In an appearance on ‘The Arsenio Hall Show,’ the controversial ‘Preachers of L.A.’ addressed criticism of the show and their “haters.”
“Anytime you’re moving into space that is uncharted you’re gonna have haters. Jesus had haters,” said Bishop Clarence McClendon. “I teach our people that the kingdom of God is a kingdom of relational influence. And anybody you refuse to relate to, you’ve also refused to influence.”
“When you start influencing people you’re going to get their opinions. And so, opinions come, opinions go, but I believe that we’re moving into an area where others are going to follow.”
As previously reported by NewsOne, the show follows Bishop Noel Jones, Deitrick Haddon, Bishop McClendon, Pastor Wayne Chaney, Bishop Ron Gibson and Pastor Jay Haizlip as they navigate roads of riches, redemption and ridiculousness.
See Arsenio clip below:
After they finished comparing criticism of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to criticism of a VH-1 reality show, they engaged in a 30-second “Preach Off.”
Yes, a “Preach Off.”
As previously reported by NewsOne, Bishop T.D. Jakes recently took to his pulpit at the The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas to rebuke the materialism and frivolity of Preachers of L.A., drawing a clear distinction between what he called “junk,” and his own movies and books. He also wanted to make it clear to his congregants that they didn’t have to worry about their offerings going to his suits, houses or cars, because he’s always had his own money:
“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,” Jakes told his congregation Sunday, according to EEW magazine reports. “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.” Jakes went on to rebuke the spirit that caused people to think that financial contributions should go into preachers’ pockets. “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,” Jakes told his congregation. “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.” If there was any question about exactly who or what Jakes was referencing he told his congregation, “I’m not from L.A. I’m from Dallas!”
Haddon called into Atlanta’s 102.5 Praise and responded to Jakes’ sharp criticism of the show.
“I have the absolute utmost respect for Bishop TD Jakes and what he represents. I considered him one of our generals in this generation,” he said. “I was a bit taken back and shocked when I saw his view on the show, being that he’s a forefather in unorthodox, unconventional methods of sharing the Gospel, whether it be through MegaFest or partnering with comedians or Oprah.”
According to Path Megazine, “[Preachers of L.A.] … was #5 on highest viewership among all cable networks… [the] #2 most social cable reality program and #3 most social reality program in primetime with #PreachersofLA trending in the U.S. on Twitter during the premiere. “
Well, a-men and a few women to that!
Preachers of L.A. airs on Oxygen on Wednesdays at 10/9c.