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The Evangelical Bishop Who Stopped Believing In Hell, Now On Netflix

The new feature film Come Sunday, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, dramatizes the real-life crisis of faith of Carlton Pearson, who once presided over a major Pentecostal congregation.
In Come Sunday, Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Carlton Pearson, a real-life megachurch leader who experiences a crisis of faith. Source: Tina Rowden

About 15 years ago, Carlton Pearson had what you might call a revelation.

It occurred to him that ideas that had informed his entire adult life — about heaven and hell, and what it takes to avoid one and enter the other — were just not true. What was a big deal for his personal faith became a much bigger one in his professional life, because Carlton Pearson presided over one of the country's biggest Pentecostal congregations in Tulsa, Okla., and his rejection of that theology for what

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