Pastor Melissa Scott earns her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity in Biblical Languages
Pastor Scott never ceases to amaze me — not only in a humanistic way, but also in the way that God works in her life. With a hectic schedule of constant study, running a worldwide ministry (and all the staff and equipment problems that entails), her regular travel schedule with visits to San Quentin for her prison ministry (along with other prisons and mental institutions), her speaking engagements at other churches, and her regular classes where she teaches the Hebrew language, Pastor Scott also made time to earn two degrees recently: Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity in Biblical Languages.
Personally, I’m not big on college degrees since the first time I hired two MBA’s that nearly ran my business into the ground. And I still remember the time when those of higher education (namely the young MBA’s) at Coca Cola devastated brand loyalty and decimated profits at that giant corporation when they decided to change the logo. Surely, there are many more success stories that skew the other way, but I’ve just never been impressed by degrees in a stand-alone fashion. IMHO Pastor Scott brings enough life experience to the table in combination with her own in-depth study of God’s Word, to make her qualified than most to preach God’s Word.
However, it’s obvious that college degrees are important to many people. It’s a form of validation requires sustained effort and commitment to complete, and I totally get that. In fact, because Pastor Scott had no theological degree when she first started out, that became a topic for her critics to latch onto. They used her “lack of university credentials” as an excuse not to listen to her, or as proof that God could not have called her to the ministry. Personally, I don’t remember God’s prophets in the Bible (that He called to preach) having worldly credentials? In the New Testament, it seems like Luke had training as a physician and Paul was obviously a well-studied and learned man, but seems like the other apostles dropped out of high school to pursue commercial fishing?
Anyways, a big round of applause to Pastor Scott for finishing her M.div in Biblical languages. She’s forgotten more about Biblical Languages than most of her critics will ever be able to read, write or speak, anyway — and the numb skulls who pass judgment and critiques aren’t even qualified to tote her books for her, much less debate her theologically. So, I see these two new degrees not as a necessary requirement, but as further validation of her brain power, her tenacity to overcome, and yet another thorn-in-the-eye for her naysayers to deal with. And, I have a feeling that this is only the beginning. I’m not making any firm predictions here, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she finishes a Ph.D or some equivalent in higher education. Now that would be awesome! I wonder how her critics would respond to having to call her Dr. Scott? Hahaha.
Two Dr. Scott’s at the helm of this great ministry. Now that would be great!!!