Bishop Carlton Pearson wrote an open letter to address the I’m Not Gay No More viral video that has stormed across all social media platforms and brought laughter into the hearts of many viewers. In the letter Pearson slams the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) for being superficial while presenting this video as a miracle of deliverance. Pearson says while organizations are busy playing church, Oprah and Deepak have millions of people meditating and experiencing authentic transformation across denominational, ethnic and racial boundaries.
Pearson, at one time, was the senior pastor of the Higher Dimensions Evangelistic Center. He was ordained in ministry under the COGIC church and had one of the largest churches in Tulsa, Oklahoma which was later renamed Higher Dimensions Family Church. During the 1990s Pearson’s church had an average attendance well over 5,000 people and his annual Azusa conference’s attendance was at least 50,000 each year. This mega conference has given many ministries international recognition such as Dr. Myles Munroe, Joyce Meyers and even Bishop T.D. Jakes.
His ministry began a rapid decline when the pastor stated his “new found” belief in universal reconciliation. Eventually, he was declared a heretic by his ministerial peers. Pearson was accused of wanting to rewrite the theology of the charismatic faith by preaching the “Gospel of Inclusion.” This well-known pastor’s truth changed to incorporate that the death of Christ conclusively reconciled all of humanity to God. Although many do not realize it, according to Pearson, the only separation between God’s grace and man exists solely in unenlightened minds and is illusionary and subjective.
Pearson was later called “gay” by many of those same peers because of his teaching and allowance of the LGBTQ community into his “inclusive” church. He did not hesitate to respond to the accusations and address his accusers in an open letter on his Facebook page. The minister responded by saying he is not gay but would not be ashamed nor would he apologize if he were. He has been married to his wife, whom he loves dearly, for more than 20 years but has many married and single gay friends that they both love and respect. The bishop added:
As Inclusionists, we teach that we do not have to go along to get along and that we can mind many of the same things without necessarily having the same mind about everything. Inclusionists believe Peace is possible, both individually and globally.
While many of his self-righteous detractors, as Pearson called them, have accused him of being homosexual because he is openly supportive of this community; outside of the Jewish community, the SGL community was the first to reach out to the preacher when others had shunned him. Pearson said he is amazed that so many Christians cannot understand nor believe that someone loves unconditionally, just as they proclaim Jesus did. He said:
Most so-called ‘people of faith’ actually have more fear than faith or more faith in their fears than in God.
Pearson said he loves Christ and so-called “Christian values” meaning the ones that were taught more by Christ than most Christians. The shunned pastor said he is not preaching a false doctrine, instead he exposing over 2000 years of entrenched and mostly erroneous indoctrination.
When speaking of the viral “deliverance” video that was taken during the 107th Holy Convocation for the Church of God in Christ, the ex-COGIC preacher said there is so much more to the honest transformation of lives. He wanted to know how long thousands will continue to tolerate the spiritless, superficial, going through the motions, self-mockery that goes on without someone offering correction. There is no hiding sloppy and irresponsible “religion” anymore with the internet and worldwide web.
by: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)