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Pastor Jamal H. Bryant

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Ministers nowadays are younger and more in touch with pop culture and secular music, but one pastor may have crossed the line during a recent sermon.

Pastor Jamal H. Bryant, of the Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, didn’t only evoke the gospel of Jesus Christ in his sermon, but he also evoked the gospel of Chris Brown. Bryant was emotionally discussing Pontius Pilate when he told churchgoers, “Every sister elbow another sister and say, ‘He should have listened.’ Every brother tap another brother and say, ‘I should have listened to her.’” He continued, “Old saints, y’all forgive me, but I gotta tell you. These hoes ain’t loyal!”

So hoes and a church sermon go together now? It’s obvious the congregation didn’t take issue with his use of the derogatory term, since they all cheered and hollered him on.

But Bryant didn’t stop there. He went on to talk about baby mommas and sanctified s--sies. There’s nothing like a little misogyny as the tithing bucket is passed around.

Who knows, maybe Bryant is as hard on himself as he is with the members of his congregation. Bryant has had his own fair share of scandals. Bryant admitted to having an extramarital affair while he was married, which ultimately led to his divorce.

Bryant camed to his own defense on Twitter this morning, citing that many people didn’t get the full context of his sermon:

It’s one thing to be an outspoken and flamboyant minister, but it’s another thing to use a word that is not only derogatory but also misogynistic. Churchgoers come to church to hear the word of God, not the words of a woman beater, especially coming from the mouth of a confessed adulterer. 

Yesha Callahan is editor of The Grapevine and a staff writer at The Root. Follow her on Twitter.

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