"The Sisterhood," TLC's groundbreaking reality television series, has been making waves for tackling controversial topics and doesn't seem to be slowing down by highlighting the sexuality between pastors and their wives.
In the latest episode, Pastor Mark Couch and his wife Ivy, the first lady and leader of Emmanuel Tabernacle church, do not shy away from showing how they romance one another. The pastor dressed up in full hunting attire while his wife waited for him with nothing but a white t-shirt, handcuffs and a rose.
The first lady admitted that some may view their decision to broadcast things taking place in the privacy of their own home and be offended.
"Pastors and pastor's wives are definitely held to a higher standard. So some of the church folks might look at us a little sideways because Mark and I are open about our sexuality," Mrs. Couch said on the show. "And if my husband wants to light some candles and turn me on in full hunting gear then I'm all for it."
While the show has already shocked some viewers by planning a Christian Bar Mitzvah, speaking about pornography and showing first ladies gossiping, it has also caused some alarm in the Christian community. Pastor Donnie McClurkin of Perfecting Faith Church created dialogue among Twitter followers after expressing disapproval of the show.
"Why do we support such things like TLC's 'SISTERHOOD' showing the underbelly of 1st ladies, hurting the church image, giving God a bad name," McClurkin questioned over 100,000 Twitter followers. "I really wish ALL of Christiandom [sic] would do the same and boycott it. We have to defend the image of the KINGDOM! SPREAD THIS WORD."
A petition on Change.org titled "TLC Network: Cancel 'The Sisterhood'" seemed to showcase the frustration of some viewers who believed the premiere episode was "toxic and degrading."
Couch said she was prepared for the backlash that she would receive from some viewers after appearing on the show. However, she told The Christian Post that the reality television series has the possibility to heal people.
"I think other Christians act like they don't have problems anymore once they become Christian. So it's really an opportunity for me to be transparent because I think that's how we help people heal," Couch told CP. "So I think He's using this reality show, it is going to be groundbreaking and we're going to upset a lot of people. But I do also think that we're going to bring a lot of people to know Him personally."