Profiting Prophetesses: Does Lifetime’s New Show “Preach” Cross The Line?

[quote]Prophetess [prof-i-tis] noun: a woman who speaks for God or a deity, or by divine inspiration. a woman who is a spokesperson of some doctrine, cause, or movement. the wife or female companion of a prophet. She might, in one of her phases, have been a prophetess.[/quote]

Social media is already abuzz with backlash over Lifetime’s upcoming reality series “Preach.”

Premiering June 5, this show focuses on female ministers who identify as prophetesses. The Bible explains the work of the prophet in 1 Corinthians 14:3: “the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.”

On “Preach,” four apparent prophetesses – Belinda Scott (Cleveland Heights, Ohio); Taketa Williams (Columbus, Ohio); Linda Roark (Trenton, Ohio); and Kelly Crews (Cleveland, Ohio) – showcase their work as women who supposedly interpret the will of God.

Cast of Lifetime’s “Preach”

Additionally, the four prophetesses also enlist proteges who they mentor and attempt to teach them how to carry on the gift.

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This latest reality show depicting an aspect of Christianity follows several other controversial shows like TLC’s “The Sisterhood” (cancelled in 2013 after one season); Oxygen’s “Preachers of LA” (Bishop T.D. Jakes & Kirk Franklin have both spoke out against it); it’s spin-off “Preachers of Detroit” (ratings have been lackluster); and Lifetime’s “Preachers’ Daughters” (surprisingly has lasted three seasons).

There is also a group of ex-wives of small church pastors who are shopping a reality series as well. (Read: Storefront Storyline: Ex-Wives Of Preachers Shopping Reality Show)

Reaction to Lifetime’s “Preach” on Twitter and Facebook has been predominantly negative. Christian leaders, Gospel artists and regular churchgoers express frustration, disappointment and outrage over the series.

Cast of Lifetime’s “Preach”

Check out the trailer for “Preach” yourself and then read the social media reaction to the show below.

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