To the surprise of many, a well-known pastor from the Baltimore area pulled some lines from the book of Chris Brown during a recent sermon about relationships, that left several members with their mouth open.
Well that was the response from several during a recent sermon at Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, where the Senior Pastor Jamal H. Bryant shared a colorful take on his opinions of some women and the role he says they can play in limiting a man’s potential.
In the sermon, which has since been criticized, Bryant talks about Pontius Pilate and his failure to “listen to the woman he had”. Bryant also warned men that they should seek out a “godly woman” and avoid “running off with a side chick” that has “no anointing.”
Bryant adds that men should remain focused on the woman God sends them, initiating a call and response from the congregation. “Every sister elbow another sister and say, ‘He should have listened.’ Every brother tap another brother and say, ‘I should have listened to her,’” Bryant told his congregation.
He then drops the reference from the hit Chris Brown song “Loyal.”
“Old saints, y’all forgive me, but I gotta tell you. These hoes ain’t loyal!” he exclaims.
Amazingly many of his church members waved their hands in agreement, gave each other five and laughed alone, while at the same time, several other members found his words inappropriate and in bad taste.
Meanwhile, Bryant took to his Twitter account on Wednesday to defend his statements, claiming the sermon was taken out of context.
Either way, may we keep the church, its members and Pastor Bryant in prayer.