"Preachers' Daughters," Lifetime network's newest docu-drama, premiered on Tuesday with its fair share of critics, but the cast was more than prepared for naysayers to disagree with the show's message.
In the first episode of the show, The Colemans, Koloffs and Perrys highlighted some of the struggles that they faced raising daughters while preaching the word of God. Themes surrounding dating, sex, drugs and issues with parental restrictions caused some to speak out against the show on social networking websites like Twitter.
"This show Preacher's Daughters should be called 'This is How You Raise a Stripper,'" one person tweeted.
Another person thought the show was portraying a negative stereotype of preachers' families.
"That new show 'Preachers' Daughters' is stereotypical and is making all Preacher's daughters look horrible," the person tweeted.
Taylor Coleman, the 18-year-old daughter of Pastor Ken Coleman of City of Refuge Pentecostal Church in Joliet, Ill., said she was not apprehensive about receiving backlash. She expressed the desire to be featured in pornography on the show's first episode, leading to negative responses from critics.
"Everyone is always going to have their opinion whether you do something extremely great or extremely bad. What we're trying to do is at least start the conversation about preachers' families," Coleman told The Christian Post. "We're trying to start the conversation, we're not perfect. Christians know that no one is perfect and that is why we go to church to be Christ-like and get to that place."
Pastor Mark Perry of Everyday Church in Oceano, Calif., learned that his 18-year-old daughter Olivia may be unsure of who her child's father is during the first episode of "Preachers' Daughters." However, Perry says his family only highlighted their struggles on the show to glorify God.
"I think that if somebody took an honest look at what we've done on the show, they couldn't help but conclude that we're a family really trying to give God glory," he told CP. "We love him, love one another and there's really nothing to criticize. But there will always be critics. That's just part of life."