Posted by: Mike Ferruggia | June 10, 2009

Pastor Melissa Scott Controversy–Former Porn Actress?!

Oh my f’n god!! You thought the David Carradine stuff was crazy. So I got a comment today on my previous blog about Pastor Melissa Scott, and I wasn’t sure whether to post it or not until I did some diging myself, and to my surprise, there’s this whole controversy going on the net about her past, her husband, and on and on and on, so I just thought I’d clue you in, there’s all these allgations going on about her past, perhaps a sordid past as the porn actress “Barbie Bridges.” From what I’ve read, and I wasted the whole freakin afternoon reading other blogs and posts and stuff–just google melissa scott if you want to see it for yourself–from what I’ve read, nothing’s conclusive, and in the end, I have to say, who gives a rat’s you know what. I wasn’t “taken in” by her, I haven’t sent in my life savings, it all was just pretty much entertainment to watch her, and I’ll probably watch the show tonight, but as with any of these types of things, with a discerning eye. You know, the worst lies are told with a tinge of truth, or couched in truth, making it harder to see the lie. Is what she’s preaching a lie? I don’t know. As a Catholic of sorts, I don’t agree with her theological premise in the first place, and as a taoist and practitioner of tai chi, the entire Jesus Christ savior messiah thing becomes irrelevant anyway. I do have to say, knowing a bit of theology, listening to her in a vacuum, without any of the backstory, she gives a good lecture–last night was about the “potter” forming the clay. For me, it was thought provoking, which, for me, is the point. It gets me thinking and coming up with my own ideas. I really didn’t want to go too deep in trying to find the smoking gun porn pictures of her, although, a big part of her attraction, apparently not just me, is that she’s a piece of a*. (That’s crude, sorry). And, if she were, you know, jesus saves and all that jazz. I guess what bothers me most about all organized religion is that they end up becoming multimillion dollar organizations, and that in and of itself can be a powerful co-opter. Remember pulling out that dollar bill in the middle of mass or having those envelopes for your donation.
In Italian, there’s a phrase called an imbroglio, or a mass of confusion, and there certainly seems to be an imbroglio surrounding Pastor Melissa Scott. But, you know, if she came to me for Tai chi lessons, I wouldn’t turn her away. Judgement, well, it’s better not to judge someone too readily. I’ve never met her, probably never will. If that day comes, then I’ll make my own jusgement.
Here’s a link to another blog posting about her, and here’s an article in the magazine Marie Claire.


Responses

  1. I was a KHOF scince 89′.
    (i financialy supported Dr.Scott for 15 yrs and melissa for 5)

    I am of the opinion that Dr.Gene Scott set the record straight on many religious issues.

    He restored a healthy respect for Christian leadership as well as returning a failing church to faith.

    He monopolized the government straight out of the churchs liturgical activity, preached the gospel uncompromised to the whole world

    He restored worship to its rightful place and brought communion as a table of grace not guilt into the homes of many.

    I have no doubt in my mind that he was Gods man for this hour .

    In all fairness i will aknowlwdge that Dr.Scott marchin the “pony girls around was (imho) a major distraction!

    Dr.Scott’s own liberty in christ became a liscencious distraction to the proclamation of the gospel (uncompromised by culture and/or traditions)

    That being said,

    never once in the 20 yrs of following his exegesis did i ever witness anything other than Gods word communicated in the most edifying, spirit filled, God pleasing manner i have ever had the privaledge to behold.

    now back to the intent of this post….

    To the best of my knowledge pastor mellissa scott (PMS) was entrusted with keeping his voice going.

    She was designated “administrative pastor”

    meaning her responsability to the best of my knowledge was to preserve Dr.Scotts legacy which should have included perpetuating his voice and his messages.

    click on you tube and key in Dr.Scott and all you will discover is the man being made a joke of.

    furthermore, key in pastor mellissa scott and you get an entire selection of her own face time passing off Dr.Scotts teachings as her own

    (and not doing a very good job of it by the way)

    Now i ask,

    If she loved the man and the message so much why has’nt she posted DR.Scott himself on this “youtube venue”?

    She must be aware of the insults and slander being tossed around Dr.Scott and she has the means to counter balance it.

    THIS IS A VERY REVEALING TAKE ON HER INTENTIONS!!

    GET RID OF THE COMPETITION!

    and so she has….

    Back to her responsabilities (as i see it) as “Administrative pastor”.

    In no time she brought down Dr.Scotts entire online archive.

