It’s a Tuesday morning and my post for Monday is still in the archives, waiting its turn to be posted. (Bad grammar, I know.) My beloved M’s gone to work; I’m getting ready to leave, too, in a few minutes.
Anyway, I found this little gem while surfing the ‘net.
The people manning a famous landmark in Garden Grove, Ca., is facing money problems. I think I was expecting something like this to happen for years now. Architecturally impressive, theologically wanting.
“Considering that Robert Schuller pioneered the current mega church movement, the recent bankruptcy of the Crystal Cathedral is no small issue. Are we getting a glimpse into the near future for those megachurches that have followed Schuller’s same paradigm for ministry? Just what is the current state of the megachurch movement? If the Crystal Cathedral is any gage of what is to come, what might we learn from the current bankruptcy of the granddaddy of all mega churches in this country?
“If you read the article linked above, you will notice that the Crystal Cathedral explains away their current financial meltdown by blaming the hard economic times people are facing. Sheila Schuller states that the message people need to hear right now is that “tough times never last, every storm will come to an end.” Really? Is that the message we need “right now”? So let me understand this, this situation has nothing to do with the leadership’s reckless spending in amassing of a debt of over forty-three million? It is, by implication, the people’s fault because their “storms” are preventing them from funding what apparently has become a major corporate enterprise, no longer able to line the pockets of those who built the empire? Who primarily is facing the tough times Schuller is talking about?
“Schuller’s answer in blaming the current economic “storm” cannot be separated from his message, and that is precisely the problem. Their faulty answer is bound up with their faulty message. Robert Schuller has been preaching a “New Reformation” of self-esteem for years. “To be born again means that we must be changed from a negative to a positive self-image – from inferiority to self-esteem, from fear to love”, writes Schuller. He is the grandfather of the current prosperity, positive thinking paradigm that has infiltrated this country. Think positive, God wants to pour out upon you material blessing. And how many rising stars have emulated this iconic like hero of the American church?”
You can read the full story here.