Christian Group Petitions Oxygen Media to Cancel ‘Preachers of LA’

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GINA MEEKS | Charismanews.com

A new reality television show about pastors in Los Angeles, scheduled to release this fall, is already stirring up controversy.

Preachers of L.A., about which Charisma News previously reported under its working title Pastors of L.A., is a new “authentic docuseries” from Oxygen Media. The show will feature Bishop Noel Jones, Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Clarence McClendon, pastor Wayne Chaney, Bishop Ron Gibson and pastor Jay Haizlip.

A press release says the series “will give viewers a candid and revealing look at six boldly different and world-renowned megapastors in Southern California, who are willing to share diverse aspects of their lives—from their work in the community and with their parishioners to the very large and sometimes provocative lives they lead away from the pulpit.”

pastorsA preview video published at the end of June shows Ferraris, Bentleys and lavish mansions, along with the pastors defending their wealth.

“P. Diddy. Jay-Z. They’re not the only ones who should be driving Ferraris and living in large houses,” argues Gibson, pastor at 4,500-member Life Church of God in Christ.

A group that calls itself Christians Against Preachers of L.A. has launched a petition on change.orgagainst the show, which highlights the luxurious lifestyles of the six Southern California megachurch pastors.

“Biblical prosperity is not about wealth building. This is a poor representation of the Kingdom of God,” the petition states. “These preachers’ lifestyles are NOT promoting Christ ethos but rather their cars, homes, relationships, and their justification on why they want viewers to see them as having fleshly desires as everyone else does.”

The petition, which began last week in an effort to get the Oxygen Network to cancel Preachers of L.A., has garnered more than 60 signatures and is hoping for 100 total.

Read more: http://www.charismanews.com/culture/40168-christian-group-petitions-oxygen-media-to-cancel-preachers-of-la

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Clarence McClendon and Noel Jones response to critics

39 Comments on “Christian Group Petitions Oxygen Media to Cancel ‘Preachers of LA’”

  1. Candy

    I totally agree with the petitioners, this show will send out the wrong message to those who are trying to find themselves in Christ. It is quite confusing to me, shouldn’t that money be going back into the church or to programs to help the members who are not living as lavish as them??

  2. Ezekiels Daughter

    The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord God: Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them. So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild beasts.My sheep were scattered; they wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. My sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, owith none to search or seek for them.
    “Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: As I live, declares the Lord God, surely because my sheep have become a prey, and my sheep have become food for all the wild beasts, since there was no shepherd, and because my shepherds have not searched for my sheep, but the shepherds have fed themselves, and have not fed my sheep, therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: Thus says the Lord God, Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require my sheep at their hand and put a stop to their feeding the sheep. No longer shall the shepherds feed themselves. I will rescue my sheep from their mouths, that they may not be food for them. (Ezek 34:1-10)

  3. Robert

    Did any see the phrase “world-renowned megapastors “. Jesus said in Luke 6:26 Woe to you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets. Jesus also said What doesit profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his soul or what can a man give in exchange for his soul. These individuals have sold their sold for fame. I have the unfortunate advantage of having heard ‘Bishop’ Noel Jones preach at ‘Bishop’ Jakes church and there was not anything good, I believe the message was likended to “Dont Worry about the haters”. It was off subject most of the time. I’m not sure if Joes was called by the Lord to preach or if he called himself, because I understand that Satan has transformed himself into a minister of light and has his own hierarchy of preachers that make merchandise of the people (2 peter). As believers we either need to unplug from networks such as OWN(Occult Wiccan Network) because that is just what it is or boycott sin openly. You don’t see that. They all need to sit down and truly repent over the things that now should be ashamed of and really give their lives to Christ. Preaching for fame has its rewards, but at the end of the day it is about where you will spend eternity.

  4. alexis

    Amen.cancel it. But we are told these things will happen.Jesus didn’t lie when he said people shall be lovers of pleasures than lovers of God.it is the END TIME.

  5. kelvin kinani

    This is so embarrassing but it has to happen for the word of God to be fulfilled. But as true Christians let us pray against such ministers of inequity . May the will of God be fulfilled.

