In the Bible, Matthew 19:21 states how Jesus Christ told a rich man to sell everything he had and to follow him, but that doesn't seem to apply to the pastors and bishops of an upcoming Oxygen network reality TV series "Preachers of L.A."
According to an Oxygen Network press release, viewers will be treated to six wealthy church leaders, fancy cars, expensive houses and out-of-wedlock children.
The video trailer for the show (below) shows the men preaching, living the high life and giving their words of wisdom.
"The Bible says 'I wish above all things that you would prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.' I believe that," states Bishop Clarence McClendon of the Full Harvest International Church.
Bishop Ron Gibson, of the Life Church of God in Christ, seconds that notion: "P. Diddy, Jay-Z, they're not the only ones who should be driving Ferraris and living in large houses."
"The Bible says that 'those of us who sow among us should reap from us,' that's implying that preachers should be taken care of," insists Pastor Jay Haizlip of The Sanctuary of Huntington Beach.
Bishop Noel Jones lives near Malibu, is a divorced father of three, leads the City of Refuge Church and dates actress LisaRaye McCoy, who is almost 20 years younger.
He tells McCoy: "I am a prize. I like being successful... Maybe I don't love you as much as you love me."
Another wealthy clergyman is Pastor Wayne Chaney, of Antioch Church of Long Beach, who says "Security is a necessary part of what we do. Being a pastor is very dangerous because you have to be perfect at all times."
However, the most controversial member of the cast may be gospel singer and music minister Dietrich Haddon, who has been divorced and had a baby out of wedlock.
"I'm a pastor, but at the end of the day, I'm a man," declares Haddon.
He is also an opponent of California Assembly Bill 1121, which would put transgender bathrooms in all public schools. Haddon recently told the Washington Times: "I am not surprised, the bible stated 'in the last days men will be lovers of themselves.'”
Sources: Washington Times and Oxygen.com