Netflix recently added the true story of Bishop Carlton Pearson, a Pentecostal preacher who found himself a heretic in the eyes of his peers when he found he could no longer espouse a belief in Hell in good conscious.
The film is very good as far a bio-pics go. While slow moving, it does well in showing the inner conflict of the lead character. If you have the patience, it is well worth the watch.
But it leads to the bigger discussion – what about Hell? If God is… well, GOD… and he is a God of love and forgiveness, are we damned or are we saved? Specifically are we ALL saved? And if not, then what is necessary to BE saved?
And the film even goes to the ‘gay’ question. If one is ‘gay’ are they doomed no matter what? Is there a difference between “being gay and doing gay”, a quote and question that is heard often in the film. Is there an easy answer? In the end, the question is left open for you to find the answer.
In reality, though, Bishop Pearson continues to speak and write on the of Hell and damnation. “Hell was never God’s intention. It is man’s invention. It is a human-manufactured religious icon, no less idolatrous than deifying a statue.” writes Parson in “God Is Not a Christian, Nor a Jew, Muslim, Hindu…: God Dwells with Us, in Us, Around Us, as Us”
Come Sunday, what will you hear from the pulpit in your church? That God so loved THE WORLD that He saved it? Or that some are doomed for eternity for their sins? Where do you find yourself on the doctrine of Hell? If you’ve been following us for a while, you can probably guess my answer. Where do you stand? I’d love to know!