Big Shot – Brelyn Bowman

Big Shot – Brelyn Bowman


Article  USA TODAY Network
Oct 22, 2015

Brelyn Bowman pledged to her father, Michael A. Freeman, the founder and pastor of the Spirit of Faith Christian Center in Maryland, that she would remain a virgin until marriage.
During her bug day, the Maryland bride presented her father with a “Certificate of Purity” at her wedding to prove she kept a promise she made to him as a 13-year-old.

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Brelyn, who married Timothy Bowman earlier this month, posted a photo a week ago of her dancingwith her father at the wedding. In the caption she explained why she chose to give her father the certificate.

“Dancing with my first love. I was able to present a certificate of purity to him signed by my doctor that my hymen was still intact,” she said in the post. “Also, the covenant he gave me when I was 13. When you honor God, your life will automatically honor others! I love you, daddy.”

Since news of the certificate broke, Bowman has been the brunt of criticism online, with many questioning why she chose to publicly announce her  at her wedding ceremony.
Bowman’s father responded to the criticism in an Instagram post on Tuesday. He posted a picture of his daughter with the certificate and said he was “praying” for the people who took it upon themselves to criticize his family.
“Who knew that a picture like this would get so much negativity? But a natural man will not understand things of the Spirit for they are foolishness to them,” he said.

Freeman said he had no idea his daughter was going to present him with the certificate at the wedding, Buzzfeed reported.

“I was totally unaware of what was about to take place. During the remarks, she shared that she wanted to honor me by not allowing any man to touch her before her husband,” Freeman told Buzzfeed.

And while many have condemned the certificate as an “archaic” practice, others have championed Bowman for sticking to her Christian values. Bowman said on Instagram she plans to use the attention as a platform to talk about waiting for marriage.

Big Shots Take Action: Have you made a promise God? If not, take time to write out a promise that honors God.

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