Pride of Life: Church celebrities make their gospel a "Reality"

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By Tetaun Moffett | EX Ministries

According to screen writer/Hollywood producer Daniel Petrie Jr, “We look at reality TV, which is billed as unscripted, and we know it is scripted.” Petrie Jr continued,  “We understand that shows don’t want to call the writers writers because they want to maintain the illusion that it is reality, that stuff just happens.”  Celebrity reality TV is  impromptu style entertainment involving celebrities or wannabes.  A camera crew captures and documents their every day life for entertainment and social popularity.  It is a known fact that celebrity reality TV is often produce to help further promote an individuals career or showcase an upcoming project.

(top) Kim Burrell is preparing to launch her own reality show about her life & career and all the moves it takes be a success on the world’s stage.  It’s called,”Whatever It Takes.”

(top) Kim Burrell is preparing to launch her own reality show about her life & career and all the moves it takes be a success on the world’s stage. It’s called,”Whatever It Takes.”

Recently there has been an increase of “gospel” or so called “Christian” theme reality TV shows that continues to flood the networks. Many have credited God for opening up doors for what appears to be success. While others have suggested that this is how we enter the marketplace ministry, referencing Acts 17.

You know, “take back Hollywood for the Kingdom of God.” But the True Church, the Church that’s called out from amongst the world will have to contend against this.  The end game is covetousness, idolatry, selfish ambition and the pride of life. No where in scripture did Paul go into the theaters of Athens and entertain the Greeks and Romans with his image promoting himself.  He wasn’t seeking a platform to put his life on display for transparency. “Got to let the world see that I’m not perfect. That I’m just a sinner who is saved by grace. My life is just like yours. Don’t judge me either.” 

He didn’t gather writers, poets and actors – hypocrites to solicit an opportunity to feature faith base plays, and performances. Under no circumstances did he engage culture with religious entertainment. Paul didn’t go about scratching ears to get people to like him and his message. It was never about Paul, it was always about Christ crucified. So what are we doing?

What’s so remarkable is that the entertainment industry knows that the religious community willingfully and faithfully watch and/ or support anything thats stamped “Christian or Gospel”. Especially black folks, Tyler Perry, Bobby Jones and BET have proven that.
But many of us have become lovers of pleasure than of God. (2 Tim. 3:4) Concerned more with being entertained than being servants of God.  We claiming that this is a great move of God, but we’ve fallen deeper in love with the worlds system until we have become the world. ( I John 2:15-17, Rom.12:1) Transformed into its image and likeness.
Reality TV, Hollywood and the entertainment industry all are platforms for the church to continue to become increasingly self-centered and self-seeking aggrandizing and full of pride. From the wayward gospel artist to the lascivious fame seeking preacher who’s looking for a comeback.  They sell and merchandize themselves with hearts filled with iniquity. (Ezk. 28:16-19). For the Church Celebrity, staying relevant in the hearts of their fanatics and cashing in on their celebrity is the “blessings of God”.
(Philippians 3:18-19 ESV)  “For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.”
(bottom) The cast from Sisterhood launched ministries, TV shows and promoted their churches and businesses

(bottom) The cast from Sisterhood launched ministries, TV shows and promoted their churches and businesses

These show are fruit-less. They are built around individuals seeking approval from carnal minded christians. Boasting in their imperfections and bringing glory to “their gospel” and not the Gospel of Jesus Christ – which is perfect.

But is God pleased with their efforts, is he being glorifed in the earth? Especially when the  so called “Christian” seek to be like by the world in order to reach them. Usurping its influence to add to their own kingdoms.

Or could it just be the ambitious Christian; when led by popular culture, they only take their cue from the world. (II Timothy 4:3) But there are those who are led by the Spirit of God who will not seek the approval of the world to satisfy the lust of the people, but will stand on His Word. (II Timothy 4:2, 2 Corinthians 6:17)

Hollywood is controlled by satan so what makes the Christian think it will defer its profit and influence to allow you to stand adamantly for Christ without compromise. What makes the Christian think Hollywood would lend its platform and not attempt to discredit the image of the Church.  “The Holy Spirit used those women. Souls were saved after watching the Sisterhood,” said an anonymous guess on TLC’s Sisterhood blog. Really.

