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Were you one of the 1.1 million viewers who tuned into the premier of the new hit reality show “Preachers of L.A.?”  If so, why?

Is it because you love reality shows and almost any topic that uses the tried and true formula will do?  Is it because you’re intrigued about getting a behind-the-scenes look at how pastors really live their lives?  Or, is it because you’re looking for a way to validate some of the negative feelings you have about churches and the way they’re run?

I’ve had a long-standing debate with friend who thinks God favors preachers so much that he blesses them with material things like private jets and Bentley’s to show his approval.  I think that being a Pastor is a calling that requires the kind of humility that Jesus had. I’m not proposing that ministers take a vow of poverty and ride donkeys, but a pastor who spends an inordinate amount of time coordinating his leather Italian leather shoes with the Italian leather interior in his Maserati…ehhh.  Just not for me.

It looks like the majority of the Men of God in “Preachers of L.A.” are living extremely well…and we’re talking L.A., where three bedroom, two bath 1,500 square foot homes are listed at $849, 000.

But that’s one of the most obvious factors about “Preachers of L.A.”  There are other intangibles like the love they show their wives, children and…in one case baby’s mom. And of course we also see work they do in their churches, their communities, the souls they save and no one can put a price tag on those things.

If we’re going to spend an hour watching “Preachers of L.A.” with a non-judgmental eye (I’m trying) the least we can do is learn something from it. Here are 3 things I’m going to remind myself of as I watch.

1. To each his own.  A preacher is kind of like a new car (of which the featured preachers have an abundance). Some like them fast, some like them reliable, some like hybrids, some like classics.  No one forces us to join a particular church or support a particular minister. If you like it I love it. Pick your Pastor and go forth.

2. We shouldn’t play with God.   It’s early and so far so good, but if any one of the group of pastors is “playing church,” for publicity, things could go very wrong very fast.  I mean, do we really need a Rev. “Diva” among us?

3. It’s a reality show.   No matter how you slice it, we should remember that situations are set up to spark controversy, drama and even scenes that make us go awwww..  So, yeah, there will be contrived moments where the camera just “happens” to catch Pastor Wayne Chaney and his wife being “saved, sanctified and sexual or when Bishop Ron Gibson and his wife ask gospel artist/pastor Deitrick Haddon whether he and his fiancée are shacking.

We shouldn’t let anything on this particular reality show make us question our own salvation or lack of.  The pastors may have to answer to a higher authority for appearing on the “Preachers of L.A.,” but we won’t have to answer for watching…I hope.

By the way, I’m calling it now.  The Puck-Omarosa-NeNe-Kelly Price of the group is Deitrick Haddon.

What do you think?

24 thoughts on “Church Mess

  1. FIFTY AND PHUNE on said:

    How can TD Faker complain about the show and say I don’t need your money but yet you see the give online scrolling across the screen and got the nerve to say donation of $50.00 as if you have 49.50 you can forget about it. You see men giving people envelopes to put money inside. You are right TD Faker who paid for that ugly plaid suit you have on. When he was saying that he should have told the TV people to take the giving part off the screen.

    • keebee51 on said:

      Shut your mouth. You know nothing about TD Jakes. Always some idiot bashing good people. I can honestly say I have never heard anything negative about this man of GOD.

  2. Truebeliever on said:

    If the people who attend their church actually ever read Bible, they would stop going to their church. The Bible calls pastors like these angels of light. Not Christian. They’re getting their hustle on.

  3. This show is awful and an insult to great preachers who are not out to just make a buck. Detrick Haddon is a drama queen…he wants to be the center of attention. I guess that’s why he’s in the middle at the opening of the show. He and his “fiancé” show way too much sexual energy for them to be unwed and he is supposedly a minister. I have lost all respect for him. The white guy is the only was that seems to be sincere.

  4. I enjoyed it. And will watch again. I enjoyed watching a ‘reality’ show that focuses on men and their issues. We already have someone stepping getting his feeling hurt, someone stepping on someones toes,,,,,, Someone walking out….. Looks like this is going to be interesting!!!!!

  5. Valerie on said:

    It seemed fake. No substance…I got tired of watching that bullshit church event with the young people. The gang situation with the gang members was staged and fake. Couldn’t take it anymore, I had to change the channel. Didn’t find the inspiration anywhere.

