The tale of how former Pentecostal superstar Carlton Pearson came to believe a bona-fide heresy (namely, that there is no such thing as eternal condemnation), boldly started preaching it, was soundly condemned for teaching said false doctrine (gasp, how dare they!), and thus lost his empire.
I was greatly amused by the fact that Pearson seems to think that he has a right to preach whatever his little heart desires, without reference to the faith of the community―but when the community rightly rejects his teaching and designates it as heresy, then they’re acting out of ignorance and spite, and causing him undue grief. Oh, boohoo! Please excuse me while I bust out the world’s smallest violin for you.
I was also amused by the pointed visual and narrative references to the Greek and Hebrew texts of the Bible while the reporter spoke of the “crisis of faith” that lead to Pearson’s loss of faith in the infallibility, and perhaps also in the inspiration, of the Scriptures (a crisis precipitated by “study,” of course, because it is understood that no classical Christian doctrine can withstand critical scrutiny). As we know, the weaker the argument, the greater the appeal that must be made to perceived authority! Yea verily, this is the stuff that makes theological lightweights, like the thrice-wretched John Shelby Spong et al.