 

 Charles Spurgeon once stated: “We cannot be fishers of men if we remain among men in the same element with them. Fish will not be fishers. The sinner will not convert the sinner. The ungodly man will not convert the ungodly man; and, what is more to the point, the worldly Christian will not convert the world.”
You should do a reality show they would love it
To the world (men)  pleasers, Paul asked a simple question in (Gal. 1:10): “Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men?” His answer: “If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ”  Later in (Thess. 2:4) followed up with: On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts” Paul is affirming a truth proclaimed by Jesus Himself: “How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God?” (John 5:44). We must ask, what is our ambition: to please God or to please man?
(left) Ben Tankard Show, Marvin Sapp and Mary Mary (2nd season)

(left) Ben Tankard Show, Marvin Sapp and Mary Mary (2nd season)

Those whose ambition is to be popular with the world cannot be true, faithful servants of Jesus Christ. If our ambition is to seek the things of the world (1 John 2:16; Romans 13:14), in truth, we are selfish  and we’re denying Christ and His sacrifice (Matthew 10: 33; Matthew 16:24). But it is our ambition to seek and honor Christ.

 

“The whole human race is infected with the disease of pride―pride or haughtiness, with which is connected ambition, boasting, contempt of others, blind love of self, headstrong self-confidence…Ambition deludes men so much that by its sweetness it not only intoxicates but drives them mad―and doubtless, ambition not only does injury to men, but exalts itself even against God.” – Unknown
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Oxygen Media has teamed up with Lemuel Plummer, the creator and executive producer of “Vindicated” and producer of “The Sheards,” and Holly Carter, creator and executive producer of “106 & Gospel” and executive producer of “The Sheards,” for the network’s latest series greenlight, “Preachers of L.A.,” an authentic new docu-series set to premiere in the fall of 2013. “Preachers of L.A.” will give viewers a candid and revealing look at six boldly different and world renowned mega-pastors 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.

“’Preachers of L.A.” documents these larger than life characters who are rock stars in their communities, with a fresh, unique perspective that will resonate with our young audience,” said Rod Aissa, Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media. “By teaming up with Lemuel and Holly who are some of the best creative minds in the business and heavily respected within this community, we can deliver this authentic series with integrity, while also staying right on brand with Oxygen.”

“We are delighted to work with Oxygen to develop this groundbreaking series on the extraordinary lives of some of the most prominent pastors in America,” said Lemuel Plummer. “I come to this project with a respect and understanding of their world, having grown up as the son of a pastor and religious broadcasters.  We intend to portray the human side of these pastors and the real world in which they live and work.”

“This show documents a journey of transparency from one man to the next as they endeavor to lead others to their own truth and self-discovery,” adds Holly Carter who holds a doctorate of divinity with an emphasis on marketplace ministry and is the daughter of a pastor and an industry veteran in faith and inspirational development and programming.  “It’s a dose of reality and a pound of redemption coming from a creative team reared in the church.”

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GONE GOSPEL
Black Entertainment Television (BET) has announced that Franklin will host a new series called “Gone Gospel,” a one-hour music competition reality series that chronicles the journey of popular musical artists of yesteryear in a gospel boot camp. “Gone Gospel” will showcase the artists working towards a second chance at stardom by transforming their lives and working on their own inspirational anthem.
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THIS IS A REALITY
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mark 8:36-37)
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28 Comments on “Pride of Life: Church celebrities make their gospel a "Reality"”

  1. Benson muchemi

    We are living in the end times and the antichrist bas found a way of invading and infiltrate the church with human doctrines…Its no longer about God and worshiping in truth and in spirit, from pastors to the so called gospel artists, its a self aggrandisement and selfish ambition thats inspiring them. The Sober and true Gospel of Jesus christ has lost its place in the modern world.

  2. J.C

    Sadly, this will go on to be a huge “success” and gullible lukewarm Christians will follow in this bad example. We should remember that not everyone who calls the Name of Jesus belongs to Jesus. Anything we do that takes the world’s eyes off Jesus unto us is dangerous! Please continue to sound the Alarm!

