First came “The Sisterhood,” a supposed Christian reality show, which debuted this past January on TLC network. It was advertised as “a candid look into the lives” of five Atlanta preachers’ wives who “aren’t your typical church ladies,” TLC teased.
Indeed, these pastors’ wives were very much in touch with their sexuality, as they explored such topics as pornography and masturbation. They also “kept it real” when talking about getting high, with one of the wives telling her fellow “first ladies” about her crack smoking. And they burnished their “street cred” by getting tatted up.
Then came “Preachers’ Daughters,” another supposed Christian reality show, which launched on Lifetime TV this past March. “God made the world in seven days,” said a promo. “Moses parted the Red Sea. But if these preachers can control their teen-age daughters, it would really be a miracle.”
That included Taylor, the rebellious teen-age daughter of a Lockport, Illinois pastor. She’d sneak out the house, make out with boys and yield to who knows to what other temptations. Indeed, she confessed, “My alter ego kind of wants to be a porn star.”
Now we have yet another supposed Christian reality show on cable – “Preachers of L.A.,” which premiered this month on Oxygen.
It offers “a rare glimpse into the lives of six high-profile pastors from Los Angeles,” who are “Living the God Life,” according to Oxygen, which apparently includes multi-million dollar homes, private jets, luxury cars, designer clothes and expensive jewelry.
“P. Diddy, Jay-Z. They’re not the only ones who should be driving Ferraris and living in nice houses,” says Bishop Ron Gibson, pastor of Life Church of God in Christ in Riverside, California (not L.A.), purveyor of the so-called “prosperity gospel.”
Then there’s Minister Deitrick Haddon, who pastored a Detroit church before moving to L.A. to further his career as a gospel singer. In 2012, Haddon parted ways with his wife of nearly 15 years, Damita, amid rumors of adultery, which were confirmed when the pastor’s mistress gave birth to their love child.
“I met this young woman, Dominique, and I fell in love with her,” Minister Dietrick explained on the first episode of “Preachers of L.A.”
When he found out he had gotten his mistress pregnant, the pastor remembers thinking, “Oh my God, my career is over.” He knew, he said, “it was going to look scandalous because I have a young lady pregnant out of wedlock when my divorce is not final.”
Yet, that didn’t stop Minister Dietrick from performing a “comeback” concert on Oxygen’s surreal Christian reality show.
And none of Hadden’s fellow “Pastors of L.A.” was more willing to overlook his lust of the eyes, lust of flesh and pride of life than Pastor Jay Haizlip, spiritual leader of the Sanctuary Church in Huntington Beach, California (not L.A.), who enjoyed the concert with his wife Christy.
“I loved how they were just crunking up there,” said Christy, getting her groove on. “It was just phenomenal.”
We’ll have to wait until a future episode to see what Pastor Jay and wife Christy think of Minister Dietrich’s nude “selfie,” which was released last week by yet another woman of ill repute who enabled the minister’s serial adultery.
Meanwhile, Pastor Jay’s ministry has issues of its own. In a recent episode of “Preachers of L.A.,” he’s approached by a former church member, April, who has undergone a sex change operation since he last saw her.
Pastor Jay didn’t want to tell her straight up that she has committed an abomination in the eyes of God and that she should pray for forgiveness. So, instead, he asks the transsexual how he can help. And the former April responds, “You can call me David,” to which Pastor Jay, no stand up man of God, all too willingly acquiesced.
The execs at TLC, Lifetime and Oxygen who green-lighted, respectively, “The Sisterhood,” “Preachers’ Daughters” and “Preachers’ of L.A.” are insidious, maintaining that the intention they had in airing those reality shows – which most Christ followers almost certainly would find outrageous – was only to entertain their viewers.
But their real motive is to mock Christianity by portraying as somehow representative of the faith high-living preachers, oversexed, drug-abusing, tatted up preachers’ wives, hell-raising preachers’ kids, and gender-confused church members.