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Robert Schuller

Aberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or UnorthodoxPluralistic Robert Schuller



Sometimes referred to as "the evangelist without a gospel." Known for his unorthodox and heretical, pseudo-Christian teachings. In Schuller's message, man, not Jesus, takes center stage. In violation of the Bible's teachings, and in a calculated departure from orthodox Christianity, Schuller is a religious pluralist. His views on this issue are considered heretical, because religious pluralism violates one of the central teachings of Christianity, namely that salvation is received only by accepting Jesus Christ.

For decades, Schuller said, he was a proponent of the kind of proselytizing that pushed Muslims to become Christians. Then he realized that asking people to change their faith was ''utterly ridiculous.''

Schuller's first interaction with a Muslim group came four years ago, when Mohammed invited him to give the opening sermon at the Muslim American Society's New Jersey convention. And in 1999, he was asked by the grand mufti of Syria to preach in Damascus.

''When I met the grand mufti ... I sensed the presence of God,'' he wrote in his autobiography.

The two men, he said, focused on similarities, not differences.

''We didn't discuss theological details that might distract us ... from hearing the voice of a crying child,'' he said.

Nor did they talk about whether non-Christians were going to hell.

''In a world with crying children we have no time,'' he said.

''The purpose of religion is not to say, 'I have all the answers, and my job is to convert you.' That road leads to the Twin Towers. That attitude is an invitation to extremists,'' he said.

After Sept. 11, he said, the emphasis should move from proselytizing ''to just trying to help everybody who had hurts and hopes.''

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I don't think anything has been done in the name of Christ and under the banner of Christianity that has proven more destructive to human personality and, hence, counterproductive to the evangelism enterprise than the often crude, uncouth, and unchristian strategy of attempting to make people aware of their lost and sinful condition.
Time, March 18, 1985

The most effective mantras employ the "M" sound. You can get the feel of it by repeating the words, "I am, I am," many times over.... Transendental Meditation or TM... is not a religion nor is it necessarily anti-Christian.
"Peace of Mind Through Possibility Thinking," pp. 131-32

Robert Schuller was addressing a group of Unity ministers and ministers in training, at the Unity School of Christianity (a Mind-science cult).

"Schuller was asked, 'Dr. Schuller, we hear a lot of talk these days about the New Age, the Age of Aquarius, the type of New Age thinking that we are involved in with Holistic healing and various other things that are part of what is called the New Age. Will you describe the role of what you might consider the New Age minister in the '80s and beyond?'"

"Schuller replied, 'Well, I think it depends upon where you're working. I believe that the responsibility in this Age is to 'positivize' religion. Now this probably doesn't have much bearing to you people, being Unity people, you're positive. But I talk a great deal to groups that are not positive... even to what we would call Fundamentalists who deal constantly with words like sin, salvation, repentance, guilt, that sort of thing.'"

"So when I'm dealing with these people... what we have to do is positivize the words that have classically only had a negative interpretation."
from an address at Unity Village, Unity tape

"The classical interpretation of this teaching of Christ on 'bearing our cross' desperately needs reformation...."

"The cross Christ calls us to bear will be offered as a dream... an inspiring idea that would incarnate itself in a form of ministry that helps the self-esteem-impoverished persons to discover their self-worth through salvation and subsequent social service in our Savior's name..."

"So the proclamation of possibility thinking is the positive proclamation of the cross!..."

"Christ was the world's greatest possibility thinker. Do we dare follow him?"

"Self-Esteem," pp. 22, 117-19

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