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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

soundoff (781 Responses)
  1. Borat

    Goyo-nomics

    July 5, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • rebecca

      I guess there won't be any gay best friends in this show. No gay decorators. No gay fashion designers. No gay hairstylists. No gay plumbers, bartenders, lumberjacks, race car drivers, teachers etc. And certainly no gay housewives. This sounds like the most boring show that could be brought to television. What will these ladies do when they find out that their child's teacher is gay or that their child is gay? It must be hard isolating yourself from reality with a 2000 year old book in your bosom.

      July 5, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • TheyNotHim

      This is not a reality show, but a scripted drama based on the "Real Housewives" premise.

      July 5, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
    • Frogist

      LOL@Rebecca. Gay lumberjacks?! What else am I missing by not watching those Housewives shows?!

      July 6, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  2. ihtfpaeoh

    dum-de-dum-dah-DUMB

    July 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  3. Not Funny

    To quote Ms Adams: "...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.."

    What is a "good wife" exactly?

    July 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • David Johnson

      A wife who cooks, cleans, brings me a beer. Doesn't talk during the game. That's about it,I think.

      Cheers!

      July 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • W.Jeffs

      You must be submissive and keep sweet.

      July 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  4. John

    It's funny, how for a change people are bashing here christianity, and not Islam....P.S. if religion was responsible for wars, then I guess it would make USA the most religious country for dropping the A bomb? or in that case all the following wars, vietnam, gulf war, afghanistan...I didn't know USA presidents were true followers of religion?

    July 5, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  5. Not Funny

    I guess there won't be much talking since 1 Corinthians 14:34 tells us that women should be silent (well in church anyways)

    July 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  6. Erik

    Wasn't this already adequately covered in The Stepford Wives?

    July 5, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  7. JaniceB

    @ The Post Who Proves Someone Wrong...
    THANK YOU!!! Finally someone who actually says what they feel about a major faith outside of Christianity without fear of being politcally incorrect. You are not a hypocrite and you say what you mean. Not that I agree with you at all, but I respect you more than any of these Christian bashers on here!

    July 5, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • chuck

      Please! Christians should know a thing or two about bashing. If we could only ask the generations upon generations of gay men and women who had to stand in silence while the "christian" church thwarted their lives by voting for conservative gay bashing politicians to do their dirty work. This new "christian as victim" approach adopted by the church does not hold water today, yesterday or tomorrow. Millions are the victims of the church. Just ask gays and the catholic victims of pedophile priests.

      July 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  8. oh

    six women dealing with the ups and downs of marriage as they strive to be good wives. PAHHAHAHAHHAHAH i want to see the unedited version!

    July 5, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • Dan

      We are supposed to believe that they are thinking of nothing but baby Jesus when they are flat on their backs.

      July 5, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  9. MEEE

    What, no blu-ray? Awww..... /cry.

    July 5, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • Walter Shemp

      If you pray really hard and believe with all your heart, Jesus will make your standard dvds play with blu-ray quality.

      July 5, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  10. Irene

    I agree in part and disagree in part with things talked about in this article. I wholly agree with the fact that TV has turned "reality" into fantasy. I've forced myself to watch an episode or two of each of these shows and it disgusts me. I'm 28 years old, and I shudder to think that this is the kind of crap our children are growing up with. Saved By The Bell wasn't the best in TV programming, to be sure, but it sure as hell beat watching these bitter women try to claw their way to the top by any means necessary.

    What I don't agree with is the idea that this show may make someone a better wife, as though there's a blueprint. I do not believe that any wife or marriage is like any other wife or marriage. To think that this reality show would somehow cure the ills of society is as likely as me winning the next lottery. It may happen for some who watch, but millions play.

    The basic issue at hand here is that our society has become so accustomed to divorce that it's become normal instead of rare. We all have our supposed "bottom line," but the fact that people now will divorce over where the furniture went or even what's for dinner. We all have our little quirks. Divorcing over one is a horrible thought. We, as a society, need to grow a set and learn to deal with each others' issues instead of breaking it off.

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

      Ya gotta smile when a woman's comments include the admonition to "grow a set"...

      July 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Irene: You make a very important point. Not every woman or wife or marriage is the same. All require different solutions to different problems and sometimes a completely different mindset. This is one major issue I have with religion. There is a tendency to ignore the truth of our reality, which is very multi-faceted, in favor of a very black and white view of the world which is completely unrealistic. And then it says if you don't do things our way, you are wrong. That's not so good for finding practical, relevant solutions to problems.

      July 6, 2011 at 11:33 am |
  11. John

    ALL reality shows are scripted. If you believe they are not then they have thier captive audience of morons that they are targeting. There is nothing REAL about those shows. Most people are just too lazy to interact with other people on a daily basis. That is the reason those shows were developed. Time to wake up people.

    July 5, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • Patrick

      Everyone knows they're scripted. Why even bother pointing it out? People will watch what they want. If people want to watch mindless entertainment that requires no thought, so be it. It's not going anywhere. Deal with it.

      July 5, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • TheyNotHim

      John I have some direct experience in this area, so I feel I should respond to you.

      The idea for this particular show is a scripted drama based on the "Real Housewives" template. The women depicted here are actors working from a script in order to deliver the message of the xtians.

      A "reality show" is a collection of actors / wannabes that embody an archetype (ie the bad boy, the s-lut, the good girl, the jock, the nerd, etc) and are then put in real world situations (ie at a night club, on the beach, at a restaurant, in the house, etc) where random events occur. There are scripted moments, for sure, but the drama is gleaned when the group of archetypes existing in real-world, random settings is forced to react to random event.

      A subtle difference, for sure, but really quite brilliant when you break it down, and one of the most popular formats on television today...

      July 5, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  12. sheraprincessofpowa

    Oh how funny is this! Obviously these 'Christian' women aren't really Christians, because according to numerous passages in the bible, like Timothy 2:9, women should only dress in modest apparel. And from the picture above it looks like they all give the Real Housewives of Orange County a run for their money in tramp-esque style clothing.

    July 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  13. Gary

    I can't stop laughing long enough to write anything meaningful. The thought of a Christian telling someone how to be a good anything is just too hilarious.

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

      that's nice, Gary. i supposed you atheists will tell everyone how to be good right? sleep with anyone as long as you wear protection. be gay. have abortions. get rid of people who can't contribute to society. Right. atheists are the most immoral people in history.

      July 5, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • Klaxon McFlibbertygibbert

      That's right, Guest! We atheists as a group are so immoral that we have lower rates of violent crime, lower rates of divorce, are almost totally absent from prison populations, are more against war and torture, are more prosperous, are more educated.

      July 5, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Klaxon
      Maybe so, but see how all your healthy relationships, superior intellect, and aversion to violence serve you in the deep pits of hell!

      July 5, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • Jf

      Guest, you obviously don't know very much about history. Gary's comment was overly exaggerated for humor. There certainly are good Christians, but to say that atheist are the most immoral people in history is ridiculous. If atheist believed that the Bible was infallible and followed it to the "T" then I would agree with you that they would be the most immoral group of individuals that you will find. Fortunately they don't follow the Bible at all. If Christians followed the Bible word for word then we would need much larger prisons.

      July 5, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
    • JF

      Doc,

      Yes. If gentle persuasion doesn't convert them, then threaten them with fire. That's why Revelations was put into the canon.

      July 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • Michael

      @Doc .. ROFL! What kind of twisted, evil, monstrous deity do you beleive in that would condemn a good, caring, loving person to eternal damnation just because they dont beleive in god??

      You are nuts.

      July 5, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • David

      C'mon Gary. You can't make generalizations about all Christians not being good people. Why, I met one just a year ago last October.

      July 5, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • MrHanson

      Sure Klaxon. I guess Stalin, Lenin, Mao, Kim Jong Ill, Marx didn't get that memo.

      July 5, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @JF
      Peave and love aren't nearly as effective at converting heathens as seven headed dragons that eats babies or swarms of locusts with the face of a man, the hair of a woman and the mouth of a lion all wearing tiny crowns and suits of armor.
      Gotta love Revelation!

      July 5, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Micheal
      The Abrahamic God states quite explicitly in the Ten Commandments that anyone who doesn't worship Him is committing a grievous sin and ergo is condemned to eternal damnation.

      July 5, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • Fred Evil

      LOL, and you believe the BIBLE!? I have some lovely oceanfront properly in Kansas I want to show you!!
      Xtians, good people?!?!
      And I thought CNN was non-fiction!

      July 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • Björn Möøsefåärtsniffænsen

      Ah yes Doc, The Ten Commandments! I do love how immediately afterwards the Abrahamic God tells us the correct procedure for selling your daughter into slavery. Then he lays down a lots of laws like "Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death."

      July 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • Björn Möøsefåärtsniffænsen

      I think I just fell for it. I vaguely remember that Doc is pretty much the opposite of being a cross-sucker.

      July 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  14. dxp2718

    Gee, and reading the headline I thought the show would be about the housewives IN the bible. Leah, Rachel, etc...I

    July 5, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  15. Sheila

    "Make women into good wives???" – seriously???

    July 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • W.Jeffs

      Obey and submit. That's all you need to know to be a good wife.

      Prophet

      July 5, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • MrHanson

      You two just described the muslim way of marriage.

      July 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
    • Frogist

      @MrHanson: Not that far from the Christian version either...

      July 6, 2011 at 11:38 am |
  16. BriSoFla

    These shows are stupid and even more stupid that it's a "faith based" version of an already STUPID show. STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES!

    July 5, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • Guest

      you're stupid

      July 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • Fred Evil

      Not as stupid as someone who defends this garbage.
      Real Housewives is a joke, but this is absolutely ridiculous.

      July 5, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • asrael

      Congrats, Guest: "So's your old man" always such a winning response...

      July 5, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  17. Ann

    The fact that it is only coming out on DVD says it all.

    July 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  18. john

    it cracks me up all the rants against christianity. the real problem is idiotic shows both like this AND secular. go fight a REAL fight against the TV networks for making us all zombies and giving us sht. im throwing my TV out the window. at least this is on a DVD and i have a choice instead of seeing stupid commercials for "the real housewives of (every) county USA" mod wives, orange county wives, jersey wives.. my god, im going insane!!!! i feel like crazy eddie over here!!!!

    July 5, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • Scott

      True, but why watch? I don't have cable or an antenna–I get my news from the web and watch films from Netflix. No reason to submit yourself to the inanity of television.

      July 5, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  19. AvdBerg

    Ty Adams talks about Christian teachings, which makes it just another form of religion and an abomination in God’s eyes. The ways of Christ cannot be taught but will be revealed to all those that turn to God in truth for repentance. For a better understanding what it means to repent we invite you to read the article on the website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca
    We also invite you to read the article Ye Need Not That Any Man Teach You (1 John 2:27). All of the other pages and articles explain how this whole world has been deceived as confirmed by the Word of God in Revelation 12:9.

    July 5, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • john

      jesus hated religion and now i know why. it gave birth to this show

      July 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  20. TheyNotHim

    Let's try to get this straight here people. The show they are describing is a "scripted drama" with characters based on women taken from the bible. The stories told therein will be illustrative of what the xtian ideal should be of a "proper wife" and will be used as an instructional tool to further the brainwashing of our young women into the xtian cult.

    A "reality show" is a juxtaposition of characters that come out when actual people have cameras turned on them during their everyday lives. The women mentioned above with be acting...not reacting to elements of life that come up.

    This should be good for a couple of laughs at least. The wife that got cheated on but is keeping it together for the kids and her vows, the gold-digger coming on strong to land the real estate developer, the good wife taking care of six kids and praying every night before bed while her hubby is off making the dough, etc etc etc...sigh, silly xtians....

    July 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
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