  6. Jerry Maclin

    I just signed the petition but there still is more work to be done. We’ve got to pray and petition the “WorldNetwork”(Wordnetwork), TBN, and any of the other Principality Platforms. Its funny how we want to bind Oxygen a worldly station who we should expect this filth from, while the true worldy stations that POSE as one of US we let it go. I’ve been praying for this for a long time and I pray more true belivers get on board and boycott/petition these Popriators of Flesh. That includes BET that stands for Baal Entry Tunnel, opening the minds and hearts of people to recieve the demons of wealth, health and prosperity; everything counter intuitive to the gospel of my risen Savior. We all know that the scriptures speak that this time would come but it was not telling us just for giggles, it was giving us a intelligence report on the enemies of righteousness. Although the wheat and the tares will grow up together, it doesn’t mean we’ve got to accept their connection to us. We should be doing exactly what we are doing right now, “CUTTING AWAY THE TARES”. Expose them to save the lost and watch them burn.

    Pastor Maclin

  7. Stan Rogers

    Satan offered Jesus the kingdoms of this world but Jesus refused. Satan made the same offer to these preachers and they couldn’t wait to sign up ….The antichrist spirit is already among us.

  8. True Shepherd

    While I can understand why everyone is against the show being aired, I have issues with the comments of how the pastors should not have the finest of things. Some of these pastors don’t just preach in the pulpits but they are authors, entrepreneurs, and businessmen. Their hard work and dedication to their vocation could be how they are able to afford these things. Jesus never told us that we could not have things but He told us to “seek ye first the kingdom of God and all of His righteousness and all of these THINGS shall be added unto you”.

    As far as feeding the sheep goes, who said that they are not feeding the sheep? You can put the feed out there, but does not mean that they will eat it. That’s in the natural as well as the spiritual. Just because the pastor is driving nice, dressing nice, and living nice does not mean that he/she is not sharing with the people the principles, statutes, and word of God for them to live also. And God nor Jesus has ever told the preacher to not have for him/herself if the people don’t want it for themselves.

    My question to you is, why is prosperity or things an issue to people when it comes to the man/woman of God who is living right? But it’s not an issue when the rappers, sports athletes, movie actors/actresses, & businessmen who are living wrong? Did not the bible tell us that the wealth of the wicked is layed up for the just? Did not God tell Abram that in blessing, HE would bless him? Did not Jesus say that He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly? Did not David write, delight thyself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart? Did not Paul tell us that, my God shall supply all of your need according to HIS riches in glory by Christ Jesus?

    If you are going to sign a petition for the show not to air, then you should sign a petition for all other shows that show the riches and prosperity of those who aren’t living for God nor do they show any desire to live for HIM not to air also.

  9. Ryan

    I signed the petition as well. If anyone else wants to sign it, just log on to change.org, sign in/up, and search “Christians against Preachers of L. A.”

  10. Debbie

    the Pastor’s wives was kicked off the air too, it was a hot mess. It was all about driving nice cars, money etc.
    glad its off the air.

  11. Jasher

    I believe God’s word says it best. Jeremiah 5:26
    JER 5: 26
    For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men.
    JER 5: 27
    As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.
    JER 5: 28
    They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.
    JER 5: 29
    Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
    JER 5: 30
    A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land;
    JER 5: 31
    The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

    I pray Gods true church will return and repent and lets begin to live they way Jesus truly intended. God help us! This is the last days

  12. Drew

    This so called pastor Clarence McClendon, said that when God told Adam & Eve not to eat from the tree of knowledge , that He meant don’t touch His 10 percent tithe! Deitrick Haddon is divorced, and his new baby mama is questioning him about marriage! This is wickedness! And they want a platform to poison folks! Lord help us! These devils will do anything to get in folks pockets! Exministries, keep fighting the good fight of faith

  13. HB

    Preachers of LA!!!!!? Wow! Really!

    You know what, I think I’ll find my way to that page to sign off on this petition. As for the cast of characters in this hot mess I’ve had the pleasure of NEVER wasting my time to watch I see among others a womanizing preacher and another who I am certain plays for both teams if you know what I mean! HOT HOT MESS! Let me end this reply so I can go sign this petition.

  14. Kim Worthy

    P. Diddy. Jay-Z. They’re not the only ones who should be driving Ferraris and living in large houses,” argues Gibson, pastor at 4,500-member Life Church of God in Christ.
    I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS STUPID REMARK CAME OUT OF A PASTORS MOUTH. WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH LOVING GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, MIND AND SOUL. THAT’S EXACTLY WHY THEY WERE PICKED FOR THIS SHOW. THERE WOULDN’T BE A SHOW IF TRUTH WAS REPRESENTED.

  15. Ellis L.

    All these ridiculous so called “religious” “reality” shows need to be canceled. This does more to hurt the teaching of Christ that help. Nothing but the same display of ignorance and foolishness that are in the secular “reality” shows.

