I have been listening to sermons by Bishop Carlton Pearson for the last few months. The sermons are located at Gary Sigler's website: Carlton Pearson Sermons
I like Bishop Pearson because we share similar backgrounds. He was raised as a fundamentalist Pentecostal and I was, too. My grandfather was a Pentecostal preacher. So, listening to Bishop Pearson's "style" is kind of like going back home for me. I never thought I'd see the day when I would hear a preacher like Bishop Pearson preaching "inclusion". It's almost surreal for me to listen to his sermons. I don't think I'll ever forget the time I was looking for a church in Lexington, KY and thought I'd go back to my "roots". I visited a Pentecostal church and heard a pastor say that if you did not tithe, you would not go to heaven. That was my last time in a Pentecostal church (except for a visit or two with my parents).
Anyway, back to the point of this post. Bishop Pearson has fallen on hard times. Most of his church has abandoned him because of his doctrine of inclusion. Because he refuses to believe (and preach) that G-d will send most of His creation to Eternal Conscious Torment (ECT) Bishop Pearson has been declared a "heretic". This has cost him dearly. I admire a man who was willing to take this stand in spite of the costs. Let's keep in mind the religious establishment of the day called Yeshua a heretic and crucified him for it. So, maybe we're not in such bad company.
National Public Radio recently interviewed Bishop Pearson on a program called "This American Life". The interview is archived here:
If you want to read more about Bishop Pearson (and maybe drop him a note of support), his website is: Higher Dimensions. I'm proud to have Bishop Pearson as a fellow heretic and admire his courage for standing up for what he believes in the face of great personal loss as a result.
* You'll need Real Audio's free player to listen to the broadcast. In case you don't have it, you can download it here: http://www.real.com You do NOT need the Premium version. The free version works just fine.