Believers in bling: Behold, the prosperity ‘Preachers of L.A.’


Money. Women. Fame. Church.

That's a day in the life of “The Preachers of L.A.,” a new reality show centered on the lives of megachurch pastors of the so-called “prosperity gospel.”

The show, which premiers Wednesday night on the Oxygen Network, is a chaotic mix of prayer, "house porn," and neatly orchestrated dust-ups between senior pastors and their “first ladies.”

In some ways, the combination of the prosperity gospel with the “Real Housewives” format is a match made in Oprah-produced heaven.

Men of the cloth cruise Southern California in lavish cars weighed down by their gold watches and tiny dogs.

As Ron Gibson, a bishop in the largest Pentecostal denomination in the country, explains: “P. Diddy, Jay Z. They’re not the only ones who should be driving Ferraris and living in nice houses.”

Written By: Kate Bowler
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  1. Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”– Matthew 19:21

    Oh well, they won’t be the first or the last “Christians” to ignore Christ and cherry-pick the bits they like best.

  2. Not that I give a damn about Jesus, but this aint about him.This is about almighty egos,coupled with insatiable greed and a resistance to hard work.

    This is about wolves (pardon the pun) fleecing the sheeple.And these days, with gullibility reaching unprecedented levels, these flashy, trashy con artists will doubtless proliferate.

  3. I wasted my time reading the article to the end. The author is way too sympathetic to these con artists and exploiters of the poor and ignorant.

  4. I used to attend a Unity Church which was big on prosperity Consciousness. Personally, I felt it helped me get beyond a mindset of impoverished thinking. The focus was on improving your life, relationships, feelings of worth, etc. –Healing yourself first. I can honestly say that many people still focused on the having stuff aspect of the teachings. Any special prosperity teacher would have the church packed, while reality “effort” based speakers were less popular. Let’s face it, sometimes buying on credit is easier for some individuals. Feel good inspiration is more appealing than “you need to improve the way you express yourself and your attitude needs a reality check.” I often said that someone needed to package up the Law of Attraction and sell it; they’d make millions. It eventually happened with The Secret. The movie itself also glossed over the tough changes you need to make in order to be successful. I always had one foot in and the other on skeptic’s land. I now realize that they were appealing to an Evolutionary drive that we humans have – self preservation to the point of “looking good” to our peers.

    It always irked me when people would say “God is my source.” Like the Law of Attraction/The Secret, they felt “putting it out there” would attract their Good. This is a deluded way of crediting a supernatural force instead of effort, a well-followed plan, intelligence, scholastic preparedness, other people, your appeal/likeability to other people, and a multitude of other ways of achieving success. Indirectly, you are then supposed to credit the Church/Minister who brought you the “Good News” by tithing a “love offering.” The minister then feels entitled to your money even though he/she was unknowingly playing a con game on the congregation, as well as, on themselves – even if they are sincere. Then, the minister is able to capitalize on these teachings by writing books that tell others how to live their lives and be successful. Usually, they talk about their own success which is limited to the business they ran off telling others what to do. They have no psychology degree, no challenging coursework or education that builds a marketable skill or trade (unless they entered the ministry later in life after pursuing another career) – their talent is convincing others and talking charismatically to large groups of people.

  5. “They said, come on dudes, let’s bling it on!…

    Female mega-pastors get scrutinized, too. One in particular was criticized for owning a personal jet.

    Also, “women of faith” on tv are usually stylin’ – they know the Amee Semple McPherson act don’t cut it no more. In fact, a Broadway show about her failed and closed recently.

  6. In reply to #6 by QuestioningKat:

    I used to attend a Unity Church which was big on prosperity Consciousness. Personally, I felt it helped me get beyond a mindset of impoverished thinking. The focus was on improving your life, relationships, feelings of worth, etc. –Healing yourself first. I can honestly say that many people still f…

    Sounds like a Tony Robins for the religious. It also reminds me of the old man in the news recently for calling the police to report his neigbours for stealing his money. He’d been donating regularly and was waiting for the lord to make him wealthy via the mail. The only conclusion he could think of for the lord not answering is that the evil neighbours had stolen the money – NOT the pastor who he sent the money to.

    What’s the harm? Oh shite.

  7. The difference is the goodies are supposed to come while you are still alive. The con men are getting better. Pie Real Soon Now is a trickier con to sell than the pope’s. Most point to the own personal wealth, failing to point out they it earned by conning, not tithing.

    Ernest Angely had some plastic surgery and credited his youthful appearing from a heavenly miracle.

  8. In reply to #10 by alaskansee:

    In reply to #6 by QuestioningKat:
    Tony is an intelligent guy, but not well educated. I have heard him repeat some creationist crap unaware of what nonsense it was. He sells techniques for changing your brain. A number of them worked including fixing a problem that made me miserable for decades. It is not fair to lump him with these crooks.

  9. It is very obvious these people are running scams for money. But even your quiet little church is a scam. The pastor works a couple of hours a week and earns a living off the parish by lying to them if they don’t pony up they will suffer eternal torment. The mafia would love such a scam. It is just they can’t sell it.

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