There are many things that viewers find questionable about Oxygen’s “Preachers Of LA”. One of those things being Bishop Noel Jones’ 16-year-old relationship with his lady friend, Loretta. In addition to wondering why he has chosen to string Loretta along for so many years without marrying her, folks are also curious to know whether or not they’ve been able to maintain celibacy for the duration of their lengthy relationship. During a recent interview with V-103, Bishop Jones addressed his critics.
“Paul wasn’t married. He was probably one of the greatest progenitors of the Word of God,” he said. “Many significant Bible characters were not married. Marriage is not a prerequisite for being in the pulpit.”
Noel, whose marriage to his ex-wife lasted 22 years, went on to question whether or not remarrying after divorce is biblical.
“If a man divorces his wife for any other reason that fornication and remarries, then whoever he marries commits adultry and whoever she marries commits adultry. Remarriage is really a great issue from a scriptural viewpoint,” he explained. “Divorce is cool. Jesus said you make yourself a eunuch for the Kingdom of God’s sake.”
“I was married for 22 years and I’m one of those guys who’s divorced and is particularly afraid of being married again,” he continued. “Oh God, yes, I’m scared to death. “
He went on to defend his longtime relationship with Loretta, as well as to address how bad it looks that they aren’t married and speculation that they’re fornicating.
“Who says anything about getting milk for free?”
“Do you live your life based completely on what looks good?” he asked. “What you know is right and what you know feels good to you, that’s what you do.”