    At the time of Dr.Scotts passing any and all could freely access Dr.Scotts web page and veiw 30 yrs of his own teachings.

    IF HE WANTED HIS ARCHIVE TAKIN OFF LINE HE WOULD HAVE DONE IT HIMSELF!

    Also, PMS stopped selling his tapes of which there were a vast many cassett albums and videos . She claimed that she was upgrading to cd etc. in 2/3 yrs scince only a minimul few have resurfaced in cd/dvd form and those along side an equal amount of her own “new and improved messages”.

    I suspect that many “oldtimers” like myself were taking there tithes and offerings and spending them on Dr.Scotts cassets and resources available at the time and she put a stop to the “COMPETITION” !! AGAIN!!!!!

    Administrative pastor mellissa scott has put herself at the center of attention at the expense of Dr.Scotts legacy and congregation.

    (Mellissa, you should have done what you were supposed to do. Now learn a lesson from 1 SAMUEL 13:9-14!!)

    Melissa Scotts own words shortly after Dr.Scotts passing were…

    “if anyone else had takin over they would have increased and he (Dr. Scott) would have decreased.

    I paraphrase but that’s the just of it.

    Since then she has moved to the forefront….

    LIAR!!!!!

    Also, of the handpicked messages that you do get of Dr.Scott, none depict the controversial Domata at his best.

    He used to say “send me all the sinners in town you don’t have to change to come to Christ, act in faith and God does the changing for you.”

    And that is the proclamation of the Gospel uncompromised by culture and tradition.
    Now it reeks of second generation imitation despite the lip service she gives grace.

    Dr. Scott railed against the self-rightous and hypocritical church at large and clearly aligned himself against it.

    That line has been blurred.

    scince Dr.Scotts passing melissa scott has been aligning herself with the likes of paul crouch jr.

    NO! She does’nt postulate a properity doctrine as TBN does but nevertheless these cohorts of hers are the same nicolatin charlatins that Dr.Scott himself threw out of the church when he took over Faith broedcast center. WTF???

    Dr. Scott once lamented that true teachers of Gods word were treated as outcasts until they died then those that in life were against them would come in and saint them, then steal their messages and stamp their own watered down image on it leaving it seventy ways from Sunday.

    Am I not seeing that with my own eyes?

    Heres the clincher ,

    She does an interview and the question is asked are you barbi bridges, did you ever do porn ?

    Her answer is, “ No”.
    “If I start defending that then what else do I have to defend?”

    That infers shes lying….

    Scripture says
    “shun the very appearance of evil ” NOT HIDE IT!

    And how bout defending
    “that the truth of the gosple might continue with you”?

    rather than…
    “that the lie of cowardice continue with you”

    And it was right here after giving her 5 yrs of support in good faith that her intentions were good with respect to Dr.Scotts legacy and Gods alledged “calling” on her life as “administrative pastor” that my dissent crystalized.

    Most of the congregation left immediatly after Dr.Scotts passing knowing her for the greedy, power hungry, vain glory, liar that she seemed to be.

    I left in Nov. 09′ after she proved them all right.

    I gave her 5 yrs to prove herself through her teachings and handling of Dr.Scotts legacy.

    as for her teachings i say she is scripturaly sound and consistant with Dr.Scotts own frame of reference and christian pursuasion.

    I do not refute that.

    What i do refute is her presumption of spirit.

    She should have administered Dr.Scotts legacy as it was left.

    meaning…

    1)maintaining his website as it was.
    2)continued selling his resources as it was
    3)consistant recognition that she was a steward in charge of Dr.Scotts church and Dr.Scotts congregation.

    tithes and offerings collected from Dr.Scotts Congregation should have been distributed as in keeping with Dr.Scotts best intrests for the church and legacy Jesus had bestowed upon him.

    All of this is just my opinion and i give it as a 20 yr supporter of Dr.Scotts ministry.

    I am entitled to make my own observations about what i see developing sense Dr.Scotts passing.

    I make no claim that i have or had an insiders veiw as to the operations of church functions nor do i claim that melissa scott has engaged in fraudulant or criminal activity as recognized by law.

    so let there be no misunderstanding as to the intent of my dissent

    My criticism of Melissa Scott is based upon application of Gods word and intent as i percieve it to be as a member of the body of Christ. My dissent is spiritual and based upon spiritual discernment of motive as percieved by her actions and there consequences as they ripple through out the church.

