The Real Truth About Dr. Gene Scott

Dr. Gene Scott

Dr. Gene Scott served faithfully as the Pastor and teacher at Faith Center in Glendale, California from 1975 – 2005. Normally when someone dies, most people say nice things about the deceased — even former enemies can usually find something nice to say. And this was true for the most part in the case of Dr. Gene Scott at his passing. But as media outlets regurgitated the story of his life, I kept seeing the same antiquated cliche’s like: “Shock jock of TV evangelism”, or “wacky, late-night preacher…” And the same pictures of him wearing crazy glasses or funny hats were recirculated. This technique was used so consistently by the news media, I figured it had to either be due to their laziness or that there was a deliberate effort being made to propagandize the viewers.

Journalists can be lazy like anyone else, and the quick and dirty way to knock out a story is just to grab what’s already out there on the web and copy and paste it with just a few words changed to “make it your own” story. But the fact that so many news outlets focused on the sensational or the negative whilst totally disregarding the major accomplishments of his life made me wonder if a propaganda effort was indeed underfoot? Was Dr. Scott just another “wacky, late-night, TV evangelist” like they claimed?

The caricatures in these “swoop and poop” obituaries were not only severely limited in their scope, many were just outright wrong. The man earned his Ph.D. n philosophies of Education from Stanford University way back in 1957, so he was already far more intellectually advanced in the 1950s than the wacky, TV Evangelists of the 1980s that the media tried to lump him in with. And he used his intellectual skills to dig into the original Biblical languages — Hebrew and Greek to better study and unpack God’s word for his students each week during his broadcasts. But with his great mind and his powerful oratory skills, the man certainly didn’t need to be a preacher. A tenured position as a university professor would have been the easy way to live out his life, but Dr. Scott had a burning desire to communicate God’s word even if it meant being hated without a cause or having to endure tedious insults from talking heads in the media who possessed half his brain power.

The news media called Ronald Reagan the “great communicator” for his oratory skills even if they meant it in a disingenuous, underhanded way. And they constantly heap sincere praises atop of the head of their lord and savior, Barack Hussein Obama, for his amazing ability to recite from a teleprompter. Well, I’ve listened to all three men speak, and Dr. Gene Scott blows them all away. He might start off a sermon behind the podium looking at his notes, but within 10 minutes, he would be stomping around the stage with a thundering voice just ripping a string of words out masterfully. He could sound comedic, insightful, bombastic, learned, and full of righteous indignation all within the span of five minutes and without ever referring to his notes! Had he chosen politics or business or any other field, his power with words alone would have seen him to the top of his profession.

There will probably never be another speaker like him in our generation and few so far ahead of his time. He was unraveling the mysteries of Atlantis, UFOs, The Lost Tribes of Israel, the Pyramids, ghost stories and demonology (like the Amityville Horror) decades before the History Channel started delving into it. He routinely uncovered blatant, news media bias decades before Rush Limbaugh and Fox News began to make a living out of it. And he allowed gays in the church way back when it was taboo.

But that wasn’t all. Besides being the greatest Bible teacher of his time, he fought legal battles with the government to ensure church freedoms and he was instrumental in getting the Petris Bill passed. He rescued Faith Center from financial collapse when he came in as a consultant in 1975. He rescued the historic United Artists Theater on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles — the beautiful Spanish Baroque treasure that Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks built back in 1919. At its peak in the 1920s, all sorts of Hollywood galas were thrown there. But it had fallen into serious disrepair and was little more than haven for crack addicts and gang members with its graffiti’d walls and urine-soaked alleyways when Dr. Scott undertook the restoration project in 1990. It took a huge effort to bring it back to life, but after holding church services there for over a decade, the building is now home to the trendy Ace Hotel and fully restored to its former Hollywood glory with loads of Grammy and Oscar after parties being held there.

