?You Christians Outta Order!!Pastor Jamal Bryant’s Megachurch Announces $125 COVID-19 Testing

Social media was in an uproar earlier today after Atlanta’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Churchannounced COVID-19 testing—for a price. The former church of the late Bishop Eddie Long now helmed by Pastor Jamal Bryant shared on social media that they’d be offering drive-thru testing this weekend for the coronavirus crisis.
The AJC also reported that the church had a goal of testing 1,000 people and a flyer said that the tests would cost $125—but be reimbursed by insurance.

Assessment: $25 Testing $125 Limited slots available,” read the flyer. *Reimbursement through insurance. Register online @Newbirth.org Donations welcomed!”

The flyer quickly caused a biblical amount of shade from people alleging that Pastor Bryant was digging into parishioner’s pockets for profit.

Bryant broke down the church’s COVID-19 testing initiative to The AJC and said that the church’s goal is to “help people of color without adequate access to healthcare” who are “pretty low on the totem pole.” He also explained that the church had 1,000 tests to provide on Saturday and Sunday of this weekend.

This initiative began, said Bryant, when he was approached by a Florida lab that wanted to partner with New Birth to provide test kits. Other partners include health professionals around the metro area.The spread of the pandemic is forcing churches to “live out loud and do what we’re called to do, which is to provide a service.

”Here’s how it was to happen: Those interested in participating were to register in advance and go through a medical pre-screening before the onsite test can be administered. Pre-screening was to be performed by RoweDocs costs $25 with COVID-19 testing fees at $125. People should check with their insurer. Established in 2014, RoweDocs is African-American owned telemedicine company.Bryant said there are so many people of color living on the margins without adequate access to health services or little or no health issues, that this was the right thing to do.When it comes to testing, these people are “pretty low on the totem pole.”

Unfortunately, that won’t be happening—not because of people BALKING at the $125 price on the flyer but because of a mandate. As previously reported Governor Brian Kemp has issued a stay at home order for the entire state of Georgia that goes into effect on Friday. That stay order goes until April 13.

Pastor Bryant has issued several statements via Twitter.

He recently said “Nope,” to a user who asked if the $125 testing was true.

He also said that the LAB was charging for tests, NOT the church and noted that there’s “no free testing” anywhere.

We are charging NOTHING….your insurance reimburses you!!” said Bryant.

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