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Another "Christian" Reality Show?

Updated on November 30, 2013
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My Prayer

"Heavenly Father, thank you for never giving up on your people. Thank you for your unconditional love, unmerited favor and saving grace. We pray, that in spite of what is going to be said and in spite of ill-gotten intentions when it comes to Preachers of LA, that souls are saved and lives are changed. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen."

Let Me First Say...

I know there are many different viewpoints and opinions when it comes to how Christians should conduct their lives, in or out of the scope of a camera lens. This article in NO WAY will speak on how someone should or should not live their lives. This article will not be a forum for debating scripture. This article is not here to criticize these proclaimed men of God. This article will ask more questions then give answers. This article is a forum that allows me to speak MY mind on the subject of Preachers of LA. I pray as I write this that God continue to draw near to ALL that draw near to him.

Let's Testify

"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death." (Rev 12:11).

Back in the "good ol' days" of the black church, there was a part of the serivce where members of the church were allowed to come before the congregation and give their testimony. Steve Harvey gave a perfect example of this part of church service when he joked about Sister Odell in the hit comedy "The Kings of Comedy." The dictionary defines testimony as "evidence in support of a fact or statement; proof." Basically, a testimony in the life of a Christian tells and shows proof of how good and faithful God is and has been. Testimonys help build the faith of believers by showing evidence supporting that God "will do it." Preachers of LA (and other shows like Mary Mary and The Sheards) is today's way of testifying, especially to the world. Now, how, why and when to testify is clearly a big debate in the body of Christ but that discussion is for another conversation.

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Presenting to all, Introducing to some...

Preachers of LA follow the lives and ministries of six prominent pastors in the LA area. There is Pastor Jay Haizlip, Bishop Noel Jones, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Bishop Ron Gibson, Pastor Wayne Chaney, and Pastor and successful gospel artist Deitrick Haddon. Just like any reality show, there is always an introduction of its “characters.”

Ron Gibson, Bishop of Life Church of God in Christ in Riverside, California, is not your typical Bishop. He starts the show off saying “you see my glory but you don’t know my story.” He testifies on the show that he was raised in South Central, California and joined a gang by the age of 16. Shortly after his gang initiation, he became addicted to PCP and battled the addiction for 7 years. After almost losing his life to a drug overdose, Gibson proclaims that he was saved and converted to Christianity that very night. His marriage is also a testimony of its own. His high school sweetheart left him for many years until he got his life back in order and as of today they have been married 31 years.

Deitrick’s testimony is a bit more controversial than Bishop Gibsons. Deitrick tells viewers that God has and is bringing him out of one of the biggest issues plaguing the Christian church- sex and divorce. Deitrick preached his first sermon at 11 years old. He shares that he was called to God at a very young age and knew he was extremely talented. He also shares that he married early and infidelity broke up his first marriage. In the process of trying to move on from a broken home, he tells us he “fell from grace” but also says he fell in love. He is now engaged to the mother of his small daughter, whom he met while still married.

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Good or Bad

Without a doubt you can see the passion that these men have for what they do. Bishop Gibson has not forgotten his testimony so he continues to go to where most wouldn’t dare go to share the goodness of Jesus. When having a discussion with Bishop McClendon, Deitrick displays his frustrations with “business as usual” when it comes to the leadership in the church. All these men have powerful testimonies and have come mighty long ways from where they used to be, but the question remains, “Will this make ‘us’ (Christians) look even worse?”

As a believer, I can say there are some things that happened that caused me to raise an eyebrow but I am not oblivious that with media comes an agenda. I am not dumb to the effects of editing and I listen to how words are put together. For example, Deitrick Haddon described himself as a “gospel entertainer.” My twitter blew up with the question “what exactly is a gospel entertainer?” I simply replied with “good question.” Knowing the definition of the words “gospel” and “entertainers,” it comes across as someone who makes “the gospel” entertaining; a bit more appealing. Maybe his statement would’ve been better received by twitter if he would’ve described himself as a Christian entertainer.

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In Closing...

We are all quick to say and hashtag the phrase “don’t judge me” but are we truly free from judging others? As you watch this show, put yourself in these mens shoes'. It may be hard to do if you are not saved and do not live by the same principles, but try anyway. As I sit and watch this show, I hope to understand these men, to pray for these men and to support the gospel of Jesus by undergirding these men in prayer. Who knows, this could be a good thing! Let’s not be so quick to be pessimistic; it only has been one episode. If you missed it, #YouKnowIGotYou! Go to www.oxygen.com and watch the first full episode!

