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ICYMI: Pastor Jamal Bryant Responds To T.I. After He Blasted ‘New Birth Missionary’ Church For Exploitation

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Pastor Jamal Bryant responds to T.I. after he blasted the New Birth Missionary church. Tip claims he felt exploited when he attended Kanye West’s Sunday Service, which was held at the pastor’s church. More inside…

Kanye West’s Sunday Service made its way to Pastor Jamal Bryant’s church in Atlanta over the weekend. But it wasn’t a pleasant service for one rapper.

T.I. was in the building with his wife Tiny Harris and so was 2 Chainz and his wife Kesha Ward.

Apparently, the service wasn’t to Tip’s liking because he hopped on Instagram on the Monday following the service and posted a picture of himself with a disturbed look on his face, telling fans he would explain why he was looking like that soon. He then explained the context of the photo during a recent episode of his podcast, "ExpediTIously," with Killer Mike.

In a clip from the podcast, the TAKERS actor explained to Killer Mike how he felt exploited after he walked into the church. He said he came in AFTER offering, but once he sat down on the front row there was “a whole new agenda.”

"I cut my fellowshiping short at Magic City [strip club] to go and get 45 minutes of sleep to drive by here and be accosted and basically exploited," Tip told Killer Mike. "And when I sat down. As soon as I sat down—mind you, I'm telling you they had already raised the offering. Jamal [Bryant] already raised the offering—when we sat down there was a whole new agenda... It's like they rung the red bell at the Player's Club. You dig what I’m saying? You ain’t [about to] run no game on me. I will not be extorted."

Jamal Bryant - pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church - caught wind of the "Us & Else" rapper's criticism and offered up a lengthy response to both T.I. and Killer Mike.

"I was awakened to your clip this morning and felt compelled to lend context," Pastor Bryant wrote on Instagram. "To have both of you in church was meaningful for many reasons. This is the largest demographic of blacks who don’t buy into organized religion in our history and in large measure because of reasons you have illuminated."

"As black men I hope we can come together 'expeditiously' to find common ground to build," Bryant continued. "I want to invite both of you to come and give church another chance. I promise you I’m more interested in your life than your life savings!"

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To my comrades @troubleman31 & @killermike let me first say I appreciate your unwavering commitment to the empowerment of this generation. We have echoed the same sentiments on many issues down through the years and was energized by the partnership. I was awakened to your clip this morning and felt compelled to lend context. To have both of you in church was meaningful for many reasons. This is the largest demographic of blacks who don’t buy into organized religion in our history and in large measure because of reasons you have illuminated. To not give redress would be an assault to the body of Christ when I believe I am an ambassador as the two of you are for your field. I don’t want Sunday to be used as further ammunition as to why people don’t go to church without them knowing at this same church we gave 5000 pairs of new back to school shoes to kids of #Atlanta, or that we spearheaded 9 million campaign to support @bennett_college , or that we bailed out nonviolent offenders or that we partnered with @delta to send 4 cargo to #Bahamas for hurricane release or that we’ve partnered with @_hamptonu to place 95 displaced students or that we fed the furloughed workers for two weeks while the government was shut down or that we went into housing projects to feed kids of #dekalb county during spring break. For none of these projects were you solicited for a donation.The reality is when I came to @newbirthmbc 9 months ago I was met with a 30 million dollar debt that must be paid so that we can be free to do real community development like affordable housing ,entrepreneur work space and medical clinics. I’ve been teaching on self help which are values you both promote. @bishophilliard was invited months ago with no knowledge #kanyewest was coming or either of you. So there was NO money grab intention but part of an internal strategy to mobilize our church community to move towards economic independence. As black men I hope we can come together “expeditiously” to find common ground to build. I want to invite both of you to come and give church another chance. I promise you I’m more interested in your life than your life savings! #runthejewels #bigthingspoppin

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In the comments, Tip said he had nothing but "love and respect" for Pastor Bryant and that he's open to meeting with the pastor, but not necessarily at his church.

"Nothing but Love and Respect for you @jamalhbryant I’m still shoulder to shoulder in the struggle with you," T.I. responded. "Pardon my progress...U know God still has me under construction. Our views may differ on some matters,but we are both aligned and move in unison on behalf of our people. So yes of course we can come together... I never considered us separated or torn apart. Im always willing to sit and fellowship with you or anybody else who institute change & make significant steps toward progress for our people. Don’t know how soon I’ll be in your neck of the woods again tho so maybe another venue would better enable us to meet 'ExpediTIously.' I’m here when you need me...Just as I always have been. Take it light,& continue to pray for me. Lord knows I need it," he said.

Thoughts?

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