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Netflix Pushes Black Bishop Who Said the God Preached by Jesus Christ Is 'Worse Than Hitler'

Black man in a suit with a priest's collar preaches.

Last week, Netflix released a drama about Carlton Pearson, a black minister and former bishop who rejected the doctrine of hell. He preached universalism, that all people will be saved and go to heaven. The movie, "Come Sunday," recounts Pearson's rejection of hell and his church's rejection of him, presenting his universalism as a superior doctrine, despite the fact that it contradicts biblical teaching from Jesus Himself.

"The God that we worship, from the parts of this Bible that we focus on, that God is a monster," Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays Pearson in the movie, declares at a pivotal point. "If we’re really saying that God sends billions of people to burn in hell for eternity for missing the mark, or missing the point, or being born someplace else, well that God is a monster, that God is worse than Hitler, that God is worse than Saddam Hussein." This is blasphemy, but it is also supporting a heresy.

This declaration came from Pearson's own words. "The way the God of the Bible, particularly the Old Testament, is presented, he's a monster. The God we've been preaching is a monster. He's worse than Saddam. He's worse than Osama bin Laden," Pearson said. "He's worse than Hitler the way we've presented Him, because Hitler just burned 6 million Jews, but God is going to burn at least 6 billion people and burn them forever."

In the movie, the bishop cites two verses to overcome the general testimony of the New Testament. First, he references 1 John 2:1-2: "If anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world."

"It means Jesus died for everybody," Pearson explains. "Everyone's included in the redemption, even people that never accepted Christ, never heard the word of God, never set foot in a church, all those people in Africa and everybody else. Everyone's already saved. And that is the finished work of the cross."

The few verses right before this verse reveal just how egregious this twisting of 1 John really is. John opens his letter with a powerful call to walk in the light: "But if we walk in the light as [God] is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleans us from all unrighteousness."