Dr. Gene Scott has also authored over 20 books (with more being published posthumously by his surviving wife, Pastor Melissa Scott), he served as president of the Full Gospel Fellowship from October 1975 to July 1984, and his philanthropic activities included: the Los Angeles Central Library Save the Books telethon; the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center; Rebuild L.A., and the Philatelic Foundation of New York. He has also logged over 1,000 hours of teaching that is being carefully restored and digitized by his wife and successor, Pastor Scott.

Comedian Robin Williams made fun of Dr. Scott in a televised skit and writer Hunter Thompson derided Scott as a “late-night ferret” in one of his books. Ironically both would punk out and commit suicide when life got too tough for them. But Dr. Scott gutted out his last moments of life with faith in God. He battled pancreatic and other forms of cancer that had spread through his body insisting he fight his way to the podium for his final Sunday to preach God’s word.

But never mind all this positive fluff. The news media calls Dr. Gene Scott just another wacky, late-night, TV Evangelist so that you can all mentally file him away in a neatly packaged category without ever having to research the man yourself. So, don’t listen to me. Stop reading all this and get back to your Kardashians and Gaga and the litany of reality show offerings that the media has waiting for you to keep you passively numbed and dumbed and controlled.

40 Comments

    • DOES ANYBODY HERE realise this guy lived in a 15 million dollar mansion? I was 12 years old when i was watching a guy smoke and drink alcohol cussing at me to send money, CUSSING.This guy was rich from all you idiots sending him your bank of America account number hoping GOD would take notice.LMAO at the fools who believe in this guy ( oh….he was smart all right )

  1. I enjoyed and benefited from his videos through 2005. He was a money grubber and often dictatorial but I watched anyway. He was correct that the SF Bay area was taken by evil. Homosexuality, Marxism and greed ruined a city. I’ve watched the ruination of CA by criminal trespassers and others larcenously looting the state’s tax base and the workding class people who continue to pay the bill. S. CA is a multiplicity more normal a land to live in than what S.F. Bay area has become. From the Golden State to the anti-Christian and anti-American center of the USA

    • When did Dr. Scott ever speak out against homosexuality? He allowed gays in the church, but you wouldn’t know because you were never there. Be clear, those are your words not his.

  2. This poor man was mentally ill and never got the proper treatment(probably schizophrenia)! All that surrounded him were like little piggy’s sucking off of his financial teats! Enablers one and all, this man needed an intervention!! Shame on his “wife” who is wringing every last penny out of Scott’s misguided work!

    • Probably schizophrenia? Wow, nice diagnosis from a simpleton unschooled in anything…much less psychiatry. Dr. Scott’s wife has saved the ministry and been engaged in a 10-year clean up and restoration mission. Of course you wouldn’t know because you’ve been too busy sitting on your ass playing armchair quarterback. Forget the Bible, get a beginners psychology book so you won’t look like as much of a jackass as you did in your last post.

  3. I loved Dr Scott and I learned so much from him. I still miss him and would love to go to the table of the Lord with him one more time.

    • I did too, his teachings on the stars and the pyrmids! Learned alot from him. Didnt know he allowed gays in the church. Trying to find his thought on that but all and all he was someone who taught more than many will ever know. His teachings on the stars has helped me to understand the Revelation 12 September 23 2017.

      • We’re all sinners being saved by Grace was Dr. Scott’s position. He didn’t care about people’s backgrounds or which particular “sin” they were committing. He believed people could be changed from the inside with the workings of God’s spirit, not legalistic will power or outward “Christian” behavior for appearances sake. So, yes, gays were welcome in the church but he didn’t put them on a pedastal. They were sinners like anyone else.

  4. I really enjoyed watching his wacky fundraiser of a show. I use the word “wacky” becuz that’s what I read other news media people saying and I worship the news media and totaly trust ’em. Also licked the videos he would play of him and all those hookers he had on the front row. I ASSumed they were hookers ’til I offered ’em some money and one of ’em slapped me across my greasy face. Damned if she didn’t. Called me a filthy pig and a fat c***sucker. I only weigh 310 lbs but am big boned not fat! I go to Calvary Chapel in orange county now its much better. No stupid broad there ever calls me a fat prick or anything like that and I only have to throw a buck in the offering plate now again when my car washing biz is going well. Toodaloo you suckers keep wasting your money!

