Juanita Bynum, the American televangelist and singer, has come under criticism for asking people to “pay big” to learn how to pray.
The author and lecturer is the founder of Juanita Bynum International, her ministry, which is based in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States.
The televangelist recently announced a programme themed ‘The Prayer Institute’ scheduled to hold in October.
To participate in the programme, the singer asked people to pay pay $1,499 — which is about N642,860.
In a blog post, the 63-year-old author said the four-week intensive programme will begin from October 6 and hold every Thursday in the month.
According to the post, registration for the programme originally costs $1,999 –which is about N857,290 — but now goes for $1,499.
Benefits of the programme, according to the post, include “two hour intensive (7 sessions), Q & A (at the end of each intensive), the prayer institute tote bag, and the prayer institute binder.”
Others are “exclusive prayer institute journal, the prayer institute certificate, mantling of a full prayer shawl by Dr. Bynum, and sacred anointing oil”.
Further checks on the website by Nobelie shows Bynum charges for other prayer-related items such as scared prayer kits and 5 am prayer t-shirt which cost $133 and $15 respectively.
Her registration fee for the forthcoming programme has sparked a wave of backlash on Twitter.
Several users called out the televangelist for “selling” what should be free.
Here are what some people had to say:
Only thing unexplainable why you charging 1500 to “talk to god”
— gary rickelman (@powerkickaction) September 16, 2022
If y’all pay Juanita Bynum $1,500 you deserve whatever demons come w/ that shit pic.twitter.com/MjeetlIb5a
— Ann Elizabeth (@diggybaby) September 15, 2022
Someone asked if a man will rob God and this girl answered “No, but Juanita Bynum will” whewwwwwww 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😖😖🤣🤣🤣🤣😭. I’m so damn weak
— Patrice Woodbine (@angel_eva1234) September 15, 2022
Juanita Bynum needs her ass whooped for charging people $1500 to teach them how to pray.
— k a r y. (@itsKARY_) September 16, 2022
Juanita Bynum is a prime example of Pimps in The Pulpit… I’m in disbelief. The Old Saints taught us to pray by being examples, and the Bible gives specific instructions on how to pray! pic.twitter.com/OclA4Iac2X
— Petition to have Marlo’s Peach 🍑 Taken (@ThatsArtez) September 15, 2022
Juanita Bynum should really be ashamed of herself wow.
— 🖤 (@Krystalclassic) September 17, 2022
Juanita Bynum charging $1.499.00 for prayer institute. BYE JUANITA! The gospel is free so why would I pay that?? 😭
— Niesha Speaks (@nieshaspeaks_) September 15, 2022
So Juanita Bynum out here charging $1500 for prayers, a Ross journal, vegetable oil, and a $5 below tote bag. The Saints are out of line and out of pocket. I believe Juanita been listening to Cardi B. I don’t do nothing for free you know I gotta charge. 💯
— Doubledeemuva (@doubledeemuva) September 16, 2022
What is wrong with Juanita Bynum????!!! She want you to pay 1500 to learn how to pray???!!!!! pic.twitter.com/2WZpycvsCj
— Gemini’s Groove (@AyooKinqDre) September 16, 2022
I’ll never forget the Judge Judy episode where a lady was being sued cause she borrowed money to go to a Juanita conference and didn’t pay the woman back.
Judge Judy read Juanita Bynum down!!! https://t.co/zJlNoNqT4a
— Sweet Potato Surprise (@Wisdom_Stature) September 16, 2022
Juanita Bynum selling prayers for 1499.99 and its a sale at that. You get a journal. A tote. A shawl. Certificate of completion and a 2 hr prayer session with q&a. Sounds like a witchcraft class to me and they be cheaper
— Bite Me 🌻 (@pinUPpussyfairy) September 15, 2022
These mega churches are scams. Not only Osteen,but TD Jakes,Credo Dollar,Paula White, and many others,oh Juanita Bynum,Kenneth Copeland and Joyce Meyer!!
— verajay (@verajay59) September 17, 2022
i know damn well Juanita Bynum ain’t out here charging mf $1500 to learn how to pray! My friend said “paying $1500 for Him to not come when i want Him is insane” 😭. What is wrong with the fold honey? they are NOT ok 🤣
— Isekai Me Nowww Pls! (@iamenough84) September 16, 2022
— Octavia Jones (@JTO0105) September 17, 2022
Juanita Bynum know exactly where she going for charging people to pray lmao
— Maxine Shaw (@DEVILinLIPSTICK) September 17, 2022
This crazy. Not surprised Juanita Bynum been moving funny https://t.co/FZZWWblguY
— D’usse &Darkskinns (@DBlacberyy2) September 17, 2022
$1500 for a player session from Juanita Bynum…she’s tripping tripping 😒🤣
— DJ Will (@DJthewaymaker8) September 17, 2022
I’m not even mad at these pimps anymore, I want to see the sheep, the dumb af crowd, the un-knowledgeable that will be paying #juanitabynum #scammer #religionforsale #pimp #sheeple pic.twitter.com/k61pgSay3Z
— 🍸COCKTAILSnCHATTER🗣 (@Cocktailsnchat) September 17, 2022