But not so fast,it seems that several members of the congregation are protesting Pearson’s appointment as senior minister, saying he lacks the theological training to lead a New Thought church like Christ Universal... The movement uses a metaphysical interpretation of the Bible and focuses on healing, meditation and thinking positive thoughts to improve one’s life.
“Pearson is a fourth-generation Pentecostal, and we are a New Thought church,” said Rev. Fred Randall, a church minister for 40 years. “He could be a student in New Thought. Yes. But a leader? No.”Rev. Roderick Norton said: “It’s like bringing a Catholic priest into a Baptist church. It’s an insult to us.”
Pearson, said he was surprised to find opposition in a New Thought church...“New Thought is not an exclusive group that demeans other movements and expressions,” Pearson said. “I didn’t expect to encounter this in New Thought once I moved away from fundamentalism.”
But, Pearson said his inclusion message goes hand in hand with the church’s New Thought principles... He said he is not coming to dismantle their teachings... Instead, his goal is to expand New Thought and attract more members...He said he believes that members opposed to him are fearful of change...Pearson says he's“ coming to enhance, to enlarge, to expand New Thought.... That’s why I’m here,” Pearson said. “I think it’s the best-kept secret on the planet... And I don’t know anybody who could expose more people to it … under the kind of leadership that I plan to bring.”