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Pastors slam 'Preachers of L.A.' show

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The pastors of many churches demonstrate their faith by serving the community. But now a new reality show on preachers is painting a very different picture, and not everyone is happy with what they're seeing.

A promo for Oxygen's new series called "Preachers of L.A." takes the criticism head on: that the preachers featured are more interested in living like superstars than spreading the word of God.

The show is only two episodes into the new season, but Rev. Michael Faulkner of Harlem's New Horizon Church says he's already seen more than enough.

"These guys are so off the wall they give the Church a bad name, they give preachers a bad name, they give TV a bad name," Faulkner said.

Bishop T.D. Jakes, a bestselling author, film producer and pastor, reminded his Dallas congregation that unlike the preachers on the show, his checking account doesn't get cash from their contributions.

"Now I know you've been watching that junk on TV and I want to tell you right now: not a dime of what you're sowing right now will buy my suit," Jakes said in a recent sermon. "I want you to know my car is paid for, I want you to know I got my house on my own, I want you to know I am not bling bling and I am not shake and bake, I had money when I came to Dallas."

Reverend Faulkner runs youth, family assistance, leadership, and employment programs. He said he is concerned about the show reinforcing negative stereotypes.

"It certainly sends the wrong message for people that are not familiar with it -- the church or African American preachers -- because they just don't know," Faulkner said. "They go 'Oh, everybody's like that' or 'those large churches are like that.' They do not represent the mainstream of the church."

Fox Five reached out to the show's producers through the Oxygen network to ask them about this controversy.

“As pastors’ kids ourselves who have spent most of our lives in and around the faith community, we recognize and appreciate the unique role that pastors play in the lives of their congregations, as well as the pressures that are regularly placed on them and their families,” said executive producers Lemuel Plummer and Holly Carter in an emailed statement. “We think the fascinating personal stories of these powerful, dynamic and very public men of God are truly compelling and deserve to be told, and are very pleased to be working with Oxygen to do so.”

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