Albert Cruz, a member of Mercy Culture Church who has worked on charity projects with Davis and her husband, Jordan Nelson, a former police officer who was involved in the settlement of a claim of excessive use of force against a Black man in 2013, said that he felt concerned when he heard about their past behavior, but the actions he’s seen from them have all been positive.
“I feel for them, but I can’t control their past because I didn’t even know they existed,” he said. “I would never want to be judged by my past, just what you see me doing now.”
But that’s not enough for Samul, who cited a passage in the Bible in which Jesus discovered a temple was being misused for the benefit of others instead of being revered as holy.
She said other Christian influencers who “tend to be shills for the prosperity gospel,” a term that has been used to criticize popular pastors like Joel Osteen who preach that faith, positive speech, and donations will earn them favor from God, should also be prepared to be called out.
“Brittany Dawn appeals only to the people in her corner who will support her toxicity without challenging her beliefs,” Samul said. “You can’t run away from your past by hiding in your faith. You have to repent.”