Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (Mark 16:14-16)
I am not the “water cooler” type of person; I come into work at least 30 minutes early, prepare my items for work and then I….work. However, this past Thursday I couldn’t help but note that almost every employee was chatting about this new show on Oxygen called “Preachers of LA”. Because I am not a fan of anti-Christ Oprah, I’ve never considered watching her network, and I got a chill upon hearing that “Preachers” were promoting her network by taking part in a serial. Let’s rewind…
For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. (2 John 1:7, KJV)
Yet we have SIX so-called prominent preachers of the gospel who are fine aligning themselves with someone who denies the deity of Christ?
Problem number ONE!
Because I did not watch the show, I had little to go on other than the background and lifestyle (via their testimony) of the show’s participants. I was advised to watch snippets of it so that I could see for myself what it entailed, but instead I found an off-site video of the show and I watched. Disclaimer: There are very few television shows that I enjoy. I view them through a very narrow lens knowing that Satan seeks to distract, discredit and display the worst of humanity and God’s people, so I had extremely low expectations of this “reality” show. It truly did not disappoint. It seemed as if the purpose was to show how very low “Minister” Haddon would go to be accepted by the world, and the show in general catered to the lowest common denominator of Christians. From mansions, to Bentleys to buying a new house because “Passa’s wife’s clothing outgrew the old house”, this show was nothing more than a display of excess and the excuses made for it. Bishop McClendon went so far as to quote 3 John 1:2 to justify his family’s gaudy extravagance. I truly don’t want to belabor the point of this blog, so I will point out the issues that this show presents to believers and those who may possibly be seeking Christ for salvation:
- The discredited and disgraced gospel singer who believes that he’s found his “redemption” through a successful gospel concert, while at the same time flaunting his mistress and out of wedlock love child.
- The former gang-banger Bishop who doesn’t seem to have left the world totally behind.
- The over-the-hill single Bishop who considers himself a lothario of sorts while operating against everything that the book of Timothy states about a bishop.
- The embarrassing Pastor who believes that it is proper to publicly display his affection for his wife through groping, kissing, etc. She’s ok with it because after all, “he’s foiiiiine”.
- Another formerly disgraced Bishop who despite his flawed and failed personal and ministerial history believes he deserves his extravagance, and that his biblical intellect is superior to others.
Interestingly enough I did not see too much of a problem with the skateboarding pastor; he seemed humble enough and I believe that he was the first one to mention Jesus (who got very little play in this show btw). I found it horrifying when, first Pastor Gibson didn’t wait for Jesus to DRAW the gang members onstage to give their lives to Christ, but rather called them out. Then, Minister Hadden tells him to rush the prayer for the same gentlemen. This is bad behavior all around and not representative of those who are CALLED and CHOSEN. I can see that Pastor Gisbson’s heart is in the right place, but the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked (Jer. 17:9), and although he is trying to help those on the street, he is also the pastor who stated, “P. Diddy, Jay Z. They’re not the only ones who should be driving Ferraris and living in nice houses.”
This show is perpetuating the prosperity stereotype while also sending mixed messages. And that is exactly what satan wants. God is NOT the author of confusion. His word is the same today, yesterday and forever. God doesn’t need a “gospel concert” that is just as “hype” as a Lil Wayne concert to draw people. He doesn’t need his representative to arrive in a Bentley, a Porsche, or a skateboard to spread His message. He doesn’t need an “entourage”, as Haddon succinctly pointed out to Bishop McClendon, if He tells you to go and deliver His word. I wholeheartedly agree with the Pastor who stated about entertainment, “Satan uses it to enter and to detain you”, because if one were seeking after the Lord and tripped over this show, surely they would end up lost and confused. Preachers of LA perpetuated greed, the love of money (and things), adultery, pride, lust and idolatry. All things that God hates….so does that give you a clue about its creator?
2 Timothy 3:1-7
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Re-reading the scripture at the beginning of this blog post….unless your gospel is “the love of money” then…..
My advice: Stay Away!
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