It’s hard to believe that Dr. Scott has been gone for over a decade now, but if the good Lord gives him a glimpse of how the ministry he started has continued, I’m sure he’s very pleased. I do remember, how sorely displeased I was, however, after reading the media reports about his passing. Even the newspapers all the way in Texas were reprinting the same old tired cliche’s the L.A. press had been regurgitating for years, describing him with pejoratives like: “Shock jock of TV evangelism”, or “wacky, late-night preacher…” And without fail, they all seemed to fish out the worst pictures of him to splash across their pages with him wearing some crazy hat and glasses. The propaganda technique of “assertion” was being employed in full force in most of the obituaries I read. By asserting negative words like “wacky” and “TV evangelist” over and over the journalists hoped to imprint a caricatured version of Dr. Scott into the lazy minds of a gullible public — many of whom believe everything they read without question.
Journalists assume their audience is just as stupid as they are or else they wouldn’t keep trying such antics. And since they’re always under pressure to meet their deadlines, many of them bang out their articles quickly no matter how crap they are, just to get some ink on the page. So, when it came to writing about Dr. Scott’s life and his accomplishments, most just grabbed outdated blurbs off the internet and parroted the same narrative that other secular journalists had written before them. Hence, for the average “Joe Six-Pack” reading the morning paper, Dr. Scott was just another religious freak, just another crackpot, just another “wacky, late-night, TV evangelist.”
But for those of us in the know, Dr. Scott was “none of the above”. He did not resemble any of the caricatures in these “swoop and poop” articles. He was much more, even more than just an amazing orator with a lightning-quick mind, a lacerating wit, and what seemed to be a photographic memory (which he denied having). To many of us, Dr. Gene Scott was the greatest Bible teacher since the Apostle Paul — and quite possibly the greatest ever (JC notwithstanding). So, while the news media continued to appeal to the lowest common denominator reader and dismissed him with a wave of the hand and more tiresome ad hominem attacks, the rest of us with eyes to see and ears to hear, knew that Dr. Gene Scott was something very special.
For sure I have been very fortunate in one area of my life: No matter what job I’ve walked into, I always replaced a a “low performer”. So, the minute I walked into my employer’s office I was welcomed with open arms. Contrast that to what Pastor Melissa Scott had to go through after Dr. Scott’s passing: When she was thrust into the job of Pastor, she had to replace a genius. And she had no Ph.D. from Stanford, no worldly training in public speaking, and certainly no theological degree to placate the religious multitudes who crave external validation from their glorified institutions.
But what Pastor Scott had was faith. And that, coupled with the teaching she received from Dr. Scott, along with her natural linguistic abilities, propelled her to excel in the extremely difficult task of replacing a man, who, in the hearts of many people could never be replaced. And since the day Dr. Scott passed away, there has been a mad power grab for control of his teaching — starting on the day of his death when hordes of Dr. Scott groupies came crashed his web server in their frantic desire to download his audio files.
Now, for years Dr. Scott talked about his desire to have spiritual sons to rise to the challenge of becoming his successor and run the ministry after his passing. And he bemoaned the fact that not one of them ever did. And it wasn’t until Melissa Scott came along that he finally received the joy and peace that he’d been longing for all those years. So after ordaining her, Dr. Scott publicly gave control of his copyrighted works and the entire ministry to his successor, Pastor Melissa Scott.
Even though all of this happened over 10 years ago, certain individuals with a strange desire to seize control of Dr. Scott’s teaching have reared their ugly heads once again in the form of Dr. Scott groupies trolling around on social media channels demanding ownership be handed over to. It’s outrageous but sadly true. If you haven’t stumbled across any of this on the internet, count yourself lucky and you probably don’t need to read the rest of this article. But my question to these people demanding ownership is, “do you really think Dr. Scott to be so stupid and irresponsible that he would not take measures to safeguard his life’s work and entrust it to the one individual he deemed worthy to be a good steward?” Do they really think that he would just offer it up freely to every plagiarist and wanna-be copycat to use and abuse it as they see fit? Seriously? Dr. Scott copyrighted every bit of his teaching and made the decisions as to when and where it could be replayed. And to top it off, he gave instructions to his successor on exactly how he wanted that carried out after his passing.
