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The Gospel of Inclusion: Reaching Beyond Religious Fundamentalism to the True Love of God and Self Paperback – March 10, 2009


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416547932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416547938
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Carlton Pearson's book, The Gospel of Inclusion, presents a powerful new voice that is emerging in Pentecostal circles. The God Bishop Pearson is serving is a God of love, not judgment; a God of universalism, not sectarianism; a God of expansion, not control. It is intriguing, provocative, and hopeful, a surprising twist in our ancient faith story." -- John Shelby Spong, author of Why Christianity Must Change or Die and The Sins of Scripture

"I love the spirit of Bishop Carlton Pearson's book, The Gospel of Inclusion. It arrives to a generation whose fear of deception is often greater than its faith. Bishop Pearson has nailed a thesis to our church door and demanded reformation. He comes with the spirit of Elijah and the courage of John the Baptist and Paul the Apostle." -- Dr. Mark Hanby, Mark Hanby Ministries

"If you are ready to meet God, read my friend Bishop Carlton's wise, insightful, and instantly life-changing book. You will be stimulated to share these ideas with all you love. I did, and I am glad I did." -- Mark Victor Hansen, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Soul

"A refreshing look at a religion that is at the center of the current international conflict. I salute Bishop Pearson for having taken a bold step in the right direction. A book for all sane people to read and digest. Gripping and outstanding!" -- Arun Gandhi, president, K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

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"A refreshing look at a religion that is at the center of the current International conflict. I salute Bishop Pearson for having taken a bold step in the right direction. A book for all sane people to read and digest. Gripping and outstanding!!" -- Arun Gandhi, President of the Mahatma K. Ghandi Institute for Nonviolence

"Carlton Pearson's book, The Gospel of Inclusion presents a powerful new voice that is emerging in Pentecostal circles. The God Bishop Pearson is serving is a God of love not judgment, a God of universalism not sectarianism, a God of expansion not control. It is intriguing, provocative and hopeful, a surprising twist in our ancient faith story." -- John Shelby Spong, author of Why Christianity Must Change or Die and The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible's Tenor of Hate to Reveal the God of Love

"I love the spirit of Bishop Carlton Pearson's book, The Gospel of Inclusion. It arrives to a generation whose fear of deception is often greater than its faith...Bishop Pearson has nailed a thesis to our church door and demanded reformation. He comes with the spirit of Elijah and the courage of John the Baptist and Paul the Apostle." -- Dr. Mark Hanby, Mark Hanby Ministries

"If you are ready to meet God, read my friend Bishop Carlton's wisely, insightful and instantly life changing book. You will be stimulated to share these ideas with all that you love. I did, and I am glad I did." -- Mark Victor Hansen, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Bishop Carlton Pearson is an independent spiritual leader and successful Gospel recording artist. He was once an heir-apparent to Oral Roberts and a bishop in the Pentecostal Church, presiding over six hundred churches. He lives in Chicago.

Customer Reviews

God is simply love.
Uber Duck
The words and wisdom in this book by Bishop Carlton Pearson I believe will spawn a new movement in theological inquisition.
Philippe Matthews
Most people seem to be more in love with the idea of hell then GOD HIMSELF.
Jason Daigrepont

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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Change on May 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The book not only brings you into the realm of the spiritual world, it provides you with a better understanding of the effects of religions in today's world. This book digs deep into the roots of religion and how it can be detrimental to society. With sveral different religions around the world and thousands of different denominations within those religions, it's easy to see why there's so much separation in the world today. Over the last 4,000 years, 5,000 different conflicts or wars have taken place because of religious differences. Where religions were supposed to unite us as a people, it has served to separates us.

The key point to this book is to unite people from all different types of backgrounds and let everyone know that they are already saved. It's to let us know that we are ALL included in salvation process. In addition, that this manufactured Devil with a pitch fork in one hand, horns on his head, and a tail is just that...manufactured! Fear-mongering tactics that have been used since the beginning of time.

The one question I asked myself after reading this book was "Would God allow for HIS children to be tortured for an eternity? Would a God who loves us so much, allow for children to suffer not just from an ordinary or quick death but to be burned in a pit of fire and remain in pain for an eternity?" That answer is NO! How could our loving and merciful God honestly enjoy himself in heaven knowing that the majority of HIS children are being tortured? This is why I don't believe in the Hell that has been manufactured by religious leaders of the past.

God loves you Always and Forever
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Joe P. on May 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'm not a religious man, but I have a feeling I could become one if I spent time with Bishop Pearson. He's a man of unbelievable courage. It takes great strength to question one's own beliefs, but even greater fortitude to then defy one's community and risk losing everything for one's new world view (which he has done, based on the This American Life program I heard about him).

I rejected religion and God based mostly on the divisive, fear-based manipulation of organized religions that he spends much of this book railing against. But even better is his positive message that God is much more than we can understand, and fundamentally inherent in us all. This is a work of tremendous faith, intellectual rigor, scholarship, love and bravery by a great man of our time. The writing is a little bit repetitive, but that does not detract from the passion and vision. This book may anger you, but it's worth it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Bodine on August 31, 2007
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Brother Carlton is a forerunner that God has chosen to speak forth in this hour. As a Baptist, turned Pentecostal/Charsmatic Minister, I, too, always struggled with the idea that the Father God I knew personally to be full of mercy and grace, could be unforgiving and cruel full of punishment that we had been taught. True punishment of evil is to obliviate it through love. Our God is the consuming fire. Thank you Brother Carlton. You are not alone.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jason Daigrepont on October 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
WHat can I say? Carlton Pearson is such a brave man, to preach the love of God over religion and there scare tactics! "the whole world is alreay saved the just don't know it!" We are accepted by God already because of Christ. Its not about us acepting him its we are already accepted in him and forgiven. This powerful is changing and will continue to change lives. Pearson lost it all because he believes hell is on earth and not a eternal torture chamber in fire. Most people seem to be more in love with the idea of hell then GOD HIMSELF. They love to put people there. And angry vengenceful God leads to angry vengenceful people. This book is awesome and life changing. Please buy the book. He asks questions most of us today are scared to ask. Thanks Carlton
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By O. Brown HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 28, 2007
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This book is about a way to be a Christian that is loving and caring, living in the spirit of Jesus rather than by church doctrine and man-made rules based upon hatred and fear. The author uses many quotes from the Bible as well as quotes by theologians and other thinkers to make his case in diagnosing the problems with Christianity today and in arguing that there is a better way, a way that was practiced by the first-century church and beyond for almost 500 years. If you are someone who loves God and who desperately wants to follow Jesus, yet can't bear to call yourself a Christian because you are uninterested in the orthodox evangelical or fundamentalist churches...this is the book for you.

The author presents God as love at great personal cost. He has been attacked and vilified by evangelical and fundamentalist leaders, and has lost his lucrative ministry, and in some ways his life's work. However, the same could have been said about Paul (author of some of the New Testament), who also did an about-face and preached the real message of Christ. In my opinion, it is the author's life's work that led him just to this point, and that gives his message the sincerity and the purity it has.

I have to admit that before I read this book I was considering leaving Christianity for good. I still loved Jesus, but didn't know how to live as a Christian in today's dogma-based, money-based, and fear-based churches. "The Gospel of Inclusion" is genuinely good news, and has given me a way to follow Christ without being a part of what I frankly am repulsed by in the institutionalized and religion-based so-called "Christian" churches. Rev. Pearson has found a spiritual home and a message and a way to follow Jesus that is good news for all people, and I know that I will too.

I consider this book a spiritual classic that will inspire many, and perhaps comfort you if you need a soft place to fall.

Highly recommended.
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