Preachers of LA: Acceptance of Shacking, Fornication?

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Preachers of LA is churning along and with it a mix of controversy. Bishop Noel Jones, Minister Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Jay Haizlip, Pastor Wayne Chaney, and Bishop Ron Gibson are the featured ministers of this show. Viewers were probably tipping over themselves with all the issues that came to light in Season 1, Episode 2 – Acceptance. Each bishop or pastor had their own pot to stir.

pastor-jay-haizlipPastor Jay Haizlip is considered to be one of the pioneering greats in the sport of skateboarding and has been consistent in the sport since he was 13 years of age. Pastor Jay Haizlip is very compassionate and extends this passion to young people and those in need. In today’s society one of the major issues facing the church and Christians is that of dealing with gay and transgender issues. This was no different for Lead Pastor of The Sanctuary World Outreach Inc.

Pastor Haizlip, though uncomfortable with the issue of one of his flock changing their sexual orientation, did not shun the young woman – a transgender former church member.. What he did was express that he was having some difficulty with the transition, but that regardless, this person would still get his love and support as a pastor. He invited the individual to come back and attend church and they would continue to pray and work together.

Bishop Ron Gibson and his wife, First Lady LaVette Gibson, decided that they would extend reach out to

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Deitrick Haddon and his fiancée, Dominique, and provide some mentoring as it relates to marriage. They invited the young couple to dinner, to learn more about them and their situation. Deitrick divorced his first wife Damita Haddon, who is a vocalist. He has a daughter Destin Monet with Dominique Mctyre, the mother of his first child. This situation is why Bishop Gibson wants to help the young couple as they are of the opinion that nothing is wrong with them ‘shacking’ or living together before marriage.

Deitrick Haddon is a firecracker and initially he was very defensive with the old school stance of Bishop Gibson, as it relates to being a pastor and his past. Nonetheless, he was receptive to the idea or receiving help to make his second relationship and long-term one. First Lady LaVette Gibson tried to make it clear to the couple that it is not God‘s will, as Dominique Mctyre is of the opinion on the Preachers of LA that, “I love him! Who cares if I live with Deitrick Haddon?”. She also stated that “If he wasn’t who he was, nobody would care.”

If there was no other explosive issue on the Preachers of LA show, this stance was certainly it. The Church is all about living according to the principles/laws of God, set in His word, the Bible. The character and reputation of this young couple is scrutinized, because they want to ‘shack’.

We will definitely stay tuned for more episodes and see how the pastors deal with the issues that they face on a daily basis.

Cast of Preachers of LA:

  1. Jay Haizlip, Christy Haizlip,
  2. Clarence McClendon, Priscilla McClendon,
  3. Deitrick Haddon, Dominique Haddon,
  4. Ron Gibson, LaVette Gibson,
  5. Wayne Chaney, Myesha Chaney,
  6. Noel Jones, Loretta Jones

Episodes of Preachers of LA:

  • Season 1, Episode 1 – Comeback
  • Season 1, Episode 2 – Acceptance
  • Season 1, Episode 3 – Tea & Sympathy
  • Season 1, Episode 4 – Family First
  • Season 1, Episode 5 – Perspective & Priorities
  • Season 1, Episode 6 – Staying True to You

Preachers of LA: Comeback flaunts it Lavishly

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bishop noel jonesIn Season 1, Episode 1, Comeback of Preachers of LA, viewers are introduced to the cast Clarence McClendon, Deitrick Haddon, Jay Haizlip, Noel Jones, Ron Gibson, Wayne Chaney and their family members.

Though you are bombarded by how lavish a lifestyle they lead, – with flashes of ‘Bentleys, range rovers, huge mansions, stylish suits, and jewelry – you get a glimpse into their ministries and flashes of their churches and congregation. During the season, you will notice that not much time is given to the inner workings and going on, at the various churches. However, more emphasis and exposure is given to the Preachers of LA home life and social activities.

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One of the big events that occurred in Season 1, Episode 1, Comeback, was the larger than life gospel concert hosted by Deitrick Haddon. There has been some scandal surrounding Deitrick. He has been off the radar while going through a divorce, having a child out-of-wedlock with Dominique Haddon and he is at the point of restarting his ministry and music career. Without a doubt, the concert was a hit and a blessing.

