Schuller’s son resigns as Crystal Cathedral pastor

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FATHER AND SON: Robert A. Schuller and his father, Robert H. Schuller, outside the Crystal Cathedral. A church spokesman said the younger Schuller remains in good standing with his denomination.

The Rev. Robert A. Schuller, ousted in October as the preacher of the long-running Christian television program “Hour of Power,” has resigned as senior pastor at the Crystal Cathedral and plans to open his own ministry.

Church founder Robert H. Schuller removed his son as the sole preacher on the 39-year-old television show after the younger Schuller, three years into the job, refused to rotate his role with other pastors, the church said.

The younger Schuller was given the chance to remain as a Crystal Cathedral pastor — a role his father said he expected him to keep — but left the Garden Grove church in late November.

The younger Schuller, recently returned from a speaking engagement in Brazil, declined to be interviewed. Church officials said they weren’t in the loop about his plans.

“We haven’t really been made privy to that,” said Rick Mysse, a pastor with the Schullers denomination, the Reformed Church of America, who oversees the Crystal Cathedral and some 60 other churches in Southern California.

“We know he’s been working diligently on plans. It’s probably a bit premature. We’re giving him plenty of time,” Mysse said. “It’s just a question of when he wants to announce it. Frankly, that’s his business.”

Mysse said there are 25 pastors lined up to speak on “Hour of Power,” a handful of whom have already recorded shows, including Lee Strobel and Bill Hybels. “Not a single person has turned us down that we’ve asked,” Mysse said.

Crystal Cathedral spokesman Michael Nason said the younger Schuller remained in good standing with his denomination. “He remains a pastor within the Reformed Church of America,” he said.
Nason said the elder Schuller would not discuss the parting with his son in an interview. “This is probably too personal and too close,” Nason said. “I don’t think he’s going to do very well talking about it.”

Nason said the younger Schuller’s departure from the church and TV show stemmed from “lack of shared vision” with his father, and discouraged speculation that it was more complicated.
“It may seem too simple, the explanation, when in fact that is the explanation,” Nason said.

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Good for him! I pray God blesses the younger Schuller and his new church!!


Still Unrepentant

[12.04.08] Leaders of the Canadian ministry evangelist Todd Bentley founded a decade ago say the one-time revivalist is “intent” on divorcing his wife and is yet to begin a restoration process.

In a six-page letter to ministry supporters, the board of Fresh Fire Ministries (FFM) released more details about the circumstances that led to Bentley’s departure in August from the Lakeland, Fla., revival meetings he led for four months.

“Todd Bentley has demonstrated himself unfaithful to his wife by entering into a relationship with another woman while still legally married,” the board said in a statement issued last Friday. “Todd has yet to enter into a clear system of accountability with the leaders he identified that would be involved in such a process.”

The leaders claim Bentley, 32, has no biblical grounds for leaving his wife, Shonnah, and their three children, and that the nature of his relationship with his children’s former nanny is “that of adultery.”

“The legal separation from Shonnah was initiated completely by Todd and he has not seen her or the children since the last week in July,” they stated.

“It also needs to be clarified that Shonnah has in no way initiated this divorce and has no present intention to do so at any time in the future. She is understandably hurt by Todd’s infidelity, but is not asking or pressing for a divorce.”

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Other have commented on this press release, so I’ll only add a few things that stood out to me.

1.  Bentley has yet to enter the restoration process.  Why?  Step one would be repenting and he has yet to do that. 

2.  He is presently living in adultery. 

3.  What is his excuse for not seeing his children?

4.  Why hasn’t Johnson, Arnott and Ahn spoke about this publically?  Could it be for all their talk about accountability – there is no discipline in their structure?