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Written by: Fox, Jim    Posted on: 05/01/2003

Category: Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Source: CCN

Compiled by Jim Fox Last updated: 07-13-92


Note: This file is still being worked on, the Biblical refutations to Robert Schuller's statements are still in the process of being worked on. I would urge any of you who read this file in this preliminary stage to search the Scriptures as the Bereans in Acts 17:11 did.

1. Explains Philippians 2:7,8

  "Jesus knew his worth, his success fed his self-esteem.... He suffered   the cross to sanctify his self-esteem. And he bore the cross to   sanctify your self-esteem. And the cross will sanctify the ego trip!"   (Living Positively One Day at a Time, p.201)

2. "A person is in hell when he has lost his self-esteem."     (Self-Esteem, The New Reformation, pp.14-15)

3. Obviously he does not accept 1 Timothy 1:15, Luke 5:32

  "I don't think anything has been done in the name of Christ that 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)

4. "I discovered the reality of that dynamic dimension in prayer that   comes through visualizing..... Don't try to understand it.  Just start   to enjoy it! It's true. It works. I tried it." (The Fourth Dimension,   Foreword)

5. "Now-Believe and You Will Achieve" (Tough Times Never Last, But Tough   People DO, p. 161)

6. "You don't know what power you have within you!... You make the world   into anything you choose. Yes, you can make your world into whatever   you want it to be." (Possibilty Thinking: Goals, Amway Corporation   cassette tape)

7. "A variety of approaches to meditation...is employed by many different   religions as well as by various non-religious mind- control systems. In   all forms... TM, Zen Buddhism, or Yoga or...  mediation... of   Judaeo-Christian tradition... the meditator endeavors to overcome the   distractions of the conscious mind...."

  "It is important to remember that meditation in any form is the   harnessing, by human means, of God's divine laws.... We are endowed   with a great many powers and forces that we do not yet fully   understand."

  "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)

8. 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)

9. Schuller declares that this new reformation requires that a new   interpretation of the cross is needed.

  "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)

10. "If the gospel of Jesus Christ can be proclaimed as a theology of     self-esteem, imagine the health this could generate in society!"     (Self-Esteem, p. 47)

11. "Are we aware that theology has failed to accomodate and apply proven     insights in human behavior as revealed by twentieth- century     psychologists?" (Self-Esteem, p. 27)

12. "Self-love is a crowning sense of self-worth. It is an ennobling     emotion of self-respect... an abiding faith in yourself. It is sincere     belief in yourself."

    "It comes through self-discovery, self-discipline, self- forgiveness     and self-acceptance. It produces self-reliance, self- confidence and     an inner security, calm as the night." (Self-Love, The Dynamic Force     of Success, p. 32)

13. Schuller describes a basic defect in modern Christianity.

    "What is that basic flaw? I believe is it the failure to proclaim the     gospel in a way that can satisfy every person's deepest need - one's     spiritual hunger for glory. Rather than glorify God's highest creation     - the human being - Christian liturgies, hymns, prayers, and     scriptural interpretations have often insensitively and destructively     offended the dignity of the person..." (Self-Esteem, p. 31)

14. "Where the sixteenth-century Reformation returned our focus to sacred     Scriptures as the only infallible rule for faith and practice, the new     reformation will return our focus to the sacred right of every person     ot self-esteem!" (Self-Esteem, p. 38)

15. "Real self-estem is real humility. Healthy pride and honest humility     are the same human qualities - just different sides of the same coin.     We all welcome affirmation and resent being insulted." (Self-Esteem,     p. 174)

16. Schuller has decided that pride is this great thing that we all need     to strive for. However God lead Israel through the wilderness in order     to humble them and break them of their pride (Deut 8:2).

    "A neurotic fear of pride has motivated the church too long.... In my     lecture to thousands of ordained clergy of the widest cross section of     historic Christianity, I have found it necessary to tell my     colleagues:"

    "Dare to be a possibility thinker! Do not fear pride; the easiest job     God has is to humble us. God's almost impossible task is to keep us     believing every hour of the day how great we are as his sons and     daughters on planet earth."

    "Don't worry about humility. The easiest job God has to do is to keep     you an me humble. God's biggest job is to get us to believe that we     are somebody and that we really can do something...."

    "Remember, 'If your pride is rooted in your divine call, your humility     is assured. The Cross will sanctify your ego trip.'...  For the Cross     protected our Lord's perfect self-esteem from turning into sinful     pride." (Self-Esteem, p. 57, 74)

17. "Are we to believe that self-denial means the denial of personal     pleasure, desire, fulfillment, prosperity? For too long religious     leaders have suggested this with tragic results...."

    "Such attitudes are dangerous distortions and destructive mis-     interpretations of scattered Bible verses grossly misread by     negative-thinking Bible readers who project their own negative     self-image onto the pages of Holy Scripture...."

    "By self-denial Christ does not mean the rejection of that positive     emotion we call self-esteem - the joy of eperiencing my     self-worth...." (Self-Esteem, p.113-15)

18. Since self-esteem is of all importance with Schuller, he tries to draw     the conclusion that an object is worth what the price with which it     was bought, in our case since Christ died for us on the cross, we now     are of infinite value.

    "I must be of infinite value in God's sight" (Self-Esteem, p. 74)

    "In his crucifixion, Christ has placed unlimited value on the human     soul." (Self-Esteem, p. 102)

19. We now have a new definition of the atonement!

    "If the deepest curse of sin is what it does to our self-esteem, then     the atoning power of the Cross is what it does to redeem our discarded     self-worth." (Self_Esteem, p. 101)

20. "I may not deserve it [salvation] but I am worth it so don't say that     I am unworth." (Self-Esteem, p. 74)

21. No one is an unworthy sinner according to Schuller, see Luke 15:21 and     Romans 3:23 to see if this is true.

    "The most serious sin is the one that causes me to say, 'I am     unworthy. I may have no claim to divine sonship if you examine me at     my worst.'"

    "For once a person believes he is an 'unworthy sinner,' it is doubtful     if he can really honestly accept the saving grace God offers in Jesus     Christ." (Self-Esteem, p. 98)

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