Bishop Ron Gibson, was even able to bring two known ‘Compton gangsters’ to Christ because of the concert/ministry. He has a passion for sharing the gospel with fellows who are thugs and drug users/pushers, because that is a lifestyle which he once led. During the Preachers of LA season you will see him minister to several of these young and old men; including his own family members.

clarence-mcclendon-preachers-of-laClarence McClendon is one of the more well-known of the Preachers of LA cast members. His exposure in the program seems to be minimal. Whether this is on purpose, we can only guess; nonetheless, he is one of the first to create some controversial moments for this show.

Jay Haizlip, Noel Jones and Wayne Chaney are also featured. Jay brings more of a skater and punk rock kind of vibe to the Preachers of LA show. To see him, many would not believe him to be a man of God; but he brings such a peace and humility to the show.

Bishop Noel Jones, who has roots in Jamaica, is portrayed as being a workaholic; the man of God who has devoted his entire existence to jay-haizlipthe ministry and sharing the gospel world-wide. The series shows his issues with ‘girl friend’ Loretta Jones and the progression of their relationship.

Wayne Chaney and his wife add the romantic spice to the cast and this is clear in Season 1, Episode 1 – Comeback.

Before Season 1, Episode 1 ends, you are certain to have formed some opinions, good and bad; nonetheless, I urge you to review this reality series objectively.

Take into consideration the good and the bad. Take into consideration their outreach ministry.

Take into consideration those people who would come to understand and know Christ because of it, regardless.

Cast of Preachers of LA:

  1. Jay Haizlip, Christy Haizlip
  2. Clarence McClendon, Priscilla McClendon
  3. Deitrick Haddon, Dominique Haddon
  4. Ron Gibson, LaVette Gibson
  5. Wayne Chaney, Myesha Chaney
  6. Noel Jones, Loretta Jones

Episodes of Preachers of LA:

  • Season 1, Episode 1 – Comeback
  • Season 1, Episode 2 – Acceptance
  • Season 1, Episode 3 – Tea & Sympathy
  • Season 1, Episode 4 – Family First
  • Season 1, Episode 5 – Perspective & Priorities
  • Season 1, Episode 6 – Staying True to You

 

Preachers of LA: Staying True to the Thug Mentality and Swag

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Episode 6 – Staying True to You was very intriguing and in keeping with the build up of drama on past episodes. Preachers of LA is proving its weight in gold and at the same time opening the eyes and hearts of people across the world. The focus this week was on Bishop Ron Gibson – (His Thug Mentality and Swag), Pastor Jay Haizlip – (Getting tattoos) and Bishop Clarence McClendon – (Music Ministry and calling of his son).

clarence-mcclendon-preachers-of-laLets start with Bishop Clarence McClendon; in Episode 6 we are given more insight into the relationship between himself and his older son. McClendon discloses that he too had a love for music as a child and wanted to pursue that; however, this was not permissible because of the generation in which he grew up and the bigger calling, to the pulpit, on his life.

Bishop Clarence McClendon was born and raised in Decatur, Illinois and began preaching at age fifteen. He assumed his first pastorate position at age nineteen and today, serves as the Senior Pastor of Full Harvest International Church, a growing global, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual congregation located in the South Bay area of California. He is also the founder and president of Siloam Bible College and the Clarence E. McClendon Leadership Institute, and also the founder and president of the umbrella corporation, Clarence E. McClendon Ministries (CEMM), which sponsors the weekly international television broadcast A Miracle for You, Bishop McClendon is able to fulfill the prophetic mandate to share the word of God with people around the world. Currently more than 250 million homes have access to CEMM broadcasts throughout North America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Bishop McClendon has many responsibilities and therefore it is understandable that he is grooming his son to fill his shoes. In Preachers of LA: Season 1, Episode 6 – Staying True to You, we see his son lead the music ministry for the 2 p.m. service and afterwards the Bishop rates how his son performed. This is an important portrayal to Christians and non-Christians alike as this is exactly how men in business prepare their children, to not only inherit their business, but to have the skills to run a successful one. In this case, the business is an International Church, Bible College and an umbrella corporation.

jay-haizlipJay Haizlip had us thinking about a long time controversial issue – tattoos and Christians. Certainly, off the bat, I agree its an old mindset. Nonetheless, I want to be biblical and correct. Wayne Chaney‘s wife, Myesha, had a very pressing view; you don’t want to offend and affect your church ministry. This issue does not affect Pastor Haizlip because majority of his congregation have tattoos and that his the social sphere of which he is from.

