Preacher and gospel music figure Carlton Pearson in more theological controversy.

OKLAHOMA-based pastor and gospel music figure Carlton Pearson has drawn more criticism concerning his unorthodox beliefs. At a charismatic church leaders meeting in Tampa, Florida, Pearson spoke about unrepentant homosexuals getting into Heaven. According to an investigation published in the April issue of Charisma magazine, Pearson said he hoped gay leaders would "build silent bridges" by joining the staffs of "heterosexual churches" and gradually convincing them to accept the gay lifestyle. Another pastor told the group, "We do not believe that loving someone of the same sex in a committed, monogamous relationship is a sin." The article by Charisma's editor J Lee Grady went on to comment, "Did you ever imagine we would see a day when so-called Spirit-filled ministers would call for the open acceptance of sexual perversion? If you can't hear the alarm bell buzzing, please have your ears checked. We need to pull our heads out of the sand and recognise that the American Church is racing toward the biggest culture clash of our time."

Last year Authentic Music released the Carlton Pearson album 'Best Of Azusa: Yet Holdin' On'. CR

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