  5. First of all genes wife is not a minister. She cant be because shes a
    Woman. Paul told timothy “he is to
    Be the husband of one wife”

    • OMG you are an absolute genius. Thank God you informed me of that or I would be going straight to hell for listening to a woman!!! I think you’d do better as a muslim why don’t you convert I’m sure you’ll be most popular out in the backwoods with your hajib.

  6. Hi I am encouraged by the work of Pastor Melissa Scott unfortunately her detractors are doing there best to destroy her work. But God will win !

    • Yes HE will. As long as Satan is alive and well there will be new weeds popping up. We’ll just keep figuratively knocking their heads off until the Lord takes us home.

  7. I do not consider myself religious, or even Christian , by most definitions, but I used to enjoy listening to him on the radio.I believe in much of the “mystical” and paranormal subjects he used to discuss, and shared his disdain for “Fun-Damn-Mentalists”. As well as flambuoyant, he was a sincere good person. My wife wrote to him and asked him to help her pay for a catarract operation. Her medicaid came through and she didn’t need the help. But her doctor told her that Scott had contacted him and offered to pay for the operation. R.I.P. Dr Gene Scott. I wish it was possible for him to broadcast from where he is now, He would still be telling the Fundamnmentalists how wrong they were. He might even have his gospel .band play the “Asshole Song” for them.

    • His teaching is still available 24/7: http://pastormelissascott.com/dr-scott.shtml

      It’s more along the lines of basic Christianity though so not sure you’d be interested. The “Mystical” stuff was fun I enjoyed it as well but it attracted a lot of dingbats like Patrick Robinson, Easley, and other freaks that we’re still dealing with. Can’t seem to shake those barnacles once they attach to the side of a moving ship.

  8. I’m a pastor’s kid raised in a conservative Pentecostal church. I’ll never forget the many nights dad would have Dr. Scott on and we would be alternately laughing or impressed with his intellect. Then he’d say “play it again!” and that quartet would sing I Want To Know. Ha! Dad told me that Gene was a brilliant rising star in our denomination, but got badly burned by leadership when his dad was poorly treated.

    I did catch a few of his later sermons after I myself returned to Jesus from a period of wandering. A brilliant man, and open hearted communicator. I wish I could have met him.

    Several years back I was pleasantly surprised to catch his wife Melissa filling the pulpit. She was awesome. It came on at an unusual time on Dish. Since we started having kids we dropped satellite. Hope all is well with the ministry down there.

    This past Easter I reread his Resurrection message. It had been posted online somewhere and I’ve kept it for years. Great stuff.

    Thanks for posting this page!

    • Hmmm…surely it’s some grandiose conspiracy theory. I would guess that George Soros has hijacked this blog and is now writing as The Spieler.

  9. Dr. Scott was a genuine witness for God. Yes, I watched him during his bizarre days and through the cigar smoke and videos of his wife riding a horse I heard the Gospel. He always preached the gospel as does his wife who followed him in the pastorate. There is more than one way to present the Gospel. He ran the gamut of varieties. My favorite was his preaching using his black (or white) board to explain things in the Bible by using his amazing knowledge of languages, some current and some ancient. I know he is in Glory with our savior Jesus Christ, He won’t need to preach there, but I am hoping there is a school in heaven where he can teach. When I get there I will be on a front seat in his class. – Philip Hudson

  10. More than anything, I appreciated being able to dial up and get free notes on intriguing topics Dr.Scott intelligently and skillfully talked about. I copy-pasted to save his website images of his museum which are no longer available online. I’m blessed to have views of the world’s largest private collection of the Bible in his day and some years after. It is a visual historical account of the written Bible since 200 bc.

  11. Thanks for sticking up for the underdog.Dr Scott was perhaps a bit strange and unorthodox but I m sure the same was said about Jesus Christ.As a child,I watched Dr Scott on television and many times he made more sense than the teachings I received as a Southern Baptist.I had forgotten about him for many years but he suddenly popped into my mind this evening.Perhaps Dr Scott has something to teach me today. R.I.P Dr Scott.

