“I’m Still The Man!”

In Galatians 1:7 (NLT), Paul states that “…there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ”. Of course, your next question may be “why would someone want to deliberately pervert or twist the Gospel?” The answer is simply this: for selfish gain.

Many of the false teachers of today have created a commodity from the Gospel – they use it to attain wealth (from tithes, offerings, love offerings, first fruits, etc.). Once the false teachers begin to gain a steady and lucrative income from you, you cease to be a parishioner and you now become revenue stream (or a “giving unit” as described in the Finance Office of your church).

The videos below are an egregious example of a false teaching perpetrated by Dr. Jamal Bryant – Senior Pastor of Empowerment Temple AME church in Baltimore, MD. Bryant has twisted the gospel for some time, but most folks ignored it because he’s young, charismatic, and charming.

Bryant and his wife are divorcing – his wife alleges that he fathered a child out of wedlock (with a member of his congregation). I won’t turn this site into a supermarket tabloid, so visit the Baltimore Sun newspaper to learn more of the official story

Anyway, Bryant took to the pulpit of his church a few weeks ago to address (or not address) the issue that his congregation had been whispering about for some time. Does he admit his wrong and repent? Does he ask for forgiveness and seek godly counsel? Well, view the videos below (in order) and tell me what you hear: 

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

So let me get this straight – Bryant uses the story of Nathan confronting David about Bathsheba (2 Samuel 12:1-24, NLT) to justify that he is “still the man”? Interestingly, he started with verse 7, and didn’t even bother to present the Gospel in its proper context. How low can you go? At least David had the decency to confess that he had sinned before the Lord (2 Samuel 12:13) – did you hear Bryant confess and repent to the people he’s been entrusted to lead? He then distorts Psalm 51:10-13 (NLT).

Again, this division of Psalm is David asking God to create a clean heart in him – because of his sin with Bathsheba. If you read the chapter in its entirety, you’ll see that David recognizes his rebellion (verse 3), and admits that he sinned against God – and that God’s punishment is just (verse 4).

Finally, at the end of Part 4, Bryant’s “armor bearer” twists the knife a final time by distorting the account of Christ reading in the Temple in Luke 4:20 (NKJV). An exploration of the entire account, however tells the full story in context:

16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:

The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”

20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, “Is this not Joseph’s?” Luke 4:16-20 NKJV)

OK, so let me get this straight – Jesus’ declaration that He is the Messiah that Isaiah foretold of is equivalent to Bryant’s tantrum and ending his “sermon” by slamming his bible closed and walking away in a huff?

Got it.

The saddest part about this whole affair (pardon the pun) is the reaction of his congregation. What if he admitted (or not admitted) to murdering an innocent person – would they do cartwheels and throw money at his feet?

This is yet another example of the need for prayer in the Body of Christ. Men and women are being imprisoned while trying to spread the Gospel in hostile territory, and this clown is huffing and puffing because his revenue stream is being threatened?

We need to pray…

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24 Responses to ““I’m Still The Man!””


  1. 1 Ken Rawlins March 28, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    There are so many things wrong with this “sermon” I don’t even know where to start. As a minister it saddens me to no end that someone like this is looked upon as a rising “star” in the church. And it also made me pray after watching it that God would keep me humble, lest I become a captive myself. His absolute arrogance in the face of what he has done is astounding. May God have mercy on his soul, and I pray that the people in his so-called church would wake up and see this sideshow barker for the con artist that he is. As for you my brother keep standing for the “faith once for all delivered to the saints!”

    God Bless,
    Ken Rawlins

  2. 2 Kwesi March 28, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    God help us! We are so desperate for you healing today. Heal us one and all. Amen

  3. 3 Caught Thinking April 1, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    ST,

    Great post, you know you have me thinking. Thanks.

    I watch in anticipation of a humble acknowledgment and apology. That we are human and that we fail, fall, sin mess up I am the first to confess. But are you kidding me!? “I unashamedly have (an at least $169,990) Bentle parked out back and for some that would make them say I’m the man. I have two tailors in two countries… If you boast about it, you are saying, because of these things, you are the man.

