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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.”

Christina Murray, the first lady of Oasis Church pastored by her husband Anthony Murray, admits that she and her partner have experienced judgment from church people in the past. For this reason, “The Sisterhood” cast member said she allows herself to be authentic in her church and on the reality television series.  She told Christian Post:

We hated the religious, dogmatic type of church and people who were very judgmental because that’s how they felt they had to be. So when we began this journey we definitely wanted to be real and authentic not only with ourselves but also with our ministry and our congregation, I believe in my faith wholeheartedly and I want to be able to live up to what God expects me to live up to. I want to be the person God is calling me to be.”

Read: Meet TLC’s “The Sisterhood” First Ladies

Ivy Couch, the first lady of Emmanuel Tabernacle church led by her husband Pastor Mark Couch, was prepared for the backlash from some viewers.

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 The Christian Post. “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.

Here are just a few tweets of disapproval:

Watch Episode 1″ Thou Shalt Not Cross a First Lady”