The new season of the reality show “Preachers’ Daughters” is being called “completely contradictory to Christianity” as it features several pastor’s daughters drinking, dancing sexually with boys and engaging in profanity-laced brawls all the while serving on a so-called missions trip to Mexico.
As previously reported, the show was released by Lifetime in 2013, and was stated to be a “hard-hitting but often humorous look at the lives of these pastors’ daughters as they balance the temptations every teenager faces with their parents’ strict expectations and code of conduct as influenced by their faith.”
The broadcast began with three preachers’ daughters, but now features nearly ten girls from across the country, all of which whose fathers either serve as pastor, worship leader or youth leader.
In the third season—which is currently airing each week on Lifetime, the girls are sent on a missions trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where they are to be involved in a number of humanitarian projects. But the girls—who often dress in revealing clothing—constantly get in profanity-laden fights, plot to throw each other out of the house where they are staying, and spend their down time at the night club or beach getting drunk and chasing boys.
In one episode, some of the girls, dressed in bikinis, participate in a “wet t-shirt contest” at a local bar, and in another entitled “Jesus Went to the Club,” the preachers’ daughters go to the night club to dance the night away. But the girls take issue with cast member Lolly White, who flirts with older men, grinds her bottom into a man’s frontal area, and drinks alcohol throughout the night.
“Lolly loves to curse,” one of the girls, Kayla Wilde, 20, states in a video clip for the show. “Lolly loves to talk as trashy and disgusting as she can.”
White invites a number of the older men she meets at the club back to the house where the preachers’ daughters are staying, but the others object. In one scene, White kisses another girl on the lips.
Fights break out between the girls over a number of issues, and a debate also ensues as to whether homosexuality is permissible after Cierra Vaughn, 22, daughter of the pastor of House of Judah in Chicago, Ill., confronts Kristiana Flowers, 18, daughter of Kenneth Flowers of Greater Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit, Mich., over her sexuality. The other girls chime in to Flowers’ defense.
“You love who you love. You cannot help who you love,” Nikki Efimetz, 19, daughter of Paul Efimetz, youth minister at Our Risen Savior Catholic Church in Spartanburg, SC, declares enthusiastically in support of Kristiana.
“You’re not going to go to Hell because of that,” says Jayde Gomez, 20, daughter of Chris Clark, worship leader at Eastside Baptist Church in Lakeland, Fla. “I don’t get where people think that God hates gay people…”
“What if when they were making the Bible, the guy accidentally typed out the wrong word?” Efimetz says in regard to same-sex relationships. “What if it was a typo? That’s what I like to think. We don’t know.”
During last week’s episode, cast member Megan Cassidy, 18, who has been on the show the longest and previously referred to herself as the “Southern belle raising Hell,” calls her father Jeff in tears. She asks for advice as she doesn’t believe that she should remain among the group because of their wild actions.
“This whole house is crazy and I just don’t think it is worth it anymore,” she says.
He advises her to stay.
“Here’s the thing: You committed to this as mission work. And when we commit to something, we’re going to finish doing it,” Cassidy, associate pastor of worship at Lake Bowen Baptist Church in Inman, SC, states.
“But I just don’t want to live like this,” she says. “It’s crazy.”
He again advises her to stay.
“You just be who you are. Do what you’re doing, and let people see what God can do in you,” Cassidy states. “That shows His love, His grace, His mercy. This can be a very good thing and you know that.”
But some have expressed concern to Lifetime about the reality show, stating that it is blaspheming the name of Christ and dragging it through the mud. Scott Brown of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches (NCFIC) told Christian News Network that he believes that Lifetime is presenting the program for shock value.
“It is so outlandish and garish and completely contradictory to Christianity,” he said. “These daughters are unbelievers and not reflective of people who belong to the true Church. They are simply involved with Lifetime in a money-making scheme.”
While some say that the show simply indicates that pastors families are imperfect and often have issues to work through, Brown said that the show goes way past mere imperfection.
“These are not normal pastors daughters who aren’t perfect and have their struggles,” he stated. “It is a picture of corrupt pastors and churches, not the true Church.”
Brown pointed to Ephesians 5, which reads, “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children, and walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.”
“For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore, do not be partakers with them,” it continues. “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.”
Calls to Lake Bowen Baptist Church went unreturned.