The Preachers of L.A. Have Bling, Drama and Diva Attitudes [video]

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Fan or Critic?The new reality show “The Preachers of L.A.” premiered this past Wednesday on Oxygen and true reality TV custom it brought the drama. Reality TV is well known for its bling, drama, epic fights and of course, diva status.

If anyone thought a show centered around preachers would be any different they learned they were wrong. This show has all the requirements necessary for the world of reality television; complete with lavish lifestyles and we can’t forget the pompous personalities of the diva-bishops: Clarence McClendon, Noel Jones and Ron Gibson.

“The Preachers of L.A.” follows the lives of six successful pastors of Southern California. Many wondered why these men who make it obvious that they are on the wealthy side of life would risk their reputations for more money and brighter spotlight.  When questioned about their participation in this type of production their answers are as follows:

Bishop Ron Gibson, Life Church of God In Christ, said it’s quite simple for him; he intends to spread God’s word. He went on to say that after praying about it he was sure that Lord was in favor of him embarking on this journey. He explained that his approach is that he is on assignment from God to be a living testimony of His grace, love and mercy.

According to the Biblical verse Matthew 28:19-20, Gibson said he is commanded to “Go ye into all the world and teach all nations.” This show gives him a greater platform to carry out these orders.

Bishop Noel Jones, L.A.’s City of Refuge mega-church, said he simply wanted to reduce the erroneous beliefs that many church people have towards preachers and pastors. He wants people to realize that pastors are vulnerable and susceptible to the same moral slips that everyone makes. In short, pastors are human and the only one that’s perfect is God.

Pastor Deitrick Haddon, who has already become a favorite, says he knows that many will criticize the lavish lifestyles and lucrative careers of the preachers but hopes that the show will restore people’s hope in the Gospel. He said they really want people to see that they are all just real people with real issues. He hopes that by displaying their imperfections others who are imperfect will have their hope re-established.

For some this new show displays a rare but necessary window into the guarded lives of these established pastors, but for others it will prove to be an embarrassment to their faith. It mirrors many of its predecessors in reality by focusing on a life of supposed luxury. What is often perceived with these types of shows is the portrayal of affluent people who are irresponsible and reckless financial stewards.

By no means am I attempting to say there isn’t room for abundance, notoriety or media exposure in ministry. It’s a smart and innovative tool for them to extend their audience and amplify their message. We can only hope their motives are pure and the intended message remains clear.

Many have already said that “The Preachers of L.A.” magnifies the toxic state of Christianity and is a prime example of preachers using their pulpits to promote their own agenda and make loads of money while allowing the message of the Gospel to filter in and out.

Even those who like the show and plan to continue supporting it have said the show does indeed reaffirm many of the negative stereotypes about greedy prosperity preachers more interested in the lavish lifestyle than the Bible itself.

If you’re looking for bling, drama and divas “The Preachers of L.A.” will not disappoint. You can catch it all Wednesdays at 10pm on Oxygen. Viewers will get an inside window into these men’s lives as these preachers deal with personal challenges as well as triumphs as they function in their roles as community leaders.

 

 

By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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13 Responses to "The Preachers of L.A. Have Bling, Drama and Diva Attitudes [video]"

  1. Kat   October 15, 2013 at 12:22 am

    The word of God says let the wheat and tares grow together and he will do the seperating, I disapprove of the pimp image portrayed by the ministers, however since God is always in control and searches the motives of every man, he is very capable of putting his servants in order. Remeber Jeremiah 23:1 Woe be to the Shepherds that scatter my sheep

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  2. sarah   October 13, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    They need to sell those ridiculous cars and houses and live simple like MY LORD wants. I’m sad to say that I have lost my kids as members of the church due to the foolishness of these people on this show.they will answer to the LORD in the end. Pray for these people.

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  3. RBowers   October 13, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Is it possible to love Christ and hate christians?

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  4. Leonard   October 13, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    It still doesn’t surprise me what men of God will do for a dollar. .smh!

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  5. Tracy housrtracy26   October 11, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    That car nite cat

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  6. Tracy housrtracy26   October 11, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Bishop Jones and Gibson are excellent teachers of the word. and ss soon as i get a job and a cat and some decent Sunday go to meeting clothes im going back to life logic

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  7. Geri Foster   October 11, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I don’t understand the obsessive need for opulence. Jesus was a carpenter and the bible states he had no place to rest his head. The life of luxury, in my opinion, is a representation of naked pride and greed. Your life is more about personal ego. I will have nothing to do with the type of religion you represent.

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  8. Jean Kelley   October 11, 2013 at 8:06 am

    The truth really hurts! Deitrick Haddon was the only one that made made any sense to me. Is that why Mr.Clarence was so upset? Keep up the good work Deitrick. At least one of you all have a sound mind.

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  9. Marie Marhall   October 10, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    I hope Bishop Jones don’t never fall in love with Loretta. She has no RESPECT for him!! I don’t know if they were putting on a show, but please find yourelf a real woman who will respect you, she do not have the attitude to be a first lady..

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  10. Friend   October 10, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    No in the scriptures does it state that preachers are to be material rich and living high in society. Any money that comes into a church should be used to finish the work that Jesus started and commisioned the church to do: proclaim the gospel message to all the world, minister to the needs of the hungry, sick, poor and afflicted.

    Ministries / Religious organizations are not to set up their preacher to be lost by lining their pockets with cash. Preachers should be givin a moderate salary where they will need a second salary. This way they will be humbled and prayerful, depended upon God for daily living and not their bank accounts. Further, they will love and appreciate the wife of their youth – and not be inclinded to divorce her for silly and follish reasons.

    Giving all your money to your church is not what God has called us to do. We are to be careful not to be a stumbling block for pastors. If God has blessed you abundantly, give a faithful tithes (10% +) and an offering (5%/+) to your church. Take some and go feed the hungry, clothes the poor, visit the sick and the elderly, be an anonomous financial supporter of families that you know are struggling. Remember, what you do in secret, God will bless you openly. Further, he who gives to the poor lends to God, and He will repay. Freely you have received; freely give.

    Pray for wisdom and understanding.

    Preachers

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  11. Ann   October 10, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    The show did not surprise we because preachers today do not take their calling serious. As the scripture say, “Many are all but few are chosen.” Although these men were called into the ministries; but that ministries flourished into a job. And like any big time job you expect big time pay. It does not bother me that they are living on top of the world right. They have their reward as Jesus so eloquent said.

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  12. Denise   October 10, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Church and faith is not in man, but in the Word of God! So your faith should be based on your own individual relationship with God. Better is he that is in ME, then he that is in the WORLD! AMEN

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  13. cdesh   October 10, 2013 at 10:27 am

    One of the very reasons STOPPED going to church

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