ESSENCE Poll: Does a Reality Show Diminish Your View of Preachers?

Oxygen’s newest docu-series Preachers of L.A. is a hit. A 1.1 million viewers on premiere night kind of hit—it’s a record for the cable network. One person who won’t be watching the show is Bishop T.D. Jakes. During this past Sunday’s sermon at the Potter’s House in Dallas, Jakes is quoted as telling his congregation that the show is “junk” and that he did not believe financial contributions to a church should go into a preacher’s pockets, reports 

“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,” he said referring the men of the cloth on the show who have a penchant for the finer things in life—lavish cars and gold watches included.

“You did not buy what I got. I had it when I came here,” Jakes told his congregation. “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.”

Preachers follows the lives of six senior pastors and their “first ladies” as they preach their “prosperity gospel.” “P. Diddy, Jay Z. They’re not the only ones who should be driving Ferraris and living in nice houses,” says Bishop Ron Gibson.

Some critics have accused the series of showing Christian pastors in a bad light. Do you agree? [poll id=390176]