Although the show has yet to air, Christian leaders starring in ‘Pastors of LA‘, have already begun to feel the heat concerning their involvement in non-scripted TV. A few weeks ago, we shared news that the Oxygen network docu-series would be following the lives of six high-profile Christian ministers. Bishop Noel Jones, lead pastor of City of Refuge Church in Gardena, Calif., who is a cast member on the show, explained in a recent interview with Pastor Mark Burns of Impact Network’s “Life Your Voice”, why he decided to do reality tv. The 63-year-old brother of Grace Jones says his decision had nothing to do with drawing non-believers to Christ, but instead challenge misconceptions among some Christians who believe their pastors are superhuman and never make mistakes.
My original intention was not for this to be an evangelical tool, very certainly not. My original intention was (for) it to be a tool to help bring the minds of Christian people to the place where they give some balance to who their pastors are and how they deal with their pastors. The only reason I signed up was to help to reduce the iconoclastic proclivities that church members have about their pastors to the point where if they break any of the rules that the church members are breaking, they completely throw them away.
It takes God 40-50 years to put a man together and he ends up in a divorce and he’s no longer any good. It takes God 40-50 years to put a man together and he ends up taking a drink, having a kind of accident, and he’s no longer any good.
Bishop Jones, who is unmarried and has three adult children, also addressed rumors claiming he had fathered actress and singer Stacy Francis’ second child, were exactly that – “rumors and innuendo.” Check out the trailer below.
After hearing his reasons for deciding to do reality TV, are you more or less comfortable with the upcoming show? [Christian Post]