Despite all of the controversy surrounding the show’s release, “Preachers of LA” debuted on Oxygen last week and had one of the biggest series premieres for the network to date.
One naysayer that is not so happy about the show is Bishop T.D. Jakes. As the senior pastor of The Potter’s House megachurch in Dallas, Jakes went before his congregation on Sunday and called the show “junk.”
“Now, I know you been watching that junk on TV. I want to tell you right now, not one dime of what you’re sowing right now will buy my suit. I want you to know my car is paid for,” Jakes told his congregation Sunday, according to EEW magazine. ”I want you to know I got my house on my own. I want you to know I’m not bling-blinging. I am not shake and bake. I had money when I came to Dallas and I plan to have some when I leave,” he added.
“You did not buy what I got. I had it when I came here. You know I had it when I came here. The devil is a lie. I have sold enough books and produced enough movies. I don’t need your offering to pay for this little slimy suit. So I rebuke that spirit in the name of Jesus Christ,” he added.
The pastor made sure to separate himself from the six high-profile pastors by stating, “I’m not from L.A. I’m from Dallas!”
“Preachers of LA” has been under scrutiny from viewers who feel the show doesn’t paint predominately black churches in the best light.
A prominent Los Angeles pastor has joined Jakes in criticizing the show.
“I’m totally against it,” Pastor William J. Smith of Saint Tabernacle Church in L.A. told theGrio. “When you put the church in the category of all these other shows – though I don’t watch them, I don’t have time for that foolishness – it demeans the church. It brings it down and it takes away the value of why it’s here. That’s why the church is in the condition that it’s in. Because the church has, in a sense, aligned itself with themes of the world.”
Through all the adversity, “Preaches of LA” was still able to average 1.1 million viewers with its debut, according to Variety and Nielsen. That means, whether you like it or not, a lot folks are loving that “junk.”