    Scripture says a mans gift
    (or womans for that matter)
    makes room for itself.

    well the gift she has presumed to have has led to my resignation from “her” church. And it is “her” church is’nt it.

    She made damn sure of that.

    Look, I would have had no problem with her proving her calling on her own time and dime.

    My problem is that she has done it at Dr.Scotts and his congregations expense!

    she should have done what Dr.Scott would have told her to do

    “FIND YOURSELF A STREET CORNER AND A SOAP BOX AND PROVE YOUR CALLING!”

    THAT YOU HAVE THE GIFT AND UNCTION OF TEACHING TO THE EDIFACATION OF THE BODY OF CHRIST .

    THE FRUIT OF WHICH WOULD HAVE CULTIVATED A SEPERATE AND UNIQUE BODY OF BELIVERS TO FOLLOW YOU AS YOU FOLLOW CHRIST

    And in doing so Dr.Scotts legacy, congregation and Church would have been a seperate entity from your own.

    Word is that now the university cathedral is up for sale.
    15 million dollars is the asking price for a building that was bought and paid for.

    To the best of my knowledge Dr.Scott saw to it so that this would never happen.

    If true, and i strongly belive it is because a poster at afgs revealed a copy of the link and web page making the announcement and intent and amount of sale of the church.

    yes it could have been faked and i would suggest any curious seekers to further seek out the truth of the matter.

    I was convinced and broken hearted at the same time.

    Melissa Scott said (but really Dr.Scott said it when he was alive)

    ” i’de rather teach a few the right way for the right reasons than many for the wrong reasons.

    Well in my opinion and i give it in love.

    Melissa Scotts reasoning has been wrong going out the gate as revealed by her actions and that makes her words no matter how true or scriptualy accurate none the less the words of a hypocryt and God does’nt forget for he knows the intentions of the heart.

    Going back to the interveiw that Melissa Scott gave…

    As far as her saying,
    “If i defend that (her alledged porn past)
    “what else will i have to defend?”

    Could it be that she would have to defend why a porn site under the name of barbie bridges is still up solicting buisness as usual?

    hey this is speculation that she has allowed to fester because of her shady response!

    Makin money on both sides of the street?

    Dr. Scott never backed down from controversy. “Its none of your business what motel I visit” he would say but lie ?

    no way …

    Dr. Scott was live on the festival of faith.

    The man early on put in 3 to 11 hours a day on the festival of faith (Hard WORK!)

    As for her maybe 2 hrs on sunday night if that. And she critisizes why attendance is down.

    (just smaks of hypocricy)

    and this is just one of many reasons.

    How about she sucks as a teacher? She may be able to fool the newly gullible and pass of Docs teachn as her own divine revelations but us “OLDTIMERS see through the crap!

    Very vampiric in my opinion.

    Dr.Scott spoke to issues of the day you always knew right where he stood on issues from the war in the gulf to televangelists and their ridiculous hypocracy and everything in between.

    PMS claims to herald a reformation ,

    In my opinion Dr Scott Was the best representative of Christ for this job and was Gods man for this hour.

    The proof was in the teaching and that’s virtually gone now thanks to her…

    in this age of technology his voice could still be beaming round the world 24/7 any and all used to be able to find his life giving words/messages of Christ but its not any more.

    Dr.Scotts congregation would have filled that church to watch Dr.Scott messages on a screen just to perpetuate the importance of the message Dr.Scott proclaimed for Christs sake.

    As Dr. Scott used to say “stop at the common sense gestalt” somthins wrong here!!

    This PMS syndrome hyjacked the intent of the Domata an left “70 ways from sunday!

    At best I think she is deluded at worst just plain evil.

    I suspect that SATEN COULDN’T STOP Dr. Scotts voice from goin out to the world so he found a way to compromise it through a woman that seems to have rationalized herself blind into thinking she has an unction so as to justify her own greed and pride.

    End result
    “Mind numbing deep biblical linquistic exegesis”
    AKA
    “Teaching to the expense of the life of the spirit”.

    And me having to find another church to worship God in. TY melissa….

    And finaly,

    Melissa if you ever read this understand i post here because i have a responsability to speak out not just to you but to those involved directly or indirectly

    My heart achs melissa because i watch you and i see glimpses of sincerity in your eyes, truth in your words and commitment to your cause.

    But thats the thing is’nt it? “your cause”

    Oh, i know. “your cause is Gods cause to hear you say it…

    Nevertheless!

    King Saul had good intentions when he offered up what was clearly samuels and samuels alone to offer.

