I, first of all, have tons of respect for Pastor Melissa Scott. She is not going to put on a big presentation to share the truth. That being said, I am not her. There are a number of Pastor Melissa’s out there. Many of them are not on the internet. I’m going to take a leap and say, people who know Pastor Melissa Scott don’t know me. People who know me probably will not know Pastor Melissa Scott.
“Planting the seed, spreading the good news of the glorious Kingdom to come, looking after the orphans and widows has fallen to the wayside, and been replaced by dumpers, bumpers, thumpers and jumpers.”
This is an excellent sentence. I think it’s important to know *why* dumpers, and all have replaced spreading the good news and looking after orphans and widows. I think the answer is how the internet has worked for the past decade.
1. This is a place for sudden and inexplicable fame. People uploading things they wouldn’t have shared in public 20 years ago in hopes it goes viral. It’s not about making money, it’s about being famous. That has made it a selfish place.
2. When people need free ideas they come online. Therefore they are not here to help the widow or orphan.
3. There are so many popular Christian bloggers right now without formal education. Really difficult to spread the good news when there is so much junk out there.
It is my prayer something/someone genuine will rise to the top and help bring our focus back.
Last note: Beck’s “I love you” is a great first step.
November 8, 2014 at 7:25pm
As someone with an online ministry, this interested me. Just to add to the discussion, once a month I host a guest who can write their opinion of scripture coming from their context. People who do not share faith at all online, will open up and share when given a religious place to share it.
This also makes me think of the Christianity subreddit. (r/Christianity). There used to be tons of dumpers. (Bloggers that just dump their blog to the site and leave.) The moderators now require anyone who posts to also respond to someone elses work. It’s relevant to this article in that it creates a community where everyone within the site is sharing and responding to what others share.
Finally, I would like to know, of those who share their faith online (like myself) would there be a higher % of seeing others who share online. I go to the right places to see people all the time sharing their faith online. Of course, I know where to look.
pastor Melissa..... the big question is how many people share the correct Gospel. we are not commanded to share our beliefs or our faith. looking at these % numbers, something doesn't seem right. 3,217 randomly selected adults in U S households, is the clue. if those numbers are valid, the god of this age is way out in front. the coming Kingdom of God is the only gospel we should be sharing or listening to.I have been listening to Dr. Scott, for yrs. and now have been blessed with your continuation of his wisdom and knowledge of the the true written word. Planting the seed, spreading the good news of the glorious Kingdom to come, looking after the orphans and widows has fallen to the wayside, and been replaced by dumpers, bumpers, thumpers and jumpers. peace
May 30, 2014 at 9:24am
I agree. Good luck. He talks to much about church and God on air, this is a fantastic move for him!
May 20, 2014 at 9:12pm
Part of life is living with mistakes. If ministers could simply delete them… what kind of example is that?
May 20, 2014 at 3:57pm
Driscoll is an internet hot button for many. More recently, there is talk about people stepping down at Mars Hill, also, he most notably had a ghost writer(s) for one of his recent books.
When we sin and ask God for forgiveness, He is gracious and forgives, then He forgets it. We don't because we need to remember so as (hopefully) not to fall into the same trap again. Some things take more than one time to cement the lesson however..
April 7, 2014 at 6:51pm
He mentions all these males that he believes are called by God. I would love to hear his list of females he believes are called by God.
March 14, 2014 at 2:34pm
These evangelists have the right start. They go and get people into the pews. (Or moveable chairs as many new congregations have now.) It just seems if the purpose is God instead of the preacher, they would be more excited about continually splitting the church to grow out instead staying together and growing up.
I just see so much potential being put into one basket. The next great christian leader will be a Johnny Appleseed of the faith and start churches, not one big mega-church.
Make disciples, and plant churches! Yes! This is the great commission. Our fellowship lives by this, and it puts the lie to those who say Christianity is dieing.
 March 12, 2014 at 8:07pm
This is a husband, wife and two kids. The wife looks young, but it’s a wife.
Also, he is best friends with a reindeer. It was a joke. You know, just like it used to be funny to see dudes in sitcoms dressed like chicks.
Let this one go. It’s not worth the time.
March 12, 2014 at 11:27am
I realize I am jumping on this train kinda late and will probably never be read.
I was a server and I am a minister. For awhile I was both. Because of the place I was working (a family owned restaurant) there would be nights where I would make awesome tips because the place would be packed (My average was 18% I took my job seriously and worked hard.) There were many nights I only took home my wage $2.25 an hour or maybe $5 or $10 dollars more than that because someone came in to eat. It hurts when a customer purchases $50 in food and drinks, you give great service, you make sure their drinks are filled, you bring all that food and drink to their table, and they only tip $2-$5. This is a feeling one can only understand if you are living it. Especially when you only have 1-3 tables in a night, all of a sudden bad tippers make your nightly pay under minimum wage.
