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Review of Bishop T.D. Jakes' Movies Based on the Seven Deadly Sins

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Bishop T.D. Jakes is the executive producer of four Lifetime movies based on the seven deadly sins: lust, envy, wrath, and greed. The movies are based on books written by Christian fiction writer, Victoria Christopher Murray.

The movies aired on Lifetime over a two-year period.

  • Lust: A Seven Deadly Sins Story - April 10, 2021
  • Envy: A Seven Deadly Sins Story - April 17, 2021
  • Wrath: A Seven Deadly Sins Story - April 16, 2022
  • Greed: A Seven Deadly Sins Story - April 23, 2022

Seven Deadly Sins

The seven deadly sins are vices according to Christian teachings, even though they are not mentioned in the Bible. They are forbidden behaviors that lead to additional forbidden behaviors. By contrast, the seven capital virtues represent behaviors that stand in opposition to the seven sins. That's why you'll sometimes see them referred to as the seven contrary virtues.

1. Pride

5. Lust

2. Greed

6. Gluttony

3. Wrath

7. Sloth

4. Envy

Seven Capital Virtues (aka Contrary Virtues)

1. Chastity

5. Kindness

2. Temperance

6. Patience

3. Charity

7. Humility

4. Diligence

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Lust

Lust: A Seven Deadly Sins Story was the first installment in the series and it premiered on Lifetime on April 10, 2021. The movie follows the story of Tiffanie Cooper, played by Keri Hilson, who was about to marry her soul mate, Damon King, played by Tobias Truvillion. She meets Trey, played by Durrell ‘Tank’ Babbs, Damon's friend and best man.

Lust enters the picture when sparks begin to fly between Tiffanie and Trey. Everything spins out of control when the bride and best man act on their feelings of lust for one another.

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Envy

Envy: A Seven Deadly Sins Story is the second in the series and it premiered on Lifetime on April 17, 2021. The movie follows the story of Keisha Jones, played by Serayah McNeill, who finds out she is part of a wealthy family. Instead of enjoying what her new family is willing to provide for her, Keisha schemes to take it all from the family.

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On Gabrielle Flores' father's death bed, he informs her that he has a daughter who he never told the family about. Gabrielle, played by Rose Rollins, invites Keisha into the family with open arms. Keisha becomes jealous of Gabrielle’s life. She schemes to take back what she thought she had missed out for all those years.

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Wrath

After an entire year, the third Deadly Sins movie premiered on Lifetime on April 16, 2022. It is the story of successful single lawyer Chastity Jeffries, played by Michelle Williams. She meets Xavier Collins, played by Antonio Cupo, who is also a lawyer. He appears to be just what Chastity is looking for in a man. He is handsome, smart, and being a lawyer is the icing on the cake.

They understand each other because they have so much in common. For a while, things go great until Xavier's affection turns to jealousy, obsession, threats, and wrath. Chastity has to rid herself of Xavier in order to return to a life of safety and peace.

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Greed

The fourth movie in the Deadly Sins series premiered on Lifetime on April 23, 2022. It is about the rise and fall of interior decorator Zuri Maxwell, played by Monique Coleman. She has a successful career, a loving family, friends, and a good man in her life, artist Stephon Gardner, played by Nathan Witte. That would make most people happy, but Zuri wanted more. And because she wanted more, she could not understand why Stephon was satisfied with the little that he had.

Therefore, Zuri drops Stephon like a hot potato and becomes involved with Godfrey Anderson, played by Eric Benét. Zuri saw him as a wealthy entrepreneur who had more than Stephon ever wanted to have. When she discovered that Godfrey was getting his wealth illegally, she also found out she was his accomplice and was in deep trouble. She lost everything she had and almost lost her life.

Zuri had compromised her values and morals because of greed. In the end, she came clean and returned to Stephon.

How Did the Movies Come About?

The Seven Deadly Sins movies are based on the anthology series written by Victoria Christopher Murray.

When Shaun Robinson, also executive producer, heard about the Seven Deadly Sins anthology, she partnered with Jakes’ production company and Lifetime to make the movies a reality.

They originally planned to shoot the first three films: Lust, Envy, and Greed in a row. Because of COVID-19, they could film only fhe first two movies two last year. Lust and Envy were filmed in Canada and aired in April 2021. Wrath and Greed were moved to Atlanta and aired on Lifetime in April 2022, exactly an entire year later.

"Wrath: A Seven Deadly Sins Story" (Official Trailer)

Will There Be More Seven Deadly Sins Movies?

Lifetime fans are wondering if there will be movies based on the other three deadly sins: pride, gluttony, and sloth. Perhaps there will be.

Jakes and Robinson said they want to film the other deadly sins if the first four movies go well. As of now, Victoria Christopher Murray has not written books about the other three deadly sins. Therefore, there are no scripts for more movies in the series.

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