But as it relates to Pastor Chaney, his congregation is a bit more traditional; in the coming months how are they gonna reflect on the fact that their lead pastor wanted to get a tattoo? Will this affect his ministry? his believers? What does the bible say about tattoos and Christians getting them? Does He really not care about what is on the outside as Pastor Haizlip teaches and believes? To answer some of these questions, many of us will have to do some bible study, fasting and praying to search out the answer God will give us; for ourselves.

Bishop Ron Gibson, gave us a well seasoned and served chilled ‘food for thought’. This week’s episode saw his ron gibson and wifefellow ministers cautioning him about being too gangster, flamboyant and arrogant; these are his words, not mine. the Bishop sought the counsel of his trusted and beloved wife, Lady LaVette Gibson, who also reiterated the point and mentioned that it is true. Bishop Ron tends to mention the cost, designer brand of his clothing, cars etc. She counseled him, again, not to rub it in the face of his congregation. We see this happen on Preachers of LA, Season 1, Episode 6 – Staying True to You.

Bishop Ron is a former gang member. This is the premise of his ministry and he goes back into Compton to preach and teach drug addicts and gang members there. Bishop Gibson is also a licensed fire arm holder and this is also a topic of controversy for some. Some would argue that has a man of the cloth, he should exercise his faith and trust God to protect him; while others may argue he is simply being wise and that gang members have no respect for God, but they respect ‘the glock’.

As Preachers of LA continues, we will become more exposed to the developing issues in these ministers, pastors and bishops lives. Whether it be tattoos, swag or ministry; Preachers of LA certainly will keep us talking and many of us studying scripture like never before..myself included.

Cast of Preachers of LA:

  1. Jay Haizlip, Christy Haizlip,
  2. Clarence McClendon, Priscilla McClendon,
  3. Deitrick Haddon, Dominique Haddon,
  4. Ron Gibson, LaVette Gibson,
  5. Wayne Chaney, Myesha Chaney,
  6. Noel Jones, Loretta Jones

Episodes of Preachers of LA:

  • Season 1, Episode 1 – Comeback
  • Season 1, Episode 2 – Acceptance
  • Season 1, Episode 3 – Tea & Sympathy
  • Season 1, Episode 4 – Family First
  • Season 1, Episode 5 – Perspective & Priorities
  • Season 1, Episode 6 – Staying True to You

Preachers of LA: A Lession in Perspective and Priorities

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Preachers of LA continues to unfold and reveal the difficulties faced by several American pastors, ministers and bishops. In Season 1, Episode 5 – Perspective & Priorities we get to see the pressures and expectations of a pastor who has thousands of members in his flock. We also come to understand that they are also human beings and need psychological help as well.

pastor wayne chaneyAccording to their website, Pastor Wayne A. Chaney Jr. is the senior pastor of Antioch Church of Long Beach…under his visionary leadership the church has experienced exponential growth both numerically and spiritually. He is the grandson of the late Dr. T.M. Chambers, Sr. as well as the late Rev. Joe Chaney, Jr. He descends from a long lineage of pastors, teachers, and preachers; and possesses a rich spiritual heritage.

His commitment and involvement in ministry extends beyond Antioch and the local community. Throughout the country he has ministered to various congregations, conventions, and conferences.  Globally, he has touched the lives of people in countries such as Mexico, Israel, Indonesia, New Zealand, England, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Malaysia, and Singapore.

He formerly served as President of the California National African American Network, SBC and Board Member of the National African American Network, being the youngest person to serve in both capacities. He was on the Executive Board of the California Southern Baptist Convention. Pastor Chaney serves on the Executive Board of Global Tribe International, whose mission is to rescue those in physical and spiritual poverty, reach communities with the gospel and recruit and empower young leaders.  He is the president emeritus of the Long Beach Ministers Alliance.