    Im scared for you administrator because when ya live a lie ya belive a lie. And thats a very dangerous place to be cause:

    ” its a terrible thing to fall into the hands of an angry god”

    And if in the end it was i that was mistaken then i pray for your success in Gods work.

    Yes i leave that door open for in the end we live and let live, its the christian thing to do.

    so go with god but go right?

    Melissa i hope i see you over there in Gods bosum for my love runs deep for Gods ministers and i cry as i type this.

    we walked a long 5 yr road and it led us to a parting of ways.

    Good bye sister

    (But i got a job to do so ill see ya at afgs)

    P.S.
    hello studio…

    P.S.S.
    a response to studios take on:

    ” they call themselves pastors to the little
    sheep they beat the money out of and tell them
    it’s God’s rule of “tithing” your way to Heaven”

    surfkrow says:

    Tithing was in practice befor the law was handed down, Abraham exemplified it.

    Jesus said this ye ought to have done.

    No where is tithing associated to the law and dismissed along with the law via the new covenant

    believe what you want on the matter and we can agree to disagree.

    in passing I would rather “err”
    (if thats the case and im not saying it is)

    on the side of uncertainty, doing it.

    Rather than “err”on the side of not doing it.

    Tithing is somthing you do out of respect for Gods lordship as well as a promise to be picked up to Gods glory.

    It is in no way works oriented and you cant be saved for doing it.

    You dont do it to be saved, you do it because you are.

    And that goes for worship of God as well.

    (worship: meaning, the giving of offerings and praise)

    check any concordance you want for conformation on this definition….

    Belivers value God and worship as defined testifies to it.

    Furthermore, while were on the subject of salvation…

    Salvation is by grace through faith and that not of yourelves lest anyone should boast.

    Now, If grace is in you through faith than worship is the fruitful outgrowth of the abiding spirit of Christ within you.

    God gave his son and his son gave his life.

    How can you say that same spirit abides in you and not be a giver?

    (in all its dementions both to God and man?)

    Its not works, its not law, its not substitution, its not the Gene Scotts fault, Melissa Scotts fault and
    it’s not Gods fault either. just is.

    If its anybody’s fault its the greedy hearted that cant see past there pocket book to God cause they damn well wont simply worship him
    unless theres somethin in return for it, like a cause or a function or any old reason other than just loving God.

    Jesus says:
    “If you were of the world the world would love its own but your not of the world for i have chosen you out of the world for mine own sake there for the world hates you for my sake”

    I will now be as bold as to say:

    Jesus’ “choosing for mine own sake”

    is directly related to the fact that the chosen in question were chosen because:

    1) of thier own willingness to recognize the value of the forgivness and redemptiom Jesus offers.

    2)”the chosen” appreciate and accept said forgivness and redemption as well as Jesus’ souvern lordship”

    and

    3) worship Jesus in love through humility in direct response to and for his forgivness and redemption

    And if they love God then they love his church.

    and if they love his church then they love the
    minister in the church and if they do than they need to go to his church, bring their worshipfull praise and offerings and praise God and leave their offerings at the alter where Gods minister is waiting to recieve it.

    And if they cant do it through loving humility befor God than they never really appropriated Gods unconditional forgiveness to there own sinful existance.

    Because humility is knowin the sin that
    dwells within and being ashamed of it.

    and loving is knowing that God blots your sin out for his own sake.

    And then you cant help but bein humbled and full of love for so precious a gift and so loving a God.

    And if so the desire to worship God as revealed wells up inside till ya can’t contain praising God, giving offerings to God and yes bringing your tithes to God out of respect for his lordship.

    surfkrow out
    FLAP, FLAp, FLap, Flap, flap, fla, fl, f… KAW! KAW!

  2. This is the best site I’ve seen on her. It’s a good laugh:

    http://www.thetruthaboutpastormelissascott.com/

  3. Did any of you see the movie, Dogma?

    The pastor of the church was the zany
    George Carlin and his churches invention
    of ‘The Buddy Christ” was pee in pants
    funny on many levels. The marketing of religion
    has been around since before Jesus kicked the money changers out of The Temple!
    (selling indulgences I guess is the context).

    Anyway……

    The basic building blocks of this universe can
    also be considered “God’s playground” or
    “The Potter’s Wheel” if you will.

    But this premise is not the intellectual property
    of Pastor Barbie or even her PhD late hubby
    Gene Scott. No sir, like you said, the formulation
    of these ideas are galaxies removed from any
    sane person taking credit for it like Melissa does.

    The problem being a work in progress, is that
    not too many people, “enlightened” or not, liberal
    in their beliefs, or fundamental to the core have
    not even scratched the surface of the meaning
    of spiritual dichotomy……..
    and that’s when The Scott Cult has you in their
    grip. BTW, it’s not just them either. That sort
    of enslavement is rampant in every walk of life
    but especially spiritual walks.

    Can someone really unveil the “mysteries” without
    having been there?

    So can there be two ways of life that on the surface negate each other but in closer examination are blood brothers?

    On those other sites, well maybe just the one
    I’m familiar with (alt.fan.gene-scott) the people there don’t really care about Melissa Scott having
    a porn past. It’s the constant nondisclosure of said
    past and the use of the pretend church slush funds
    to literally erase all tracks of her history that piss
    people off.

    The point being, in Christianity, it is the testimony
    of the Christian, from point A to point B that
    makes Christ relevant and somewhat tangible to
    others. like the great experiment when Jesus healed someone and then told them not to tell
    anyone, but of course….they shouted it from
    the rooftops,

    “Once I was blind, but now I’m healed”.

    The Scott Cult leaders know that they wave the flag of salvation through some mystery knowledge
    of dead languages and the idioms of twisting scripture to gain souls into the kingdom? No.
    To enslave those who don’t do it for themselves and then they call themselves pastors to the little
    sheep they beat the money out of and tell them
    it’s God’s rule of “tithing” your way to Heaven.

    Enough to make one puke eh wot?

    (sorry for the stream of consciousness style).

  4. “If one believes that man is, is good,”

    like Pastor Melissa Scott

    “can develop and become better,”

    like Pastor Melissa Scott

    “that he is not smeared by original sin,”

    like porn star Barbie Bridges

    “then it negates the need for a savior, and if there is no savior, then there’s no need for Jesus…”

    You are making it into an all-or-nothing thing. People are good, and they can become better. But the very fact that they can become better proves that they are not perfect. How do we bridge that gap between human foible and perfection? Certainly there are things we can do to improve ourselves, but the final bridge is Jesus.

    I am aware of nothing in Taoism that is incompatible with Christianity. The Holy Spirit and chi may be closely related, if not one and the same thing. That two very separate traditions should have different conceptions and teachings about this one thing should not be surprising.

    • Perhaps the biggest dichotomy between the two, is where we come from. In taoism, we are the result of a spontaneous creation, and are actually considered not a product of the tao, but a manifestation of it; we are it, we are the tao. In Christianity, we are the joyful creation of the creator for His Purpose. We are the clay and he is the potter(a subject, by the way, which Pastor Melissa Scott lectured on two nights ago and was very thought provoking). It is interesting to me that the virtues, principles of taoism and of christianity are very similar, and I find myself using the catholic theological language when I speak of tai chi, just in a different context. The other issue, which may not be an issue in the Lutheran church, is the contractual view of life, i.e., if I do this, God will do that. In taoism, the tao is indifferent to us. In Christianity, God has every hair on our head counted. So perhaps I’m being too picky on it, and I should just be a little more relaxed about it, which I am, but it’s almost a similar situation in trying to explain or understand the difference between taoism and buddhism–they seem so much alike, but are very different. The other thing is, I recognize that my “american taoism” is probably not the taoism of China, or actual taoism at all.

      • Yeah, I need to retreat from the position I took, because as I think it over more, there is some serious contradiction between Christianity and some of Taoism. But I think first we have to distinguish between what some have called religious Taoism and philosophical Taoism. Religious Taoism includes belief in the Jade Emperor, the Kitchen God, and a number of other deities. Obviously, that kind of polytheism can’t be brought into accord with Christianity. Philosophical Taoism, depending on how one interpreted it, might accord fine with Christianity. But it would depend on the interpretation.

        So, I take back what I said.

        You’re right, as a Lutheran, I don’t see life in contractual terms at all. Salvation in Christ is a gift freely given. That’s harder than it sounds. Just this morning I was writing a criticism of a small aid program someone proposed, in which they would give free goats and chickens to rural Afghan women. Sounds great on the surface, but I pointed out that this ignores the forces of the free market, and a lot of this livestock will go to people who can make little use of it, but accept it because it is free. This depresses livestock prices and does real economic damage. If we have recepients do some community service work to earn their livestock, then they must calculate the value of a goat against the value of their labor and decide if it is a worthwhile deal for them. A offer like this exposes our aid to market forces and is healthier for the economy. It also, as I said in the critique, allows recipients to enjoy the pride of ownership rather than the humiliation of a hand-out. It occured to me that Jesus’ sacrifice is a hand-out. And it is humbling. I’m still thinking this one over.

