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Showing posts with label Carlton Pearson Inclusion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Carlton Pearson Inclusion. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Is Jesus A Prerequisite For Going To Heaven?

What is Christianity without the fear of hell and reward of heaven? What is Christianity without Christ? If belief in Jesus is not a prerequisite for going to heaven, then doesn't the notion of 'not believing' begin to rot away other conceptions; of heaven, of God, of good and evil? While the gospel of inclusion is good for certain groups of people and some of other faiths.

To me it's a slippery slope, which I believe to be a bad thing. The fact that Pearson's watering down the gospel and positing something that fails to be Christian or religious is dangerous. Anyway many may find his message inspiring. He's the first Christian minister in modern times to turn Christianity on its head..he unknowingly makes Christianity nearly obsolete.

I was listening to the latest This American Life, podcast which is about Pearson. Now what I find strange is the mention of T.D. Jakes. Who's one of Carlton Pearson's proteges. Jake criticized Carlton as a heretic. But what is interesting to me about that is that T.D. Jakes is non-trinitarian (he appears to believe in modalism). Now Jakes denies a fundamental principle and belief of all Christian faith and yet is considered the most influential black pastor in America with a flock of 25,000+. Why?
Here are some of the ideas of Pearson's gospel of inclusion:



  1. * The death of Jesus Christ on the cross and His resurrection paid the price for all of humanity to have eternal life in heaven, without any requirement to repent of sins and receive salvation.
  2. * Belief in Jesus Christ, is not necessary for a person to go to heaven. Salvation is unconditional, granted by the grace of God to every human being.
  3. * It is presumed that all of humanity will have its destiny in heaven, whether they realize it or not.
  4. * All of humanity will go to heaven regardless of their religious affiliation, including those who believe in false religions or adopt any other form of religious persuasion, or who have no religious persuasion.
  5. * Only those who have "tasted of the fruits" of real intimacy with Christ and have "intentionally and consciously rejected" the grace of God will spend eternity separated from God.
  6. * There are persons in some type of hell, but the emphasis is"to get away from the picture of an angry, intolerant God. I don't see God that bitter.