    I’m trying not to bash and stay on point. Help me Lord!

    The anointing which is nothing more than the power appointment and ability that God has given do what he has called you to do can not be greater than any mess up and bad decision and lack of character in your life.

    The anointing has nothing to do with your behavior. Your behavior should be affected by your anointing! Geesh, I’m angry all over again. Ahhhhh

    Humility! Sorrow! Change!

    That’s biblical!

  4. 4 Speaking Truth April 1, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    @ CT:

    I get angry every time I see those videos, which is why I stopped watching them 😦

    The big picture is not that he sinned – we all do that. It’s that he throws it around like a badge of honor, almost daringly saying “I’m still the man – no matter WHAT I do!”.

    It’s pathetic, but so is Jamal Bryant.

  5. 5 Brian Foulks August 8, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    I can expect this from a man in his position but are we as a people that screwed up where we cheer for a dude that is throwing his sin in your face.

    It would be interesting to see what would happen if one of the ministers or members in his church slept with his wife. Would he have the same compassion that he says others should have on him. (rhetorical question)This is the sad state of affaris in the church today where emotionalism trumps essence.

  6. 6 Jenn August 8, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    😥 I pray the Lord saves this man 😦
    What a distortion of the Holy Scriptures 😦

  7. 7 naturalsystah August 11, 2008 at 5:34 am

    I saw these vids a few months ago… wrong on so many levels!

    I’m AMAZED at the congregations’ response to JHB. What on earth would it take for people to say “enough’s enough”?!

  8. 8 missy September 25, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    We all have sinned!! instead of talking about him why don’t we pray for him!!

  9. 9 speaking truth September 25, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Missy,

    …instead of talking about him why don’t we pray for him!!

    Jamal Bryant is an adulterer, a liar (lying about his educational credentials, his salary in order to avoid child support), “baby daddy” of children outside of his marriage (children he fathered as a “pastor”), and he is notorious for twisting the Word of God.

    True Christians acknowledge and repent of their sin, and do their best to stay on the narrow path. Pimp Jamal sins, flaunts it, dares people to confront him about it (which is biblical, by the way), then mocks others who have similar sin in their lives.

    It’s best if people avoided this idiot all together – you can pray for him from a distance.

  10. 10 Independent Conservative September 25, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    ST, how come they never come with that line when THEY REALIZE A THIEF ROBED THEM? If someone goes into their house and takes theirs, or a con man gets over on them, they suddenly pull out the “watch and pray” line and want to stop that abuser from harming anyone else. But with Jamal, they don’t feel he needs to be tossed from the pulpit, just pray. Because he entertains them so well and they don’t realize he’s robbing people blind.

  11. 11 speaking truth September 25, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    EXACTLY, IC!

    Pimp apologists are all emmpathetic and “holy”, wanting to “pray em’ up” as long at the pimp is tickling their ears and entertaining them. Those of us who have been delivered from the delusion are “letting the devil use us”, yet the pimp struts and preens and all he needs is “our prayers”.

    But let a thug break into your house or (God forbid) commit murder – much like Pimp Jamal and his cronies do to the Word of God day after day. Then, there’s no time to pray – only time to act.

    I say the time to act is now – get (and stay) away from false teachers like this fool (and others) now!

  12. 12 Brian Foulks September 27, 2008 at 9:34 am

    ST and IC,

    When you are good at being a pimp and a thief people find it hard to believe that you are a pimp and a thief.A wise man once said that the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to get people to believe he was not real.

  13. 13 miss lady October 22, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    pimp behind the pulpit needs to go and do the right thing, step down. what happen to the pastors wearing robes now days? He pimps around the pulpit,showing off his flashy clothes, women lusting.He knows what he doing.look at the members there(majority women)men in the church, watch out for your wives,The pimp is watching them!