  3. David Cannella

    This is a great piece, and some very good writing style and that which blesses and leads a peoples called by his name. thanks EXTV, so much for yor love and caring, for the familye, and this nation and those around the world.

  4. Taura Helms

    The combination of money and attention and the dollar signs that accompany those two things have consequences. I really don’t understand “Christians” jumping on this bandwagon. That formula never worked for unsaved couples under the same media, i.e. Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson and the list goes on. You cannot serve two masters. You cannot take dirty money from the enemy while claiming to preach the world of God. This is a hot mess and it is beyond baffling to me.

  5. miriam moraa

    crazy. is there such a thing as 106 and gospel??. i aint watched B.E.T in years. its impossible to serve two masters, either you love one and despise the other. its clear what these people are doing and whoever that follows them is jst lost

  6. Shauna

    My husband and I were just talking about this a few months ago when we discovered all of these shows. This is not God. That preachers daughters show, just the first two episodes are just jaw dropping. This is why kids think its ok to do their mess in church, after church and so forth and get up in church and sing, and praise. Praying for our Nation.

  7. Sahmekia

    I guess with the recent SCOTUS strike down of DOMA, virtually rendering the US a modern day Sodom & Gomorrah, we have to drag out (no pun intended) all the homosexual related gospel ‘Stars’ like Kirk Franklin w/ his make-up and Kim Burrell look just like a Drag Queen getting ready for a show in that black dress and all them pearls with her slip showing and fish-net hose- the typical street wear of a hooker. But, that’s what she is- prostituting the gospel to make hell her certain home. Along with all the rest of these deluded people. The end is upon the US

  8. Kerry

    This is real garbage. How do call yourself a man of God and live in unrepentant sin a baby out of wedlock LOL. Every last one if these so call men glorify in themselves and therefore have not God but the devil who is their father, he is the father if lies and that is what they speak lies.

  9. Tia

    Ok, Kirk Franklin looks incredibly gay in the clipped photo from his video. Just had to say that…

    This does not surprise me at all, after all Bishop Kenneth Ulmer was on “Basketball Wives”. This is only the beginning, unfortunately.

  10. Kevin Shell

    You nailed it Tetaun…As we’ve discussed before…This the age of the 6, 7 and even 8 fold ministry…

    EPHESIANS 4:11-12 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers….AND SOME ACTORS, AND SOME, MUSCIANS, AND SOME COMEDIANS (Steve Harvey)

    Vs.12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

  11. tala

    The satanic spirit behind all of this is very obvious when you really think about it. Why would these satan serving networks allow true Christianity through their airways?THEY WOULDN’T! As believers we MUST separate ourselves. If more of us would be glued to the Word like we are to the tube we would not think twice about these shows being of the enemy. The great falling away has began.There was a day and age where a man of God would be ashamed and broken about some of the things these “entertainers” boast in and then excuse.It saddens me more to know that those who don’t know Christ will not see much of a difference between their own lives and these folk on t.v. so they may adapt the fallacy that the can become “christian” and still live a life unchanged. People of God pray against the spirit of antichrist!

  12. brian

    Let’s just be real for a second:Some of these folks ain’t saved and never been saved.This is all a part of this prosperity doctrine:everybody doing what they want to do to be famous and glorified following a business plan and that plan working then wanting to attach God to it like he did it when all you did was follow a business plan that’s been proven to work and then we as fools sit up and watch this garbage and support it.They are no different from the rapper,the pimp,the dopeman and the CEO..Its all about hustling to make that dollar!!!!

  13. Charlton

    This article just shocked the living day lights out of me. What is happening to the preachers in the United States of America. They are so self centered and has lost touch with the reality of the Gospel of Christ our Saviour. The sad thing about this is that the rest of the world will soon follow and mimic these reality shows. I’m from South Africa and I know how our preachers can worship preachers from USA. USA are the trend setters for what is happening in our churches down here. I thank God for EX Ministries, keep on exposing these wolves in sheep clothing.

  14. Joseph

    Just another tool the media is using to distract from what really goes on in our world. Sadly, the media knows how to keep black folks attention and its by giving the illusion that God is involved in all of this self promotion. It seems that as the title of the show says they will do “Whatever it takes” to keep people glued to the TV and not praying and reading God’s word. Thanks EX ministries for the biblical perspective to navigate through all the madness.

