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Pastor’s reference to hoes draws criticism; rebuke

Pastor Jamal Bryant comments during a recent sermon were met with outrage by women; according to June 6 article in the Christian Post. In the sermon, Bryant yelled out “These Hoes Ain’t Loyal” in reference to some women. Bryant, the Pastor of Empowerment Temple of Baltimore Maryland, asked that people hear the entire sermon before drawing conclusions. The words used by Bryant were from a song made by Chris Brown entitled “Loyal.”

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Bryant, the son of a Bishop and father of 4 daughters, has over 35,000 followers on Twitter, according to Wikipedia.

The Bible speaks to responsibility. It calls on fathers to not provoke wrath; but to rear children in and with the fear of God. It calls on all believers to avoid conformance; but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Critics of Pastor Bryant viewed his knowledge of secular music as conforming to the music of the day.

One Christian leader viewed Bryant’s comments as “symptomatic” of the struggles of the modern day church to be relevant. “The Bible says be in the world, and not of it. If Christians look, act, dress, and speak like everyone else; how will you be able to differentiate? There is never an acceptable reason to use a term that is so demeaning to women.”

The terms (b$tch and hoe) are so offensive that the Reverend Al Sharpton called for an end to their use. At the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington; Sharpton proclaimed that Rosa Parks was no hoe and Fannie Lou Hamer was no b$tch.

In a number of circles, there is an ongoing debate about the role of the church. Some say that the church should keep up with the times and be willing to dress like and talk like everyone else in an effort to save souls. Others believe that the church should be immutable. Where do you draw the line?

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