  16. Shavon Stewart

    What in the world is a liberal Christian? It kills me how Christians are divided between liberal and conservative these days. Are liberal Christains allowed to stretch the Bible?

  17. Emmanuel Turner

    I’m on the fence bout this one. I DO feel like the personal attacks on these individuals need to stop. I dont know if any of us know these people PERSONALLLY, so who knows there intentions? Yes we do know them by their fruits, so if we see CONTINUAL direct actions/statements against the Word of God, then ok. But if we’re just googling things about them, that’s not fair. What if someone could “google” us and ALL of our “mistakes” and sins POST-salvation and we were categorized by those few moments? What if David lived in the world of social media? Or Solomon? Or Job? Proverbs 13:22 says “a good man leaves an inheritance for his childrens children. So if we’re to leave an inheritance for TWO generations, SOMEBODY has to be bringing in SOMETHING substantial. Many of these guys are also authors. On the other hand, the mixture or blurred lines between ministry and business can be argued ALL DAY, and justifiably so. Now I DONT agree with being on a reality show. To me that’s all publicity driven and Christians should avoid it period. All of these shows, “The Sheards”, “Preachers Daughters”, “Preachers Wives”, “Sundays Best”, and ANYTHING TYLER PERRY is a black eye for the Body of Christ and makes fulfiing the Great Commission even more difficult by giving a negative, false reputation

  18. Kimberley

    The only problem I have is when preachers mainly mega pastors such as your creflo dollar and td jakes, speak about prosperity yet have parishoners who have lost homes and jobs. I feel if you have faithful tithers you should show case how your church is feedin the poor and needy

  19. Shereene

    I greet all Christians in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior! Upon reading this article and the comments I believe there is a point that has already been made that some believers and non- believers alike don’t yet know or understand. There is an obvious distinction to be made between wealthy Christians and the above Pastors of this upcoming reality series. A wealthy Christian does NOT publicize their wealth in any fashion, EVER! Instead, he/she humbly goes about doing the work of The Lord SO THAT GOD GETS THE GLORY!

    The above Pastors are ARE PUBLICIZING THEIR WEALTH! The word of God tells us in Matt 6:3 to not let one hand know what the other hand is doing. And that’s when giving to the needy. These Pastors may or may not be giving to the poor, but they want the whole world to know about their wealthy lifestyles. This show does nothing to glorify God, but everything to glorify these men.

    Not one of the Godly, wealthy men noted in scripture called a multitude to witness how rich they are. Some held a banquet and literally fed lots of people, some offered to help those in need, others were dependable people in their communities. These Pastors, on the other hand, want to show off their wealth for wealth and worldliness’ sake. After all, that’s what all these rappers do anyway. Right Pastor Gibson!

  20. courtney

    Im signing too, tv is becoming ridiculous One of my friends younger brother stay’s on youtube uploading videos of himself he believes that’s the only way to be somebody. On top of that he watches majority of the African American reality shows. smh, HE’s STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL.

  21. Dee Dee

    From reading the comments, it is clear that many are outraged at the thought of airing this trash. What most people have missed is the true motivation behind the production of such a show.

    There are many still looking for truth, purpose, hope, something they can believe in. In other words, they are seeking God and may not realize it. There are still others who are very new to the faith and are spiritually young and vulnerable. This show was designed to make a mockery of Christianity on a whole. It seeks to portray ministers (and by default those who follow them) as corrupt, judgmental, materialistic hypocrites who have the morals of an alley cat and whose behavior is worse than that of any atheist.

    THEY WANT TO TURN PEOPLE OFF TO CHRISTIANITY. Would the Muslims allow Mohammed to be portrayed in such way? Ha! Better be on the lookout for some credible death threats.

    Christians are not perfect, but those of us that are sincere have a conscience ( a relationship with God) that dictates how we conduct ourselves, the choices we make, and the examples we set for others. We KNOW and ACKNOWLEDGE His authority over ours lives and understand that there is a price to be paid for disobedience.

    My brothers and sisters, the enemy seeks to undermine what it is to be a true Christian and reduce it to a mass of pleasure seeking, self-serving, gullible heathens that treat God like a genie in a lamp to be called upon when you want something (If this is you say “ouch”). Let us pray and be secure in the knowledge that in the end…..we win.

