Bishop Noel Jones, the senior pastor of the City of Refuge Church in Gardena, Calif., recently revealed what his best friend and fellow megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes thought about his appearance on the upcoming docu-series "Preachers of L.A."
Jones revealed that Jakes, the senior pastor of The Potter's House megachurch in Dallas, Texas, was his best friend and was not exactly happy about the decision to be featured on the Oxygen network's upcoming show with six other high-profile preachers.
"My best friend (Bishop T.D. Jakes) said when he heard I was doing this – because I didn't call him – but when he heard I was doing this, he said that he swallowed his tongue," Jones told thejasminebrand.com recently. "So when he said he swallowed his tongue when he heard I was doing it – and rightfully so – because from his perspective, we're two different people."
Bishop Jones described the differences between he and his best friend. He also admitted to receiving mixed reactions from other friends of his.
"I'm more open and more gregarious than he is, and less protected. And so, and he's very protective," Jones revealed to thejasminebrand.com. "..I called a couple of my friends and I got different opinions – some said 'Yes', some said 'No.'"
Jones explained why he decided to take part in the show.
"It's going to be controversial, there's no question about it," he told thejasminebrand.com. "The reason why I'm doing this show is because I want to deflate the iconoclastic dispositions that we have towards men and women who are in ministry or who are in any position where we want to look up to them. Because at the end of the day, everybody's flawed."
Still, Jones, the brother of singer and actress Grace Jones, insisted that the show was meant to appeal to Christians instead of those who do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ.
"My original intention was not for this to be an evangelical tool, very certainly not," Jones previously said on Impact Network's "Lift Your Voice." "My original intention was (for) it to be a tool to help bring the minds of Christian people to the place where they give some balance to who their pastors are and how they deal with their pastors."
Jones will appear on the docu-series alongside minister and gospel singer Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Clarence McClendon of Full Harvest International Church, Pastor Wayne Chaney of Antioch Church of Long Beach, Bishop Ron M. Gibson of Life Church of God In Christ and Pastor Jay Haizlip of The Sanctuary Church. The show will premiere Oct 9 on Oxygen Network at 10 p.m. ET.