Now, I’ve known some of the so-called spiritual sons and most are/were decent fellows, but none were chosen by God to run the ministry. In my mind, they were always called to be helpers and nothing more. It’s strictly my opinion, I don’t mean to be disrespectful, and only God knows for sure, but I believe that Dr. Scott was such a chauvinist that it took him a while to see what was right in front of him. IMHO God had to beat him over the head by showing him the contrasting alternatives: Several incompetent tools who happened to be males? Or the woman who stood head and shoulders above them? Whose it gonna be? It eventually became obvious even to the self-proclaimed chauvinist that a woman was the best man for the job.
Thankfully, most of the so-called spiritual sons stayed on to be helpers. But of course there had to be a few egomaniacs who couldn’t take the fact that Dr. Scott didn’t pick them, so they ran off with their limited knowledge to start their own cheap, knock-off versions of his ministry. Their programs can still be found in dark pockets of the internet and they’re little more than half-arsed reenactments of how the great man once preached. These copycats are perfect demonstrations of how some people can have a knowledge of God, yet lack the spirit of God. All their grandiose fantasies and cigar-chomping mimicry will never get them anywhere other than being known for being a far cry from the great man they seek to emulate.
You might have seen this one miscreant who regularly announces that Dr. Scott wanted all of his teaching to be freely distributed after his death. Very funny, because he never wanted it freely distributed during his life. I specifically remember Dr. Scott railing about how “nothing in this life is free!” He would broadcast his teaching for free, but then blast those who didn’t pay their tithes and offerings after they had dined at his teaching table. Apparently this latest usurper on YouTube has deluded himself into believing that Dr. Scott envisioned some great, post-hippie apocalypse after he died where every “Tom, Dick, and Harry” could freely redistribute his teaching however they please. What I want to say to this freeloader is that Dr. Scott was not a stupid man. If you listened to the gestalt of what he said over the years (as opposed to these short bursts of sentence fragments taken out of context from the usurper) it’s easy to see that he knew exactly what he was doing when he assigned the copyrights to his teaching to Pastor Scott with specific instructions of how he wanted them distributed.
Early on, Dr. Scott marked those who were overly titillated by the Pyramid teaching, the Lost Tribes, the UFOs, and the teaching on Atlantis — all those juicy topics you can now see on the History Channel. But Dr. Scott railed against those who only wanted their intellects tickled and never made the connection to how that controversial teaching was actually a demonstration of God’s faithfulness to His word. That’s why Dr. Scott began digging heavily into the Book of Romans to shake out the fringe kooks and hangers-on who were merely interested in the sensational.
In closing, I have fond memories of Dr. Scott and I also have fond memories of how he either sold his tapes through a tax-paying corporation or verbally eviscerated those who watched his TV or internet broadcasts freely but never paid their teacher for it afterwards. So, if you ever run across these self-appointed heirs claiming to be riding on clouds of glory to liberate the volumes of teaching tapes from evil Queen Jezebel, like some sort of modern-day Che Guevara galloping in to plunder private property and redistribute it to the unwashed masses; if you ever hear that Dr. Scott’s dream was to have all his copyrighted teaching tapes (borne from thousands of hours of intensive research, mind you, not to mention all the equipment and staff costs); if you ever hear that it was all done so that it could be given away to some megalomaniac mimic who isn’t smart enough to do his own research, nor brave enough to be his own Pastor, please think again. Dr. Scott always copyrighted and controlled his teaching and never allowed it to be redistributed it in some sort of anarchistic, hippie free-for-all as this usurper would have you believe. Whether it was broadcast on TV or played as an audio file on his website, he expected you to everyone to pay for their spiritual food.
Dr. Scott was a “man’s man”, one of the last before the latest metrosexual generation began to take over. What’s funny is, if he was alive today and saw how these people (who claim to love him) were bastardising his teaching and trying to rip off the ministry that he started, he would most likely slap them across their greasy little faces. Or maybe he would just growl at them and shake his head in disgust, but be assured, he would not be best pleased with all this nonsense.
So boys and girls that’s all the Christian love I have for you today. Hope you enjoyed my rant, and remember to always live your best life now! Just like Peter did when he was hanging upside down on a cross. And also remember, I am not a Pastor, I don’t even play one TV, and I certainly don’t speak for Pastor Scott, Dr. Scott, or the ministry. This is just another voice freely expressing her opinion in this wonderful “mobocracy” we call the internet where every illogical cretin gets a voice and folks like me can only hope to do their best in countering them.