Reality Show ‘Preachers of Atlanta’ to Feature ‘Pastor’ Who Hands Out Cigarettes, Condoms on Street

Atlanta-compressedATLANTA — The television network Oxygen has announced the second round of its controversial preacher reality show, this time following five Georgia ministers, including one rap artist, a female preacher with a rocker hairdo and tutu, and a Grammy Award-winning gospel singer who admits that she passes out cigarettes and condoms on the streets.

“Preachers of Atlanta” comes on the heels of its much-debated “Preachers of L.A.” broadcast, which featured the lavish lives of several California ministers, including one gospel singer who sought to make a comeback after having a child out of wedlock with his girlfriend.

“Preachers of Atlanta features a young, vibrant group of pastors who are pushing the envelope and tackling real-world issues in their communities, creating thought-provoking dialogue,” Rod Aissa, Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development at Oxygen Media, said of the new series in a statement.

“I take it to the streets. I pass out cigarettes and condoms,” Le’Andria Johnson, who leads Imperfect People Changing (I.P.C.) Ministries, declares in a preview for “Preachers of Atlanta.” “I do all of that, but at the end of the day, when God tells me to do something, I do it.”

Johnson first made headlines about her practice in 2013, which she claimed was a way to witness to the lost, when a video surfaced of Johnson approaching a homeless man and offering him a cigarette while lighting one for herself.

“I’m all for meeting people where they are and I do realize that most people aren’t going to wander into your church looking to be saved. … But handing out ‘cancer sticks’ is pushing it,” wrote Gerald Jones of at that time.

Johnson was named Billboard’s number one female gospel artist in 2012, and won best gospel/contemporary Christian music performance at the 2011 Grammy Awards for her debut single, “Jesus.”

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“Preachers of Atlanta” also features female leader Kimberly Jones-Ponthier, who founded a movement called “Conquering Hell in High Heels.” Jones-Ponthier, who heads Church of the Harvest in Fayetteville as a “life coach,” is known for her rocker persona mixed with tutus and high heels.

“I preach better when I’m me,” she explains in the Oxygen preview.

The upcoming reality show will follow Ponthier as she prepares to meet her husband’s sons from a previous relationship.

Others to be featured on the broadcast include Judah Swilley of The Movement, whose father, James Swilley, a bishop, came out as a homosexual in 2010.

“People need to realize that morality has nothing to do with sexuality. There are gay people with great morals and straight people with horrible morals,” Judah Swilley contended to the Georgia Voice that year. “The idea of being gay is immoral has to go. In people’s minds, for some reason they can’t understand how you can be gay and a Christian.”

“Christians hate gay people,” his father claims in the preview.

Canton Jones, a nationally-recognized rap artist who leads Free Life Church in Fayette, is additionally among the five ministers followed in the reality show, as well as Corey Hambrick of Life Church Christian Center in Conyers, who also serves as a police officer and works with inner city youth.

The broadcast is set to air on Feb. 3 on the Oxygen Network. Public reaction has been mixed.

“Can’t wait to see this new series. It appears like the ministers are diverse and appear to be anointed,” one commenter named Annora MP wrote on the show’s Facebook page.

“Another disgrace to body of Christ!” exclaimed commenter Dorcia Soilberry.

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  • TheBBP

    Looks like a public service announcement for telling us about at least 4 churches not to attend in Atlanta. I am on the fence about the Pastor/Cop. I don’t know much about him.

  • Josey

    What a disgrace, these are lost people who are getting their fifteen minutes of fame. What is worse is they name Christ in that mess, it is easier to reach someone with no religion and a cold heart than to show people like this that they are so deceived and lost. Christ will tell them I never knew you unless they repent. I don’t think we as Christians are perfect by no means but I don’t go out and make it look like my many struggles or imperfections or sins are ok, I am striving daily to overcome them with Christs help and I don’t want to aide someone else to continue in the gutter they are in. I don’t want anyone to aide me either in anything I’m doing wrong, I don’t need my ears tickled, I need God’s truth and I cherish His chastisement for it is His love that corrects me and sets my feet on paths of righteousness, even when chastisement is not pleasant at the time, I know the result will be more of His goodness, righteousness in me when I submit to Him. This isn’t the example Jesus gave us in the Bible. What does light have in common with darkness? If they want to help the homeless or whomever, then do something for them that shows the true love of Christ, pray for them, buy them some groceries, help them find a place to live, etc. Showing the love of Christ doesn’t mean we must live in the gutter with them. When Jesus encountered the demon possessed man at Gadarenes that was cutting himself, Jesus didn’t join in and begin to cut himself as if to show he understands, NO, Jesus cast the demons out and the man was set free and in his right mind.

  • WGB

    How ridiculous.

  • concern

    It is time to tax churches like a Business and a social club…it`s all about money.

  • Nidalap

    Yes well, Hollywood has been portraying Christians in a negative light for decades now. Just more of the same here. More blatant than in the past, but that’s to be expected…

  • I see nothing wrong here… These preaches shows how they are no longer under the law, but under grace!

    You see, we can do these things now because,
    1. Christ is the end of the law
    2. Jesus fulfilled the law.
    3. The law was only for the Jews
    4. To try and keep the law is to fall from grace
    5. We are dead to the law
    6. We have been redeemed from the law
    7. We only have to love now
    8. We’re in a new covenant of grace, not of law
    9. Jesus set us free from the bondage of the law
    10. Keeping the law only add more sin

    Don’t listen to these legalists who says we are to keep the law of God! If you enjoy bestiality, or homosexuality, or slapping your mother around, profane the sabbath, covet and murder, it’s FINE! It’s okay, Jesus loves you. If you are saved, you are always saved. Come and be free in the love and grace Jesus Christ died for! Amen!

    ** sarcasm off **

    • Rick

      You may want to read the Bible a little closer….Hebrews 10:26 states-“For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins”

      Just because someone professes Christ doesn’t mean they are redeemed by grace. Their actions show a lack of repentance.
      1 Peter 1:14-15…As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, 15but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all yourbehavior; 16because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”

      These are “false converts” and Jesus Christ will be separating them like the wheat and tares, sheep and goats.
      The call of the gospel is HOLINESS. This is not what it looks like.

  • Reason2012

    // “I do all of that, but at the end of the day, when God tells me to do something, I do it.”

    God doesn’t tell us to go sin so others the unsaved feel like you can relate to them.

    “[Jesus said] Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
    A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
    Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”

    Matthew 7:15-20