        For a picture of Chinese Taoism and its contrasts with Buddhism, I again refer you to Journey to the West.

      • Hey, thanks for the inciteful comments always. On one level, of course Christianity and taoist thought are compatible. Live simply, live close to nature, practice right action such as humility, patience, love, balance, integrity and honesty, goodness. Anyone preaching these principles, there’s no telling if it was a taoist or a christian. The issue does come in the final philospohy of it–are we a manifestation of some ineffable process, or the creation of a sentient being. Is there a universal mind of God as expounded in some hindu stuff, or just energy that happens to look the way it does? These are the issues I sometimes struggle with. Is thee a God that loves me, cares for me, is interceding in history, or are we simply the tao itself expressing itself. Is our consciousness actually the consciousness of god? Could it be that we are the tool through which the universal mind of god speaks? and then how do we fit in individuality, whivh I am personally big on? This is the stuff, I guess, on which philosophers make their living.

        As for the concept of Jesus’ dying on the cross as a handout to humanity, pure genius on your part. I love the metaphor and will contemplate it.

        I remember when I was working with homeless families, collections of turkeys for Thanksgiving was an annual event. We soon discovered that many of the families we were giving the turkey to either didn’t have a big roasting pan to cook it in, or a working oven! Your eyes get opened all the time!

  5. I agree with you. What’s troubling are the little clues–the invitation only stuff, the security detail. Depending on what the truth is, I am fascinated by the archtypal quality of the story, the porn actress turned pastor. Her past is a mystery, making it more compelling.

    As for the irrelevancy of Christ, it is a subject I struggle with. The mystical body of Christ, the Holy Spirit, still speak to me, still call me, but I have also been called by the ideas of taoism, of the ineffable mystery of it all. If one believes that man is, is good, can develop and become better, that he is not smeared by original sin, then it negates the need for a savior, and if there is no savior, then there’s no need for Jesus…so it can be a deep struggle to let go of what you’ve always believed, particularly if there are deep truths to it…

  6. I’ve never heard of this woman before, and I only know about here what I’ve read here and on some of these links. Internet difficulties prevent me from watching any sermon videos right now. That said…

    Her being a porn star would be a problem how, exactly? I’ve never understood people’s need to keep religion and sex far away from each other. God’s very first commandment to humanity was, “Be fruitful and multiply.” Just what do people think that entails?

    “As a Catholic of sorts, I don’t agree with her theological premise in the first place, and as a taoist and practitioner of tai chi, the entire Jesus Christ savior messiah thing becomes irrelevant anyway.”

    Irrelevant? How do you figure? This sounds like a blog post topic.

    “She seems to hold the book of James in disdain because it might suggest you can save yourself by performing good works, God forbid!”

    From the Marie Claire article:

    “She is constantly shadowed by a security detail, which enforces the church’s strict reservation-only attendance policy.”

    I am more troubled by these than by her possibly sordid past and her potentially dishonest denial of that past. (Seeing how bent out of shape people get about porn stars and the church, I would be strongly tempted not to admit to it too.) This other stuff points to things that sound rather non-Christian.

    I’m a protestant (Lutheran, specifically), and I too hold that we are not saved by works. (And not by faith, either by the way– we are saved by the grace of God.) Protestants tend to take that idea a little too far sometimes, though. There is stuff going on in the world besides our individual salvations, and so there is important work to do. The world is fallen. As stewards of this world, we have a role in helping to put it back together again. Work has its place. (cf. http://alamanach.com/2008/12/26/on-time-part-two-hope/ )

    The book of James has a lot to say about works and how important they are. If what James says sounds wrong to a protestant’s ears, then that protestant needs to study a little more thoroughly. We don’t respond to Bible passages that we don’t like by holding them in disdain, we respond by studying more deeply until we resolve our difficulties.

    Likewise, this reservation-only attendance policy sounds dubious. Christianity has been described as a mystery religion that is open to all. Mystery religions, in ancient Greece, were exclusive affairs open only to their official members and that shared secret teachings of salvation. Christianity is similar, except that the doors are flung open. Everything about Christ’s ministry emphasized that his teachings were for all people, not some select few. Reservations being required at a church? Who ever heard of such a thing? This is very strange.


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