Just when you thought that the controversy about “the Gospel of inclusion” had settled down and drifted into the pages of oblivion, it is appearing to be making a comeback.
On Thursday night of this past week, Bishop Carlton Pearson appeared on ABC’s Nightline and reaffirmed his theological position of several years ago about the “Doctrine of Inclusion“.
More specifically, Bishop Pearson declared that the historic Christian teaching which suggest that there is a Satan is false and erroneous. “Over the years, the church has borrowed many myths” suggested Pearson.
Bishop Carlton Pearson was joined by Deepok Chopra and faced off against Mark Driscoll and Annie Lobert to discuss whether or not Satan really exists.
A few years ago, Bishop CarltonPearson appeared before a panel of Pentecostal clerics, led by Bishop J. Delano Ellis, the Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops, who concluded that the teachings of Bishop Carlton Pearson represented modern day heresy. Since then, Bishop Carlton Pearson has gone from preaching to thousands to preaching to hundreds. The large mega-church building that he called home for so many years he has vacated and now conducts services in an Episcopal Church located in downtown Tulsa. It should be noted that the theology of the Episcopal tradition includes the Doctrine of Universal Reconciliation, which is the more historic name that of the Doctrine of Inclusion that Pearson now espouses.
The fact that the debate is airing on a major media outlet like ABC and a mainstream television program like “Nightline” serves as an indication of how fertile the topic is and to what degree the general public has an appetite for this kind of subject matter. In an expose a few years ago, Bishop Pearson closed his interview by saying “in the end you win”. One has to wonder if this is not an effort of Bishop Pearson to bring that prediction to pass.
We invite you to use the link listed below and watch the debate for yourself and then return to this blog page and record your comments. We are anxious to hear from you.
Source: Gospel Today Magazine