  14. 14 dr. jay worth allen October 29, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    as i am new to this web site – playing catch-up – my reading and viewing of this guy (as of late) from the empowerment temple church in baltimore was, to say the least shocking (maybe i should use a more rigorous descriptive such as odious, or appalling). anyway, i decided to visit bryant’s church web site and, to my amazement, listed is a course series entitled, ‘how to love a black man’. may i say blatantly shameless – yes, i may.

    much love in Christ Jesus,

    dr. jay

  15. 15 speaking truth November 1, 2008 at 10:19 am

    dr. jay…

    Take a look at what a bible study on “how to love a black man” yields…

  16. 16 anmarie November 30, 2008 at 12:33 am

    I really dont think at anytime during David’s defeat of goliath, that David said, “I’m the man.” This is false teaching. I dont have the scripture in front of me, God hates idol worship. God would never approve this behavior, because this man is claiming that David lifted hiself above God and said that he is the man. Then like you said, he took the scripture out of context. Wow these are the last days that Jesus is talking about.

    This is not the truth!

  17. 17 Rebecca January 23, 2009 at 8:54 am

    The Bible instructs us how to handle situations like this. It’s a shame that we don’t follow “The Book”, but instead follow our feelings and emotions…

    1 Tim 5:19-22
    19 Don’t listen to complaints against the pastor unless there are two or three witnesses to accuse him.
    20 If he has really sinned, then he should be rebuked in front of the whole church so that no one else will follow his example.
    21 I solemnly command you in the presence of God and the Lord Jesus Christ and of the holy angels to do this whether the pastor is a special friend of yours or not. All must be treated exactly the same.
    22 Never be in a hurry about choosing a pastor; you may overlook his sins, and it will look as if you approve of them. Be sure that you yourself stay away from all sin.
    ….
    24 Remember that some men, even pastors, lead sinful lives, and everyone knows it. In such situations you can do something about it. But in other cases only the judgment day will reveal the terrible truth.
    25 In the same way, everyone knows how much good some pastors do, but sometimes their good deeds aren’t known until long afterward.
    (TLB)

    The tradgedy of this story is the people who are being deceived. Jesus warned about false prophets.
    It’s time to stop following man and putting them on a pedestal. Read and study “The Book”. Search the scriptures like the Bereans to find out if what people are teaching is true.
    Whether this man has truly repented of sin or not forgive him and move on. Forgiving him does not mean you stay there and continue drinking the kool-aid.

    It may take some time to be healed when you’ve been a victim of a jezebel spirit, so seek out help from others who can lovingly walk you through this process.

    As we enter into these last days … deception will increase.

    Matt 24:11-13
    11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
    12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
    13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
    (KJV)

    Matt 7:13-23
    13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
    14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
    15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
    16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
    17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
    18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
    19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
    20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
    21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
    22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
    23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
    (KJV)

  18. 18 Charles January 28, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Pastor Jamal Bryant is my favorite preacher. I think we forget that he is human. Sometimes flesh gets in the way and sometimes we cant control it. He addressed to the issue to his church but did not go into detail and he didnt need to. All he has to say is that he messed up and ask the church to pray for him. Instead of talking about his faults and getting in his business maybe we should just keep him in prayer

  19. 19 speaking truth January 28, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Charles,

    If Jamal Bryant is your favorite preacher, then I would respectfully ask what criteria you use to arrive at that conclusion.

    Can he hoop? Yup

    Can he string words together effectively in making his point? Yup

    Is he theatrical? Yup

    Is he theologically sound? Nope

    Can he exegete the Word of God withouth injecting his personal philosophy, biases, and judgments? Nope

    Would Pimp Jamal rather spend 3 months climbing through the book of Hosea – verse by verse – so that his congregation understands the fundamentals of spiritual adultary and God’s command for loyalty to His Word? 😆 Nope

    Did you even see the videos posted above? If not, watch them again – with your bible opened to the refernced scriptures that Pimp Jamal butchers…and be sure to pause the video so that you can read the scriptural references in full context – and see if you still feel he is a great preacher.

