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1/2/13 at 02:48 PM 7 Comments

TLC First Wives a 'Sisterhood' of Drama?

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Pastors' wives Christina Murray, DeLana Rutherford, Tara Lewis, Ivy Couch, and Domonique Scott all star in "Sisterhood."

TLC's faith-based reality docu-series "Sisterhood" is drawing online criticism from ministry leaders, pastors' wives and even gospel recording artist Marvin Sapp for casting a negative light on pastors' wives' fallen nature.

Many lamented on Twitter that the show does not accurately portray church life at all.

Kendrick Cambell, a self-described christian musician, tweeted "Im (sic) not in agreement at all with this new reality show. SISTERHOOD. ...ITS (sic) A MESS CREATING MORE MESS."

Mark Moore ‏tweeted, "For the record, 'Sisterhood' is NOT an accurate representation of real ministry families in Atlanta or anywhere. Reality TV is NOT reality!"

Pastor's wife Heather Lindsey complained that the reality show showcases the negative stereotypes about Christians. "Dear #Sisterhood: you are showing this world.. Once again why people look down on being a Christian. Real 1st ladies don't act like that," she tweeted.

Sisterhood's premiere show featured four women whose husbands serve or previously served as church pastors. The issues of sex, marriage, race and scripture arose as the wives introduced themselves and their families.

Castmember Tara Lewis revealed that her husband Brian was fired after serving as a senior pastor at an Atlanta church for six weeks. Their revelation as well as Brian's confession that the police have visited their house on numerous occasions caused some tension among the group.

Sisterhood wife Domonique Scott and her husband also do not pastor a church. The Scotts closed the doors on their ministry Good Life Church because of financial troubles. Scott admits that the closure has strained her marriage, and she is wavering in her commitment to her husband who is also named Brian. Sneak peaks of the future episodes show that Scott will also reveal her past as a drug abuser.

The "Sisterhood" even prompted a video response from well-known gospel singer and pastor Marvin Sapp. Sapp referenced Proverbs 11:22 in order to comment on the show.

"Many of you asked how did I feel about the show, and I didn't want to respond until I prayed about it and after praying about it, the Lord led me to the book of Proverbs chapter 11 verse number 22," he began.

Proverbs 11:22 states, "As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion."

Sapp explained, "What I am saying is that until we get delivered from some things, we need to learn how to be discrete. It's sad, but the truth of the matter is the world is watching us on a consistant basis and they're judging us because they think that just because we're in the church, we're supposed to be perfect individuals. But the truth of the matter is, the reason that they feel that way is because of their ignorance of scripture."

Sapp summed, "No one is perfect. Our bodies are not glorified." He urged viewers to pray for the wives that they would begin to show discernment and discretion.

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