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Come Sunday, debuting on Netflix this week, tells the true story of Bishop Carlton Pearson (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a charismatic and popular Evangelical preacher in the 1990s. Pearson was a rising star, someone with all the right characteristics for that segment of Christianity, including preaching a steady stream of fire and brimstone to help worshipers keeping making their decision for Christ as a way to stay out of hell.
One day his faith is shaken in what he believes to be divine revelation and he begins to change his preaching to reflect his new mindset that everyone is saved, not damned, by default. That doesn’t sit well with anyone – those in the pews or in church leadership – and Pearson has his position questioned from above and below. Unwilling to walk back his new perspective, he falls out of favor and eventually leaves the church and organization he’d been a part of as he continues to wrestle with the crisis. The movie is based on a 2005 story about Pearson aired on “This American Life.”