The Christian community has been asking the question since the news broke, if the AME Church would discipline Pastor Jamal Bryant, after allegations he fathered a child out-of-wedlock. AME Church Staff Member, Billie Irving told the CP that God Will Be His ‘Ultimate Judge’.
According to different sources inside the AME church, nothing will happen to Pastor Jamal Bryant, who is used to dealing with controversy.
“Let me assure you that the AME Church will not respond for a variety of reasons. First, Bishop William Deveaux Sr. is retiring in July at the General Conference and will not ruffle anyone’s feathers as he exits.
“Second, the presiding elder is too scared to make a decision on Bryant. He will say that this is above his authority and they must wait to see who will be the new bishop and let him or her decide. Third, Jamal started Empowerment Temple and the church has too many members and sends too much money to the General Conference to remove him,” the source claimed.
According to Irving, if Bryant’s congregation is not interested in disciplining him for his actions she doesn’t see Bryant facing a trial.
“If his church is not asking for him to be removed I don’t know that Bishop Deveaux, I don’t know if there is anything — I’m not saying there is not — I don’t know that there is anything in the law of the Church that says he has to be moved. And since she [Odom] is not a member of his church … I don’t know that the church members would be asking for him to be moved because of this outside affair with the pastor,” said Irving.
According to Irving, however, “His [Bryant’s] ultimate judgement will come. I may not know about it, she [Latoya Shawntee Odom] may not know about it, but God will take care of it. He’s the ultimate judge.”