Bishop Clarence McClendon defends Christian ‘entourage’

Clarence McClendonMany church leaders catch a lot of flack for their somewhat extravagant lifestyles, but Bishop Clarence McClendon recently defended his need for what seems like an entourage.

“I don’t have an entourage. I have trained ministers that travel with me,” he said during a press event to promote his new Oxygen reality series, “Preachers of L.A.”

According to Clarence, it’s not just ministers with whom he surrounds himself. He also has bodyguards who he finds necessary, considering the death threats he’s received.

“A gentleman came to my church intending to shoot me,” said Clarence, telling a story of a husband who was concerned about his wife’s financial gifts to the church. “He came with a gun.”

That’s not the only time Clarence has been threatened. He told the crowd about a time when he was mugged.

“I got held up, had a gun put to my side in broad daylight in Beverly Hills because someone knew who I was. You talk to me about bodyguards, you’re talking to the wrong person,” he said to his critics. “Jesus said watch and pray. I pray. I got people to watch.”

Clarence and pastors Jay Haizlip and Wayne Chaney talk more about the show. Watch.

If you haven’t seen the preview for “Preachers of L.A.,” watch it below.

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