  12. I studied with Scott 1984 – 2005 and I don’t ever remember him prejudiced against homosexuals I believe Scott taught unconditional love Grace unmerited favor to any extent you earned it is no longer Grace

  13. Enjoyed the man: on point; thought provoking. He expressed God as well as any man could; he did not fear the truth of God nor did he bow to p.c.. He was a mans man in the Biblical sense.

  14. I have studied the Bible most of my life because I love The Lord! I have never known a Bible teacher like Dr. Scott who does not embellish scripture with His doctrine, but, teaches where it came from, what it means in the language and customs of the times, and reveres Jesus and His Father like I do. I never heard of him until Jan.2017 and I only wish I had his messages in writing!
    I have mentioned his name to a few friends and all response has been negative. My response is, he is a brilliant teacher, the deepest Bible Scholar I have ever listened to and I can sense a Living Spirit of My Living Lord in his lessons.
    Pastor Melissa, I appreciate that you are keeping his sermons and teachings alive and I have seen a few of yours, and especially loved your Lord’s Supper(Communion) teaching which I tried to save but it was gone when I got back to it. I pray for you and support you when I can.
    Yours in Christ

  15. I have never experienced, whether in my lifetime or in my awareness of recent history, a time when intellectual life seemed so comatose.

    Both here in America and in Europe, bright and innovative, original thinking seems either dead or dying. Dull and thudding slogan thumping has taken its place; and, even the once hallowed halls of academia teach from the little red book of acceptable points of limited view.

    This is particularly frightening when it comes to our relationship with our creator. A serious study of Divinity has few takers; and, among Christians, the tossing about of memes and slogans like “are you saved” or “do you attend mass” is all that remains of a pursuit that once was a science akin to physics. (You are saved, by the way, when you tow the party line of your questioner.)

    Judaism saved itself (partially) because it had a long tradition of painstaking and meticulous scholarship. So much so that intellectuals like Maurice Samuel (in the 1920’s) came to disbelieve that Christians and Jews could ever relate to each other or get along.

    By the 1960’s Christianity in Europe had almost completely died out except as an adjunct to the social system, managing to survive via state funding and not requiring belief in God.

    Hard core, mostly black churches, in America fought back against such trends, rejuvenating and often reinterpreting the faith. Then, a Stanford alumni with a doctorate in the Philosophy of Education, Dr. Eugene Scott, brought academia back into the game. He presented his message as an entertainment offering.

    It makes you really wonder about predestination; but some people can recognize truth like homing pigeons, no matter what it’s hidden under. It takes a lot to make people think. DR. Eugene Scott got it done with his University Network.

  16. Dr Scott and i met while he was teaching Philosophy at Evangel college
    way back in 1964.
    This man took me by storm more than any other Teacher
    We became great friends
    I traveled to Oroville Ca to study under his teaching this man shaped my Faith
    He was my father in the Faith no man outside of Christ had more influence in my life than Gene Scott

  17. I would wish to say I have learned a great deal from Dr Scott , on the short wave from 1992 to the early 2000 years I would listen intently to his teachings of the stars the pyramids atlantis and science and histories. this man Dr Scott was a teaher world wide teacher to all those who could not attend universities with naroow minds. He opened my mind up and taught me so many things. Dr Scott did not know nor the church that I Anthony am ans was his student . if God would allow I would follow in Dr Scotts shoes and boradcast to the world the message of Jesus Chirst and the ways of God and bring the world all at once knowledge of his his Son Jesus who will return to earth one day. There is not manhy teachers like Gene Scott and I am honoured to had him as my teacher in life , I was given no degree no honors but I have the knowledge that he had helped me to know . May I use the knowledge for good and maybe one day even to one person help them know the great things he taught .

    Always wish I could hear you again on the shortwaves teaching around the globe. I felt i was part of something very great .

    Anthony Mokelkie

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