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For The Wages Of Love Is Ex-communication

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For the wages of sin is death… – Romans 6:23

For the wages of love and inclusion is ex-communication, branding as a heretic, loss of income, suppression of speech, ridicule, slander, abandonment, and eternal torment. – Modern Christianity to Carlton Pearson

Bishop Carlton Pearson
I just happened on the story of Bishop Carlton Pearson, a Pentecostal pastor who has fallen from grace. Seems like it may have been the best thing that could have happened to him.

Bishop Carlton Pearson was once the typical Pentecostal Evangelical Fundy preacher. In fact, having been under the personal tutelage of Oral Roberts he was more than typical, he was evangelical fundyism personified.

He preached the ultimate fundy gospel with all the trimmings. All the division, all the fire, all the brimstone. Roberts must have been proud as punch of Pearson.

But one day Pearson had an epiphany, ironically similar to the one Saul claimed to have on the road to Damascus. Pearson’s best friend had confessed he was gay.

Apparently, the shock precipitated the epiphany. Pearson began to consider things a bit more personally. Gradually, Bishop Pearson’s beliefs and message became more and more tolerant, and eventually downright inclusive. No longer was homosexuality an unforgivable affront. No longer was hatred and bigotry the bedrock of his gospel.

Pearson’s gospel morphed into a “Gospel of Inclusion” as he calls it. There is no single path to God, no hell, and even Satan could ask forgiveness.

This was simply too much for the leaders of Christianity. For his egregious crimes of inclusion and love extended to all, Pearson has been branded a heretic.

“We do hereby declare that the doctrine of Inclusionism is an unorthodox teaching and shall be classified as a heresy by the Joint College of African-American Pentecostal Bishops Congress,” wrote Bishop Clifford Leon Frazier, chairman of the joint college’s doctrinal commission, in a March 29 report released to Religion News Service.

“Because of our concern for the many people that could be influenced to adopt this heresy and in so doing put at risk the eternal destiny of their souls, we are compelled to declare Bishop Carlton Pearson a heretic.” – (as reported by Adelle M. Banks of Religion News Service)

Frazier summed up his thoughts on Pearson even more succinctly for the Dallas Morning News: “He’s crazy.”

I applaud Bishop Pearson’s inclusiveness. I cheer his standing up to the hate mongers. I hope his message shakes the foundations of religious fundamentalism in America and spreads across the globe, bringing the monolithic church to the ground.

Unfortunately it’s an unlikely outcome. There is big money in spreading hate against “the other”. There is a drunkenness on power in religion against which Bishop Pearson simply cannot stand. There is too much self-satisfaction to be had by self-important, self-aggrandizing, self-righteous church leaders when they can pontificate on the fate of other human beings who will not blindly do as they are told.

Make no mistake, the Christian church will use every means at its disposal to squash Bishop Pearson like a bug. His message will be eradicated before it can spread. The leaders of Christianity cannot have people think for themselves, cannot have a world with no enemies to hate and make war against, cannot have a peaceful planet where they are ignored.

That would be a fate worse than death. For such people it would in fact, be Hell.

Filed under: Fundies, Rants, Religion

11 Responses

  1. Sergeant Zim says:

    A few rather amusing quotes by Martin Luther – that pillar of tolerance and charity:

    Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has: it never comes to the aid of spritual things, but–more frequently than not –struggles against the Divine Word….

    Reason must be deluded, blinded, and destroyed. Faith must trample underfoot all reason, sense, and understanding, and whatever it sees must be put out of sight

    What shall we do with…the Jews?…set fire to their synagogues or schools and bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so that no man will ever again see a stone or cinder of them.

    Even though they grow weary and wear themselves out with child-bearing, it does not matter; let them go on bearing children till they die, that is what they are there for.

    And here’s a mystery quote. 50 points to whoever identifies the speaker:

    Secular schools can never be tolerated because such a school has no religious instruction and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith…. We need believing people.

  2. Sergeant Zim says:

    The wages of sin ARE death, but after they take out for taxes, 401(k) and insurance it’s more of a tired feeling – Paula Poundstone

  3. JanieBelle says:

    Your bonus quote question treads awful close to invoking Godwin’s Law, but I’ll allow it in context.

    Just so y’know.

    🙂

  4. JanieBelle says:

    oh, btw:

    April 26, 1933

  5. damewiggy says:

    why must they make baby jesus cry?

  6. Kevin Scott says:

    This article is just gay.

  7. Gigi says:

    Did you see the news story on CNN on Friday June 24? I was told he said He is gay…

  8. Sergeant Zim says:

    JanieBelle,
    You’ve earned your 50-point bonus, thanks for playing the game!

    Now – – – – in what form would you like your points , and where shall I deliver them? (evil wink)

  9. JanieBelle says:

    You guys crack me up…

    Gigi, could you clarify? Who said who is gay?

    SZ,

    Oh I am such an exhibitionist, you can deliver them right here in front of everybody! Like Elizabeth Wood says, Sex is always better in the public square! Oh wait… that’s me that says that.

    Her blog is Sexinthepublicsquare.org

    I get confused sometimes.

    Dame Wigglybutt,

    It’s cause they’re mean child abusers!

    Kevin,

    I liked it better when your name was whore. I could say, “Hiya whore” and “Bye Whore” and nobody would be sure if I was calling you by name or insulting you. I rather enjoyed that.

    Kisses to you all,

  10. Kevin Scott says:

    Once I have time to ask WordPress why I can’t seem to sign up for a new account (even with a new address), I’ll go back to whore.

    Did you catch my post shout out to you?

  11. JanieBelle says:

    No, I’ve been a little tied up today…

    so to speak.

    😉

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