New reality show about pastor's draws criticism and applause fro - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

New reality show about pastor's draws criticism and applause from Christian church

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Oxygen's new reality show "Preachers of LA" is drawing criticism for the opulent lifestyles of the religious leaders the show follows.

According to usachurches.com, with nearly 300 churches right here in the Fountain City when the show premiered, many were glued to their TV's.

"Everybody's talking about the LA preachers, Hollywood production there and I think it's controversial because of who is involved in it," said Saint James Missionary Baptist Church senior pastor Ralph Huling.

The show claims to give a rare glimpse into the private world of those who've dedicated their lives to teaching the Word of God.

Once access was granted...the criticism followed. Saint James Missionary Baptist Church senior pastor Ralph Huling says he can see why the lavish lifestyles of the show's pastors can be criticized if misunderstood.

"We have this tendency to expect ministers to be someone or something different from other people of the community," Huling commented.

Huling believed driving expensive cars, and living in massive homes didn't exclude someone from being called to preach.

However, he said he's more concerned about those wanting to step into the pulpit for the wrong reasons.

"We have copycats. There are going to be a lot of people wanting to emulate what they see on television and they can miss out on the mission. The mission is about serving God and serving people," Huling explained.

Huling said although he can appreciate the show he won't get caught up in the lights and cameras but in the word of God.

Copyright 2013 WTVM. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 'Austin Powers' star Verne Troyer dies at age 49

    'Austin Powers' star Verne Troyer dies at age 49

    Saturday, April 21 2018 4:51 PM EDT2018-04-21 20:51:28 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 6:03 PM EDT2018-04-21 22:03:39 GMT

    Verne Troyer, an actor famous for his role as Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" trilogy, has passed away.

    More >>

    Verne Troyer, an actor famous for his role as Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" trilogy, has passed away.

    More >>
  • Delta passenger fined $500 for apple

    Delta passenger fined $500 for apple

    Saturday, April 21 2018 1:01 PM EDT2018-04-21 17:01:03 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 6:45 PM EDT2018-04-21 22:45:42 GMT
    adlock's healthy snack turned into a tough reality to stomach. (Source: KDVR/CNN)adlock's healthy snack turned into a tough reality to stomach. (Source: KDVR/CNN)

    Crystal Tadlock is not happy about the fine she said

    More >>

    Crystal Tadlock is not happy about the fine she said

    More >>
  • Barbara Bush was 'first lady of the greatest generation'

    Barbara Bush was 'first lady of the greatest generation'

    Saturday, April 21 2018 12:04 AM EDT2018-04-21 04:04:04 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 7:19 PM EDT2018-04-21 23:19:00 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Mourners pause as former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush lies in repose during the visitation of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Friday, April 20, 2018, in Houston.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Mourners pause as former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush lies in repose during the visitation of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Friday, April 20, 2018, in Houston.

    As the outpouring of tributes continues for Barbara Bush, the general public can pay its respects to the former first lady.

    More >>

    As the outpouring of tributes continues for Barbara Bush, the general public can pay its respects to the former first lady.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly