Schuller built his worldwide ministry over a half century on the psychology of positive thinking and appealing to people turned off by the formality of traditional faiths. In contrast, his son's sermons have been full of direct references to the Bible.
The elder Schuller stated, "I was called to start a mission, not a church, 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."
So let me get this straight. When you are trying to reach non-believers, you don't refer to sin? Pastors who want to reach nonbelievers shouldn't refer too much to the Scriptures? A mission is a place where nonbelievers can come and find faith and hope and feel love...with as little mention of the Bible as possible?
The Crystal Cathedral has long been an example of a completely man-centered ministry. Robert H. Schuller has championed the self-esteem gospel which refuses to offend man's sensibilities with any mention of sin or judgment. Salvation is equated with regaining one's self-esteem and living up to one's potential. The biblical gospel has replaced with Schuller's own version. With this latest development, we see how consistently Schuller is sticking to his game plan.
How sad that Schuller continues to shield his viewers and listeners from the very thing that could actually bring them faith, hope, and love - the Word of God.