Baltimore Pastor Jamal Bryant isn’t afraid to speak his mind. As the leader of the Empowerment Temple Church, Bryant has been an outspoken activist in the anti-police brutality movement; he’s worked to register voters in his city; and he’s blasted his fellow clergymen for backing Donald Trump’s presidential bid. While Bryant has become a very powerful force in his local community, he’s also struggled with his fair share of scandals.
Bryant’s previous marriage ended after the pastor had an affair, and after repenting his sins, it looks like the clergyman may be up to his old tricks.
According to the Christian Post, Bryant addressed the most recent rumors that the single pastor fathered a child out-of-wedlock on the video streaming app Periscope.
Over the last week, a lot has been said and a lot has been suggested and like you I was thrown into a tailspin. I had to shut down for a minute so that my response would not be that of a man but be priestly as a man of God. To that end, let me say to you I am one of those rare people who are flawed with character. That with all of my issues I don’t run from them I stand right next to them.
Those of you who have been with me you are fully aware that some eight, nine years now, I went through a divorce and claimed all of it my responsibility. The worst mistake you can ever make is to repeat the exact same mistake.The last time I went through something, I shut down, wouldn’t talk to anybody, tried to in fact deal with it all by myself but I understand that there is strength in numbers. The issues, pertaining and surrounding the allegations are in the middle of a legal discourse that preclude me from going into any depth to talk about it. But let me say to you, while many things have been said about me, running is not one of them, I stand on God’s word that he is my battle-ax and my butler and I bear witness His grace is sufficient and his mercy endures.