In a fiery sermon that touched on the emasculation of Black men, the “feminization” of the church, and “sanctified sissies,” Baltimore Pastor Jamal Bryant of the Empowerment Temple got his congregation riled up in an unusual way: quoting Chris Brown.
After discussing Pontius Pilate’s refusal to listen to his wife’s pleadings on Jesus’ behalf, Bryant told parishioners, “Every sister elbow another sister and say, ‘He should have listened.’ Every brother tap another brother and say, ‘I should have listened to her.’” He continued, “Old saints, y’all forgive me, but I gotta tell you. These hoes ain’t loyal!”
Despite Bryant’s unorthodox language the crowd erupted in cheers and shouts, causing the preacher to command them to calm down before he could continue his sermon.
While his congregation didn’t seem to have a problem with the message, some wondered whether or not Bryant crossed the line, while others found his quip about disloyal “hoes” ironic given his very public battle with infidelity that ended his marriage.
As young people increasingly become less involved in organized religion, Clergy members are trying to find new ways to get them interested in the church.
But is borrowing questionable rap lyrics the answer, or does talking about “hoes” from the pulpit cross the line?
*Watch Pastor Bryant’s entire sermon here.