Questions, concerns over pastor's div...

Questions, concerns over pastor's divorce

There are 49 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Feb 16, 2008, titled Questions, concerns over pastor's divorce. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Controversy surrounding the divorce case of the Rev. Jamal-Harrison Bryant - the flashy, influential pastor of the Empowerment Temple - will likely be addressed at the annual conference of the African Methodist ...

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LaToshia Simpson

United States

#21 Apr 13, 2008
I feel that these Pastors are human and we all fall short of the glory of GOD. We as saints have to stay on our kness and pray for these Pastors, Evangelist etc. The bible says where there are two or three touching and agreeing.We have to get on one accord and Fast and Pray. This is the trick of the enemy that has come to STEAL,KILL, and DESTROY. The devil is on his job 24/7. I declare that God will not let his people be put to shame. God is a delivering God and does set free. I want to encourage Dr. Jamal Bryant get in the face of God and seek him and see what he has to say. If you have a problem get you some help. Seek counsel from someone that is walking and talking God's word. Surround yourself with people that has your best interest at heart. If you had people around you that ahs you interest at heart then they would cover you by any means. Iam a firm believer that God is not an Author of Confusion!!!!!! For you wife be strong and know that GOD IS ABLE to change, deliever and set free!!! People just because we see the preachers up before people the have feelings and again they are human they have some weak areas in there life also. So for the people that are strong in the area that he or she is weak that's where you come in at. You are suppose to bear the infirmities of the weak. BE BLESS PEOPLE!!!!!!
Concerned Christian

Pittsburgh, PA

#22 Apr 22, 2008
Lets cut to the chase- as all have said God is real and there is no failure in him. Time out for all of our personal statements, comments and assumptions. I too tremendously enjoy Pastor Bryant's preaching/teaching, but he is a man. I believe that because we take our eyes off God, that's when we get caught up in "man" and then we're shocked when things like this make the headlines. Pray for him and the family regardless of what we feel. We too have had someone praying for us in our time away from God.
Tuesdae

United States

#23 Apr 24, 2008
No one on this panel said it as well as Mel. Sin is sin, I dont care who it is. The body of Christ is so blind. Infidelity is not a "mistake". Missing your turn off the interstate is a mistake. Bumping your toe on the corner of the sofa is a mistake. Sleeping with your congregants is fornication, adultery, sin, and the Word says that adulterers will have their place in the fire. I hope Jamal repents. I hope he can save his marriage. But he needs to step down as a pastor, and keep his pants zipped up!
James Thomas

United States

#24 May 11, 2008
Trust me nothing will happen to him because he is Bishop Bryants son. They never take any action towards a Bishop's son in the AME church. They do stuff and get away with it all the time. If something will happen to him it will happen to me. Let me know when it happens. He is out of control, and he needs to get himself together. This is how they operate in the AME church. AME stands for A Mess Everywhere
Minister Marcus

Valley Stream, NY

#25 May 16, 2008
I'm very saddened by this issue. Pastor Bryant is someone who has been an inspiration to me and my ministry. When I see these things it just makes me fear God all the more, because His word is true.We must fear God and learn how to humble ourselves under His mighty hand!The more He exalts us , the lower we should beome. I pray that God will restore Pastor Bryant from his humiliation and keep his wife and children...Let's pray people
VALERIE WALKER

Stuart, FL

#26 Jun 4, 2008
I LIVE IN BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA, AND DON'T PERSONALLY KNOW PASTOR BRYANT, BUT MY PASTOR WHICH IS ANOTHER PASTOR BRYANT AND THEY ARE COUSINS PRAISE THE LORD. THIS IS MY FEELINGS ON THIS , IF THIS MAN OF GOD HAS DONE SOMETHING TO DISTORY HIS MARRIAGE PLEASE ALLOW THE LORD TO DEAL WITH HIM AND NOT MAN.
THERE WILL BE KNOW WITH HIM WHEN HE STAND BEFORE THE LORD BUT HIMSELF, JUST PRAY FOR THE BROTHER, AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN HOUSE, BECAUSE IF YOU TAKE SIX MONTHS AND TAKE A LOOK AT YOUSELF AND THE NEXT SIX MONTHS TO DEAL WITH YOU THEN YOU WANT HAVE TO LOOK AT PASTOR BRYANT, AND KNOW ONE ELSE.
HANG IN THERE MR.& MRS BRYANT AND BE BLESSED. YOUR SISTER IN CHRIST
Bettye2boop

