Robert Schuller and his wife, Arvella, have resigned from the board of the Crystal Cathedral ministry after they became fed up with ongoing legal disputes over intellectual property rights, copyright concerns, and who should get paid for what services. The problems within the ministry have been going on for several years and now seems to have come to a head.
Problems within the ministry started coming to light when Dr. Schuller got rid of his son in 2008 when, according to reports, his son wanted to focus strictly on Christian teachings from the Bible as opposed to Schuller’s all-encompassing power of positive thinking, universalist views. Things pretty much went downhill from there and the ministry put its world-famous Crystal Cathedral campus on the market to the highest bidder, which turned out to be the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County, California. They bought the property last year.
Over the years, Dr. Schuller served up a popular false gospel to his dedicated viewers with a side order of celebrities from all walks of life from the secular to the religious. His main course usually consisted of a sometimes subtle, sometimes overt doctrine that all religions lead to God. Although he taught from the Bible, his teachings focused on how people should better themselves by thinking positive thoughts like bringing about world peace, especially in the Middle East.
Schuller’s demise holds a myriad of timely messages for all of us. One such lesson is that if you preach a false gospel, it will eventually come back to bite you in the butt. Or as it says in the scriptures, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap,” Galatians 6:7.
Another timely lesson is that if you become so proud that you refuse to listen to God when he’s sending you a clear message, God will stand aside and allow you to run headlong into your own downfall. The fact that Schuller’s son stood firm on his desire to change the ministry’s focus toward something pleasing to God should have registered with Schuller if his heart was right. But he chose his pride, and as the scripture says, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall,” Proverbs 16:18. And Proverbs 9:8 tells us, “Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.” This is what tells us that Schuller has scorned the truth.
Will Schuller finally repent? Only time will tell. But in the meantime, I’m using this situation as my own personal lesson as stated by Peter, “…beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness,” 2 Peter 3:17.
Source: Anugrah Kumar. Schuller, Wife Resign From Crystal Cathedral Board. The Christian Post. March 11, 2012.
–Harry A. Gaylord–