Nothing appalls me more than to hear people blaspheme the name of God and Jesus Christ and for over forty years, that’s exactly what’s been taking place at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California.
Founded in 1955 by Robert Schuller as part of the Reformed Church in America denomination, the Crystal Cathedral has been a bastion for the willful hatcheting of the Bible and the person of Jesus Christ. And I believe that a direct result of their adulterated preaching is largely responsible for the financial condition they are in at the moment.
Last year, the mega-church filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and said that it hoped and prayed that they would be able to raise the $50 million to bail themselves out. However, the deadline for that bail out is November 14 of this year and I for one am praying that they do not succeed. One report indicates that as of the end of September, they had raised a mere $170,000, less than 5% of the needed funds. If they do not meet the looming deadline, they will be forced to sell the church buildings and property, which most likely will be to nearby Chapman University.
Why am I so bitterly opposed to seeing this church survive? It’s because I firmly believe that they have done more harm to the Christian community than the American Atheists have.
Many years ago, I was too ill to go to church with the rest of the family, so I stayed home and turned on one of the televised church programs. It happened to be Robert Schuller, the preacher at the Crystal Cathedral. As I listened to his message, I became more and more surprised as to what he as saying. Then he said something that absolutely shocked and appalled me. Standing in front a packed sanctuary, Schuller told the congregation that they should be proud of him because he had intentionally compromised the Word of God just so they could feel good about themselves. At first I thought I heard wrong until he repeated it a second time and this time the audience applauded.
Over the years I read some of Schuller’s writings and listened to a few more of his sermons and can only say that this man is one of the greatest deceivers and false teachers in American Christendom.
Among the things Schuller teaches or shall I say refuses to teach is the concept of sin and the Cross. Instead, he teaches that we are all good inside and that when Adam fell, mankind lost its self-esteem and that our faith in Jesus restores our self-esteem to what it was before Adam made that terrible mistake. He absolutely refused to teach the biblical concept of sin, that we are all sinners and that the Bible says our hearts are wicked continuously. Oh, no, that might damage someone’s self-esteem.
So according to Schuller, when in Romans 7:24 the Apostle Paul said, “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?”, Paul had poor self-esteem and thusly was not saved. Yet not only was Paul personally converted by Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus, he was one of the greatest Christian leaders of all times, but none of that matters because he considered himself to be wretched.
There is a long list of scriptural teachings that Schuller either refuses to teach because of the self-esteem issue or that he has purposely altered and compromised so as to change or weaken its meaning just to protect his precious people from having some bad thoughts about themselves. Oh boo hoo!
I pray you understand what I am trying to say. It’s one thing to lead a person to true salvation – salvation from their sins based upon Christ’s death on the Cross, but it’s another thing to lead someone to believe in a false salvation by having a better self-esteem. Schuller and other Crystal Cathedral leaders, in my opinion are nothing but deceivers and a house of deception. I have to wonder how many people that have followed Schuller’s teachings over the years either at the Crystal Cathedral, through his books and videos or on television, have been ushered through the gates of Hell feeling good about themselves, but having no idea of what salvation really was?
Whenever I have had to read or listen to Robert Schuller, I can’t help but think of John 7:17-18 when Jesus said, “If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.”