There’s a schism between Robert Schuller and his son, Robert A. Schuller, resulting in the elder Schuller removing his son as preacher on the weekly “Hour of Power” television broadcast.
In a statement read before 450 members of the church congregation by Jim Coleman, church president, no details were given in the split other than a statement by the senior Schuller that he and his son shared different ideas as to the direction and vision of the ministry. There was no other explanation given as to the nature of the disagreement between father and son.
Here is part of an article from Fox News:
“For this lack of shared vision and the jeopardy in which this is placing this entire ministry, it has become necessary for Robert and me to part ways,” Schuller said.
Robert A. Schuller will remain as senior pastor of the Crystal Cathedral, though it was unknown whether he will continue to preach, a church spokesman told the Los Angeles Times. Source.
“Part ways” are such strong words, especially when spoken about your son. This comes shortly after Crystal Cathedral asked that Rethink 2009 be postponed until 2010. Whether the decision to postpone Rethink was a direct result of the split between father and son is pure conjecture at this point. The senior Schuller is said to be bringing in guest speakers to fill in on the weekly broadcast. It will be interesting to see who his list of guest speakers will be.
This is from the L.A. Times:
The decision marks a surprising reversal of the emotional moment when Schuller turned over the church ministries and the television program to his son during services at the Crystal Cathedral in January 2006. The two men hugged and the elder Schuller fought tears as he addressed his congregants. Source.
Schuller and his son have been tight lipped about the exact nature of the disagreement that brought about this decision. The heresy that comes from the pulpit at Crystal Cathedral is something that is well known throughout the discerning church and has been a problem we have been combatting for years. Schuller’s doctrine is man-centerd, not Christ-centered; and the feel-good, positive thinking message he has preached has been spread throughout the globe via his television broadcast.
One thing is certain, Schuller’s guest speakers will be preachers who share his exact same vision, and will reinforce the doctrine of “self” whenever they step into that pulpit. Since Schuller keeps firm control of what is spoken from that platform, do we expect it to be any different?