The reality show, Preachers of L.A., is scheduled to air on the Oxygen network this fall. Because it features the lavish lifestyles of six megachurch pastors in the Los Angeles area, at least one Christian network is concerned about the repercussions.
Craig Parshall, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the National Religious Broadcasters, writes that the media ignores "true to life ministries" where sincere pastors have a modest lifestyle. Parshall writes that his organization is concerned about "the surveillance of, and possible interference with, legitimate Christian ministries under the guise of cracking down on a few organizations that supposedly abuse their IRS non-profit status with lavish spending."
According to Parshall, "Christian groups are a favorite whipping boy of the secular press, some members of Congress, and a few well-known Washington advocacy groups. Preachers of L.A. will just add more fury to the consistent cry for an anti-clergy crackdown in Washington and more bricks to the infamous 'wall of separation' of Church and State."