Pastor Wayne Chaney is happily married to Myesha Chaney and has three beautiful children Wayne III, Reign, and Cadence. Wayne Chaney and myesha chaneyHe and his wife Myesha are faced with issues related to being in the ministry full-time. His ministry has been so successful, he is now strained and pulled in many directions. Exercising wisdom, Pastor Chaney has sought to find an Executive Pastor. The search offered no one in the past, but Season 1, Episode 5 – Perspective & Priorities shows us that Myesha offered up herself for the position.

The Chaney’s sought the council of the board members of the church. The board brought up valid points of nepotism, how men would react to Myesha’s leadership in the church etc; but as Pastor Chaney said, ‘at the end of the day, the decision was his to make’. Their biggest concern was that of how it would affect their marriage and family life. The Chaney’s are depicted as the loving and sexual couple on Preachers of LA; therefore it is understandable that they would not want ministry business to affect their personal relationship. Both decided that they would not take church business home and work even harder to preserve their marriage.

The relationship issues faced by Bishop Noel Jones and Loretta Jones were highlighted in Season 1, Episode bishop noel jones5 – Perspective & Priorities episode. Bishop Jones eventually sought the help of a psychologist to explore his commitment issues. It was revealed that his mother practically abandoned him in Jamaica at the age of seven. He rarely saw her over the next decade. Due to this experience Bishop Noel Jones dives into his work and leaves no room for any romantic relationships. Certainly the Bishop can be admired for his dedication to the spreading of the gospel and the growth and well-being of the church, globally. Nonetheless, if as a man he is dating someone, he owes it to them to be honest and fix whatever issues are between them.

bishop noel jones and lorettaHe is even provoked into a friendly wager by Bishop Ron Gibson, when they were playing pool. Bishop Ron Gibson said “That woman is physically beautiful, mentally intelligent, loves him to the core. My common sense along with the inspiration of the holy spirit told me that you wont find a woman better than that one.” To which Bishop Noel Jones responded, “Sometimes it’s not as easy as it seems. I’m running around preaching everywhere. Do I want the chance of ruining a marvelous friendship with marriage?! At the end of the day the decision has to be mine”.

In Season 1, Episode 5 – Perspective & Priorities, along with the therapist, Bishop Jones decides to take a break from Loretta and take some time to sort himself out, be selfish and decide what is best for him. Obviously Loretta is not pleased, but exercises some level of understanding.

Meanwhile, Deitrick Haddon and his new and younger wife, Dominique Haddon take a trip to New Orleans. Both enjoy each others company, romantically, now that they are legal to do so. Deitrick was performing at the Essence Festival and used some of his time to celebrate his new marriage. As in all marriages, certain things are revealed; weaves and all.

Cast of Preachers of LA:

  1. Jay Haizlip, Christy Haizlip,
  2. Clarence McClendon, Priscilla McClendon,
  3. Deitrick Haddon, Dominique Haddon,
  4. Ron Gibson, LaVette Gibson,
  5. Wayne Chaney, Myesha Chaney,
  6. Noel Jones, Loretta Jones

Episodes of Preachers of LA:

  • Season 1, Episode 1 – Comeback
  • Season 1, Episode 2 – Acceptance
  • Season 1, Episode 3 – Tea & Sympathy
  • Season 1, Episode 4 – Family First
  • Season 1, Episode 5 – Perspective & Priorities
  • Season 1, Episode 6 – Staying True to You

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Lessons From The Real Preachers of LA

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It is easy to understand the opinion of those who may view this Preachers of LA show and cry foul. Some may feel that these Preachers of LA are way off base in the way they choose to handle issues and live life.

Others may question why these preachers would even open their lives up to public examination and scrutiny by participating in a reality show. However, maybe the real question that should be posed is: Why aren’t more ministers, preachers, priests, rabbis, and other spiritual and religious leaders willing to place their beliefs and daily personal practices in open view of the public, or if not the pubic, at least to the church board, spiritual advisors, and ultimately the congregations that they lead?

Perhaps if other clergypersons were more transparent with the way they live their lives, and perform their daily duties and responsibilities, false and fraudulent activities would be more readily identified and checked, and sincere and genuine efforts would be recognized, acknowledged, and gain momentum. Perhaps an increase in accountability would result.

