Feeling Empowered

Feeling Empowered

There are 3096 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from May 22, 2007, titled Feeling Empowered. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Many in the religious community have visited Empowerment Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church, including Bishop T.D. Jakes, mentor to the Rev.

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The Truth

United States

#24 Jun 29, 2007
I would just like to say, Sin is Sin. Regardless of who is committing it. Pastor JHB not only committed the act but tried to cover it up. That is the ultimate wrongdoing. You can't run from disobedience, it catches up with you right when you can't move anymore. The impact is far greater than you could ever imagine, and just when you think you are stopping to get a second wind, there it is, knocking you out.

The Truth is, Pastor JHB, has public docs of his transgressions for not only his family to see, his congregation, but the many many many people has ministerd, and impacted throughout the years.

Why did God allow this? He knows what we need to get us where we need to be. Pray for the wife, pray for the children, pray for the AME church, pray for the members, pray for all who have come in contact with this man.

This act is like a nuclear attack on the body of Christ, what a shockwave it has caused!

I cannot condem him,nor can I speak on his abilities, but I can say this. Every seed that is planted grows. Currently he needs to be delivered from immoral behaviours. God please help and deliver him during this time.
essar

Royal Oak, MI

#25 Jun 29, 2007
PASTOR JAMAL HARRISON BRYANT HAS FATHERED TWO ILLEGITAMTE
CHILDREN DURING HIS TENURE AT EMPOWERMENT TEMPLE. HE HAS A CHILD
THAT IS SEVEN YEARS OLD, THAT HE DOES NOT ACKNOWLEGE. HE ALLEGEDLY
THREATENED THE CHILDS MOTHER THAT IF SHE MADE HER CHILD PUBLIC HE
WOULD HAVE HER KILLED. MOST RECENTLY HE HAS FATHERED A CHILD WITH
ONE OF HIS MEMBERS, HE HAD A PEACE ORDER PLACED AGAINST HER IN
FEBRUARY. TO DATE PASTOR BRYANT HAS NOT ISSUED A PUBLIC STATEMENT.
YOU CAN GO TO http://www.lipstickalley.com/showthread.php...
SCROLL DOWN AND VEIW THE COURT DOCUMENTS YOURSELF.
essar

Royal Oak, MI

#26 Jun 29, 2007
PASTOR JAMAL HARRISON BRYANT HAS FATHERED TWO ILLEGITAMTE

CHILDREN DURING HIS TENURE AT EMPOWERMENT TEMPLE. HE HAS A CHILD

THAT IS SEVEN YEARS OLD, THAT HE DOES NOT ACKNOWLEGE. HE ALLEGEDLY

THREATENED THE CHILDS MOTHER THAT IF SHE MADE HER CHILD PUBLIC HE

WOULD HAVE HER KILLED. MOST RECENTLY HE HAS FATHERED A CHILD WITH

ONE OF HIS MEMBERS, HE HAD A PEACE ORDER PLACED AGAINST HER IN

FEBRUARY. TO DATE PASTOR BRYANT HAS NOT ISSUED A PUBLIC STATEMENT.

YOU CAN GO TO http://www.lipstickalley.com/showthread.php...

SCROLL DOWN AND VEIW THE COURT DOCUMENTS YOURSELF.
oh no

Louisville, KY

#27 Jun 29, 2007
Oh no! Are you saying that you had an affair with Pastor Jamal Bryant.
Lawd, he's just a dog! The bible declares that if he doesn't take care of his own, then he's worse than in infadel.(spelling)
Don't be mad at yourself. God has forgiven. Go and sin no more.
99% a man is just looking for a chea freak, and has no intensions on leaving his wife and family. Yet so many women get caught up in the thrill of sleeping with a man because of his status.
Hold your head up!
me too wrote:
Well I feel for all of you. I think he makes a a habit to sleep with women. I am a victim too, and I am not a member, nor do I live in the same city. It has caused me lots of pain and hardship. I know I am to blame to, but he really needs to seek some help, from God almighty.
PERRO68

Severna Park, MD

#28 Jun 29, 2007
so no matter what i do

i just ask god to forgive me

and i just do the same thing again tomorrow

really now

some of u people disgust me

no accountability required at all

if it is true

he did not make a mistake

he made a lifestyle choice

NUMBEROUS TIMES
504toD404

Ellenwood, GA

#29 Jun 29, 2007
Claris the scripture disagrees with ya.

Romans 6
Sinís Power Is Broken


1 Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? 3 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

5 Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. 6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. 8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. 9 We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. 11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.

