In spite of widespread controversy, the second season of a reality show spotlighting the lavish lifestyles of six Los Angeles megachurch ministers is scheduled to air later this year.
As previously reported, Preachers of L.A. first aired on the Oxygen Network last fall. The reality show features six megachurch ministers who claim their material wealth—including expensive cars, large mansions, and designer clothing—is a sign of God’s blessing.
“The Bible says that I wish above all things that you would prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers,” Clarence McClendon, one of the show’s ministers, said last year. “I believe that.”
“The Bible says that those of us who sow among us should reap from us, and that’s implying that preachers should be taken care of,” stated Jay Haizlip, a skateboarder who pastors The Sanctuary of Huntington Beach and is also featured on the show.
Although Preachers of L.A. attracted a large viewing audience during the first season’s airing late last year, many Christians have criticized the show’s content and message.
“Any preacher I have ever know lived a humble life,” one commenter wrote on a film review website. “It makes me sick to see men of God flaunt wealth like these do.”
Even a few celebrities have likewise spoken out against Preachers of L.A. Gospel singer Kirk Franklin assured people that he would never appear on the show, telling comedian D.L. Hughley that he was “very disappointed” by the first season. Hughley agreed, saying the show portrays a misrepresentation of Christianity and the gospel.
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