    Jamal Bryant is a pimp who needs to sit down, repent before the Lord and preach the Word of God and not the word as interpreted by Pimp Jamal. And if your retort is “he already repented to his congregation, how do you know that he hasn’t repented to God?” then my answer is because we see the fruit of his non-repentance everytime he opens his mouth – either at his club, on “national TV”, or in tandem with others.

    I still contend that every Christian should avoid pimps like Jamal Bryant and his ilk until the fruit of any alleged repentance is evident.

  20. 20 Sisterinchrist March 1, 2009 at 10:14 am

    To all those who have written notes on this site, weather with constructive criticism or sympathetic remarks, we must remember that God has already told us in his word what to expect in these last days. Matthews 24:11-14 tells us that false preaching will be taking place in these last days. The deception will be so strong that it will convince the very elect. The word of God also admonishes us to study for ourselves, so that the same Holy Spirit that inspired the servants of the Lord to write the Holy Scriptures can impart to us those same truths. This incident is just the tip of the iceberg and if we continue to follow man and not God, we will be blown away by every uncouth doctrine that man can come up with to justify what they want to do. Because we refuse to follow the word of God and have a love of God truth, he will allow us to be deceived, because God will not force us to accept truth. He is a Gentleman and will not force us to be saved, even though he loved us to the death. Our salvation does not come by way of any preacher, bishop, or pope, only through Jesus Christ. There has never been a perfect man, but Jesus, he is the only man that has died for us. For those to think of minister Bryant as a sinner that needs to repent, God also offers him forgiveness if he ask. If he does not ask for forgiveness, he has no business leading a flock of sheep for Christ. That is what the BIBLE says. God can not and will not use a proud and unrepentant individual. How do you think we got into the sinful mess in the first place. Satan became proud and wanted to usurp God’s position. It was about Worship. And in the end it will come down to who will you worship. Will you follow man or Christ. The bible tells us to follow his servant as long as they follow him, if you don’t study God’s word for yourself how will you know when the servant is following God? The Holy Spirit has been given the responsibility to guide into all truth not the preacher. Why to you think we have so many different religions in this world now? It’s because we listen to so many different men. When Jesus went back to heaven he left the church in hands of his disciples and they called themselves CHRISTIANS, why? Because he said he has one church, one baptism. Man came up with his own names and religion. Please don’t be lead by man, follow Christ, he is the only way any of us can truly be saved.

    Your Sisterinchrist

  21. 21 truthofgod April 17, 2009 at 9:54 am

    I’m irrate by just reading the summary in your article IMST. Wow, this is nothing short of amazing.

  22. 22 Valorieh July 25, 2009 at 11:37 am

    You who are without sin, PLEASE cast the first stone. He is admitting he made a mistake when he referenced David. And also by referencing Ps.51 is indication that he has asked God for forgiveness. I am almost certain the message was longer howerer, “you” put on the internet what you wanted to bash him with.
    Jamal apologized and asked forgiveness (I’m sure) to God, his wife, and “to whon it may concern”. God forgave him. Please explain , who are you?

    He made a mistake, that did not take away his annointing.

    “HE IS STILL THE MAN”
    If anyone cannot deal with it then they need to ask God to teach them how to forgive.

    • 23 speaking truth July 25, 2009 at 8:57 pm

      There’s no need for me to offer a rebuttal to your reply, Valorieh, because that would imply that your comment was reasonable. Read the article – slowly this time – and follow along in your bible. Then, you’ll see just how Jamal completely twisted scripture to justify his sin. As an elder over a congregation, it takes more than just saying “I’m sorry” (which he didn’t do) to his congregation – he owes it to them to SIT DOWN and submit to spiritual authority for counseling before he stands before them as a shepherd again. Instead, he just primps and pouts to justify his sin, then walks away. Also, why would I “edit” the video but yet offer it in 4 parts? I didn’t touch it – Bryant slammed the book closed and walked away.

      If you want to support the Pimp of Baltimore, please do it…just don’t try to espouse your faux rage on this blog.

    • 24 Jerry November 10, 2009 at 1:24 pm

      Valorieh, you are deceived.


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