I hate most “reality” TV shows, but I might just tune in for Preachers of LA, a show about a group of prosperity gospel preachers who get rich telling their followers that if they’d just send them more money, God will give it back to them and they’ll be rich too.
“Preachers of L.A.” is generating a huge amount of buzz. Since the program was announced, the Oxygen trailer has been viewed more than 475,000 times, its Facebook page has over 27,000 likes, and it has more than 950 Twitter followers, and garnered more than 13 million hits on Google.
It is also causing some in the evangelical community to express grave concerns about the show.
Some evangelicals are worried that the lavish lifestyles of the “Preachers of L.A.” may lead to another round of Senate investigations of so-called prosperity preachers. Others are concerned that it will resurface memories of other tarnished preachers: the Rev. Jimmy Swaggart’s dalliances with prostitutes; Jim and Tammy Bakker’s bilking of its flock; Ted Haggard’s drug and truthiness problems; Bishop Eddie Long’s sexual shenanigans; and televangelist and faith-healer Benny Hinn’s moral lapses.
Why would it be a bad thing if there are more investigations of how these con artists fleece their flocks?