Did Jamal Bryant’s Chris Brown-Inspired Sermon Go Too Far?

Dr. Jamal Bryant

In a recent sermon posted on YouTube called, “I’m My Enemy’s Worst Nightmare,” Dr. Jamal H. Bryant quoted a song by troubled R&B singer, Chris Brown, when Bryant exclaimed, “These hoes aint loyal!”

While his congregation responded enthusiastically at the time, Bryant has come under fire from others outside of his church for referring to women as “hoes,” once the Tom Joyner Morning Show got a hold of the clip. Bryant took to Twitter to defend himself, arguing that the original YouTube clip posted by a church attendee was only 40 seconds long, and therefore out of context:

Dear Family @TJMShow fell into a sensationalized quote & regrettably lent no context. http://t.co/qGlrIuPrAX Be mad whole not in part
— jamalbryant (@jamalhbryant) June 4, 2014

Well, now I’ve watched the whole 29-minute clip he provided and now I’m “mad whole.”

First, the “context,” that Bryant refers to in his tweets is possibly worse than quoting the lyric. In “context,” Bryant’s meandering sermon makes reference to the plight of Black women and the church, in general, in such disturbing ways that make “These hoes aint loyal!” an almost obvious climax.

He starts the sermon by trying to prove that “the ‘enemy’ longs to destroy Black boys and detain Black girls,” by referencing Boko Haram’s killing of Black school boys early this year and kidnapping more than 300 girls two months ago.

Let Bryant tell it, “The enemy, in his attempt at diabolical chivalry, won’t outright destroy women, as much as he will try to suppress their imagination.” It’s a shame Bryant wasn’t around to explain the rules of ‘diabolical chivalry’ to the killers of Renisha McBride, Hadiya Pendleton, Kasandra Perkins and the countless Black women who have been brutalized and destroyed by ‘the enemy’ in this country since slavery.

For Bryant, Black women are a secondary target, the ones ‘the enemy’ goes after only if he can’t get to his real prize, Black men. He makes reference to this when he speaks about the surging number of Black women in prison, the “fastest-growing prison population,” in the country, “not for violent charges…but for refusing to testify against their men.” Sounds like Black women are “loyal” to their men, even to their own detriment. This is only one of many contradictions in Bryant’s sermon.

Much like ‘the enemy,’ Bryant seems to believe that women exist purely to play a role in men’s lives. But because he’s heaping what appears to be his genuine praise on “godly” women by expressing the benefits that they can bring their husbands, (e.g., “[Men should have] enough confidence to not be insecure and threatened about the woman God sent you; when she speaks, she’s speaking from the voice of God for what she sees over your life.”) the rampant sexism and backhandedness of his compliments may be easy to miss. Or not.

“Now we come to churches that are just feminized with a church full of women. But you’ve got a mosque full of men. It says not that they are not spiritual, but they want a place of discipline and order and focus. Men do not want to come to church just for an emotional outpour of “turn to your neighbor” without giving me any instruction, any direction, or any information. Men are thinkers where women are feelers.”

WHUT. Surely this is another out-of-context moment.

“Y’all are getting ready to miss this here. It (WHO IS ‘IT’?!) does not say that women do not think, but women are more emotional than men are.”

Well, that clears it up.

So, now we know that, according to Bryant, the scientific analysis of why Black men have left the Christian church and converted to Islam while Black women remain is because the Black Christian church has devolved into a den of superficial whooping and hollering, a place for female emotional outpouring that leaves its parishioners with no instruction, direction or information: an ideal place for these hormonal, intellectually-challenged womenfolk.

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Brooke Obie

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