The age of emancipation by Pastor Melissa Scott

September 27, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

Now comes the age of emancipation. A child is old enough that when Mommy or Daddy shuts the lights at nighttime ‘It’s time to go to bed Johnny.’ Remember the days – now this is really, even though I said what I just said, it’s going to kind of, a little bit date me a little bit. Because I used to think that flicking on the flashlight and reading a comic book was like taboo. Now lights are shut off – click – you. Now a days the lights go off, the kids click on the computer on the mouse and they’re off on some chat room, chat land somewhere. The age of emancipation. Deceit begins. Mom and Dad think the child is in bed. The child’s doing something else.

Oh come on. Don’t try that with me. I’m trying to make a point. I love the way people try to delineate and define. Like we’re being weighed in the balance. The only measuring rod that can be used by the way is the glory of God; His standard. You go back to the garden. Let me build on this analogy and I’m going to just abandon Boice because what I have to say at this point is probably more important than what he’s going to say. You can read his book anytime.

Pastor Melissa Scot tells us that back in the garden a measure of freedom is given. Before the fall they’re clothed in that Shekanyah glory. They were naked, but they were clothed in God’s glorious light. They were radiant, beautiful, however they were. That’s the clothing pre-fall. Then the clothing right after the fall, they make aprons of fig leaves. Listen to this. The fig leave were enough to cover what they wanted to cover but not enough to cover shame because when God came and said “Adam where art thou” he hid himself. Those leaves were not enough cover.

Mediator on earth by Pastor Melissa Scott

September 23, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

You want to be everything that God will impute to you. And at the same time you’re in that body like Romans 7 wrestling against the old man that’s still present. So I was glad, I was glad for that response because it tells me the minute we come to a point – that is the corner I turned; I had to turn it too – where we recognize – now I’m going to speak for myself – I recognized the state I’m in. Truly come to a state of recognition. This is not going to be popular, but I’d rather you – the ones that raised your hand and the ones that wrestle with this – I’d rather try and help you than just play the hypocrite game and say ‘Well you’re okay and don’t worry about it and go away.’ How can you be everything that God intends you to be in your Christian walk if you keep getting stepped on? And the stepping may not occur from the outside. It may be you, yourself and the devil crushing your ability to grow.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that there’s only one Mediator on earth that can hear your plea and do something about it. Just one. Jesus Christ. You want to tell somebody that’s your business. But your confession, your issues, only one person can do something about it. We want to talk about the issues of guilt and repentance and propitiation and expiation, which we will. We’ll touch on all of those things.

I picked a little something to read to you before I get started from Pinkum, his book called The Lamb of God. I don’t necessarily agree with everything he says but says it better than I could possibly say it. So why bother trying to explain it? Just read from it. His topic, the title is Romans 3:23, The Universality of Sin. Now I can guarantee you after I am done today you either are going to – the few that raised their hand – like you’ve been liberated or you’re going to leave here thinking that I tried to lay some trip on you, which I’ll be the last person to want to do that to anybody. I want to encourage you. I want you to be able to say ‘I’m growing in the faith.’

The Apostolic Age by Pastor Melissa Scott

September 13, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

“And all the churches shall know that that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts” – literally ‘the kidneys’ is the word, but the innermost part of mankind. You’ll know when this little woven in there, the churches – that’s just more confirmation: He’s talking to this church. It’s not a woman. It’s a type. And the corruption is just growing and growing and getting worse. Now probably this week I pray that I’ll be able to come and do this. I’ve wanted to do this for months now. I want to start looking at church history through these different doors where we go down a corridor and we see this point in time.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that this is the historic church from the Apostolic Age and actually go through all of the real defining moments that let us know why we have some of the things that we have in the church; what’s going on.

He says, “I’ll give unto every one of you according to your works. But unto you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine” – don’t have this type of teaching – “and which have not know the depths of Satan” – you have not even gone to that place where now the church has taken you -”as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.”

Now here’s a strange inversion of things. What I called the formula of how we have a letter that closes, in times past, the letter closes something like this. We’ll have a “to he that hath an ear let him hear” then “the over comer” – the promise to the over comer. Here it’s a little bit different. “He that hath an ear” is going to be at the end because there is a double promise with a double emphasis of something that’s going to be asked of the church. “And to he that overcometh” and we’ve already covered that. The victor, those who cross the finish line, those who will not get involved with those things, those who are going to be victorious in Christ and “keepeth my works.” I’m not going to get into the Greek here except to tell you there is a double emphasis. Not only “to he that overcometh” but a double emphasis on “he that keepeth my works.” Now what does that mean?

Six commendations of the church by Pastor Melissa Scott

September 8, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

What else? “His eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet like fine brass.” Well I said He’s going to come to the people exactly where they are. Those eyes of His are going to burn through and pierce through the veil of fallacy. And His feet of brass when they finally do touch down there will be judgment, but you’re going to see in this He’s already warned this church. We don’t have record of it. He’s already warned them and I’m going to prove that as we go through the text. There’s going to be a lot of hot stuff flying around because these people as good as they are in these, in the next verse.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that in verse 19 you have six commendations of the church. Not seven for example but six. Listen to what it says “I know thy works” – erga the King James does a little blunder it says “and charity.” The word is agapane. How strange that – you know the word. I’ll write it phonetically in English. It’s actually the ending tells us what it is. The whole text is written, almost all of it in the accusative referring to the church because “I know your works, I know your love” – not charity – “your love” and not just any kind of love. Not eros: erotic love. Not phileo: you do for me I do for you. But “I know your agapiv” – your unconditional, uncalculated giving of yourself.

So how could we be in this church? I just told you a lot of bad things about it. How could this be happening? Well they had to have a little bit of good, right? Just a little bit. It says “I know your works, I know your agapiv and service.” That word transferred over. I don’t want to too much into language because I’ve got other stuff to do is the word we get for ‘deacon.’ He’s saying service to the ministry. It’s the word that we eventually translate into English deacon. So ‘I know your service in the ministry and your faith’ – pistin -’and your endurance’ – not patience – ‘your endurance and your works. He just repeated works twice. Is that a mistake?