Now about tithing vs. tipping. It is despicable to me that an actual minister would compare tithing to tipping. Tithing is giving 10% of everything you earn. This is way more than giving a server possibly $20 for good service. Once someone actually starts tithing they may realize how miniscule a good tip actually could be. That minister saying she gives 10% to God suggests she gives just as little to God as she gives to a server. What? You give 10% like it’s some bill that has to be paid? Don’t go there. It lowers ministers- male and female.
December 22, 2013 at 10:24pm
This was beautiful. Thank you for sharing this on the Blaze.
November 20, 2013 at 12:47pm
Enjoyed reading this. Thank you. I would love to see paintings that show this sort of prayer, or show this sort of priestly pose. The position of an icon is always important. The easiest answer to the image being a female priest would be to see how other depicted priests in the catacombs have their hands. Are those images available.?
November 8, 2013 at 7:38am
When one looks at a theology, a key to look for is the scandal at the cross. What makes the cross something that becomes a game changer for humanity? I admire and respect Billy Graham. I saw him in middle school and really attached to his message. I find it sad, not for him but for us, that the scandal is sin is real and we need to accept.
I went to a leadership conference on new church start back in February. At one point I was offended because a speaker suggested people can’t handle the word sin anymore. “Instead of saying sin we need to say, ‘I messed up.’”
Sacrificers vs. non or self sacrificers.
One of the problems is Roman or pagan style Christianity, which is a sacrificer religion (those who believe in a deity that require blood sacrifice either by animal or human / false type god). Most of the world are sacrificers. These are still in the "sacrificial mode" or belief system, and although Jesus was supposed to be the end or focus of literal sacrifice, they still do it by finding scape goats, to place their guilt or sin.
Read the Bible on the progression of the sacrificers.
Progression of sacrifice;
Human sacrifice to
Animal sacrifice to
Foreskin sacrifice to
Water sacrifice (sacrificed through immersion)
October 29, 2013 at 10:01am
I truly appreciate the way Ole Anthony put it. There is nothing wrong with using your own money but it becomes questionable what your money is when you are using a religious institution to advertise and write. I think the real issue is stewardship. Is Pastor Furtick celebrating congregants who can rise up on their own? Does he practice what he preach? Is he saying give up your worldly possessions from one side of his mouth and building mansions with the other? Who is he contracting to build?
There was a priest in Germany using church funds to build his own mansion. Just adding that in because the two stories might be good to relate to one another.
October 28, 2013 at 8:41am
I marched flute in high school and I have so much respect for this! There is a reason when marching bands move around the field it is usually blobs and squiggly lines. It’s because it is difficult enough to make the squiggly lines look good. Appreciate the art. This is a group of individuals acting together to create an image while playing an instrument. Wow. Amazing.
I played sax and I have to say ultimately I was always most impressed by the tuba players
October 23, 2013 at 12:02pm
Radical Hospitality: If you ever want to know why /r/Christianity is so less populated and popular than /r/atheism consider hospitality.
Instead of relating to the people on the site they point those with questions to the faqs page. Instead of embracing the those who come with their personal sites they immediately downvote anything that isn’t directly posted as a self post.
It has become one of the least hospitable places to find a Christian perspective.
October 18, 2013 at 10:40am
Good for him. If he has really found God and wants to share that relationship with others, he could change a lot of minds and hearts towards Christ. May God bless him if this is true.
October 9, 2013 at 8:07am
Because too many of the “wrong” people were getting arrested for standing up for their beliefs. WWII and Vietnam Vets. Average Citizens using national parks. Now they have pictures where they are being arrested for going against the system.
October 9, 2013 at 7:57am
I was reading about the Vietnam Vets who were arrested at the memorial in New York. I thought, isn’t it interesting who is getting arrested this time around for their beliefs. Back in the 60′s the Hippies and anti-segregationists were the ones who were arrested. In other words, the ones who were deemed to be in the right. This time around the Vietnam Vets, who the Hippies were sadly against, are the ones getting arrested. I thought, I wonder if the left is aware of who is willing to get arrested to do the right thing? Perhaps this article is a resounding yes. This was staged to make the left continue to look right. My belief, but I believe it is true.
The veterans you speak of are members of Veterans for Peace which is a left wing anti-war group. They were not there trying to visit the memorial, they were protesting the reason for it. And rightfully got arrested for violating the curfew.
Viet Nam veteran, Door gunner/crew chief