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Evangelist produces ‘Real Housewives of the Bible’ DVD
July 5th, 2011
10:16 AM ET

Evangelist produces ‘Real Housewives of the Bible’ DVD

By Liane Membis, CNN

There’s a new set of housewives on the block.

These women aren’t whining about fashion faux pas and socialite misgivings. Their stories are cast somewhere between the books of Genesis and Revelation.

Ty Adams, a web-based evangelist and author, is producing “The Real Housewives of the Bible,” a two-part DVD series that tracks six women dealing with the ups and downs of marriage as they strive to be good wives.

Adams said that “outrageous reality shows” like Bravo’s “The Real Housewives” series and VH1’s “Basketball Wives” inspired her to create a more wholesome version of the franchise.

“I was frustrated with what I was seeing,” she said. “A lot of society is looking towards programming to educate them on relationships and these shows haven’t effectively done that.”

“They have ruined and tainted our ability to secure good relationships and to make women into good wives,” said Adams, who is based in Detroit.

Adams has provided Christian relationship advice for nearly ten years, since she founded a production company called Heaven Enterprises in 2002. She’s the author of Single, Saved and Having Sex, has produced religious DVDs and plays and offers sex and relationship advice through a web-based column called “Ask Ty.”

Adams says the goal of her “Real Housewives” DVD, due out later this month, is helping women juxtapose real-life issues with Christian teaching. She says that teaching includes women’s obligation to attempt to sustain relationships that have endured extra-marital affairs and other hardships.

“Because we live in a media-driven society, telling these age-old stories of adultery, loneliness and longing through entertainment helps women relate,” Adams said.

Each character on the show represents a different woman from the Bible. A character based on the biblical Sarah struggles with infertility. (The biblical Sarah was barren until she reached old age).

Gold-digging women are likened to Delilah from the Book of Judges, who seduced and deceived Samson - who'd fallen in love with her - through repetitious requests.

And the show features plenty of Jezebels.

“Many single women can get a man but they can’t keep a man,” Adams said. “So many singles have been in girlfriend status for so long that they only understand that mentality. They don’t know what it takes to be a good wife in order to sustain a relationship and some parts of society promotes that.”

- Liane Membis

Filed under: Bible • Culture & Science • Entertainment

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  1. News update

    Casey Anthony has just been found NOT GUILTY of the big three counts of Murder, assault, and child abuse. She has been found guilty of only lying to law enforcement.
    I could just kick those prosecutors for dropping the ball.

    July 5, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • TheyNotHim

      Or maybe she was...I don't know, going out on a limb here...NOT GUILTY, and an over-zealous prosecutor trying to make a name for himself went to trial with specious evidence, false or misleading eyewitness tesitmony, and absolutely zero DNA evdience. That's called "reasonable doubt", and in our system of justice, that equates to innocence. Please move on to the next sensational trial kthx...

      July 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
    • Duke

      Interestingly, she is now the first person to make an accident look like a murder.

      July 5, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  2. IslandAtheist

    But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to use authority over the man: but to be in silence.

    July 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • IndyMomma

      Its pointless to bring up this one teaching by Paul...this is a woman making videos to educate other Christina women. You are welcome to disagree with her beliefs, or with the writings of the Bible, but your statement implies you find a logical inconsistency in a woman offering relationship education to women from her Christian worldview . There isn't one.

      July 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • Frogist

      @IndyMomma: Is it irrelevant? If a woman shouldn't be leading others in Christian teaching, then she is certainly going against that by creating this show and giving advice to other women about Christianity. What she is doing certainly involves teaching of Christian principles, which seems like the realm of men according to Paul.

      July 6, 2011 at 10:54 am |
    • Mitchell Moore

      That's because Christians like to cherry-pick through scripture to justify their beliefs. Gays wrong...! But, let's skip over that scripture where it's okay to kill your children for disobedience...

      July 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  3. BeamMeUpScotty

    Yes, please bring us back to days when women were subservient to men! Thank God for Christians!

    July 5, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • john

      uh.. dont blame the christians for that one.

      July 5, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • Paul

      Someone unclear on the concept.

      July 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  4. ChiRomagnon

    The one portraying Lot's wife (insert salt joke)

    July 5, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  5. Edward

    Organized religion such as Christianity (and Islam) is holding our society back and it many ways destroying it. It is a childish, primitive, mythological belief system that is slowly dying... thank God. Our children and future generations need to be protected against this indoctrination of false and primitve beliefs.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • Laura

      It is because of the Christianity that you dislike that you are even able to say you dislike it. It is because of Christianity that we have such a great nation built on solid ideals. Yes, no Christian is without faults. Yes they make bad decisions and may be exclusive. But, the very freedoms that you want to rid of Christianity were brought forth by people (Christians) looking for a way to practice their religion freely. If you take a hard look around you can see the beginnings of what a faithless community becomes...

