The pastor of the megachurch, "The Potter's House" in Dallas, Texas doesn't seem to think too highly of the show about prominent L.A pastors. In fact, Jakes refers to the show as "TV junk."
The show premiered two weeks ago with 1.1 million viewers. Even though it is making money for the network, it is a turnoff for a lot of pastors and preachers.
"Preachers of L.A." offers a glimpse into the lives of six celebrity pastors from Los Angeles: Clarence McClendon, Deitrick Haddon, Jay Haizlip, Noel Jones, Wayne Chaney and Ron Gibson.
The tagline for the show is “You see my Bentley, and you see my glory, but you don’t know my story!” That seems to celebrates pastors who see their ministries as a way to get rich, rather than share the word of God. The show is more about the pastor than about Jesus and the intent to save lost souls.
Bishop Jakes told his congregation that he has no interest in “bling-blinging” in order to get ahead.
The viewers are mostly African Americans, and Bishop Jakes’ remarks might have some impact on the success of the show.
One of the show's pastors and producers, Deitrick Haddon responded to Bishop Jakes' comment by saying:
“I have the absolute utmost respect for Bishop T.D. 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.”
Bishop Jakes is not the only one who doesn't think highly of the show where the pastors' lavish lifestyles and booming careers are displayed. Other Christians frown on it as well.
The show puts a sour taste in this writer's mouth who is also a preacher. According to Philippians 2:5-11, Jesus came and made himself of no reputation to accomplish his mission. These six pastors are not good examples of Jesus Christ. Where is their humility?