  15. Shavon

    Okay I have no words for the Kim Burrel video. I don’t have cable so I was not aware that their were so many Christians in reality TV now. I did not realize that ministry was only about fame now. Does authentic ministry even exist anymore?

  16. SUE

    This is very sad………….this is the age of seperating the wheat from the chaff……………….we definitely will need to be working on our own salvation, I have also noticed splits and seperation between family members because of this stuff that is going on now. No one wants to listen, not even to reason. Really I do not have to be a bible scholar to know this stuff is wrong? I tell you guys, people that I know who are unsaved know this stuff is terrible, and they all come to me and say? “I thought they are suppose to be saved?”. So an unsaved person knows something is not right? But bible tote christans have excuse, after excuse, on why this is right?

    From Obama, to christian reality shows, where will it end? and when will people wake up?

    And don’t forget the worse dissappointment for me was “Forever Jones” is coming out with a reality show, and of course I don’t blame the kids, but the parents.

  17. Briana Conway

    Uuuuuuuugh! See things like this just BREAKS MY HEART! Why Lord, why are so many people enjoying the world so much? If it were that important to you then why wouldn’t you just stay out there in the world instead perpatrating yourself as a TRUE CHRISTIAN. Is it that they couldn’t cut it in that world so they decided to invade the sincere lifestyle of a God affirming AUTHENTIC CHRISTIAN. God why are they hurting your Son JESUS so BOLDLY. Do they not read the BIBLE? As if money, fame, or fortune can make Gods mouth drop. Do people not realize that this is GOD! That mess does not impress Him, He’s not pleased… Please TRUE CHRISTIANS we must sincerely pray… It just isn’t right.

  18. Wanda Johnson

    Praising Yeshua that there is still a remnant of REAL Believers left who know the real truth and aren’t duped into believing all the garbage we’re seeing in the “So Called Gospel” scene. We know we’re in the last days and our Messiah is soon to return, so we’re praying like it’s our last time. Be blessed Real Followers of Yeshua because we’ve already won against the schemes of the adversary..

  19. Minister Speed

    Thank God for ministries like Ex Ministry who help to expose theses fraudulent wolves in sheep clothing. It takes the Holy Spirit to allow a person to see this truth and not be deceived by these demons. It’s time to realize that there is not one country which stands for God and in those countries there is not one entity which glorifies God. From the Media, Education, Food, Politics, Music, Economically, Ecologically, Child Rearing, Psychology, and so on. Absolutely nothing that can be seen, taste, touch, smelled, or felt stands for God.

    With this in mind you can differentiate between the Truth and the False. You won’t take hope in Demonic Illusions. We have to live within the above mentioned system (My God!!!) but we are commanded to not be OF that system.

    Anyone with a modicum of God within can see that there is a concerted agenda to deceive God’s people. These fake snakes make me so zealous in the War that is taking place right before our eyes. The truth is most Christians are like the 10 Virgins. Still looking for someone’s else to give them the Spirit. Always needing a Fad, or prosperity, or looking at a Man as if he is Christ. Sad..Sad…Sad Day for Christianity.

    I almost ashamed to say I’m a Christian. I tell folk I’m a disciple of Jesus.

  20. Louis Hayes III

    F.A.M.E…..remember the old TV show back in the 80s’

    Fame!
    I’m gonna live forever.
    I’m gonna learn how to fly,
    High!
    I feel it coming together,
    People will see me and cry (We are crying out for your blindness and those whom you are deceiving)
    Fame!
    I’m going to make it to heaven,
    Light up the sky like a flame, (Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.)
    Fame!
    I’m gonna live forever,
    Baby remember my name,
    Remember, Remember, Remember, Remember, Remember, Remember.

    Fame!
    I’m gonna live forever,
    Baby remember my name,
    Remember, Remember, Remember, Remember, Remember, Remember.

    Lord help us all….I don’t want to be deceived.

  21. Joel Howard

    They all going to hell if they don’t come back to Christ and him crucified.this is sick.no wonder the church is spiritually brain dead and on its way to HELL.the true church of Jesus Christ needs to rise up and say something like ex ministries.thanks brother Craig and brother moffett.

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