THERE ARE NOW TWO new reality shows on tv featuring preachers who have taken the “God business” to another level…a level I will call “Blingalicious preachers!”
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     THE TWO SHOWS ARE Oxygen’s “Preachers of L.A,”which features six big balling pastors of mega churches in Los Angeles, and also Bravo’s “Blood is Thicker than Water,” which puts the spotlight on the Tankard clan, a rich  and  bragadocious family headed up by pastor Ben Tankard and his wife, Jewel.
     ALL OF THESE BLINGING PREACHERS ARE just praising God for letting them live lavishly with fat bank accounts, expensive cars, planes, jewelry, designer clothes, mansions and everything their holy hearts desire!
     NOW, I have always been a Christian and believe in God for sure, and I have always believed  that some preachers are living the high life…but not in front of the cameras.  These shows put the emphasis on money…but with whose money?  I have also felt that most preachers want you to think that they actually have God’s UNLISTED NUMBER. And if you don’t give to the church, you surely will not get through heaven’s gates aka the Pearly gates! I believe that God sees all and knows all, and that men and women of the cloth will have to be judged at the Pearly gates just like all of us mere mortals!
      I CHECKED THE INTERNET looking for  viewers’ comments about these self-serving shows and mostly all condemn these programs and do not appreciate the men of the cloth flaunting their rich lifestyles, especially in these bad economic times and folks are losing their jobs, homes and sometime their minds!  One person on the net said: “The  world needs less grandiose, prosperity-driven pastors and more men of God  on their knees seeking his face.”
    SO MANY CHURCH GOERS are struggling to make ends meet and are still trying to put some money in the collection plate every Sunday and twice on Monday. I betcha’ some probably are now wondering if the money is really going to the “Building Fund” ?
    SO , MY FACEBOOK FRIENDS, what is your take on these “Blinging Preachers”?  And don’t hold back because you think you will be hit by lightning!    Yeah, I said it…Stella in the City!

About stellafoster

Stella Foster is a retired columnist writer who has contributed to the Chicago Sun-Times for 43 years. Well known for the trailblazing path she has created for other columnist writers and her fearlessness, candor, and strong principles while covering the most entertaining stories relating (but not limited) to, celebrities, community events, and black-on-black crime.

Posted on November 16, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I agree fully with you Stella. I am a minister in the Church of God in Christ (same denomination at Ron Gibson on the show). In addition, I am a practicing attorney in Chicago. I believe that the minister should first and foremost, MINISTER. That means he should be a servant. It is hard for me to see how these preachers are serving when all the show features is their fine cars and their shopping sprees. I hope that the true seekers of God will leave this pathetic television show alone. It is hard to see Jesus when the glare of your jewelry is obstructing my view of Him.

  2. Yep! You said it. My dad called these Preachers, “Jack Legged Preachers” and that’s just what they are on a larger scale. Their followers should realize that their money is absolutely going on the building fund, (mansions), the airplane fund, the jute suits and designer shoes and clothes fund of the scammingpreachers and theirfamilies. DISGUSTING!

  3. W Spencer Saunders

    What used to be faith is now an excuse to solicit money from ignorant people…..Bling churches attract ignorant people who are attracted to superstition.and are willing to pay for it…..The bling ministers simply provide a house in which to practice it.

  4. Please ignore my ignorance on this subject, but outside of race what qualifies an individual to become a Black Preacher? From the outside looking in it generally appears to be a lucrative position, and most seem to have no problem flaunting that. Of course, the same can be said of White T.V. Evangelists who appear to only be interested in building monuments to themselves. I hope no one takes offense to this question, I’m just looking for answers to better my understanding of how a community works.

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