Rev. Carlton Pearson faces oppositionMay 31st, 2009 - 1:01 am ICT by GD
Reverend Carlton Pearson is facing controversy again. Pearson has been branded a heretic and has been largely denounced since he began teaching that everyone goes to heaven, Buddhists, Muslims, homosexuals and even the devil. He lost his following, his friend and his Oklahoma church. Once regarded as one of he most influential Pentecostal preachers in the nation, Pearson is faced with some hard times ahead. Having been shunned, he worked at building up a new following, continuing with his teaching to revive his image once more.
Carlton Pearson has been named the senior pastor at the Christ Universal Temple in Chicago. It is regarded as one of the largest congregations in the city, with a strong hold of 6,000 odd members. But unrest is already brewing within the Temple. 1,000 of its members have said that they have been asked to sign a petition regarding the appointment. The concerned Christ Universal Temple members feel that Pearson doesn’t have the required theological training in metaphysical interpretation of the Bible that the church uses.
It was after an experience of personal revelation that Pearson started questioning the teachings of his church. He was rejected as a heretic because of opposing beliefs. Pearson is a fourth generation Pentecostal minister and a traveling evangelist. He would travel across the nation, holding two day revivals.
Pearson was ordained in the Church Of God in Christ. He formed the ‘Higher Dimension’ church, which grew to immense popularity in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In the 1990s, it boasted of a membership of over 5,000 individuals. In the year 1997, Pearson was ordained a bishop. On Trinity Broadcasting Network, Pearson’s show was one of the most widely watched shows. In 2000, Pearson had campaigned for George W. Bush and was later invited to the White House.
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