ROBERT SCHULLER REMOVES HIS SON FROM THE TV PULPIT
By Moody Adams
Crystal Cathedral founder Reverend Robert H. Schuller has removed his son as preacher on the church's weekly "Hour of Power" syndicated TV broadcast, which reaches 20 million weekly.
Church president Jim Coleman read Schuller’s statement which said they "have different ideas as to the direction and the vision for this ministry."
The son, Robert A. Schuller, will remain as senior pastor of the Crystal Cathedral, though it was unknown whether he will continue to preach at the church.
The focused of the difference is on whether they would bring in different preachers or let the son continue to be the full time speaker.
However, their disagreement involves whether to preach positive psychology or the Bible. The elder Schuller built his worldwide ministry on the psychology of positive thinking, reaching people turned off by traditional Christianity. His son's sermons have been full of “direct references to the Bible.”
"I was called to start a mission, not a church," the elder Schuller told his audience Sunday. "There is a difference. . . . You don't try to preach . . . what is sin and what isn't sin. A mission is a place where you ask nonbelievers to come and find faith and hope and feel love. We're a mission first, a church second."
This is not a mere disagreement between a father and his son. It is the clear issue in the battle for America’s soul. Does the church abandon the Bible in order to keep the attendance of a people turning pagan?
What is a clear fulfillment of this Bible’s prediction that men would turn from the Bible to men who would tickle this ears with fables: “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (II Timothy 4:2-4).