  22. Paul N

    I am not down with any Pastor being rich off of the gospel, especially when others in the Church are struggling. And from what I know, you have people in all of these places struggling. The monies collected in a church should meet the needs of the people in the Church (Pastor included) and fund missions. That is the biblical way, not the Pastor living way above everyone else. If they want big money, go and get a job that pays them that much but they should not use God’s people to support their lavish lifestyles.

    True Shepherd, the all things being added that Jesus spoke about has nothing to do with being wrotten rich. If one reads the context in Matthew 6, Jesus is telling his disciples not to worry about having food or clothing because The Father will provide for them. That is it, he was talking about taking one day at a time trusting God, not saying that God is going to rain riches down from heaven.

  23. sharnises

    It doesn’t matter to me if a Christian is wealthy or not or how they spend their money. We are all commanded to give to the poor and back to our churches no matter what our paycheck looks like. The problem with these types of shows is that they have the best of intentions, but never come close to the ideals they spout. What none of these preachers either understands or is willing to admit is that reality TV is a business fueled by drama. And biggest money makers/ratings go to those who indulge in sin-filled drama that constantly tops itself. These men haven’t done anything on TV yet and they’re already defending/justifying their actions. Comparing yourself to David (who was not the spiritual leader of Israel, but the political one) saying you should be respected without question makes me wonder if something is about to come to light. Preachers/pastors are not kings. They’re more comparable to the priests and priests were punished swifter and harsher than the kings were when they rebelled & sinned because it always led to the people (congregation) sinning in the same & greater ways. You bring up Noah and David, but what about Aaron’s sons or Eli and his sons or the Pharisees?

    If this show truly wanted to promote Christ and show the reality of being a pastor/preacher then why is it so one sided? Why are they all mega-church overtly wealthy instead of just one or two of them? Where are the poor pastors in the trenches fighting poverty and slavery? Where are the missionaries building churches where none exist? Where are the evangelists who travel in their beat up Volvo spreading the Word to a cold world? Where are the prophets warning a church that scorns them? If this is really about Christianity then where is the diversity that defines the body of Christ?

    Could it be that what it is showcasing is what it is actually promoting? Man over Christ?

  24. Mrs.Tyson

    Noel Jones clearly stated that he WAS NOT! on pastor’s of la to evangelize, his first work is to win souls and not whores, the spirit of deception and delusion has no respect of persons I don’t care how elegant a person speaks,
    God is not in this and it does not take a spiritual title to discern that.

  25. Debra T

    I’m reminded how the Bible teach us about people who will come into our lives and they are the devils children, they know the word as well as we do or better and they gain our confidence and we begin to put man over the Lord. I don’t know these men, so I’m not going to prejudge them, but, I will say that know one twisted their hands or held a gun over their heads, this is a decision they made on their own and now because their church members does not agree, they want out. Well was it for the wrong reason they took the position to begin with and was it for their own profit, these are the questions we must ask ourselves. God has a way of letting His people know who are truly God fearing men and who has the desire to teach the word and not use the word for their own gain. So this may be a blessing for us all to see who they really are. The word teach us to show ourselves approved and if you are listen to a preacher (man) every week bring you a lesson make sure it is right by reading for yourself. Sometime you can be listen to just men and not “God fearing men. I have not quoted you any scripture just the common sense that the Lord has given me. Now, you listen to His word and search it and make your on decision. One other question, is it the members that are concern about what get out in the world or the minsters themselves. We must remove ourselves from the world be ye in this world, but, not of this world, what choices have they made.

  26. Jeane K

    MRS. TYSON,
    “GOD IS NOT IN THIS”, YEP THAT SAYS IT ALL. I DEFINITELY WON’T BE WATCHING ANY OF IT, LOOK AT ‘TIA & TAMERA’ AND THE CONSTANT ‘BLEEPING’ THAT’S DONE BY THE CENSORS ON THE SHOW (SADLY ESPECIALLY TIA) WHO SAYS THEY FOLLOW CHRIST (VISITING AND DANCING IN STRIP CLUBS, ETC.). DON’T BELIEVE ME THEN CHECK OUT THE SHOW FOR YOURSELF, AND YOU’LL SEE WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT. WHERE ARE GOD AND JESUS CHRIST BEING ‘GLORIFIED’ IN ANY OF THIS (TIA & TAMERA BARELY EVEN MENTION JESUS’ NAME AND HOW EXACTLY IS THIS LEADING OUR DYING AND SINFUL WORLD TO THE Lord?)? I apologize if this sounds pious or holier-than-thou but the Lord is coming SOON, but what are we doing with the message of the Gospel in these situations??

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