A new docuseries to be featured on the Lifetime channel beginning next month features four self-proclaimed female “prophetesses” who state that they are called by God to preach and use means such as chest-bumping and spitting in the faces of those who attend their meetings to purportedly bring about physical and spiritual deliverance.
“With the religious leadership world primarily dominated by men, the show produced by CORE Media Group follows four powerful female leaders who believe God has given them the ability to heal the sick, see the future and rid people of their addictions,” an outline of the broadcast, debuting on June 5, reads on the program website.
“Known as ‘prophetesses,’ these women speak as the interpreter through whom the will of God is expressed,” it continues. “In order for their legacy to continue, they must enlist a ‘protégé’ and teach them how to carry on their gift. These Queens of the Church each have different styles and their own special way of delivering God’s message, but all are united in their love of the Lord.”
Belinda Scott, one of the women featured in the docuseries, is stated to have given counsel to celebrities and politicians across America.
“[Scott] has the ability to predict child birth and specializes in blessing the wombs of barren women,” her bio reads.
Taketa Williams is stated by the network to be the “Beyonce of the preaching world” and is mentoring a single mother of three to carry on her preaching and prophetic work.
Others featured on the broadcast include Linda Roark, also called the “blue-eyed soul sister,” and Kelly Crews, who “has trouble finding a man who can handle her gift.”
A short promotional video for the docuseries shows the women becoming physical with those who come to the meetings to purportedly bring about deliverance. In addition to laying hands on some, one clip shows Taketa Willams chest-bumping a man in the isle, and then later blowing and/or spitting in the face of another woman who then falls backwards.
“Oh my G**, this is real,” Belinda Scott states.
While Lifetime lauds the upcoming series as being a positive program where “prayers are about to be answered,” others state that the broadcast brings shame to the Body of Christ.
“The new docuseries ‘Preach’ looks to be the latest embarrassment to the church and another tragic debasement of the Great Commission that Jesus Christ has given to His people (Matt. 28:19-20),” William Einwechter, teaching elder at Immanuel Free Reformed Church in Schoeneck, Pennsylania, told Christian News Network.
He found several biblical violations in the broadcast, including the Scripture’s command for women to be silent in the church as men are to lead the assemblies.
“Scripture is adamant that men have been assigned the roles of leadership in the church (Mark 3:14-19; Acts 6:3; 1 Cor. 11:3; 1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 3:5-6), and they alone are permitted to publicly preach and teach the Word of God (1 Tim. 2:11-12),” Einwechter noted. “Instead of endorsing such a ‘docuseries’ centering on women prophets who publicly ‘preach’ the will of God, ‘delivering God’s message,’ and who ‘roar and get the room standing on their feet,’ the New Testament commands women to be silent in the churches (1 Cor. 14:34-36; 1 Tim. 2:12).”
“But even more serious than their usurping of roles reserved for men, are their claims of being channels of divine revelation that interpret the mind of God and reveal His will to men,” he continued. “The foundation of these boasts is a forthright rejection of the biblical doctrine of the authority and sufficiency of Scripture (Isa. 8:20; 2 Tim. 3:15-17). Mouths that make such protestations to divine inspiration need to be stopped by the ‘faithful word’ and ‘sound doctrine.’ (Titus 1:9-11).”
Einwechter also expressed concern about the wild and erratic behavior of the women in the name of God.
“In considering what is written about these ‘Queens of the Church’ and the glimpses of the ‘prophetesses’ at work displayed on the program’s website (e.g., writhing, screaming, chest-bumping a man, and blowing in a woman’s face!),” he said, “what should concern them most are the words of Jesus: “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matt. 7:21-23)”
A petition on Change.org already has 11,000 signatures in support of cancelling the docuseries.