If there was ever any doubt that former Charismatic "Bishop" Carlton Pearson had drifted/ plunged into full-blown apostasy, there should be no more doubt after this.
It was bad enough when Pearson turned from his Pentecostal/Charismatic roots into the "Gospel of Inclusion" a sort of repackaged Christian Universalism which essentially says you'll go to heaven even if you don't accept Jesus Christ and the New Testament gospel. I watched him drift further into apostasy by embracing (and being embraced by) the "gay Christian" movement, and then drift into New Thought movement (a sort of "churchified" vehicle of New Age thinking)... even becoming a Pastor of a New Thought "church" in Chicago, Christ Universal Temple.
However, when you think it cant get any worse, it does. After effectively being forced out as shepherd/goatherd at Christ Universal Temple a few months ago, Pearson has now popped up again, hawking his newest version of the candy-coated spiritual poison he's given himself over to. This time it's "The Gathering", an interfaith spiritual venture almost certain to lead multitudes into damnation.
In a recent press release, Pearson makes it abundantly clear that he has fully fallen into the clutches of Satan as he now pushes for "a New Christianity". To the discerning mind, it's clear that this "New Christianity" he speaks of is nothing more than a watered down, non-biblical, universalistic Christianity" that is essentially a stepping-stone for churches to eventually merge into the upcoming unified one-world religion which will be the spiritual foundation for the Antichrist who is to come.
The press release is shown in full at the bottom of this article, but I've highlighted a few key snippets from his recent announcement, which show the mindset and direction of this apostate "Bishop":
"Christianity as we know it is unraveling, with fewer and fewer churchgoers. There is a movement in this country—and around the world-- of people who want to come together, sharing a common spirituality and acceptance of each other..."
“Our monthly Gatherings, inclusive of everyone, are an opportunity for all to bridge the culture gap for the first time with this common spirituality..."
"The interfaith, multicultural worship service will focus on world unity tied to Bishop Pearson’s ‘Gospel of Inclusion’. Recognized as a voice of reason and moderation in a world of extremes, his ministry is about a spiritual coming together for all humanity; Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims, gays, the spiritually unresolved and any other groups which may have been considered “unfit” and unacceptable or have been marginalized."
What we are seeing with the "Emerging Church" movement and the Christian Universalism/Gospel of Inclusion heresy that is attempting to infiltrate the church world is a definitive attempt by the devil to transform Christianity as we know it. We can expect to see more churches and prominent "ministers" adopting this new position, and carrying their churches along with them. The Bible itself warns of a great apostasy (great "falling away") before the coming of the Lord. Churches that hold firmly to true biblical Christianity can expect not only to become a relatively small remnant compared to the apostate churches and denominations, but should expect a time of full-fledged persecution to come against the true churches of Christ (which is an uncomfortable topic few saints seem to want to talk about today).
This trend is something to keep an eye on. What we're seeing here is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg; we can expect it to get a whole lot worse in the years to come.
Full text of his press release is here:
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 16, 2011After engaging a standing room only audience and with over 2,500 others around the world tuned in on-line to his first service in January, internationally recognized Bishop Carlton Pearson today announces his February 27th multi-cultural, interfaith GATHERING in Chicago that is expected to draw an even wider audience.
The live stream of the inaugural service in January drew a global audience from Asia, Europe, India, Africa, the Middle East, South America and across North America.
Bishop Pearson, who is known worldwide for his ‘Gospel of Inclusion’, launched his new ministry on Sunday, January 30th, appearing before the community for the first time since his departure from the 6,000 member Christ Universal Temple in late December. There he was preacher to about 2,000 parishioners each Sunday, with live streaming of his services reaching as far as Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia.
“Christianity as we know it is unraveling, with fewer and fewer churchgoers. There is a movement in this country—and around the world-- of people who want to come together, sharing a common spirituality and acceptance of each other, without fractious politics and structured religions getting in the way,” says Bishop Pearson. “Our monthly Gatherings, inclusive of everyone, are an opportunity for all to bridge the culture gap for the first time with this common spirituality. We will worship together knowing that we don’t have to go along to get along.”
The interfaith, multicultural worship service will focus on world unity tied to Bishop Pearson’s ‘Gospel of Inclusion’. Recognized as a voice of reason and moderation in a world of extremes, his ministry is about a spiritual coming together for all humanity; Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims, gays, the spiritually unresolved and any other groups which may have been considered “unfit” and unacceptable or have been marginalized.
Bishop Pearson and his wife Gina, a Certified Transformational Coach, will lead the GATHERING, along with other presenters and live music.
The GATHERING will take place on Sunday, February 27th in downtown Chicago from 2:30-4:00 at the Palmer House Hotel. (17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603)
Those interested in participating can watch the service live by visiting http://www.bishoppearson.com and clicking on the live stream link.
About Bishop Carlton Pearson
Pearson is the author of The Gospel of Inclusion and God is Not a Christian (both published by Simon & Schuster). Once a Fundamentalist Christian and an evangelical megastar with 6,000 people at his weekly Pentecostal Church services in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he was branded a heretic by the Fundamentalist community when, after 35 years of church ministry, he had come to question and reject the Fundamentalist doctrines of an eternal and literal hell. Instead, Pearson turned to preaching the fundamental goodness in all humanity and that God has a place in eternity for people of all faiths and lifestyles.
Pearson recently left Christ Universal Temple in Chicago where he was the interim Sr. Minister for the past two years. He has appeared on CNN, ABC's 2020, Nightline, Dateline NBC and was featured on NPR's This American Life, among other media. Pearson speaks across the country and through his work, has become spiritual advisor to a number of celebrities and business leaders across the country.
For more information on Bishop Pearson, please visit http://www.bishoppearson.com/