AOL

#27 Jun 7, 2008
How can one preach about fornication or how to put your flesh under submission when you are not practicing yourself???? These messages cannot be imparted into anyone unless he is delivered himself. SAD,SAD, SAD
Pastor B

Grayslake, IL

#28 Jun 7, 2008
I have enjoyed and watched pastor Bryants ministry and however, if it were my 17 yr old daughter, He would be doing a prison ministry!! God forgives and so do I and his sin is not only a huge mistake but an illegal one...
Prophetess White

Alexandria, VA

#29 Jun 14, 2008
Pastor Bryant may have faults well don't we all have our own faults whether we are in the pulpit or out of the pulpit... I belive God is in control and He will work it all out and what the enemy has meant for Pastor Bryant bad God is surely using it and turning it around for his good... I know that I know I know God is in CONTROL... Can people today stop casting stones have you not sinned? More then likely his or her answer will be yes I have sinned so stop throwing stones at others not just Pastor Bryant but there are other for example like Bishop Weeks folks were casting stones at him and Prophetess Bynum as well but people need to know these leaders are human just like the rest of us so do not expect them to be perfect...

I still love my Pastor no matter what and like I said God got his back in Jesus name amen amen amen
Prophetess White

Alexandria, VA

#30 Jun 14, 2008
VALERIE WALKER wrote:
I LIVE IN BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA, AND DON'T PERSONALLY KNOW PASTOR BRYANT, BUT MY PASTOR WHICH IS ANOTHER PASTOR BRYANT AND THEY ARE COUSINS PRAISE THE LORD. THIS IS MY FEELINGS ON THIS , IF THIS MAN OF GOD HAS DONE SOMETHING TO DISTORY HIS MARRIAGE PLEASE ALLOW THE LORD TO DEAL WITH HIM AND NOT MAN.
THERE WILL BE KNOW WITH HIM WHEN HE STAND BEFORE THE LORD BUT HIMSELF, JUST PRAY FOR THE BROTHER, AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN HOUSE, BECAUSE IF YOU TAKE SIX MONTHS AND TAKE A LOOK AT YOUSELF AND THE NEXT SIX MONTHS TO DEAL WITH YOU THEN YOU WANT HAVE TO LOOK AT PASTOR BRYANT, AND KNOW ONE ELSE.
HANG IN THERE MR.& MRS BRYANT AND BE BLESSED. YOUR SISTER IN CHRIST
PRAISE THE LORD GOD IS SO GOOD AND MIGHTY... HE IS GOOD ALL THE TIME... FOLK NEED TO STOP ASK THEMSELVES THE QUESTION HAVE I NOT SINNED?____ AND THEN GET THEIR ANSWER.....I AGREE WITH YOU FOLK NEED TO STAY OUT OF PEOPLE BUSINESS AND LET GOD HANDLE THESE PROBLEMS BECAUSE NO ONE PERSON IS PERFECT...
charity

Tyler, TX

#31 Jul 4, 2008
To all saints
where in the bible do you find a perfect man, except for God calling them perfect because of their faith? David made many mistakes including that sexual sins and he was after the heart of God and God himself never told David to stop preaching. Even Paul had some type of unknown weakness yet God said my grace is sufficeint for you. God said his strength is made perfect in our weakness. I am not condoning sin in any way, I am simply saying all of you who are judging this man ,God is judging you and you don't want God to judge you because what ever measure you mete out towards Pastor Jamal will be measured unto you. The bible does tell us, who are we to judge another man's servant . What you need to do is pray for the men and women of God who make a mistake and send a message to the world about God's grace and love because wether you know it or not we are one body and the head can't say to the toes I don't have a need for you, because your ugly, You need every part of your body. All of you who are saved and are posting negative comments on these sites need to repent! The world love it's own and how about you. You can expect sinners to say ugly things but saints need to stand together because we are all we got but when we point fingers at each other it only makes salvation look unattractive to the sinner, not just because of what leaders are doing but also because of the negative things coming from the brothers and sisters of the leaders. If Pastor Jamal was your natural blood brother would you be saying ugly things concening him? Most of you would not because as the saying goes , blood is thicker than water. Saints are true brothers and sisters so where is your brotherly love?
Marybmemphis

AOL

#32 Jul 6, 2008
Pastor Bryant is in my opinion, a sad excuse for a man of God.
HIS followers are obviously spellbound by his celeb status. God has given this man a high calling. He is suppose to walk worthy in in. If he is not able to contain his flesh, how does he understand what it means to flee the devil and submit to God? i am a believer that you cannot preach what you don't practice. God bless and I will pray for Gizelle and Jamal. He is not being led by the Spirit. How can these lieing flesh hunters get in the pulpit and tell others how to flee lust? Stop the testaphony and get a testimony!!
Brandon

