Pastor Melissa Scott is the Pastor and teacher of Faith Center in Glendale, California where she conducts “live” services each Sunday at at 11am. Faith Center is famous for hosting the first, live Christian television broadcast in the United States. Her husband, the late Dr. Gene Scott, pastored the church from 1975 until his passing in 2005. Pastor Melissa Scott was ordained both by Dr. Scott and the Full Gospel Fellowship in the late 1990s and was appointed by her husband to take charge as Pastor immediately upon his passing. Pastor Scott has since earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees in Biblical Languages along with a Ph.D. Now there are two Dr. Scotts.
Her teaching resonates best with Christians who place a high value on an intellectual study of the scriptures and for those interested in learning how to develop a true relationship with God. Her ministry is least suited for low-information Christians, entertainment seekers, those looking for a social club or a safe-space to express emotional outbursts of zealotry. Think polar opposite of prosperity preachers and self-help gurus like Joel Osteen.
Critics of Pastor Melissa Scott
It’s often been said that if you want to go through life without any criticism simply do nothing and stand for nothing. Not unlike like other public figures who have taken a stand, Pastor Scott has her fair share of critics. and when you search for her on Google you will find a fair share of detractors. Most belong to the following camps:
1) Rabid secularists who in their zeal to “de-God” the universe attack her as they would anyone else who dares to set foot outside the intellectual prison walls of Evolutionary “group-think”.
2) Fundamentalist Christians who believe that women should not be allowed to teach in the pastorate. These are the same backward types who run countries where women aren’t allowed to drive much less speak on religious matters. Aware that this worn-out belief is still a stumbling block for those who have been wrongly taught wrong, Pastor Scott has addressed the controversy about “women speaking in the church” numerous times in her Sunday services as well as her weekly Festivals of Faith.
3) Ex-Members (Dr. Scott Groupies) Next, come the most ruthless and sadistic critics of all — the disgruntled ex-members of the church who fled after Dr. Gene Scott died in 2005. These people still harbor a strange fixation on the man and can still be found trying to wrest control of his copyrights, one recently cried on YouTube, “I want my Doc back!” It sounds bizarre to outsiders but the “Doc Groupies” are still out there angrily attacking his successor, Pastor Melissa Scott with accusations based for the most part on conspiracy theories and character assassination techniques.
Why the Ad Hominem Attacks?
So when surfing the web to find information about Pastor Scott, you will no doubt run across hit pieces, hate blogs, and forums full of the vilest sorts. The most popular tactic used is the ad hominem or personal attack. They make negative remarks on superficial topics such as her hair, what kinds of clothes she wears, or they obsess on her past life before she met Dr. Scott.
Most of what they fabricate about her past is untrue, but even if it were, her past would still pale in comparison to murderers like Moses or King David. If those biblical characters had to endure the scrutiny of our modern-day generation of Pharisees, they would all be disqualified from leading God’s people anywhere. King David would surely be expelled because of his adulterous affair with Bathsheba (not to mention the murder of her husband). Moses would have been disqualified for killing that Egyptian. And the great Apostle Paul would surely have to step down for his previous acts of persecuting of Christians and having them put to death.
Ad-hominem attacks can be effective when trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator of society since the tactic is so often used in political campaigns it’s become commonplace. The abuse Pastor Scott has had to endure is similar to what Dr. Scott suffered he was alive. Few critics were bright enough to attack him on matters of intellectual efficacy or his ability to teach, so they instead focused on irrelevant matters or made-up scandalous gossip.
Likewise for his successor, whatever wild, maniacal tales have been concocted about her alleged past from all seem like red herrings to distract from the real issue: Can she or can she not teach the scriptures?
It’s all About the Teaching
For people who are solely interested in the study of God’s Word without all the fanfare, there is no better Bible teacher alive today than Pastor Melissa Scott. Christian Apologist, Dr. William Lane Craig is an excellent source for his insights on the logical fallacies in current atheistic thought. But when it comes to learning how to live the life of faith, you aren’t going to get better than the combined teaching of Dr. Gene Scott and Pastor Melissa Scott that plays 24/7 on her website.
Pastor Scott’s linguistic abilities (reportedly 26 languages) while impressive on their own are more than just braggadocio for personal accomplishment. It means that she can open up and interpret scriptures from the original Greek and Hebrew languages which is more than crucial in a modern-day world where too many preachers are running amuck pulling verses of scripture from incomplete or inaccurate English translations.Pastor Scott also conducts lessons in the Hebrew and Greek languages on her website.
Whether male or female, the world needs a pastor who is a real linguist — one with the discernment and abilities to truly and rightly divide the Word. Have a listen and decide for yourself.