Bishop Clarence McClendon wants to clear up two things with viewers of “Preachers of LA” and “partners” at his church. For one, he was set up by producers on the season premiere of “Preachers of LA” and two, that he does not turn away churches and organizations based on a fee or an inability to pay for his alleged entourage or team.
“What I recognize now is that I was set up to be put in a crossfire,” McClendon told parishioners of his ministry in a video released Wednesday night, shortly after the season premiere of “Preachers of LA.”
According to Bishop McClendon, there were originally no plans to appear during the “Man Cave” segment because he was traveling, but that changed, only after producers told him that they would send a car to pick him up at the airport. That said, when he walked into the room and Deitrick Haddon questioned why he had an entourage of men with suits and bags, he was dumbfounded.
“I realized that I was getting into what the Bible calls an ignorant and foolish dispute,” McClendon says in video below, quoting “2 Timothy 2:23″. “I am not going to allow people to abuse that or malign that for the sake of television…. It’s my son and my assistant who traveled with me and the other guy, carrying the luggage, that was the driver that the producers sent. I didn’t know who he was and don’t know his name to this day. It was obviously a set up.”
As seen on “Preachers of LA,” all of the preachers were captured as they arrived in separate cars alone. Then, Bishop McClendon was captured on camera arriving with several men walking behind him.
“We don’t establish an honorarium (a fee),” Bishop McClendon says defending his name and ministry, adding that his team handles his bookings and is thankful for any donation a church or event planner might put up. “I get 200-300 invitations a year. So I have to pick and choose. Here is the reality. I don’t travel with an entourage… No one. No pastor has been asked to or forced to pay for our team to go (anywhere).”
With that said, Bishop McClendon still wants people to watch the show and make their own judgement, but at the same time, he says his goal is to act with integrity.
“If I had to do it again. I would. I would get up and walk out on an ignorant and foolish dispute. I’m not going to get in to strife for television cameras… I’m going to be a man of God til’ the end,” he says. “Watch Preachers of LA. Make up your own mind. Pray for me. Pray for us.”