We have said this before, but it needs to be said again. In light of the latest news regarding a woman receiving an Order of Protection against Jamal Bryant because (she claims) he has been “stalking” and “harassing” her, Jamal Bryant, one of the most talented preachers in America, should step down as pastor of the Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, MD. Whether this particular Order of Protection is rejected by the court as baseless, or whether it holds up, Jamal Bryant has unfortunately provided ample other reasons which are not in dispute. He should step down for a time and seek the Lord for his own good, but more importantly, for the good of Jesus Christ and his Church, and their reputation before the world. Previously, we have called on his father, Bishop John Richard Bryant, and the AME Church to sit him down until he gets himself together, but to no avail.
There is no doubt that Jamal Bryant has a gift from God. In the words of Dr. Bill Pennell, he is a “preaching machine.” However, he needs to step down, not just because of this latest situation, but because of an accumulation of situations including the following:
- He should step down, first, for fooling around and losing one of the finest women in America, his first wife, Gizelle Bryant, through committing adultery.
- He should step down for doing and saying some things — such as appearing to endorse “open marriage” — that likely caused “The Preachers” show to be cancelled.
- He should step down for not paying child support to the mother of his child, for which he was recently found in contempt of court.
- He should step down for not being a good example of a Christian man, much less a pastor, especially in the matter of abstaining from sexual relations outside of marriage. As First Timothy 3:2-6 says, “A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.”
- When the world is asking you to resign or sit down for a while, you need to take heed to that. As Leonard Robinson says in the video below, “When is the AME Church going to sit him down? When are we going to stop allowing Jamal Bryant to be the embarrassment to the Body of Christ that he is?”
And he is not the only one. All over YouTube, there are videos of people in the world calling out Jamal Bryant with titles such as, “Pastor Jamal Bryant Needs To Step Down!” and “Jamal Bryant Kicked Out Of Baltimore By PFK Boom And Shy Lady Heroin Video Goes Viral.”
And the comments are telling. One user wrote, “They say: ‘Church mess is the worst mess.’ And you wonder why people are leaving churches in droves. The simps and pulpit pimps are being exposed for who they are.”
Another said, “[I was] born and raised in the church, seen it all, heard it all. I am so over it. I left the church. I had to leave the pulpit pimps alone. I just can’t anymore.”
Another user alleged a reason why Jamal Bryant hasn’t been sat down, saying: “Never. He brings the AME lots of money.”
Another concurred: “It doesn’t matter what these preachers do nowadays, it’s all about them Benjamins. Money talks.”
Finally: “His father will never sit him down. The pastors under his father have been busted several times with under age girls. He reassigns them to another church but he don’t sit them down.” (That is a serious allegation and the AME Church needs to investigate it alongside law enforcement.)
Jamal Bryant needs to show the kind of humility that Fred Price Jr. showed recently when he stepped down from pastoring Crenshaw Christian Center. As we said in that article, “It is admirable the way this young man is taking responsibility and doing the right thing in stepping down. It shows respect for God, respect for Jesus Christ, and respect for the church. Many pastors in his situation or worse ought to follow this young man’s example.”
Jamal Bryant is such a pastor who we hope will take this advice. But, if Jamal Bryant’s father and the AME Church won’t make Jamal Bryant resign or take a leave of absence and sit down a while and get himself together, we are calling on equally gifted preachers who know him, such as John Gray and E. Dewey Smith, to pull him aside and encourage him to sit down for a while for the sake of Christ, the church, and lost sinners who are on their way to hell.
NOTE: Stylistic edit made on August 9, 2017. The following statement was added to the first paragraph: “Whether this particular Order of Protection is rejected by the court as baseless, or whether it holds up, Jamal Bryant has unfortunately provided ample other reasons which are not in dispute. He should step down for a time and seek the Lord for his own good, but more importantly, for the good of Jesus Christ and his Church, and their reputation before the world.”