12 Do not let sin control the way you live;[a] do not give in to sinful desires. 13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. 14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of Godís grace.

15 Well then, since Godís grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! 16 Donít you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. 17 Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. 18 Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.

19 Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy.

20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. 21 And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. 22 But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
504toD404

Ellenwood, GA

#30 Jun 29, 2007
The bible has never instructed us to pray for anything such as a situation like this. Nor is anyone putting their mouths on the annointed, the self appointed perhaps, but nothing is annointed here. The sad part is people can't even recognize evil when it is staring them in the face.

1 John 5
Faith in the Son of God

13 I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. 14 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

16 If you see a Christian brother or sister[d] sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give that person life. But there is a sin that leads to death, and I am not saying you should pray for those who commit it. 17 All wicked actions are sin, but not every sin leads to death.
Derrick

AOL

#31 Jun 29, 2007
NuffSaid wrote:
Amen to all that you wrote, Claris.
We all should assume a posture of prayer and thanksgiving... Pray for the man of God, his wife, his children, their mother's, and The Empowerment Temple family as a whole AND give THANKS and PRAISE to our Lord Jesus Christ that if it had not been for HIS GRACE...[You can finish that sentence any way you see fit.]
You never know the struggles/torments that some individuals encounter daily... and don't even think about being anointed on top of that. If the Lord isn't using you, you definitely won't even begin to wrap your hands around that one (don't think about it too hard).
On top of all that, keep in mind that the Lord isn't getting any glory from all of this speculation. HE is a JUST God and HE didn't ask "not a one" of us for our assistance.
God is a HEALER, DELIVER and a RESTORER! I pray that everyone who "confesses" Christ will also live Christ and put their focus and energy into praying for this effective and anointed vessel.
"He that is without sin among you..."
Selah (literally translated "stop and listen")
~NuffSaid~
Derrick, Baltimore, MD
To Claris & NuffSaid I back you both 110%. I'm so sick and tired of gainsaying gossiping hypocrits that are suppose to be christians. I pray that even if Pastor Jamal did it that this trial will make him and his ministry even stronger just because of those who want to see him and his ministry go down. No I'm not condoning the sin, but I do know that he has a great anointing on his life, and we that are spiritual should restore such through our prayers and not try to tear him down. This is why the body of Christ is so weak now because people want to glory in people's faults. We must stop this. God is not pleased!!!
504toD404

Ellenwood, GA

#32 Jun 29, 2007
PERRO68 wrote:
so no matter what i do
i just ask god to forgive me
and i just do the same thing again tomorrow
really now
some of u people disgust me
no accountability required at all
if it is true
he did not make a mistake
he made a lifestyle choice
NUMBEROUS TIMES
Now you are on all day baby, I love you.
Derrick

AOL

#33 Jun 29, 2007
Galations 6:1 - Brethren, If a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness.... May I say anymore?
imgonnatell

Redmond, WA

#34 Jun 29, 2007
I live in Md and I know his 1st babymomma who lives in Atl
All the hell she went thru*** Jamal wife was the other woman when his longtime girlfriend Chrystal was pregnant carrying his 1st child and gisselle knew about her and did not care at all*** which made Topaz mom have an emotional breakdown****they put her thru so much I'm just happy she still alive and chose to keep her child because he wanted her to get an abortion and when she didn't He put her thru hell all over again I'm her cuz so I was there the day she put her foot down and chose to do what was right***and kept goin in and out her life like he loved her even still after he married gisselle. She really loved this man ///I don't know why??? So now his wife knows what it feel like now*** I don't like this man****he's a wolf in sheep clothing ***so I had to tell it ** its so much more to this story****By the way she's doing real good now...she says pray*** I say tell it all //he dosent care about no one but himself ..(sorry cuz)
Derrick

AOL

#35 Jun 29, 2007
I'm not saying that there are no consequences in our actions - I'm not saying that, what I am saying is that he is still God's Anointed. Yes, I believe there should be some type of sabbatical if he did committed a sin, but I don't think that the church should bash or slander him. If your spiritual parents committed a sin, would you disowned them? Or would you pray for them? It just discusses me even when Jim Baker and Jimmy Swaggart both did what they did, the body of Christ just talked about them instead of praying. Yes it is a hurt to the body of Christ, but my god, when are we going to stop downing one another.
504toD404

Ellenwood, GA

#36 Jun 29, 2007
Derrick wrote:
Galations 6:1 - Brethren, If a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness.... May I say anymore?
Ok, obviously we skipped over the previous scriptures.

1 Timothy 3
Overseers and Deacons
1Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer,[a] he desires a noble task. 2Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. 5(If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?) 6He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.

8Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. 9They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 10They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.

11In the same way, their wives[b] are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.

12A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well. 13Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

14Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, 15if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. 16Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great:
He[c] appeared in a body,[d]
was vindicated by the Spirit,
was seen by angels,
was preached among the nations,
was believed on in the world,
was taken up in glory.
court records

Dillon, SC

#37 Jun 29, 2007
Look him up. Jamal H. Bryant, Jamal Harrison Bryant.

http://casesearch.courts.state.md.us/inquiry/...
claris

Bunnik, Netherlands

#38 Jun 30, 2007
504toD404 wrote:
Claris the scripture disagrees with ya.
Romans 6
Sinís Power Is Broken
1 Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? 3 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
5 Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. 6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. 8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. 9 We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. 11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.
12 Do not let sin control the way you live;[a] do not give in to sinful desires. 13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. 14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of Godís grace.
15 Well then, since Godís grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! 16 Donít you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. 17 Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. 18 Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.
19 Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy.
20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. 21 And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. 22 But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
OH YOU PERFECT ONE,SINCE YOU ARE SO PERFECT <HOW COME YOU ARE TOO BUZY CONDEMING SOMEONE>ARE YOU ALOW TO JUDGE SOMEONE.SINCE YOU ARE ABOVE SIN I AM SURE YOU REALLY DONT NEED THE BLOOD OF JESUS AND HIS MERCY>SINCE YOU RAE SO PERFECT BY YOUR ON WORKS, YOU MOST BE ONE OF THOSE WHO DONT NEED THE GRACE OF GOD RIGHT??.DO YOU THINK THAT GOD IS STUPID TO SENT HIS SON TO DIED FOR US?? HE KNEW THAT ALL OF US WILL BE NEEDING LOTS OF CHANCES.IF PSTOR JAMAL REALY HAS THIS ISSUE WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE HIM??HAS GOD TOLD YOU THE PLANS THAT HE HAS FOR THE PASTOR???HAS GOD TOLD YOU WHEN HIS GOING TO DELIVER HIM ??DO YOU KNOW THE GLORY THAT GOD IS GOING TO GET AFTER THE PASTOR IS DELIVERED AND RESTORED.ARE YOU IN THE PASTORS CONSIENCE??HAVE YOU BEEN THERE TO SEE HIM CRY TO HiS FATHER GOD THE ALMIGHTY??CAN YOU SEE HIS HEART??DO YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT HIS GOING THROUGH??DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME OR SEASON IT IS ??
claris

Bunnik, Netherlands

#39 Jun 30, 2007
OH YOU PERFECT ONE,SINCE YOU ARE SO PERFECT <HOW COME YOU ARE TOO BUZY CONDEMING SOMEONE>ARE YOU ALOW TO JUDGE SOMEONE.SINCE YOU ARE ABOVE SIN I AM SURE YOU REALLY DONT NEED THE BLOOD OF JESUS AND HIS MERCY>SINCE YOU RAE SO PERFECT BY YOUR ON WORKS, YOU MOST BE ONE OF THOSE WHO DONT NEED THE GRACE OF GOD RIGHT??.DO YOU THINK THAT GOD IS STUPID TO SENT HIS SON TO DIED FOR US?? HE KNEW THAT ALL OF US WILL BE NEEDING LOTS OF CHANCES.IF PSTOR JAMAL REALY HAS THIS ISSUE WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE HIM??HAS GOD TOLD YOU THE PLANS THAT HE HAS FOR THE PASTOR???HAS GOD TOLD YOU WHEN HIS GOING TO DELIVER HIM ??DO YOU KNOW THE GLORY THAT GOD IS GOING TO GET AFTER THE PASTOR IS DELIVERED AND RESTORED.ARE YOU IN THE PASTORS CONSIENCE??HAVE YOU BEEN THERE TO SEE HIM CRY TO HiS FATHER GOD THE ALMIGHTY??CAN YOU SEE HIS HEART??DO YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT HIS GOING THROUGH??DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME OR SEASON IT IS ??I AM SO HAPPY THAT GOD DOES NOT NEED ANY ONES PERMITION OR VOTE TO FORGIVE OR HAVE MERCY ON HIS OWN CHILD>THAT YOU JESUS FOR THE MERCY SIT. ITS EASY FOR TO TALK CAUSE YOU ARE NOT IN HIS SHOES AND YOUR AFFAIRS ARE NOT PUBLIC.I DISLIKE RELIGEOUS HYPOCRETES.AND IF YOU ARE SO HOLY AND PERFECT WHERE IS YOUR LOVE AND COMPATION FOR A FELLOW BROTHER IN CHRIST.YOU CAN GUOTE ALL THE SCRIPTURRES YOU WANT AND TRY TO USE THEM TO COMDEM SOME ONE ELSE. BUT IF YOU DONT HAVE LOVE WHICH IS THE FIRST COMANDMENT THAT CHRIST GAVE. AND ACT IN LOVE YOU DONT HAVE JAGS.AND YOU HAVE THE NERVES TO SAY YOU LOVE ME IN THAT SILLY COMENT OF YOURS>YES THATS EASY FOR YOU TO SAY CAUSE YOU DONT KNOW WHAT I MIGHT HAVE DONE WRONG EVEN TODAY.OOOH HYPOCRETES.WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED TO GOD FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS AN ISSUE OR HAS SINNED AGAINST GOD.WHERE IS YOUR LOVE WITH YOUR SCRIPTURE GUOTING SELF.IT COULD HAVE BEEN YOU! THEN WHAT????????
His own-Netherland

