By: John “Hennry” Harris
Television is obsessed with reality TV programming. “Preachers of L.A.” premiered on October 9 with a respectable 1.1 million viewers on Oxygen but may have lost a few viewers after Bishop T.D. Jakes slammed the show for its materialistic content and damage it may do to the perception of the cloth.
The show follows six world renowned mega-pastors in Southern California and offers a candid and revealing look into their lives away from the pulpit which includes sports cars, mansions and provocative lifestyles that they live.
Bishop T.D. Jakes made it a point to not only slam the show but create a distinct distance between himself and the “shake and bake” ministries on the show. Jakes makes it a point to emphasize that success was not built by the offerings of the church.
“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.”
In some people’s minds the preacher is a pariah and parasite in the community that is all about the benjamins. These types of preachers have been characterized in sitcoms and movies alike. It is hard to justify a preacher driving or purchasing a Bentley or Ferrari while they preach of Jesus walking in sandals. Even the good the preachers are doing seems to get hidden behind the flash and bling.
“So let the work I’ve done speak for me. You are sowing into good ground. And the 300 families that are employed in this ministry eat from this ministry, work in this ministry, and help us to produce the excellence that we do. The natives all over Kenya drink water because of this ministry. And the hospital in Nairobi survives because of this ministry.”
What are your thoughts on preachers that live a life of luxury? Do you think T.D. Jakes is right for distancing himself from the show and the image of the show?