  6. Spinoff: Preachers of New York with Ma$e. Mason Durell Betha (born August 27, 1975), better known by stage name Mase (stylized Ma$e), is a rapper and actor. He hails from Harlem, New York City, New York. He was once signed to Sean “Diddy” Combs’s label Bad Boy Records. He was introduced as Bad Boy’s next big artist during the summer of 1996, when he was featured on the remix to 112’s debut single, “Only You”, which peaked at number one on Billboard’s Hot Dance Singles Sales chart as well as its Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. With his slow flow Mase quickly developed a crossover fan base as he was featured on original tracks and remixes by popular R&B artists such as Brian McKnight, Mariah Carey, Keith Sweat and Brandy, among others. Puff Daddy (Diddy), featured Mase on “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems” from The Notorious B.I.G.’s double-disc album Life After Death (1997), the album’s biggest hit single. He then featured Mase on several songs from his own debut album, No Way Out (1997): the lead single, “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down”, which hit number one on the Rap, R&B, and Pop charts, as well as on “Been Around the World”, which would also reach number one on Billboard’s Hot Rap Tracks. By the time Mase released his own debut album, Harlem World, in late 1997, the rapper had become Bad Boy’s premier artist, filling the void left by the death of B.I.G.. He is married to Twyla Betha and leads an international ministry while still making occasional musical guest appearances.

    Alternative Spinoff: Preachers of Texas with Pastor TD Jakes of Dallas & controversial Pastor Joel Ratliff of Houston. Or Preachers of the ATL with Bishop Eddie Long & and Carlton Preston, Pastor Creflo Dollar & Jamal Bryant, and that other controversial pastor from the ATL that is a Youtube sensation, Pastor Tony Smith.

  7. RENO2AC on said:

    A place in your home designated for “the man” of the house, which is usually outfitted with a big, flat screen, surround sound, captain chairs, and a nice stereo.

  8. Demp109 on said:

    It would be nice if they would pool some of their resources for things such as a residential treatment center, orphanage, youth home, nursing homes, afterschool programs, scholarships, etc! They could have made a hughe difference in their communities if they saw the “real” light! I’m sure they are doing something on a small scale to satisfy critics and naive members of their congregations, but…..

  9. No matter their (the preachers) motivation, God will have the final word in His time. God knows the heart. The show is not based on anything new. As long as people support these preachers and their churches, then they will always be with us. However, if I need a good laugh, I’ll put it on tonight, or watch it when they rerun it again and again.

  10. If the blind lead the blind then they all fall in the ditch. How you gone tell me how to live if you not living right yourself!! Its all about the MONEY!! No one cares about gettin people saved. Leave your personal life out of the public eye, its just discuraging!!

  11. Daniel Asamota on said:

    It is absolutely disgusting that a show like this would be on and even more disturbing are the so-called pastors who participate in this indulgent bullshit! They should be ashamed and know that they are not presenting the proper image for the pastor nor showing respect for the highest calling of a man and that’s the honor of serving God and His good purpose on this earth! People watching it should be ashamed of themselves for they ought to have enough respect for the Almighty to not sit and gawk at this insulting view of the church and the Calling!

  12. I didn’t want to watch Pastor’s of LA cause I want to see Pastor’s being humble and I couldn’t see it through the previews and I didn’t want the negative stigma that they already have make Christians a laughing stock.

    After a nagging family insisted I watched, I caught the last 15 minutes where Deitrick and Pastor McClendon were having a discussion at the “man cave”. I agreed with Deitrick, so I’ll be watching the show because I like what Deitrick had to say.

      • Truth Be Told! on said:

        It’s a place in the home or outside the home, a room, or in the garage, where men don’t allow women. They talk, watch sports, play the playstation, drink wine, beer, kool-aid or whatever. It’s a man’s territory for himself and/or his friends.

      • redbone1954 on said:

        according to the show the “man cave ” is the house that one of those preachers used to have but it got too small to house all of his wifes clotes so he had to get a bigger house “Glory” OK the only good thing I got out out of this was Dettrick when he accused Bishop McClendon I think that is the name of not really wanting to give to the smaller churches and charging them fee’s to appear at their churchs (shame on him) and why was he (MClendon) rolling with an entorouge??????

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