This show is not for the clergypersons who are acting responsibly, accountable to God, their church, or spiritual board and overseers. Rather this Preachers of LA is for the “yes” people who serve as deacons or church board members, who go along with whatever their clergyperson tells them without question, even when there are reasonable objections.

This show is for all of the people who accept membership in a church without reading the by-laws or understanding the tenets of faith of that church. The Preachers of LA is for the people who have questioned why certain preachers do the things that they do, and whether or not such preachers are practicing what they preach without deception.

This show empowers people to expect and demand accountability from their spiritual leaders in the same way those spiritual leaders demand and expect financial support from their congregants….

Thoughts

After watching trailers and previews for the new Oxygen Network show The Real Preachers of LA, it was easy to view the idea of such a show from a perspective of skepticism. The clips that were played on TV and radio commercials gave the impression the show would present a group of LA preachers who are unbalanced in their thinking and their way of life in regards to materialism and prosperity – preachers who seem to excuse what many churches consider to be “inappropriate” conduct and behavior, while reaping the spiritual, and even the secular, and financial protections and benefits of heading a ministry or church, or as the Internal Revenue Service refers to them, Charities-&-Non-Profits/Churches-&-Religious-Organizations.

However, after watching this show for several weeks now, the show has not only proven to be interesting, but it has proven to be relevant as well. The topics that have been discussed on…

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Preachers of LA: Pastor Jay Haizlip, The issue of Christians getting Tattoos

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In Preachers of LA: Season 1, Episode 6 – Staying True to You, Pastor Jay Haizlip had us thinking about a pastor-jay-haizliplong time controversial issue – tattoos and Christians. Certainly, off the bat I agree its an old mindset. Nonetheless, I want to be biblical and correct. Wayne Chaney‘s wife, Myesha, had a very pressing view; you don’t want to offend and affect your church ministry. This issue does not affect Pastor Haizlip because majority of his congregation have tattooes and that his the social sphere of which he is from.

But as it relates to Pastor Chaney, his congregation is a bit more traditional; in the coming months how are they gonna reflect on the fact that their lead pastor wanted to get a tattoo? Will this affect his ministry? his believers? What does the bible say about tattoos and Christians getting them? Does He really not care about what is on the outside as Pastor Haizlip teaches and believes? To answer some of these questions, many of us will have to do some bible study, fasting and praying to search out the answer God will give us; for ourselves.

What the Bible Says about Tattoos

  1. Leviticus 19:28 (Amplified) which says, “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print or tattoo any marks upon you: I am the Lord.”
  2. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
  3. Tattooing Has Witchcraft “Roots” –
    And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them. 1 Kings 18:28
    Ye are the sons of the LORD your God; you shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness on your foreheads for the dead. Deuteronomy 14:1

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Historically, the origin of the tattoo is associated with paganism, demonism, Baal worship, shamanism, mysticism, heathenism, cannibalism and many other pagan beliefs.  The tattoo has NEVER been connected with Bible believing Christians.  But today in the 21st century, the trends are reverting from paganism practices to include the modern Christian and the new “Christian” tattoo shop.  Satan is the god of this world and his agenda is to deceive many Christians, especially in the last days.  But the fact remains that the tattoo has its roots in beliefs and practices that are demonic and pagan.  Many pro-tattoo books indicate that tattooing is a magical rite and the tattooist is respected as a priest or shaman; it is connected to a religious ceremony and performed by priests or priestesses; it is intended to put the human soul in harmony with supernatural forces; at other times dancing accompanies the tattooing ritual to exorcise demons.  In other words, it is connected with the spirit world and a tattoo is really much more than simply a body decoration.

Today’s popular tattooing craze is “tribal tattoos”, which are pure paganism. These designs bear serious symbolic mystical and occult meanings. They are strongly connected with channels into spiritual and demonic possession. Many pro-tattoo artists and historians can attest to this by saying things like, “tattoos have a power and magic all their own”, “there is in addition to the opening of numerous inlets for evil to enter”, “allowing his clients’ demons to help guide the needle”.

