Open Letter to Pastor Jamal Bryant [Video]

Jamal BryantDear Pastor Jamal Bryant,

I am writing to you on behalf of thousands of people who have supported your ministry through it highest moments and as well as valley experiences. Many have stood with you and you endured one scandal after another and even now, some will continue to do so after this most recent allegation. One thing that is certain, when you have been blessed to speak to the multitudes and stand on the platforms that have been afforded you, there is no such thing and processing in private. Your life is an open book.

We all have fallen short many times, and for this reason, it has been easier to endure your frailties as a man. However, at some point as God’s messenger and mouthpiece, those who feel called to bear that responsibility must be held to a higher standard. Yes, the Bible says that all have sinned, but that is in reference to our nature as humans, and should never be used as a “free pass” to live as you please.

Although your temptations and apparent struggles do not negate the anointing, your continued submission to them suggests that a different set of consequences need to occur. In 2008, as you endured a public divorce amid allegations that you had fathered a child with a member of your congregation while yet married, many stood with you. Not just because you were young, charming and charismatic, but because they believed you understood the weight of your actions and were actively seeking deliverance… Not just to be a good pastor, but a better man.

However, amid the controversy, you stood behind the “sacred” pulpit as arrogant as ever and preached, “I’m the Man!” Using the story of Nathan as he confronted David about Bathsheba, you seemed to justify that you are “still the man.” Interestingly, the message began in 2 Samuel verse 7, which reads:

You are that man! The Lord, the God of Israel, says: I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul.

What was most baffling to many within the Christian community is although the opportunity was ever-present, you did not even bother to deal with verse 13. At least, during this particular story of David, he had the decency to confess that he has sinned. This would have been the perfect opportunity to acknowledge a remorseful heart, even if you had already confessed to God, you owed it to the people you had been entrusted to lead. Oh and don’t forget the others who were watching from afar because as a televangelist, you have been privileged to speak into their lives as well.

You said during a 2013 interview with Roland Martin that you were thrust into the limelight. Whether by force or because you sought a greater platform, the platform was and is still yours. You must understand how hypocritical is it is to the world and social media as your stage to shine when “all is well” and then attempt to pull the “privacy” card whenever a scandal arises.

Jamal BryantAs a trailblazer in an era where people are clamoring for leadership, you must now understand the weight of your actions. Not just as a man, but as a public and outspoken male figure in Baltimore where murder, prison and absentee fathers continue to leave a vacuum. While I am not condemning you, I am asking for greater responsibility for your public aspirations.

While I support utilizing your gift in the midst of stormy weather, let’s be honest, there comes a time where the crap pile gets too high and it is time to retreat from the public eye and spend more time with the gift-giver. Thank God for grace and mercy, not just for you, but also for the rest of us who remain grateful for new mercies on a daily basis.

In the past when your name was included with varying allegations, you have either called out the news outlets or attempted to otherwise defend yourself. However, the latest scandal is proof positive that apologies need to be rendered and a sabbatical which will allow you to do the personal work necessary to become a better and more responsible leader. While it is a mere rumor that after learning of Latoya Shawntee Odom’s pregnancy, you asked her to abort the mission, had you been responsible enough to use a condom the outcome of the story could have been different.  Such irresponsible behavior adds insult to injury.

Given your past, there are probably many more women who would love to share in this accusation, but Odom had more than an allegation. She came forward with a paternity test result which read:

The alleged father, Jamal Harrison Bryant, cannot be excluded as the biological father of the child, John Karston Bryant since they share genetic markers. Using the above systems, the probability of paternity is 99.9999%, as compared to an untested, unrelated man of the Black population…

Pastor Bryant, this open letter is not an attack against you, nor is it suggesting that you never preach again. That would be ludicrous and a travesty with a gift a great as yours. However, it would undoubtedly be beneficial for you to fall back and work on yourself in order for a powerful comeback. You owe it to yourself, your children and those you have been graced to lead. You have a host of people who are rooting for you.

During a recent Periscope video you ended the public address, in which you neither confirmed nor denied the recent allegations, by saying:

Keep praying for me because unlike others, I actually need it. I appreciate it and I receive it. God ain’t finished with me. But when he gets through working with me I shall come forth standing right beside you.

Let’s face it, the Bible is filled with stories surrounding people who have messed up, gotten it right and gone on to do great things for the Kingdom of God. This open letter has nothing to do with “judging” you. The moment you accepted the call, you simultaneously agreed to a life that requires a higher standard.

Respectfully,

Cherese Jackson (Virginia)

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15 Responses to "Open Letter to Pastor Jamal Bryant [Video]"

  1. Phil Camp   June 8, 2016 at 5:13 am

    I can’t believe you said “had you been responsible enough to use a condom the outcome of the story could have been different.” instead of saying how irresponsible he was to fornicate to begin with. Tell the truth if your going to tell it. He’s a player and NOT a leader!

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  2. Yuriah Nike   June 3, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    AMEN! THE FACT THAT HE ASKED HER FOR AN ABORTION, PREPOSTEROUS

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  3. Sonja Merchant-Jones   June 2, 2016 at 10:59 am

    1Timothy 3:5: If a man does not take care of his own home how can he lead a congregation?

    The weakness of the flesh is the reason why he needs to step away; whatever his gift appears to be does not make it a real gift; I’ve seen fruit perfect on the outside but when sliced opened, rotten to the pit.
    Thank Ms. Jackson for your words said with love.

