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As the World Turns
Teacher Guide ~ Day C2

Jesus is right for whatever is wrong in your life.

Spiritual Focus:

Robert Shuller hosts the most popular TV church service in America, the "Tower of Power."  It is based on thinking positive thoughts rather than what Jesus did for us.

Memory Verse: 
    Philippians 4:6-7

Hymn:   #469 Leaning on the Everlasting Arms and #545 Savior, Like a Shepherd

Student Activities:

 

Class Explorations:  Robert Schuller

What does the term "Christian" mean?

Follower of Christ

Read Matthew 24:14.  What does the Bible word "gospel" mean? 

Read 2 Corinthians 2:12.  The dictionary definition of gospel is "the teachings of Jesus and the apostles."

So if a church did not preach about Jesus would they be a Christian church?

Robert Schuller was born in Iowa and grew up to become a minister of the Reformed Church of America.  Schuller's first church in Chicago had only 38 members.  During the next four years the membership grew to 400.  The Reformed Church was so pleased with his success that they sent Schuller to Orange County, California to start a church there.  He rented an outdoor theater for Sunday morning services.  Then he went door to door and found out what kind of church the people wanted.  He began to see his church as a mission.  People would feel comfortable enough to come, and then later accept Jesus.  So instead of preaching the gospel of Jesus, Schuller preaches about thinking positive thoughts.  In his TV show and books, Schuller talks about God, but only as a divine power that you can tap into by positive thinking.

Because Shuller focuses on man and not God, he is sometimes referred to as "the evangelist without a gospel."  He helped begin a movement that incorporates the age old Eastern mystique that all men can acquire godhood, that "we can achieve anything we think about hard enough." But the Bible says: "With God all things are possible."  Schuller teaches "with man all things are possible."

 

 

The church Schuller built in California is called the Crystal Cathedral because of its vast golden edifice with 10,000 windows.  People can attend the Sunday morning service inside the cathedral on Sunday morning or they can come in their old clothes and sit in the parking lot like a drive-in movie.  Or they can stay home and watch the service called the "Tower of Power" on TV.  Schuller has built up a congregation of over 9,500 members in a church that cost over $20 million.

The "Tower of Power" television ministry makes more than $50 million a year and is beamed to about 20 million viewers in more than 180 countries. Schuller's is the most popular religion television broadcast in America. His books sell by the millions. He appears with presidents. His "self-esteem Christianity" has been adopted by multitudes.

To Schuller, sin is merely the lack of self-esteem--or thinking bad thoughts about yourself. To Schuller, the greatest evil is to call men sinners in a Biblical fashion and thereby injure their self-esteem. Schuller is a universalist who believes that all people are the children of God and do not have to believe in God or Jesus to be saved.  Schuller's message is that there is no need for one to recognize his own personal sin, no need for repentance, and no need for the crucifixion of self. In fact, Schuller teaches just the opposite philosophy -- that self is to be exalted -- which is nothing less than an outright denial of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Read as a Choral Reading 2 Timothy 4:1 - 8.

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