Get ready to shout “Amen!” because this fall Oxygen will air Preachers of L.A., a new reality series about six pastors in the Los Angeles area.
Here’s what the network has to say about its new series.
Preachers of L.A. gives a candid and revealing look at six boldly different and world renowned mega-pastors in Southern California, who are willing to share diverse aspects of their lives, from their work in the community and with their parishioners to the very large and sometimes provocative lives they lead away from the pulpit.
Big houses. Fancy cars. Gold watches. Seminaries better get ready. I have a feeling that their enrollments will swell once Americans see how great it is to be a pastor. P. Diddy and Jay-Z aren’t the only ones who can live the good life. These pastors’re ballin, yo.
The ministers speaking in the trailer promote the so-called prosperity gospel. God wants you to be healthy and rich. He’s got plans to prosper you. But the prospering will be both material as well as spiritual. You just have to have faith. More faith you have, the richer and healthier you’ll be. It’s too bad the martyrs were so faithless. They should have just spoken a word of rebuke against those Roman magistrates.
I’ve always been fascinated by these types, but it’s in the same way I’m fascinated by train wrecks. I wish this kind of stuff didn’t happen, but I want to know what’s going on.
I feel quite certain that many Americans will be entertained by this program; however, I doubt that the church will be edified. Some viewers might embrace this sub-Christian message. Others will undoubtedly have their worst suspicions about the church confirmed. No one watching this will get an accurate picture of the typical faithful American pastor. Los Angeles has a number of faithful men who lead large congregations. Either they all turned Oxygen down, or Oxygen knew that faithfulness makes for boring television.