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Monday
Feb252013

EBONY SCANDAL: Jamal Bryant Admits Affair, Denies Impregnating 17-Year-Old

By EEW Magazine News Staff

Photo Credit: Baltimore Sun/Amy DavisEbony Magazine’s March “Real Life Scandal” issue is living up to its name. On Feb. 22, the publication was lambasted by Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant Baltimore-based pastor of Empowerment Temple.

He accused Ebony of printing categorically and completely untrue” details about his extramarital affair.

Click for Bryant's Full Rebuke of EBONY

In response to a page 124 story “stating that it is alleged I impregnated a 17-year-old member of my church,” Bryant said the allegation was untrue.

He did not offer further information about the identity of the woman involved, but vehemently denied engaging in what would have amounted to a criminal act.

“In 2007 I participated in an extramarital affair that resulted ultimately in the termination of my marriage to my incredible wife Gizelle,” explained the 41-year-old leader in an open letter.

“NO minors were involved but my minor children have been affected. I don’t want them to have to live through any further unnecessary pain.”

In a book titled "World War Me: How to Win the War I Lost" released in 2010, Bryant was honest about his shortcomings, while offering the kind of wisdom and guidance he gained the hard way.

"While I was a college student at Morehouse, one of my mentors expressed to me, You have only two things in life: your image and your integrity," recalled Bryant. "Regrettably, I only listened to half of what he said. I digested the part on image but discarded the part about integrity."

After working hard to right his wrongs, Bryant said the story in Ebony Magazine, circulated to more than 1 million readers, “left a hole in my heart,” noting, “Ebony is not the National Enquirer and “a higher standard is required” in its reporting.

The upset preacher also demanded the magazine issue a retraction.

On Feb. 23, in response to Bryant’s complaint, Ebony.com editors posted a statement addressing his concerns.

Click for EBONY's Full Statement

“We understand that Dr. Jamal H. Bryant is now getting inquiries regarding a rumor we referenced in the magazine. We published the outrageous allegation as it was scandalous, not because it was confirmed,” admitting editors had not done any fact-checking.

“We did not intend to offend Dr. Bryant, and hope that our readers understand the spirit in which the editorial comment was presented.”

Related: Sex, Lies & The Pulpit: Ebony Magazine's Real-Life Scandal Issue

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That's the thing about sin. When you commit it it haunts you

February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeeter

I think he did more harm than good by bringing it up because now he's rehashing the affair in the media. He should have contacted them privately

February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTay Tay

Don't worry about that man of God. Is just a distraction. No weapon formed against you will prosper. God has forgiven you and that's all that matters. Stay Blessed!

February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBridgette

Shame on Ebony

February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVeda

The magazine lost my respect. Trying to sell magazines at the expense of the church!!!

February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGordon

They might have got the details wrong but lets remember an affair was commited her. Just saying people!

February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterT

Was a public rebuke necessary tho???

February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFelicia

While he blasting people somebody need to tell him that same "rumor" is on his Wikipedia page about the 17 year old, K?

February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElla

When we take hard stands on the issues, look for the devil! Because when you think about it you call him out, and then he comes after you with everything he got! Apparently Dr. Bryant must have been giving the devil hell! I'm not too bent out of shape because someone make a mistake....the ex-Mrs. Bryant should have stood her grounds...that was her husband, why are you going to leave a man because of an affair, I would say the same for a man, why would you leave and break up your home and future because your wife have an affair....grow up, we are human and subject to make a mistake! We believers can always forgive! But what should be troubling the church is the so called rights of same-sex marriages and patners, now that's what will bring the wrath of God on our nation.........Scripture says like "we strain at a gnat and swallow a camel fly!

February 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEva

I hate to say i agree. Tho Gizelle had biblical grounds for divorce and is well within her rights..one has to wonder although i am in the dc area and was well aware of what went down. Ebony obviously doesnt care about the community but duckets and dollars. How gonna have all this mlk in the mag and slam Jamal. Look we know preachers are Far from perfect and many shoukd siddown somewhere Pastor Jamal is still our brother. So if you love you love through the bad and Jamal has done for the community here so Ebony is wrong. I hardly read anymore too much trash.

February 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteranon

Still if he did the dirt he need to b rebuked this aint the catholic church/eddie long you reap what you sow and we cant go justifying abuse of minors everno preacher is above Gods law no matter how many members. But if its slander shame on Ebony. Covering a transgression is what is order.

February 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteranon

I look at it like this... many people in the "church" forget to pick up their Bibles and read, as opposed to hanging on to every word the Pastor, who is still a man, says. I've been to Jamal-Bryant's church many several times. From the first time I walked into that church, I knew something wasn't right in my spirit. There were alter calls for people to have their BGE bill paid, they were doing alter calls for people to get new cars... it was like a gameshow going on and not a church. My views are not biased, my views are aligned with the Word of God and this is how I see it:

You have a "man of God" who faltered. As a Pastor, his first move should have been to step down. Period. Jamal Bryant offended the institute of marriage, the trust of his wife, the trust of the church and God. In the end, I don't know how God will deal with this man. I remember when the allegations first surfaced and he denied the truth. The church was VERY adamant about defending his character and his role as a Pastor.

A bishop must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil." (1 Timothy 3:1-7)

The word "lest" here means something giving place to another, a cause and effect type of meaning. The scripture is saying that a Pastor/Bishop must follow these ordinances and standards, otherwise he WILL fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. No one is accusing J.B. of being involved in something he didn't do... he admitted to it. The right thing to do would be to remove him from the pulpit, lest many congregation members could follow this man's example and find themselves in a horroble position.

May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterK.J.

Well said KJ! Let us not trivialise the sanctity of marriage. Let us not trivialise the responsibility to be a living example if what we preach. If the world sees Christians living right, we do not even have to open our mouths to preach! The Pastor has done wrong, not Ebony! May God grant him the humility to look into himself and see the example he has set and the advantage he has taken and genuinely repent. Marriage is holy and the bed undefined. While people criticise his wife for divorcing him, please remember to pray for her and the extraordinary pain of the betrayal he has foisted upon her and his family.
Often we hand these people excuses, "they are human" etc, " Now unto Him who is able to keep us from falling..." Stay in the word all!

August 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDianne

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