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Yeah, what a Lothario.

Yeah, what a Lothario.

Pony trotting. Cigar smoking. Greek writing. Lecherous looking. Money stealing. That was Dr. Gene Scott. (MEMO to Wall Watchers, if you know what’s good for you, do watch that link. Hil. Ar. Ee. Ous!)

Anyone who has experienced a hankering for late-night TV and erstwhile, a quest for things of God, have found this tool back in his heyday puffing on a stogie demanding cash to pay for his horse stables and alcohol bingeser, ministry.

“Get on the telephone,” the foolish dolt could be heard yelling at the top of his tar-filled lungs. It wasn’t about Jesus. It was about cash money, but at least he was honest about it.

You knew that because every time he would break for “the phones to get hot,” this charlatan would go to video clips of rubenesque women in complimentary sweaters while rocking horseback a la Lady Godiva.

And then he died at the age of 75… and that’s when it got really interesting.

His uh, “wife” – nearly 40 years his junior – took over the ministry with armored truck in tow making more than… wait for it… $1 million per month, as hubby did in his corpulent day! No wondered she jumped on the equine gravy train.

Relatively quiet from late night benders, Marie Claire magazine (yeah, that’s what I said… not precisely the bastion of investigative journalism) decided to get involved (with some spry writing) and blow the “Jesus Saves” sign justly off the Universal Cathedral in Los Angeles.

Courtesy: Marie Claire

Courtesy: Marie Claire

Shortly after his funeral, Doc Scott’s comely young wife assumed University’s pulpit. But after her first sermon, someone anonymously mailed churchgoers Easter cards featuring snapshots of a porn star named Barbi Bridges, who looked remarkably similar to Pastor Melissa Scott. One image showed the woman with her legs spread wide, Virgin Mary and baby Jesus postage stamps covering her privates. Another featured a “See you Sunday!” banner plastered across her bare chest; underneath, it read: “The Church Where You Can Do Anything … Anything.”

In lieu of Ted Haggard, Jim Bakker, Robert Tilton, Jim Swaggart and Paul Crouch ubiquitous falls from grace, this seemed just another day at the ecumenical office. She denied it, kept on preaching and no one said, “Boo!”

Until this story came out and now, “Barbie Bridges” and “Melissa Scott” are two of the most-searched terms on Google. Stay classy, world.

Some of the die-hard brainwashed folk don’t understand the ballyhoo or see the resemblance. They just follow the bit in their collective mouths and agree this crusty curmudgeon just met this hot woman who, according to her Web site, is a natural linguist with command of twenty languages, she digs deeply into her vast collection of ancient manuscripts to find and communicate the purest understanding of what the original inspired writers of the Bible had to say.

Oh yeah, and she was a porn queen. Yeah, those two go together like PB & J.

Courtesy: Mothrust

Courtesy: Mothrust

Is there a resemblance? Is “Barbie Bridges” and uh, Pastor Scott indeed the same? You tell me… it must be the eyes.

Now, allow me to preface, God is a god of second chances and regardless of what she did to eh, “earn a living” back in the day, if God was in the mix of repentance, Melissa is forgiven and all is well.

However, based on the greased-pig tactics of the Scott empire, this woman is doing the same thing to get the same thing – tricks for treats. It’s all about the Benjamins, right Pastor?

So, just how did Melissa get her baptism by fire? Apparently, Gene Scott had more mystical powers of pablum than we knew:

“I’m the fruit of his lifelong ministry. He birthed me,” Scott says, choking up.

Well, that’s nice. Back to the show…

If you are proud of a testimony, why hide it? Why not express what God is capable of doing in your life? Why not lead others to the gospel with your message and the power of the Lord to remove sin as far as the east is from the west? Maybe, you’re just full of hot air like your Cuban stick smoking husband?

Asked about the Barbie Bridges matter, Scott smacks her berry-stained lips and scoffs. “It’s definitely a freak show. I’ve seen a good portion of the stuff on the Internet, and honestly, I almost have to laugh at it,” she says, flashing the smile again. Pressed further, Scott sighs deeply, then adds, “Okay, I was never an actress in a pornographic movie. So what does that do? You defend that, what else do you start defending?