      July 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • Edward

      LAURA: Your reply made no sense. What country are you talking about? Not the US that's for sure.
      Also......I am not an atheist. I don't believe in the mythology of organized religion such as Chrisianity. I am spiritual as are millions who are leaving christianity. It is not good or healthy to teach a man created fairy tale to our children and future generations. Study and educate yourself about your religion and it's corrupted and forged origins. Don't blame God for christianity.

      July 6, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  6. snowyowl

    Sounds, uh... riveting.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  7. Sean Russell

    "They have ruined and tainted our ability to secure good relationships and to make women into good wives,” said Adams, who is based in Detroit."

    Yep, that's what women need- some religious nut telling them how to be good wives, because that should be a woman's only purpose right? And you know women aren't smart enough to figure that out. How ridiculous. There needs to be a video series showing christians how to be loving, compassionate people- that is sorely lacking, in this country anyway.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
    • snowyowl

      Amen!

      July 5, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • Jason

      As a Christian, I agree wholeheartedly. Now, if we can stop focusing on the actions of fallable men, and focus our attention on the infallable Jesus as our example, my how things would change.

      July 5, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Jason: Just a question. Do I have to focus on Jesus? How can a woman follow him as an example if he wasn't a woman and therefore couldn't ever know what that's like. And no, I'm totally not messing around. I think it's a fair question to ask. We have any students of philosophy, theology or women's studies to help with answers to this one?

      July 6, 2011 at 11:02 am |
    • Stephanie

      I saw many comments about addnig a show in the midwest, in Seattle, but, what about the northeast. What about Maine or New Hampshire. Boston & and CT are to far away! Especially when you're in school! If only there could be a show in Portland, Maine, or Manchester, NH, like there was one year! This season was the BEST season so far and i bet there are many big fans like me in Maine and New Hampshire that would love seeing the show and it come closer to where they live!

      November 10, 2012 at 1:39 am |
  8. janny

    It takes areal man to have a realhousewife, other than that it is just slavery. Women are more modern than before now. Not keeping the man is not accepting his bullship.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • Timberattler

      What the hell are you talking about?

      July 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  9. Q

    Finally! An instruction video for women. Life will be grand!!

    July 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • LAJen

      It's not *that* hard to make a sandwich.

      July 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  10. That's What's Up

    I've taken sh!ts more interesting than this DVD

    July 5, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • Macc

      My wife and I went to the show in Fairfax, VA Saturday evening. I agree with the Dance was amnaizg. What a group of talented dancers .It is a shame that the dancers work so hard to entertain us and the lighting people don't have a clue. The bright lights from the back of the stage are not necessary and make it imposible to see a 40% of the dance. We pay to see the dance, not bright blinding lights. Will someone from SYTYCD fix this, or at least address why it needs to be there????

      November 10, 2012 at 2:52 am |
  11. Superhiro

    Literally the stupidest thing I've read all day. And I'm coming from the entertainment section.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  12. Bible Bob, Knight of the Infallallibable

    Irrefutable proof that Jesus was infallible:

    "Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it." Mark 11:12-14

    You read that right. Jesus got mad at a fig tree for not having figs on it out of season.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Twigman88

      Hahahaha i wish i could like a million times!

      July 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Mike

      You simply fail to comprehend the point Jesus was trying to make to his disciples.

      July 5, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
    • The Amazing Insights Of Barry Brainiac, Christian

      Obviously science has been hostile to Jesus right from the start!

      July 5, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • Jetton

      Bible Bob, you ROCK! I am going to laugh every time I think of that. Thanks!

      July 5, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • Salvationist

      Me too!

      I didn't know about this 🙂 I like Jesus more now, because that sounds like something I would do 😛

      July 5, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • Walter Shemp

      Mike is right! The point was misunderstood! Here is what Jesus meant.

      “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them."

      I do not doubt in my heart and believe that what I say will happen. "Mike will turn into an aardvark right this second!" It has been done for me. Jesus be praised!

      July 5, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • Dr. Avery

      Why did Jesus curse the fig tree if it was not the right season for figs? The answer to this question can be determined by studying the characteristics of fig trees. The fruit of the fig tree generally appears before the leaves, and, because the fruit is green it blends in with the leaves right up until it is almost ripe. Therefore, when Jesus and His disciples saw from a distance that the tree had leaves, they would have expected it to also have fruit on it even though it was earlier in the season than what would be normal for a fig tree to be bearing fruit. Also, each tree would often produce two to three crops of figs each season. There would be an early crop in the spring followed by one or two later crops. In some parts of Israel, depending on climate and conditions, it was also possible that a tree might produce fruit ten out of twelve months. This also explains why Jesus and His disciples would be looking for fruit on the fig tree even if it was not in the main growing season. The fact that the tree already had leaves on it even though it was at a higher elevation around Jerusalem, and therefore would have been outside the normal season for figs, would have seemed to be a good indication that there would also be fruit on it.

