effort to encourage women to become extraordinary ladies of purpose. Throughout his ministry, the Bishop has shown a remarkable ability to minister to hurting people, especially women. The conference theme is based on the biblical text Luke 13:11-13 where Jesus heals a woman on the Sabbath. The woman had suffered for 18 years and was instantly healed from her infirmity after Jesus laid hands on her.
And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
It was this conference that set the stage for Bynum’s message “No More Sheets” to cause a major impact across the globe. Some have alleged that it was this same message that caused the breakdown between Jakes and Bynum. After the explosive message went viral, supposedly the Prophetess felt slighted financially by the Bishop. Another theory of the duo’s divide is after a successful reign of ministry, Jakes offered advice about the direction of her future and Bynum rebelled.
When she failed to take the advice she and Bishop Jakes parted ways. She later openly apologized because she wasn’t acting like a daughter to Bishop Jakes. She said that she should have listened and learned instead of being rebellious. They have accepted each other back with open arms.
Regardless of the reason behind the fallout, Jakes and Bynum have reunited after 20 years for the same conference. After the breakup, the preacher’s ministry took a huge hit. However, Bynum has continued to play a pivotal role in the Christian ministry. She is a New York Times best-selling author, actress, and multiplatinum-selling gospel artist. The singer has ministered to thousands around the globe in venues filled to capacity.
At one point it was as if Bynum disappeared from the public eye altogether. It was during this season, according to the minister, that she grew a deeper relationship with God. When speaking of her evolution in ministry, the author said:
I’m sensitive like you wouldn’t believe to people and what they deal with and what they go through because now I am them. I’m no longer the preacher that’s in the pulpit that has all the fame and all the money that says ‘Y’all hold on.’ And people are struggling, and they are having hard times and taking losses in their lives in which they’ll never recover. Now because I’ve experienced those things, my ‘Hold on, I’m praying for you, it’s going to be all right, and you’re going to make it’ comes from a very deep place, and I think people believe that because they’ve seen me walk through it.
Bynum is back and more compassionate than ever. Her preaching is no longer just scriptural, the convictions given to her by others, it is now straight from personal experience. Many are excited about the reconnection and for the televangelist to grace the stage of an event that made her a household name.
“Woman Thou Art Loosed: Master Class” is set for Oct. 18-20, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. Rev. Bynum is not finished sharing her story and hopes to inspire others. To the excitement of many of her continued supporters, Jakes and Bynum will reunite after 20 years where it all began.
By Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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