Juanita Bynum burst onto the scene with the delivery of her powerful message, “No More Sheets,” at the 1997 “Woman Thou Art Loosed” Conference. It was Bishop T.D. Jakes who gave her the opportunity to become a phenomenon in the black Christian community via his women’s conference platform twenty years ago. Bynum’s presentation changed the lives of many women, including her own. Following her swift catapult to fame, controversy ensued in Bynum’s life and ministry. While it is not entirely clear what caused the rift in Bynum’s relationship with Bishop Jakes as his “spiritual daughter”, it is evident that she refused to heed some of the wise advice he was giving her. As her ministry blossomed, discord grew between them and she was no longer featured as a speaker in the line-up of the popular WTAL conference. In 2003, Ms. Bynum apologized to Bishop Jakes for being rebellious among other things. With Bynum’s return to the WTAL conference stage, it seems safe to assume that Bishop Jakes has extended an olive branch of peace, forgiveness, and reconciliation to his “spiritual daughter”, and all is well between both parties.
The Christian Post reports: “About two weeks ago, Bynum teased a one-minute promotional clip on Facebook of her pending appearance at Jakes’ “Woman Thou Art Loosed: Master Class” set for Oct. 18-20, sparking excitement among her supporters. The event, which will be held in Dallas, Texas, promises an “unforgettable weekend” to women who will be attending from around the world. “Trust us, when we say this conference is not only going to impact you spiritually but catapult you to a level of success making you the master of your journey! So prepare yourself for Woman Thou Art Loosed Master Class!” the Potter’s House said. Along with Bynum, the event will feature Bishop Jakes, his daughter, Sarah Jakes Roberts, and Pastor Sheryl Brady. Bynum shot to fame after her 1997 “No More Sheets” sermon at the “Woman Thou Art Loosed” Conference. In that sermon, she discussed her battle with her sexuality and her longing for a husband. She described the bed-sheets as all the empty sex she’d had with men….By about 2002, the year she got married to Rev. Thomas W. Weeks, Bynum was no longer a featured speaker at the conference, after discord strained her relationship with Bishop Jakes. Five years later, Bynum and Weeks headed for divorce court after a very public beating in an Atlanta parking lot. She later confessed in 2012 to using drugs and engaging in same-sex relationships.”
Despite her years of straying, having said and done some crazy things, many believe that Juanita Bynum still has an original anointing on her life and they are excited to see what her reunion with Bishop Jakes will bring to this year’s “Woman Thou Art Loosed” Conference.
Watch her 1997 message below: