We’ve reported on gcm cohort Carlton Pearson several times, but found this commentary so informative, we wanted to bring it to your attention. Although its a year old, it still sheds light on the old/new fallacy of Pearson which has now strangely rooted itself within the gay christian movement.
Its written by Matt Green, editor of Ministry Today. MT is a Christian leadership magazine under the Strang Communications umbrella.
Pentecostal universalist Carlton Pearson is convinced that his “new” take on hell will eventually be adopted by the rest of the church, as he claimed at the end of his appearance last Friday on Dateline.
The crazy thing about Pearson’s theology is not merely that he thinks he has come up with a revolutionary revelation: Pearson joins the ranks of various Christians who taught an “alternative” view of eternal punishment–from 2nd-century church father, Origen, to 20th-century religious philosopher, John Hick. No, the strange thing about Pearson is how he claims he came up with the belief system he calls inclusionism.” (Interestingly, he avoids–or is unaware of–the theological terms “inclusivism” and “universalism”.)
Since he carefully avoided the terms “universalism” and “inclusivism”, I’ve speculated before that he co-opted “inclusionism” i.e. “radical inclusion” from the gay christian movement via his previous associations with Yvette Flunder. The gcm uses the term “inclusion” like a doctrine and was using it before Pearson popularized it. Its no coincidence that the first place he fled to after being declared a heretic was not the Buddhist or Hindu temple, not the Muslim mosque and not closest atheist confab, but to the gay church. In a rather comical way, Green demonstrates how Pearson uses a “common sense” shuffle game in explaining his falsehood.
These “common-sense” objections to the traditional view of hell may resonate with the secular skeptic, but Pearson’s noticeable avoidance of a coherent biblical argument should strike any thoughtful Christian as bizarre. If you intend to dismantle a cardinal doctrine built on two millennia of church history and Scriptural interpretation, you need more than a handful of witty one-liners. It’s like trying to take down the Brooklyn Bridge with a butter knife.
In a broader sense the article shows just how flaky false doctrine really is. If you study your bible and use spiritual discernment, there’s little chance you will get sucked in by it.