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  4. Lat   June 1, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Just live right and if you have a weakness, lay on your face before the Lord . God is able to keep us from falling. No excuse for sin..Repend!!!

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  5. Toni   June 1, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    I concur. Excellant Writing!

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  6. Angela Morris   June 1, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    HELLO EVERYONE ONEIDA JENNINGS I AGREE WITH EVERYTHING YOU SAID. HE IS NOT MY PASTOR BUT I HAVE TALK WITH HIM SEVERAL TIMES AND I NO HIS HEART IS IN THE RIGHT PLACE THE FLESH IS WEAK. PASTOR I WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IN PRAYER.

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  7. Patty Jones   June 1, 2016 at 6:28 am

    He needs to spend time alone with God and reflect.

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  8. Oneida Jennings   May 31, 2016 at 4:50 am

    This is A MAN OF GOD and my Pastor in whom I AM WELL PLEASED..I ACCEPT THAT HE IS SINGLE..I ACCEPT THAT HE IS HUMAN AND I ACCEPT THAT HE IS A MAN…GOD WILL NOT STRIP HIM OF HIS ANOINTING FOR A HUMAN ERROR OR A MISTAKE..OR FOR BEING IN THE PRESENCE OF A FEMALE…SURELY HE HAS OTHER CHILDREN AND THEY WILL NOT CONDEMN THEIR FATHER FOR BEING A MAN AND FATHERING A CHILD WHICH IS NOT A MISTAKE..THE CHILD IS A GIFT FROM GOD..WHO KNOWS WHY THE MOTHER FOUND THE NEED TO BE WITH THE MAN ONE CAN SUGGEST MANY THINGS..BUT HE IS A VERY ANOINTED MAN OF GOD THAT THE CHURCH HAS SEEN FIT TO JUDGE HARSHLY..WHY BECAUSE OF HISNOTORITY OR BECAUSE OF HIS CHARISMA OR THE EMPOWERMENT THAT IS CLEARLY EVIDENT UPON HIS LIFE…THIS IS INDEED A SHEPHERD OF GOD AND HE IS BEING PLACED ON DISPLAY TODEMONSTRATE THAT JUST BECAUSE GOD ANOINTS YOU AND GIVES YOU A PURPOSE IN LIFE HE DOES NOT EXPECT YOU TOBE PERFECT..I FULLY SUPPORT MY PASTOR AND UNDERSTAND THAT MISTAKES INDEED DO HAPPEN AND I DO NOT CONDEMN HIM FOR A SIN THAT IS AND SHOULD ONLY BE CONFESSED TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST..MY PRAYER IS THAT GOD WILLADORN HIM WITH HIS GRACE AND MERCY RESTORE HIM AS A MAN AND A PASTOR AND RETURN HIM TO THE PULPIT OF EMPOWERMENT TEMPLE WHERE HE IS ORDAINED AND NEEDED TO CONTINUALLY APPEAL TO THE LOST SOULS OF THE CITY. EVERY WOMAN AND EVERY MAN HAS AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIFE BEEN A PART OF A SITUATION WHERE THE FRAILTIES OF HUMAN LIFE HAS OCCURRED DESPITE HOW ANOINTED HE/SHE MAY THINK THAT THEY ARE OR REGARDLESS OF WHAT CHURCH COMMUNITY THEY ARE A MEMBER OF..THE FIRST COMMANDMENT OF ANY CHURCH COMMUNITY SHOULD BE FORGIVENESS INSTEAD IT IS JUDGEMENT OF OTHERS…CHECK YOUSELF.

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    • D Pratt   June 1, 2016 at 5:52 am

      well said

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      • Toni   June 1, 2016 at 6:50 pm

        Where the unchecked Head goes, the Body will Follow. Keep Drinking the Koolaid!

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      • Toni   June 3, 2016 at 5:24 pm

        SILLY Women in the Church

        How will you and Empowerment Temple justify to that Baby Boy that jamal is a “MAN of GOD”?

        jamal Preaching and Teaching all over the World in the “Name of God”, leading a “Mega Church”, “Black Lives Matter”, Standing up for the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and others but refuses to see and own his Baby Boy?

        You say, “the child is a gift from GOD”, apparently jamal does not think that way, his personal image is more important.

        jamal sits back, takes advantage of Empowement Temple congregates; LOVE, Prayers and Undergirding, while he hides behind the Bible and Legality.

        jamal leaves you congregates to defend his “HONOR”, and take the blunt of the trauma while he cowards in secrecy.

        If not already, jamal congregation will experience; sexually promiscuous men, promiscuous women, babies born out-of-wedlock, divorce, pleather of secrecy, funny money, chaos and confusion, all while PLAYING Church.

        If you really Love jamal, “YOUR PASTOR” recommend a Vasectomy and a long sabbatical.

        #stopdrinkingthekoolaid

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  9. Latoy   May 29, 2016 at 6:11 am

    Excellent. It is time for him as well as others to take a real sabbatical and get reconciled to God. Also, he needs to take a look at the son who it appears he has fathered. How can you speak at the Million Man March, go to jail protesting for Michael Brown in Ferguson, march for Freddie Gray, but yet allegedly have nothing to do with John Karston. He will likely be another statistic growing up in a fatherless home. I pray he becomes apart of the innocent boys life and father him. That would be a happy ending.

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  10. K   May 27, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Well said. He is an awesome speaker. However, he has to get control of his struggles. It appears that women are his weakness.

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  12. Madison Kelly   May 26, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    You have said everything that I wished to say, and I stand in prayer and agreement to your sentiments. Thanks for writing this.

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