Reasons not to get a tattoo

Tattooing is:

  • The Mark of Blood – In the New Testament, there was a man named Legion who was possessed by demons in Mark 5:1-9 who went about cutting himself with stones. (vs. 5)  Leviticus 19:28 says “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.”
  • The Cup of Devils – Today’s popular tattooing craze is “tribal tattoos”, which are pure paganism.  These designs bear serious symbolic mystical and occult meanings.  They are strongly connected with channels into spiritual and demonic possession.  Many pro-tattoo artists and historians can attest to this by saying things like, “tattoos have a power and magic all their own”, “there is in addition to the opening of numerous inlets for evil to enter”, “allowing his clients’ demons to help guide the needle”.
  • The Mark of Death – “Death and darkness have always been a classic tattoo theme – skulls, snakes, demons” (The Body Art Book, pg. 56); Henry Ferguson in The Art of the Tattoo, states “probably the most popular tattooed image of today, the all-pervasive grinning skull!”;
  • The Mark of Rebellion – The Bible condemns all rebellion throughout its pages and declares that rebellion is as bad as witchcraft. (1 Sam. 15:23) It is clear that the tattoo has always been an indication of a spirit of rebellion and deviancy on its wearers.
  • Disease and Death – It is a well-known fact that tattooing runs a risk of acquiring any number of deadly diseases, including Hepatitis C and AIDS.  The reason is the needle used to tattoo punctures the skin 3,000 times a minute.  In an hour, that would be 180,000 times that puncture wounds provide a potential path to a deadly disease.

At the end of the day, the Word of God will guide us in these things.

1 Cor. 10:21 says, “Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.”

Jesus was obedient unto death – even the death of the Cross! (Phil. 2:8)  He prayed, “not my will, but thine, be done.” (Luke 22:42-44)  If there was the slightest chance that Jesus was a rebel, then He would have sinned against God, and we would all be lost!

This is the ultimate example of how we should follow suit as Christians.

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Preachers of L.A. Dressed to Impress, But Is Jesus Pleased?

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Preachers of L.A. Dressed to Impress, But Is Jesus Pleased? By Sean Abbananto

After the response to my blog “Why ‘Preachers of LA’ Won’t Turn Out Well for Rock-Star Pastors” I wanted to continue the discussion about our perception and mindset in regards to preachers and wealth.

First, let’s establish that being a pastor is a 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week job. You never know when the phone will ring and you are faced with another crisis that you must minister a church member through.

In Luke 10 the Bible says a “laborer is worthy of his wages” and I believe a pastor should have a good salary that allows him to provide for his family including retirement so that not any of his energy is spent worrying about finances but rather on the ministry he is called to.

There has been a mindset in some church circles that a pastor should be just above the poverty line. I have also seen the pendulum swung the other direction to the extreme. I don’t have a problem with anyone in ministry who takes a portion of their salary and through investments or other business deals creates more income for them and their family. If they can do this and it doesn’t take away from the ministry they are called to than I say go for it. I have a very good pastor friend who makes a good enough living through other business ventures that he doesn’t even receive a salary from his church. He is able to pastor freely with no concerns.

Jesus modeled for us how ministry and money go together. The ministry of Jesus had money. There were things that needed to be paid for and people sowed into His ministry. What you didn’t see was an attitude that said, “Well the rich of that day don’t need to be the only ones walking around with expensive clothes, or a fancy ride.”Jesus wasn’t dressed to impress and he didn’t have the best looking stallion. He chose a donkey and you know his sandals weren’t Ferragamo or even Stacy Adams.

What Jesus modeled for us is whether we are in full-time ministry or church folks that minister in the marketplace, is that if you bring the good news and the power of the Holy Spirit you will shift the atmosphere everywhere you go; that you don’t need the bling to access and impact the lives of people because when you’re preaching the Word and ministering in the power of the Holy Spirit whether people are down and out or up and out they will seek you out.

Bishop McClendon made the statement that he can’t go minister in some churches because they can’t afford to bring his team. “Because of how God uses me in miracles I travel with four or five people. My men know how I flow and someone’s healing depends on it.”

As a speaker I have to admit, there are worship leaders and support staff in churches I have spoken in that I felt it was easier to minister with because they seemed to not only understand my style but had the sensitivity to be Spirit led in those moments. At other places I might have to give minor direction but that in no way hindered my ability to minister and it sure didn’t hinder God from being faithful to heal the hearts, minds and bodies of the people.

One of the most powerful ministry moments in my life wasn’t in a church with a worship team behind me and handpicked ushers; it was on the sidewalk outside of the Anaheim Convention Center at a Benny Hinn crusade where God instructed me to go outside and pray for the people who didn’t get in due to the building capacity. I obeyed and when God started to move in that crowd outside I had to quickly grab four men from the crowd to help me. There was no church setting, no crew that knew how I flowed. It was raw ministry and God moved in a mighty way!

We are not blessed to impress but we are blessed to be a blessing. Jesus showed us it is about influence not affluence. May all of us called to preach, teach and lead remember that.

Sean Abbananto is a speaker and entrepreneur from Oklahoma City, Okla., who started a fast-growing nutritional company called “EFL Nutritionals” and he is a certified speaker/trainer/coach with the John Maxwell Team. You can reach Sean at  sean@seanabbananto.com.

Preachers of LA: The issue of ‘Shacking’/fornication

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Thus far, I have watched all the episodes of Preachers of LA.

bishop ron gibson prayingThere are moments that make me cringe and there are moments that make me proud. We all will be affected by this reality show in different ways; some will be more passionate in voicing their opinions about Preachers of LA. Nonetheless, I have come to accept that we hold both subjective and objective opinions about how and what Preachers of LA portrays.

Aside from the obvious issue, the flaunting of wealth and prestige, which these pastors, bishops and preachers have; one of the major issues of the first four episodes surrounds Pastor and Gospel Artiste, Deitrick Haddon. This troubling issues are the themes of ‘shacking’, fornication, lust, sexual desire etc. Bishop Ron Gibson and his wife, First Lady LaVette Gibson, have taken the opportunity to mentor Deitrick Haddon and his then fiancé Dominique Haddon, about marriage and relationships. This is a great gesture on their part.

Deitrick Haddon and his fiancé, see nothing wrong with the concept of shacking; however, being a young christian myself, it gives me pause and I do agree with Bishop Ron Gibson and his wife Lady Gibson, that it is all surrounded by fornication. Couples in love, who have a family and have slept together will find it next to impossible to not want to sleep together; especially if they are under the same roof, alone. Added to that, other young people are looking to Deitrick Haddon and would use his actions as an excuse or reason to do as he would like to do. Note what God tells us below:

16 The wise fear the LORD and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure. 17 The quick-tempered do foolish things, and those who devise evil schemes are hated. 18 The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. 19 Evildoers will bow down in the presence of the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous. 20 The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends. 21 It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor, but blessed are those who are kind to the needy. 22 Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness. 23 All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. 24 The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly. 25 A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is deceitful. 26 Those who fear the LORD have a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge. – Proverbs 14:16-26

1 Corinthians 7:2 – Nevertheless, [to avoid] fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.

Matthew 5:28 – But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

2 Timothy 2:22 – Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Ephesians 5:3 – But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 – For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh

Matthew 7:21 – Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

pastor haizlip prayingOne of the moments of which I am proud of as a Christian, is when Pastor Jay Haizlip saw an anorexic woman in the park. He went up to her, spoke with her and prayed for her. Deitrick Haddon and his fiancé also does this on their visit to the city of New Orléans. These acts are inspiring to me and gives me confidence. They are also teaching moments about how we can reach out to others, spread the gospel and minister to their needs.

Preachers of LA is not all bad or all good. Nonetheless we must take from it what we can and learn, what not to do. At the end of the day, that is as men and servants of God, do not allow your life to be portrayed in such a manner that it sullies the very image, essence and Word of Jesus Christ.

Cast of Preachers of LA:

  1. Jay Haizlip, Christy Haizlip,
  2. Clarence McClendon, Priscilla McClendon,
  3. Deitrick Haddon, Dominique Haddon,
  4. Ron Gibson, LaVette Gibson,
  5. Wayne Chaney, Myesha Chaney,
  6. Noel Jones, Loretta Jones

Episodes of Preachers of LA:

  • Season 1, Episode 1 – Comeback
  • Season 1, Episode 2 – Acceptance
  • Season 1, Episode 3 – Tea & Sympathy
  • Season 1, Episode 4 – Family First

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