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Preach Another Gospel, Lose Church

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A year ago I posted this sentiment from Bishop Carlton Pearson found on a Starbucks cup: “In reality, Hell is not such an intention of God as it is an invention of man. God is love and people are precious. Authentic truth is not so much taught or learned as it is remembered. Somewhere in your pre-incarnate consciousness you were loved absolutely because you were. Loved absolutely, and in reality, you still are! Remember who you are!”

Here’s where the Bishop finds himself today, according to an article by OneNewsNow:

TULSA, Okla. – A once prominent leader in the charismatic movement has been forced to shut down his church in the wake of a radical change in his theological beliefs.

Eight years ago, Bishop Carlton Pearson’s Higher Dimensions Church had about 6,000 members. He served as a guest host on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, was a member of the Oral Roberts University board of trustees, and was among group of black religious leaders who advised President-elect George W. Bush after the 2000 election.

But Pearson then began preaching that everyone goes to heaven, a theology he calls “the gospel of inclusion.” Not long after, evangelical leaders rejected Pearson, the membership in his church fell to a few hundred, and the church’s property was lost in foreclosure.

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!
(Galatians 1:8-9)

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