Leeuwarden, Netherlands

#40 Jul 1, 2007
Our leader fail because we let go. We let go of them in prayers and from constantly bringing them to God. When you read in luke 22, you will see that Jesus understood the nature of our enemy the devil, so He prayed for peter, him, whom the church is be birth from. The devil does not go after the feeble , he goes after the anionted men and women of God. he goes after those who are indispensible. Yes pastor Bryant fall, but let put the blame where it belongs, he has fallen as much as we have dropped him. james 5;16, say: confess you fault one to the other, and pray for another, that we he may be healed. The effectual prayer of a righteous man or woman availeth much.
put you mouth off the man of GOd, the only time you need to put your mouth on him, is when you are crying to GOd on his behave. Jesus said to the people, he who has no sin, throw the first stone(to the prostitute) but no one could throw the stone, because all have sin, so if JESUS the SON OF GOD could not condemn a prostitute, who are you to condemn God's anointed.
claris

Bunnik, Netherlands

#41 Jul 1, 2007
Derrick wrote:
<quoted text>
Derrick, Baltimore, MD
To Claris & NuffSaid I back you both 110%. I'm so sick and tired of gainsaying gossiping hypocrits that are suppose to be christians. I pray that even if Pastor Jamal did it that this trial will make him and his ministry even stronger just because of those who want to see him and his ministry go down. No I'm not condoning the sin, but I do know that he has a great anointing on his life, and we that are spiritual should restore such through our prayers and not try to tear him down. This is why the body of Christ is so weak now because people want to glory in people's faults. We must stop this. God is not pleased!!!
AMEN TO YOUR STATEMENT TOO.AND FOR THOSE WHO WILL WANT TO HIDE BEHIND THE SCRIPTURES TO CONDEM SOME ONE,REMEMBER EVEN THE DEVIL CAN GUOTE THE SCRIPTURES.
Tony

Baltimore, MD

#42 Jul 2, 2007
Now this Pulpit Pimp that you love so much has had an adulterous affair and has a woman pregnant with twins....still wanna take ur pastor to see him?
iam concerned

Owings Mills, MD

#43 Jul 2, 2007
Iam not out to judge anyone because no one is perfect but this left a really bad taste in my mouth about Jamal Bryant .. In the Ten Commandments it states THOU SHOULD NOT COMMIT ADULTERY. he is a pastor not only is he working for GOD he is working to help GOD people and to draw people unto GOD. Yes he has helped alot of people but with him helping everyone and preaching to everyone to draw all men unto GOD he is doing jus the opposite ..How could he possibly be out here having sex with these women then come to find out that these women are getting pregnant . Come on now it is AIDS and all kinds of diseases out here that he could have taken back to his wife . Everyone mess up and we learn to forgive but when u keep doing the same thing there is a problem especially when u are supposely to be working for GOD ...For one he is not setting a good example to GOD ,2. What he is preaching he is jus doing just the opposite 3. Then he is not setting a good example for these young men out here ..Jamal Bryant is very popular and alot of people looks up to him as being there pastor .. If nothing else he should have been thinking about his wife yes he can not be blamed by himself cause the women are just as wrong but he is a Pastor and he knows better . He committed Adultery then he dont even want to be apart of some of these kids life when GOD never turned his back on him or no one ..coming from a woman iam not even surprised cause he is jus a typical man. Where does the respect come in at for his wife from him . When we go to church we go for the word not for the pastor but even still u also look at the pastor as well . He is not an good example at all working for GOD . That is my opinion

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