Carlisle, PA

#33 Jul 9, 2008
There are some gray areas in the bible but there are also some black and white areas

Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

James 3:1

In other words there is a higher standard of living for teachers of the bible. If someone is the shepherd of a church, they MUST set the example of a true Christian. I'm sorry, if you're a pastor there are just some mistakes you're not allowed to make. And I'll encourage the readers to look at 1 Timothy when it gives the qualifications for being a minister. Clearly it says that ministers must have their own house in order before they lead a church. I just think people need to stop making excuses and stand on the Word. Not to say that nobody makes mistakes, but there is a higher standard for a pastor
Shirl

Nashville, TN

#34 Jul 13, 2008
Throughout the Bible we find men of God anointed and call by God who sinned, failed, etc. We all have sinned and fall short. Consider this, if we who are casting stones had the power to remove every pastor/minister (male or female) from the pulpit because we discovered they have committed adultry, sadly, I believe at lease half of the pulpits would be empty. Pastor Bryant doesn't owe me anything, but, he does have to answer to God. Yes, if what his wife stated in the divorce filings is true, he should take some time and allow the matters to be resolved, repent to his wife, God and the congregation. Afterward and above all he should continue to be about his Father's business.and learn from this. Let us honestly pray for Pastor & Mrs. Bryant, their children and congregation. Also, let us as children of God be mindful that even after we came into the body of Christ, we sinned (he that knoweth to do good and doeth not to him it is a sin), failed, came short, disobey, etc. Watch what we say, how much we say and avoid taking the rein as judge. Because we all will be judged in the end not by our peers, but by God. We should be about our Father's business, build each other up in righteousness, with humbleness and meekness, praying one for another. Key word pray!
Clardie EllisIII

New Orleans, LA

#35 Jul 22, 2008
Pray for him Pastor Jamal Bryant. David committed adultery but God used him to write the book of Psalms.
Brandon

Carlisle, PA

#36 Jul 31, 2008
Yes, let's examine David. David did in fact committ adultery. But look at what happen to David after he committed adultery. David paid for his sin big time. First of all, he was visibly remorseful at what he did. He wept for days, tore his clothing, didn't eat, ect. He totally admitted to his mistake. He was even at the point where he felt that God would be totally justified if he were to take everything away from him. David was ready to step down because he didn't think he deserved anything after his sin. David was totally remorseful and repentant. God made David pay for his mistake throughout the 2nd half of II Samuel. God said he was gonna put a sword in David's family because of his sin. God let the child that was created from his adultery die. After that, there was nothing but turmoil with David's children. His son Absolom even turned against him and tried to kill David and take the kingdom from him. David spent a great time fleeing for his life all because of the sin he committed. So yes, David was still annointed despite his mistake. But let us not forget how much David paid for his mistake. David suffered consequences and reprocutions because of his mistake. And David also humbled himself after his mistake. Seems like there's a big difference between what happened to David and what happened to Jamal Bryant after they both committed the same sin. And even to this day, we still see Jamal Bryant walking around in diamonds and expensive suits with his $350,000 a year salary
Pastor Carlton Young

East Chicago, IN

#37 Aug 10, 2008
I don't understand what is happening to todays' preacher.I understand we're human and we might fall,but as people of God we need to repent and move on. I will continue to pray for the Bryant family and for the salvation of Rev. Jamal Bryant. God requires all of us to live holy."Be ye holy fior I am holy"
GJB

Oak Lawn, IL

#38 Aug 24, 2008
No one knows the real issues, so don't judge especially if you have not been married. I hope to that all the gossipers ask God for forgiveness. Marriage is tough enough, and it is between them and God and I hope they know that anything can be worked through and do not let money resolve their issues, Love Should.
God Help them.
I WILL BE PRAYING FOR THEM. WE ALL SHOULD.
WISHING THEM WHAT GOD WANTS.
LOVE.
Gail J. Butler
Chicago, IL
actually

Saint Cloud, FL

#40 Aug 24, 2008
The flock is F U C K E D. This message approved by the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, Jesus and Ron Paul.
Doug

Towson, MD

#41 Aug 24, 2008
Fools. He's been flashy with your cashy.He's got a big stashy.And been doin some young trashy

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