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Pastor Wayne Chaney of Antioch Church of Long Beach is also a star on the Oxygen docu-series "Preachers of L.A." is defending his decision to promote being "saved, sanctified and sexual" on television screens.
Chaney and his wife Myesha, have showcased their union on the show where the pastor has controversially promoted their intimacy.
"We want people to know you can be saved, sanctified, and sexual," he said on the show. "God made us that way."
While his comments received some backlash on social media websites, Chaney recently said they should not be taken out of context.
"If someone was single and wants to be sanctified and sexual with their girlfriend or boo, that's a completely different story. When you're married and you're talking about being saved and sexual, I think God smiles on that," he told cocoafab.com recently. "Whoever has a problem with that probably needs to get a love life!"
While the show has been deemed controversial by a number of Christians and faith leaders, Chaney does not believe the show misrepresents Christianity.
"I don't think there's anything I have done that would contradict our beliefs," he told cocoafab.com.
However Bishop T.D. Jakes, the senior pastor of The Potter's House mega church in Dallas, Texas, does not seem to agree. He previously spoke out about the show to his congregation after the premiere.
"Now, I know you been watching that junk on TV. I want to tell you right now, not one dime of what you're sowing right now will buy my suit. I want you to know my car is paid for," Jakes told his congregation, according to EEW magazine reports. "I want you to know I got my house on my own. I want you to know I'm not bling-blinging. I am not shake and bake. I had money when I came to Dallas and I plan to have some when I leave."
Cheney responded to Jakes' rebuke, saying he didn't completely understand it.
"After watching the video, it seemed more like him responding to potential critics. Guys like me who haven't taken a raise from their church in eight years and compare it to Bishop Jones who drives a Ferrarri and has a 3 or 4 million dollar house, it starts to make sense," Cheney told cocoafab.com. "Again, I guess I don't know why he made the connection because he is good friends with Bishop Jones and he knows he was a millionaire in his early twenties. I stand by the comment made I just don't know if it was directed toward the right guys."
Cheney appears on the docu-series alongside minister and gospel singer Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Noel Jones, the senior pastor of the City of Refuge Church in Gardena, Calif., Bishop Clarence McClendon of Full Harvest International Church, Bishop Ron M. Gibson of Life Church of God In Christ and Pastor Jay Haizlip of The Sanctuary Church. The show appears on Oxygen Network Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET.