03 July 2013

"Preachers of L.A." Sure to Be an Insult to Both Television and the Church

So-called "reality" television has completely anesthetized people to actual reality. Further, it has created a whole new means by which "ordinary" men and women can achieve their narcissistic dreams of worldly fame and fortune. At the same time, it was a logical product of today's postmodern, self-loving society. Unfortunately, the visible church, with its "narcigetical" preaching and pragmatic, entertainment mindset also caters nicely to the "reality TV" phenomenon, as demonstrated by several recent shows of this genre.

Lifetime featured "Preacher's Daughters," and The Learning Channel (TLC) aired, and thankfully canceled, "The Sisterhood," a show that profiled pastor's wives. Now it's Oxygen's turn, as the network will air "Preachers of L.A." during this coming Fall season.


This show will feature the following "pastors":
To take the time to profile each of these apparently attention-starved men seems to be an unwise use of both the reader's and this writer's time. Suffice it to say that, as two examples, Noel Jones comes highly recommended by popular prosperity preacher and modalist, T.D. Jakes, and the Oxygen bio page for McClendon states the following:
When challenged about what many have called his prosperity Gospel, Bishop replies, “there is no other kind of Gospel.” (Source)
Sounds as though McClendon and Joel Osteen would get along just fine.

Of this coming television catastrophe, Denny Burk comments,
This is sad on a number of levels. Some of these men are bona fide false teachers, the very kind that the Bible warns us about (2 Pet. 2:1-3). Yet they will be presented to the public as what evangelicals aspire to be. I’m sure many viewers will understand these men to be a distortion of evangelical reality. But there will be many who will not. Unbelievers and skeptics will point to this sham as one more reason to write-off Christianity. (Source)
photo: Great Beyond via photopin cc
One cannot disagree with Burk, but perhaps it will take such atrocities as "Preachers of L.A." to cause some Christians and pastors to finally wake up and stand up to the gross distortions that are being presented as Christianity.

Burk also offers this qualification at the end of his post:
UPDATE: A commenter below says that at least one of the pastors–Wayne Chaney–is not a prosperity teacher. I looked at Chaney’s website and could not find any evidence of the prosperity gospel there. (Source)
This may be so, and the purpose of this post is not to refute or affirm this information. Ultimately, what the Christian must consider is this: What should one think about the shepherd of God's flock who would agree to appear on a "reality" TV show? Reality TV exists to elevate men and to feed their ego and vanity. Even if one were to proclaim the gospel on camera, it would be extremely surprising if such a proclamation actually made it past the editing room. Television networks such as Oxygen primarily celebrate one thing: the world. Any pastor participating in such a thing, then, has at best made a na├»ve decision, and most certainly has made an unwise one.

"Preachers of L.A." may demonstrate that pastors are sinners, too, but it sadly will not reveal to the viewer what are the true qualifications of an elder as set forth by God Himself:
if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. (Titus 1:6-9)
HT: No Compromise Radio

Further Reading
Is God Mad at You? A Response to David Crank's Lies About Salvation
Happiness Is Found in Contentment
Adam and Eve and Andy Stanley

6 comments:

  1. I have not watched television in years. They offer nothing that glorifies God, edifies the body or that should be of interest to a follower of Jesus Christ.

    Prayer and The Word of God is sadly neglected as we sit before the screen - munching chips and sipping soda watching 'reality tv'...

    and we wonder why the church is in such a sorry state.

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  2. What kind of weirdos air out their laundry in public like that...and what kind of people allow such egotistical narcissists to be pastors?

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  3. The sheperd left the 99 for the 1. If only one person comes to the Lord as a result of this show, it is worth it. I dont care if people agree with prosperity preaching or not that isn't the point of the Bible. The question remains regarding our inherent value and the Father heart of God and our love for others. Are we becoming love or serving love? Are we judging and not forgiving while asking to be forgiven and not judged? Let him who is without sin throw the first stone. Let us love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind and love others as we love ourself. Step out today and go slower (being relational to all of those around us) and go lower (humbly with love and honor).

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  4. Does this give Glory and Honor to God? Is Christ Jesus the center of the series? What benefit is this to the body of Christ? This show will be aired on Oprah's network and we know she has her own agenda when it comes to religion. Simply put, we all have areas of our life we need Christ to be strong in, but it is His power and righteous that makes us acceptable to the Father. Any other purpose, is simply carnal. And I guarantee, they are profiting from this both monetarily and publicly.

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  5. i think these preachers are '"pimps", i saw there golds and diamonds, but no one was helping and contributing to families. damn shame.
    why in the hell would they put this damn show out.
    they not helping nobody, they should just keep enjoying there riches that they stole from poor folks (believers) with there 10% tide money and stay off the tv. this show is a damn shame and i just cant watch it anymore

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  6. I have only watched one episode of this train-wreck, and really am not inclined to go back for seconds. I did not feel that any of these "ministers" were trying to do any type of outreach and be selfless. Their egos and materialism outshined anything that could possibly be described as Christlike. Comparing themselves to rock stars and one minister saying that his wife's clothes had outgrown their former residence was just obscene. He must have members who could benefit from her unused clothing or from the proceeds of selling it. I know ministers are human, but aren't they supposed to try to hold themselves to a higher standard and at least try to set an example? The black church used to be a mainstay in the community and offered structure, pride and hope. I am sure there were wolves in sheep's clothing then, too, but in 2013, we have so many issues that need to be addressed - unemployment, single-parent homes, crime, under-education - just to name a few, why aren't these "men of God" trying to make a difference in these areas instead of fighting amongst themselves and being more concerned about what they have in their garages, bank accounts and closets? Is it any wonder that so many people are turning away from instead of to the church? I really don't see the upside to airing this show.

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