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      Carvel 3 years ago

      Memelo3, had no idea you were a writer. You expressed your thoughts really well.

      Truthfully, I probably will not pay much attention to this show due to the priorities in my life at the moment. "Reality shows" don't get much play with me. If the preachers of LA believe this to be their outlet to glorify God then by all means... Full speed ahead. I have some convictions regarding what I believe is my method to glorify God and that I will do with all my heart, soul and strength.

      I really enjoy reading your article. Keep it coming.

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      Darryl 3 years ago

      I feel that Preachers of La is just the reality show us Christians need. Much like The Sheards, Mary Mary, or Sunday Best; Preachers of La shows the more human side of Religous and Spiritual people that many assume we don't have.

      Everyone has sinned, or has a cross to bear,and pastors/preachers are no exception. God forgives sin all the same, and everyone has their own testimony, and once again preachers/pastors are no different. I do feal that Pastor Noel Jones is still standing in somewhat of a sin considering he might be having sex out of wedlock with that women, and is not married as The Bible commands. Haddon has a great ministry upon him, but is a little to flashy of a pastor for tastes. I also feel he is young like myself, and wants other "New Age Saints" as some call us to be as influential in the word of God as he is. I wasn't a huge fan of McClendon in this first episode because of his condescending remarks toward Deitrick Haddon, and his need to have an entourage. I especially was opposed to the fact that he stated that he needed his entourage to be able to teach and minister the word, and that he could not aid anyone that NEEDS GOD'S LOVE AND SALVATION TO ENTER THE BEAUTIFUL GATES OF HEAVEN WHEN THEIR/OUR TIME ON THIS EARTH IS OVER AND UP.

      I do feel that me in their position and stature in Christ should be a bit more weary of how they act in public and in general. Christians are supposed to be Saved, Sanctified and Sexual? Ummmm What?!?!?!? I have no comment for Wayne Chaney on that one.

      It's obvious that we are supposed to have sex, and have chikdren to produce more of God's cute little warriors who eventually will grow into great men, and women of God in the name of the precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

      I feel that a few of the pastors/preachers are a little to consumed with Earthly things, but who am I to judge. God blesses when, and how he blesses. Children of God are Heirs of the Earth. The righteous shall inherit the land and dwell therin forever - Pslams 37:29

      We don't know their complete stories. Let's just get an "Amen" and a PRAISE GOD for how far he has brought them because let's be honest; they were in some deep stuff.

      Although I do enjoy the crazy, and foolish antics of shows like "The Bad Girls Club", or "Snooki and JWOW", and i'm obsessed with competion shows like "Big Brother, or shows were people can showcase their God Given Talents like "The Xfactor"; It is refreshing to see a reality show in which people have such a passion for the word of God(which is why Haddon was so offended toward what McClendon said after he belittled his knowledge of The Bible).

      That argument between Deitrick Haddon and Clarence M. was nothing but the Devil. Whenever there are 2 or 3 gathered in Jesus's name; there he is in the midst of them -Matthew 18:20.

      Satan was so upset that these preachers had come together to speak about the word of God, have a good time without drinking or smoking, and converse over about what good they could do for the community that he had to stir up some confusion, but God already has the victory. "Can I get an Amen?"

      All in all I feel that Preacher of La is an entertaining show, and i pray it the show portrays more insight on the word of God than the short comings of the preachers. Judge not, that ye not be judged -Matthew 7:1

      Romans 2:1

      You may be saying, "What terrible people you have been talking about!" But you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you do these very same things.

      I pray all who read this are blessed, and that I am for you having read this. Bless the writer of this article, and all who come in contact with those who have read. Bless everyone in this world Lord Jesus,a dn expose every demonic spirit, bind them, and due away with them in Jesus name Amen!

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      memel03 3 years ago from Cary, NC

      My brother, My brother!!! You said that!! I agree w/ 95% of what you said! I am also guilty of enjoying a lot of "foolishness" on television but I have very high hopes for this show (and others like it). Thank you so much for your comment and prayers! Never "personally" met you but I LOVE YOU!

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      memel03 3 years ago from Cary, NC

      THANK YOU SO MUCH, MIN. CARVEL!!! Please, continue to focus on your priorities! I'm just grateful you took the time to read my work! #BeBlessed

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