What to Make of The Preachers of L.A.

Have you seen the new reality show Preachers of L.A.?  What do you think of it?

Some are saying…

preachers-laIt’s going to be phenomenal for the church.

“It shines a spotlight on shameful abuses…”

“These guys are out of bounds.”

I’ve been left with one dominant feeling:  DEFENSIVENESS

Defending Preachers

I find myself wanting to shout from the mountaintop, “They don’t represent the majority of preachers!” and “I’m not like them!” They seem to be unaware of how their opulence and austerity reinforces bad images and stereotypes.  I cringe when they refer to the church and ministry as a business enterprise and a revenue stream.  Even T.D. Jakes weighed in saying, “I’m not from L.A., I’m from Dallas!”

Defending the Gospel

The good news is not is not that Jesus came so that we might prosper by the standards of this fallen world.  The good news is that the kingdom of heaven has arrived, Christ is king, and the way of the cross is now the new standard of success.

Defending My Heart

Recently, Pope Francis suspended a free-spending German Bishop known as, “The Bishop of Bling.”  I admit that I’ve wish we could do something similar with the cast of  Preachers of L.A.  However, I (we) need to defend our hearts against self-righteousness & pride.  I have logs in my own eye that demand my attention.  The Apostle Paul reminds us that what we are seeing is nothing new with these words of perspective,

“It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of good will.  The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.  The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.  But what does it matter?  The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached.  And because of this I rejoice.”  Phil. 1.15-18

19 thoughts on “What to Make of The Preachers of L.A.

  1. Thinking themselves wise they became FOOLS for even the devil can appear as an angel of light, even he can quote scripture. In this secular world one must be truly discerning of ones motives when it comes to preaching the word of God. Study the word to show thyself approved. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe and practice it to be holy.

  2. Pastor, You are correct. Thank you for discussing this. I just find it too bad that the people that we really need to reach will be watching that show forming opinions of Christians and the church, and may not have the honor of reading this blog. All we can control is ourselves and pray for others. I was really turned off and upset by the excess of materialistic things the pastors had. Not that we should not have nice things as Christians but we should be modest and not live with extreme excess. I’ll just continue to pray.

  3. I actually watched part of an episode the other day while putting my little one down for nap. It was like a train wreck – you know you’re not supposed to watch (my spirit was so offended), but I kept watching it anyway until I finally fell asleep. In my humble opinion, from a spiritual perspective, I think it’s a diabolical set-up and the participants fell for it which makes me both sad and mad at the same time. The potential for degradation it could bring to the church and to the Name of Christ is a shame. From a secular perspective, and maybe it’s from working in the legal field for so long, but I see some lawsuits in the future. Lord, have mercy.

  4. I watched a small portion of an episode. I think Oxygen Network pushed the financial part and much of what is seen is “creatively edited” to give a false and unflattering image of these men and their lives. It is obvious that some have very sincere hearts under significant stress, but are made to be rich, greedy men. I don’t know their hearts and have not watched a full episode, but suspect they may be getting some harsh criticism that does not really reflect their actual motives and heart. I knew someone that was on a reality show and they made her out to be the “argumentative, pushy, and offensive homosexual” woman. She was actually not any of those things and is happily married to a man.

    I think the motive of these to do the reality show was honorable, but the network editors are motivated to make it controversial and shocking, and that is what they did and it is popular because of it (just as planned).

  5. I haven’t seen it, but if it’s anything like the existing “Real Housewives” programs, it will be scripted to create the most shock value and dysfunction as possible in order to draw the biggest audience and it will be strangely and wildly popular. It will be fodder for the unbelievers to use in their defense and the rest of the audience will watch it like they watch Jerry Springer or a train wreck, unable to look away. Will it hurt the cause? No more than bad preachers already do, I suppose.

  6. It made me sad and uncomfortable. I only watched it because you mentioned you were watching it I think with your daughter. I wondered what happened to a Christ centered life and ministry in the middle of their oneupsmanship (I really have no idea how to spell that last word), bickering, and self-centeredness.

  7. Obviously this has nothing to do with transformation from the inside out… just sinners running amok in the name of Jesus. Despicable. We are not called to a life of prosperity but to deny ourselves and take up our cross; daily.

  8. I don’t have cable; so, I watch it after the fact on youtube.

    I agree that what matters is that Christ is preached. However, I don’t hear Christ being preached much. This show is loosely scripted and set up for ratings. Oxygen knows exactly what they are doing. Reality T.V. is an oxymoron.

    I must admit that part of me is entertained, but the other part of me feels disgusted and sad.

  9. Thanks for bringing this up…I had watched a snippet before of the show, whenI saw it on last night and couldn’t bring myself to even turn to the channel for two reasons. 1) The Gospel and Kingdom of God as portrayed by the first believers we see in scripture doesn’t even seem to be a part of their lives….Where’s the Fruit of the Spirit? where is the humility? Where is the passion for souls? Where is the self-sacrifice?
    2) Working in ministry, I have encountered the same attitudes, ambitions and lack of Christ-centered humility in many pastors and ministry folks across the country. In all sorts of denominations and churches. It just looks different and is covered up by the trappings of religion and the ability to teach and preach from The Bible in a way the masses are attracted to.
    I am left with burning questions….What kind of disciples are we making? How has the world so influenced a church led by One who had everything and gave it all up for us? Are our underlying motivations and attitudes as the people of God making us impotent in our ability to impact the world with the unshakable Kingdom of God? God, restore the power and transformational effectiveness of YOUR Gospel into each of our lives. Make us representatives of YOUR righteousness. Amen.

    • Catholic faith is the one foundation Christ left for us to follow…these people claim to be sheep of god but they are nothing but ravishing wolves. You will know they by there fruits… Theses preachers are teaching contrary to the scriptures. Not to mention they are so attached to the things of the world. Looks to me that they sold they’re souls to the devil by getting rich and helping the devil to gain more souls to Hell by leading these followers of these preachers on the wrong path…lord make theses people realize theses people are Diabolical :(

  10. After watching the first two episodes, the most common phrase I’ve heard from almost every one of these preachers has been “let’s bounce”.

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