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.”
“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.
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