Controversial pastor shuts down his church

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Bishop Carlton Pearson has shut down his
once-prominent church.

Eight years ago, Pearson's Higher Dimensions Church had about 6,000 members. He served as a guest host on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, was a member of the Oral Roberts University board of trustees and was among group of black religious leaders who advised President-elect Bush after the 2000 election.

But Pearson then began preaching that everyone goes to heaven, a
theology he calls "the gospel of inclusion." Not long after, evangelical leaders rejected Pearson, the membership in his church fell to a few hundred and the church's property was lost in foreclosure.

Its few remaining members have now been merged into a Unitarian
congregation.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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