I don’t know about you, but if someone accused me of being in porn, I would look into my own style of “laying on of hands” and slap that lying devil in the grill. Barbie… er, Melissa? She just rolls with it. Regretfully, her pulpit is stained with more than memories of being a pony girl. It’s her predecessor and his flagrant abuse of trust, apologetics and love of God. And then there is rumors of Melissa following in her hubby’s cankles demanding people to work for free so she can pay for her condo and surrounded by a dozen bodyguards at all times.

Jesus had that… only the guards were interested in the body of Christ, not one that has been seen across the Web on a daily basis.

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I once heard a pastor, whom I greatly admire, say something that made the “Great Commission” make all the sense in the world:

“The number one reason for Atheism in this country is the actions of most people who call themselves Christians.”

Amen! And evidently, a recent survey noted by USA Today suggests that to not only be prolific, but also prognostication.

A new survey of U.S. adults who don’t go to church, even on holidays, finds 72% say “God, a higher or supreme being, actually exists.” But just as many (72%) also say the church is “full of hypocrites.” Indeed, 44% agree with the statement “Christians get on my nerves.”

prayer-2You know, I should write this in ALL CAPS (and in bold) so you could hear my voice reverberating on these walls as I shout and yawp about the need for the whole Church to wake up, stand up and man (or woman) up!

And for the rest of us, we just need to pray like life depended on it! And it does.

There is no greater pool of humanity where the rotten apples spoil the proverbial bunch than Christianity, which is why the zealots, the realists, the devoted and the public need to be the best witnesses possible…

…and the televised, the cults, the sects, the fake, the rich and famous and the uh, “prosperous” need to realize the error of their ways.

Why? This is all your fault!

Huh?!

What does it say that “more than one in five” Americans would rather not go to church and humanistically believe in God than act like some of the fools and charlatans seen on a religious TV broadcast near you?! Don’t get me wrong, I thank God for Christian television – its premise, not what it’s become.

What it needs to be is a beacon of hope, the salt of the earth, a light in the darkness, a city set on a hill. It’s not.

Why? Consider the string of stories seen on TV that best represent God to the common person, the average believer:

Jim Jones, Robert Tilton, Warren Jeffs, Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker, Pat Robertson, Earl Paulk, Paula White, Todd Bentley, Carlton Pearson, David Koresh, Oral & Richard Roberts, Michael Guglielmucci, Mike Murdoch, Paul Crouch, Benny Hinn, Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Copeland, and on… and on… and on… and on… and on.

There’s a lot of faith in that dank room, a lot of influence and notoriety, and a lot of serious issues! However, these are some of the collective misfits folk call to memory when asked, “Who represents the Body of Christ?”

wwjd-for-realRight, wrong or indifferent: it’s always the vocal minority, the swarthy tail that wags the dog all day long. And they are it. To that end, it’s the mission of the real Christians, the living epistles to change those unfortunate and misguided perceptions.

It’s a dubious task, but if you’re up to it, our work could pay big dividends for the persecuted, the passionate and the pronounced in a world of people who really can’t stand us. Sure, we are nice people and folk in the workplace like us, they really like us.

But they watch us like hawks waiting for us to plummet in a whirlwind of sin that would take out a small village in Indonesia. And they would applaud all the while chalking up our names to the growing list of noteworthy evangelists and “other prominent folk who call themselves religious” all in the name to say, “I told you so.”

In other words, their actions aren’t doing us any favors. God is faithful but some of those who pass themselves off as “his people” are not so much.

God blesses us with money and sustenance, but those folk are chock full of greed. God gives us grace, but those nitwits with false humility ball that gift up and hurl it back into our faces. And what we have been attempting to tell the throngs quoted in this pathetic survey: God’s son is the way, the truth and the life but regretfully no one is coming to the Father because of “them.”

Most of the unchurched (86%) say they believe they can have a “good relationship with God without belonging to a church.” And 79% say “Christianity today is more about organized religion than loving God and loving people.”

Pastors and parishioners alike, if you don’t read a forsaken, plotted word I type, please read this: there is a distinct and incontrovertible reason why churches tend to be emptier these days… it’s the nasty church folk running all the good, unsaved folk out the door in the name of “being spiritual.”

Ever hear the adage, “You can be so spiritually minded that you are no earthly good”?

Yeah, neither have the people who have caused the 72 percent exodus of potential believers. Get real, Church. We have a job to do. You up to it? If so, see you in the trenches. Trust me, there will be plenty of room!

Peace.