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'Preachers of L.A.' No Excuse Not to Go to Church

Bishop Noel Jones, pastor of City of Refuge in Los Angeles, and his dog, J.J. (courtesy of Oxygen)
Bishop Noel Jones, pastor of City of Refuge in Los Angeles, and his dog, J.J. (courtesy of Oxygen)

Nikki Woods argues in a piece at BlackAmericaWeb that the extravagant lifestyles of pastors depicted on the Oxygen network's reality show Preachers of L.A. are no justification for turning away from the black church.

Were you one of the 1.1 million viewers who tuned into the [premiere] of the new hit reality show "Preachers of L.A.?" If so, why?

Is it because you love reality shows and almost any topic that uses the tried and true formula will do?  Is it because you’re intrigued about getting a behind-the-scenes look at how pastors really live their lives? Or, is it because you’re looking for a way to validate some of the negative feelings you have about churches and the way they’re run? …

It looks like the majority of the Men of God in "Preachers of L.A." are living extremely well … and we’re talking L.A., where three bedroom, two bath 1,500 square foot homes are listed at $849,000.

But that’s one of the most obvious factors about “Preachers of L.A.”  There are other intangibles like the love they show their wives, children and … in one case baby’s mom. And of course we also see work they do in their churches, their communities, the souls they save and no one can put a price tag on those things.


Read Nikki Woods' entire piece at BlackAmericaWeb.

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