      As to the significance of this passage and what it means, the answer to that is again found in the chronological setting and in understanding how a fig tree is often used symbolically to represent Israel in the Scriptures. First of all, chronologically, Jesus had just arrived at Jerusalem amid great fanfare and great expectations, but then proceeds to cleanse the Temple and curse the barren fig tree. Both had significance as to the spiritual condition of Israel. With His cleansing of the Temple and His criticism of the worship that was going on there (Matthew 21:13; Mark 11:17), Jesus was effectively denouncing Israel’s worship of God. With the cursing of the fig tree, He was symbolically denouncing Israel as a nation and, in a sense, even denouncing unfruitful “Christians” (that is, people who profess to be Christian but have no evidence of a relationship with Christ).

      The presence of a fruitful fig tree was considered to be a symbol of blessing and prosperity for the nation of Israel. Likewise, the absence or death of a fig tree would symbolize judgment and rejection. Symbolically, the fig tree represented the spiritual deadness of Israel, who while very religious outwardly with all the sacrifices and ceremonies, were spiritually barren because of their sins. By cleansing the Temple and cursing the fig tree, causing it to whither and die, Jesus was pronouncing His coming judgment of Israel and demonstrating His power to carry it out.

      July 5, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • Walter Shemp

      Avery, in the passage immediately before this, Jesus knew without seeing it that there would be an unridden colt in the village ahead (which he instructs his disciples to steal), but now he doesn't know that a fig tree doesn't have figs. And he gets mad at the fig tree and curses it.

      And then you throw literal interpretation to the wind and come up with a symbolic explanation that is not supported by the text in any way. The "point" Jesus was making was about God answering prayers of the faithful. Which he doesn't, by the way. I posted it just above.

      July 5, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  13. H

    ...Oh, great. This should be utterly lacking in feminism and any actual good advice/guiding that women today could learn from.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  14. lolo

    Doug you must be smoking something, because the only people I hear calling President Obama the messiah are you idiotic so called christian republicans and tea partiers. You must be afraid of him. I know that you do not want him in the white house. Maybe you are not a racist, but you are definitely in denial of your true feelings.You are not taking orders from a black man on running your so called patriotic America. I bet that you are trying to take the USA back to the 1950s also. Everyone has a right to their religion, but you and your kind are trying to make everone worship your religion whatever it may be. The USA is a melting pot and you had better face reality. Remember if it was't for the immigrants there would be no America because you so called patriots and Christians wanrt to sit on your behinds and rake the in the cash like you have been doing for over one hundred years. You do not care about jobs or anything else that concerns America. White America ruling everything is long gone my friend. Ask your republican friends where are the jobs that they promised you in the 2010 election. We are almost in 2012 and nothing yet. You are the one who should be afraid of the bull crap they are telling you.? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 5, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • just saying

      You want people to be more tolerant of the "melting pot" that you've described as America but you're bashing on whites? Not every white person is how you've described, just like how not every other race lives up to their stereotype. BUT MAYBE THIS IS JUST ME BEING AN IGNORANT, FAT, LAZY WHITE PERSON. *sarcasm*

      July 5, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  15. glyder

    oh goody,more trashy tv.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  16. Pleo

    No doubt, up for the dumbest DVD of the year award.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  17. How do we know?

    @ Matt – not sure I make head or tail (fairy or doggy) out of your comment.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  18. ksocreative

    I love the rampant assumptions of "believers" who think they're the only one's who help others. disgusting little bubbles.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  19. Doug

    "If you subscribe to Christianity, then there has only ever been one perfect human, and there will never be another. No one can even come close"

    As every Democrat will tell you, unless that perfect human is named Barack Obama, you are a racist!!!!!!!!!!

    July 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • TOM

      Sounds like you don't have a clue what day it is!

      July 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • Edward

      Huh?

      July 6, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  20. Reality

    Beyond TV shows of any kind and into the arena of Truth using an updated prayer:

    And another "worthless house of worship" comes crashing down!!

    Crash Details:

    The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated by yours truly and based on the studies of historians and theologians during the past 200 years)

    I might believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
    and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
    human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven.

    I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
    Jerusalem.

    Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
    many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
    and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

    Amen

    July 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      Like we haven't heard that post before, Reality. You really employ the copy and paste tatic, don't you?

      July 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Reality

      Reiteration is great for the learning process. As is reading and rational thinking followed by conclusions based on all of it.

      July 5, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
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