July 2013 – The Demonic Gospel of Inclusion
by Dr. David M. Berman
“Inclusion.” Who could be against including people? After all, that’s a nice word isn’t it? No one wants to be thought of as excluding people from anything in this culture. There has been a drum beat into the psyche of our country that proclaims any and all discrimination is wrong, even as those who beat that drum support exclusion and discrimination themselves. They have segregated minority groups into leftist organizations like the Hispanic organization called “La Raza” (The Race) who’s motto is “For the race everything, those outside the race nothing.” How about the National Organization of Women? Have they ever had a man lead it? Has the Congressional Black Caucus had an Asian lead it? You might say “Of course a black person would lead a black group.” I am not disputing the validity of a black person leading a black organization, I am simply pointing out that the same people who say there should never be exclusion of a race, they themselves exclude based on race.
Before you say I am stretching, I draw your attention to the recent attacks on Christian College organizations being told that they can’t exclude non-Christians from membership or leadership. In 2012 The University of North Carolina-Greensboro ordered a Christian club to allow non-Christians as leaders and members. So let me get this straight; the Christian organization has to allow non-Christians to join and lead them???? Did they also say that the woman’s organization has to be led by a man? How about the discriminatory “Black Graduate Association” at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro?
Their website mission statement reads. “The Mission of the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is to elevate the scholarship of Black graduate students by engaging in activities that are in the best interests of Black graduate students at N.C.G.U.”
You see the left speaks out of both sides of their mouth and yet they have been successful in infiltrating every institution including the Churches.
The constant barrage of multi culturalism, political correctness, and the idea that there is a Constitutional right not to be offended has crept into American “Christianity.” To preach the true gospel is to preach an unacceptable world view to the anti-Christ left, a view that is exclusionary. So called Unitarian churches started pushing the idea that all roads lead to heaven in 1825. This and other heretical teachings were challenged by Evangelicalism which sought to raise at least the basic standards of the biblical Christian faith.
The following is the “National Association of Evangelicals” statement of faith:
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately, evangelicals have been infiltrated by heretics. From the so called “Emergent Church” movement to the pop Christianity of Joel Osteen, The American Church has in many ways been too weak to stand for the Gospel truth.
I have said all this to lead to the main topic at hand. The non-exclusionary, everyone gets a trophy no matter what they do thinking has entered much of American religion. There is a heretical movement springing forth which is simply warmed over Unitarianism with a Pentecostal flare.
About twenty years ago a young, dynamic, preacher broke out into the T.V mega church movement. This preacher had the ability to motivate and move people by his speaking skills. He became so powerful that he was seen as political help to the so called “Religious right.” His Name, Bishop Carlton Pearson. Not only was this man a great speaker, he could sing as a professional. Pearson had been preaching since he was a teen. He graduated from Oral Roberts University and became a leader in ORU after he graduated. A sought after preacher, a man of high regard. In all ways he had obtained what would be seen as the height of influence and success. But something happened. Pearson listened to that old deceiver, that liar, the dark one. Satan spoke to him. He claims it was God speaking to him and giving him a revelation. The problem is that the “revelation” is totally and completely unbiblical. (As I write this, a video of Carlton Pearson explaining this himself is on YouTube:
The “revelation” that he says he got directly from God is that there is no Hell, and that all people will in the end go to heaven. This preacher listened to the voice of the Devil who famously said to Eve “Hath God said?” That same question came to him and he answered it with his own mind rather than with the Word of God. Although the heretical Unitarian position is nothing new, this so called “Gospel of Inclusion” has gained ground in the Emergent movement, and the increasingly liberal seminaries. In typical cultist fashion, these false prophets twist and tangle the bible in order to make it say what they will. The torture of Scripture knows no bounds with these deceivers.
I spent quite a bit of time honestly listening to Carlton Pearson. Not because I though he had anything valid to say in defense of his ridiculous doctrine. But rather because I wanted to know how a man could go so far away from basic Christian truth. What I discovered is this. His upbringing in the gospel played a large role in his fall away from truth. By his own admission he was raised in intense legalism. Fear of the Devil was a predominant theme in his upbringing. His Pentecostal hell fire preaching and constant reminder of Satan clearly affected him negatively. After listening to him explain, I have concluded that he simply gave in to what I call reactionary theology. A term I have coined and used many times to describe what happens when a person reacts to bad theology rather than responding to bad theology and adjusting it to the biblical standard. A reaction is often something that bounces a person to the opposite position thereby placing them in their own error.
A response is to carefully seek the Scriptures to get the mind of Christ on the matter. Pearson’s reaction to overboard pharisaical legalism led him to sink into the abyss of sinful license. There are many theological problems with the hard core Pentecostal movement but at least they believed that you need Jesus to be saved.
The “gospel of inclusion” is indeed warmed over Unitarianism however it is even worse from the standpoint of its effect on the society.
This Unitarianism comes at a time where the country has almost totally turned from God. This “gospel of inclusion” places human morality over God. It challenges the morality of God by coming to the conclusion that Hell is unjust. Judgment is unjust, and that a God who would make any judgment not in keeping with what man decides is moral must be an immoral God. In doing this they are practicing pure idolatry as they make up their own God based on the standards of human liberalism. God is the only wise God, true in righteousness, and every judgment he makes is righteous. They may call their god biblical, they may even call their god Jesus, but their God is not the God of the Bible.
Salvation is found in none other but the Savior of the Bible: Jesus Christ.
The Bible is clear:
Luke 12:9 (Jesus said) “But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.”
John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
1 John 2:22 “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.”
1 John 2:23 “Whosoever denies the Son, the same has not the Father: but he that confesses the Son has the Father also.”
Acts 4:12 (Speaking of Jesus) “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Romans 16:24-27 “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.”
Is everyone is included in the provision that Jesus made for Salvation? Yes:
1 Timothy 4:10 “For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, especially of those that believe.”
Is everyone saved no matter what they do, or what they believe? No
John 1:12 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”
Jesus is the Savior to all. He died to pay the price for sin for all. However we must “receive him” by faith. The idea that we can be saved without receiving him by grace through faith is completely unbiblical. The idea that the Kingdom of God is not exclusively for those who choose to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior is ludicrous. The Gospel is not subject to what mankind determines it to be. It is the eternal will and Word of God.
Jesus summed up the answer to those who preach the false “gospel of inclusion” when he said this:
Matthew 7:13-15 “Enter in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be who go in there: Because narrow is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”