Pastor Responds To Criticism For Using ‘These Hoes Ain’t Loyal’ in Sermon

Rucuss staffJune 6, 2014

Pastor Jamal H. Bryant of the Empowerment Temple in Baltimore has received plenty of backlash from religious and non-religious people.

The reason for the uproar is because he said “These Hoes Ain’t Loyal” during a recent sermon. The phrase is from the popular Chris Brown song “Loyal.” Bryant’s sermon, “I’m My Enemies Worst Nightmare” was about Pontius Pilate, the man best known as the judge at the trial of Jesus, and the man who authorized his crucifixion.

“Every sister elbow another sister and say, ‘He should have listened,’ Bryant preached. “Every brother tap another brother and say, ‘I should have listened to her.’ Old saints, y’all forgive me, but I gotta tell you. These hoes ain’t loyal!”

The congregation did not seem to take issue of Bryant using the lyrics in the pulpit, as they stood, cheered and clapped for the pastor. Others who were not in attendance thought the use of a word that is not only derogatory, but also misogynistic has no place in the pulpit.

Since the heavy criticism, Bryant has come to his own defense on social media.

“Don’t critique a quote when you never heard message!,” Bryant tweeted. “20 seconds of a 30 minute message is incomplete assessment Dear Family @TJMShow fell into a sensationalized quote & regrettably lent no context. Be mad whole not in part.”

Many thought the use of the lyrics in the sermon was disrespectful because Bryant cheated on his ex-wife Gizelle in 2007 and they ended up divorcing a year later. If you missed Bryant’s sermon, watch it below.


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