What’s the adage born out of a biblical parable, “Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”

Well, someone should have told that to the Robert Schuller clan, party of one… bitter, old man:

Attendance at last week's service? Maybe?

Attendance at last week's service? Maybe?

And now, as if that harangue of family counseling wasn’t enough, comes this story from the AP stating the three-decade old ministry is now $65 million IN DEBT!

The church is in financial turmoil: It plans to sell more than $65 million worth of its Orange County property to pay off debt. Revenue dropped by nearly $5 million last year, according to a recent letter from the elder Schuller to elite donors. In the letter, Schuller Sr. implored the Eagle’s Club members — who supply 30 percent of the church’s revenue — for donations and hinted that the show might go off the air without their support. “The final months of 2008 were devastating for our ministry,” the 82-year-old pastor wrote.

What’s so pathetic about this family affair gone awry is the people who have been faithful to this man’s vision and his ministry know what’s really going on beyond the rouse of blaming the economy and revolving preachers du jour in that glass house:

“They have not been forthcoming at all,” said John Dewart, an insurance agent from New Jersey who’s watched for 30 years. “Why can’t a father and son work together for the glory of God? That’s my big question.”

Good question. I mean you would think being preachers, they would have appreciated the example put forth by that God guy and his son, um, Jesus? I’m just sayin’ maybe they’ll figure it out before their former elite donorser, the economy hurls huge boulders at their crib in Garden Grove, Calif.

  1. […] you weren’t kicking your son out of the pulpit, making your church into an Amway convention, skipping town on your bills and deciding the only way to save the place is give those same tired motivational messages (instead […]

  2. […] The passage is from 2 Samuel 1:25 and it could so be the headline for many ills plaguing the Church today. Take the plight of Robert Schuller and the Crystal Cathedral. We have gone from Elder Schuller kicking his son clean out of the pulpit to the entire ministry being on its last gems dealing with $65 million in debt. […]

  3. Etta Wambui says:

    The Hour of Power has been very inspirational to me personally and i have been wondering what happened to Robert Schuller Junior because I dont see him any more on the TV. Whatever the case, i believe there is no one perfect in this world, all made of fresh and blood, only Jesus is perfect. Christians we need to pray for the family and especially the old man of God, he has done his part. Be blessed!

  4. While I don’t like what’s going on; no one is perfect. I can’t imagine I’d be around had it not been for the message of this church on TV. I bet I’m not the only one.

    Judging a whole church and so many years on 1 situation isn’t very Christlike.

    • hiscrivener says:

      Well, if that was the case you would be correct. However, since I am only commenting (not judging the people) the actions of a fledgling ministry based upon the ne-er-do-wells Dad has surrounded himself with, I suppose it’s okay because it’s a travesty that people – like you – who have been insurmountably blessed by the Schullers won’t have them to be a vessel any longer.

      That’s not Christlike either, but then again, no one is perfect, right?

  5. Schuller-Fan-No-More says:

    I used to be a fan of Crystal Cathedral but no more. Not because of personalities but because of doctrine. If you want real Bible truth, read the original. Personally, I would not recommend Schuller to inquiring minds. Beware of this church.

  6. […] Daddy lost control – and it seems, his mind. First, it was musical preachers. Then, Junior quit his job and left the church all together. Afterwards, the megachurch began hurting for the tithe it used to get, and the light bill wasn’t getting paid. […]

  7. […] as we have seen lately, this is the most attention anyone has paid to his dazzling, monotone banter since the Reagan administration. But, thanks to this faux boring old guy who has lost his conviction, Schuller is back! […]

  8. […] between father and the junior Schuller, the depleting real estate of the first-ever megachurch and the ministry’s $65 million in debt… but did you know people are actually dying in the church? A man shot himself in the head […]

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