By: Taren Vaughan
The Preachers of LA backlash continues as more pastors are coming forward and speaking out against the new reality TV show. “Preachers of LA” is one of the newest additions to reality TV as the show features several preachers from Los Angeles and their families. The show premiered with high numbers in ratings on Oxygen and appears to be a hit among viewers so far. “Preachers of LA” may be off to successful start in the ratings department however Bishop T.D. Jakes isn’t impressed with the show whatsoever. Bishop Jakes expressed his feelings about the new reality TV show to his congregation at the Potter’s House in Texas last Sunday morning, labeling the show as “junk.”
He says of the show:
“Now, I know you been watching that junk on TV.
“I want to tell you right now, not one dime of what you’re sowing right now will buy my suit. I want you to know my car is paid for. I want you to know I got my house on my own. I want you to know I’m not bling-blinging. I am not shake and bake. I had money when I came to Dallas and I plan to have some when I leave.
“You did not buy what I got. I had it when I came here. You know I had it when I came here. The devil is a lie! I have sold enough books and produced enough movies. I don’t need your offering to pay for this little slimy suit. So I rebuke that spirit in the name of Jesus Christ.”
Bishop T.D. Jakes isn’t the only preacher who has issues with the “Preachers of LA” reality show as several other pastors have come forward to say how they feel about it. Speaking with BET, Reverend James C. Perkins of Greater Christ Baptist Church in Detroit and Reverend Michael J.T. Fisher of Greater Zion Church Family of Compton, California both shared their thoughts on “Preachers of LA.” Reverend Perkins says he fears the show will cause people to believe all Black pastors behave in this manner and isn’t a true representation of traditional Black churches:
“The downside is that people often paint all pastors with a broad brush and, after watching this show, they may well begin to associate all pastors with those behaviors. There are many pastors who are out here serving the people and not just serving themselves.”
Reverend Fisher says while he doesn’t have an issue with the preachers being a part of a reality TV show, he does have a problem with what is displayed on the show. He also says feels the pastors on the show are sellouts and have caused other preachers to have to defend their integrity:
“They are giving the world ammunition to shoot back at the church and not accept the message that it is trying to convey. They’ve sold out. It will call for pastors all over the country to have to defend their integrity because these men have decided to chase their dream of being in the public eye.
After hearing what Bishop T.D. Jakes’ initial comments about “Preachers of LA,” one of the show’s cast members minister Deitrick Haddon phoned in to PRAISE 102.5 to offer a response to Bishop Jakes’ criticism. Minister Haddon says while he has a tremendous amount of respect for T.D. Jakes, he doesn’t quite understand how he can come down on him and his cast mates as he says Bishop Jakes has been known for using “unorthodox methods” to deliver the Gospel:
“I have the absolute utmost respect for Bishop TD Jakes and what he represents. I considered him one of our generals in this generation.
“I was a bit taken back and shocked when I saw his view on the show, being that he’s a forefather in unorthodox, unconventional methods of sharing the Gospel, whether it be through MegaFest or partnering with comedians or Oprah.”
Aside from dealing with the backlash over his involvement with “Preachers of LA,” minister Deitrick Haddon is currently surrounded by some rather scandalous controversy. According to several media outlets, nude photos of the preacher and an email exchange between him and his alleged former mistress from his first marriage were allegedly leaked out on the Internet by the woman. Blogger Funky Dineva obtained the photos.