Last Wednesday, Oxygen premiered its “Preachers of L.A.” to over 1.1 million viewers, the highest ratings ever. Why? “Preachers of L.A.” is a docu-series, reality, inside view… whatever you want to call it… look at the pastors lyfestyles, business processes, personal and religious perspectives and beliefs surrounded by elaborate surroundings. The show features Bishop Noel Jones, Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Wayne Chaney, Bishop Ron Gibson and Pastor Jay Haizlip as they review themselves as men of God and a men driving Bentleys, living in exquisite homes, wearing designer clothing… all while doing the work of the Lord. Bishop Ron Gibson: “You see my bling, you see my Bentley, you see my Glory but you don’t see my Story” “PDiddy, JayZ.. they are not the only ones who should be driving Ferrari’s and living a large houses!” “Pushing dope to preaching hope!”
Deitrick Haddon: Divorced his wife of 15 yrs, met his new girlfriend Dominique shortly after in which she became pregnant during the divorce. “That is my Testimony” Bishop
Noel Jones: “Im single… Winning Me…. I am a Prize..” Being a single pastor is difficult, women through themselves at them, emails, sticking phone numbers in my hands, the rock star syndrome… Why can’t I have Fun?” “I love being successful.”
Bishop Clarence McClendon: Up and divorced his wife years back creating major split in his church. Married new wife immediately after. “The bible says that I wish above all things that you will prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers…I believe that!”
Pastor Jay Haizlip: A skateboarder! “The bible says that those who sow amongst us should reap from us.. that’s implying that the preacher is to be taken care of.”
These are just some of the statements that are creating controversy around the world! The show is surrounded by chic trendy music that adds to high level thinking, prosperity and blessings. Why? Is this prosperity preaching on steroids? Is the message that faith, positiveness, tithing and believing God will bless you financially a gimmick? This week I have read it all and heard it all. Even to the point where heated debate erupted. I just can not believe that what we watched on tv is a SURPRISE to everyone. What you see is REAL and part of every churches thinking and processes in some way. In fact.. mega pastors are trying to separate themselves from this show. Its like this pastors have pulled the lid off and revealed things that many want to be kept in silence. And.. because they are showing their lyfestyles, they are now FLAUNTING and ARROGANT. I dont get it Bishop T.D Jakes:
“Now, I know you been watching that junk on TV. I want to tell you right now, not one dime of what you’re sowing right now will buy my suit. I want you to know my car is paid for. I want you to know I got my house on my own. I want you to know I’m not bling-blinging. I am not shake and bake. I had money when I came to Dallas and I plan to have some when I leave. You did not buy what I got. I had it when I came here. You know I had it when I came here. The devil is a lie! I have sold enough books and produced enough movies. I don’t need your offering to pay for this little slimy suit. So I rebuke that spirit in the name of Jesus Christ.”
WHY ARE YOU JUSTIFYING YOURSELF??? ARE YOU GUILTY OF SOMETHING? Let me say this. If all you do at the beginning for work is pastoring. Then you grow and write books and sell your tapes. THAT ALL CAME FROM THE SAME SOURCE…your congregation… believers around the world. So yes.. we have bought some of your suits and paid some of your mortgage.. indirectly. Also, you have been on several shows. Is that flaunting. We have seen you on your private plane. Was that flaunting? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
If worldly people have nice extravagant lyfestyles, WHY SHOULD I NOT EXPECT TO HAVE MORE!!! I am a child of God. I believe I am PURPOSE DRIVEN. I EXPECT GOD TO SHOW UP AND SHOW OUT!!! Yes, these men.. pastors and bishops around the world… represent thousands that don’t really want to be seen like this. But I personally know one of the pastors and have worked on mega conferences of 3 of the pastors. Their lyfestyles were what you see now… way back many years ago. What you see is who they are… good bad or indifference. But you know what.. THEY ARE MEN… not God. We place them too high on a pedestal.
I have left the church due to some of what you see and a whole lot of what you have not seen… at least yet. It is refreshing to see this show with all its flaws, all its glory, all its controversy. It was refreshing to see the pastors speak about an event and should they be paid an honorarium. WHY WERE PEOPLE UPSET. Yes your pastor ask about money and pay!!!!! WAKE UP! It was WAY EXCITING to see Deitrick challenge Bishop McClendon on why he needs to bring his entourage. This is REAL STUFF!!!! And what you think… above all.. GOD HAS THE WORLD TALKING ABOUT HIM! WHAT’S YOUR THOUGHTS!!