Robert Schuller – "I need to discuss that with the Lord"

Robert Schuller took the stand on Wednesday in his trial against Crystal Cathedral Ministries.  Schulller and his wife say the ministry owes them at least $5 million dollars.  Here are some details of the proceedings from the Orange County Register:

Throughout his nearly two hours of testimony, Schuller was firm on one idea: he had always allowed the Crystal Cathedral to use his books and other works without receiving royalties but the work was his nonetheless – and not property of the ministry.

“We never had anything in writing. We just had an understanding,” Schuller said – “a gentleman’s understanding.”

As long as the ministry did not sell his materials to competitors, they could use them for the profit of the Crystal Cathedral. One of the most common uses was the church’s give-away of books to donors of the Hour of Power television program. Schuller did not receive royalties for the books, sharing all the profits with the church, he said.

“I allowed the ministry to use it,” Schuller testified. “I did not give ownership to any one.”

Questioned by his own attorney, Carl Grumer, Schuller said the church could use his materials –”always with my approval.”

He repeatedly stated, in response to opposing counsel’s questions, that he did not expect compensation to himself or to his corporation, Robert H. Inc., for the use of his materials.

Schuller also said that his wife, Arvella, who testified on Tuesday and again Wednesday morning, was in charge of the finances.

At times, Schuller appeared to contradict previous sworn statements filed in court documents. For example, a declaration he signed stated the Crystal Cathedral Ministries exploited his intellectual property on the Internet.

But when asked about it on Wednesday, Schuller said he did not know. When asked again by his own attorney if the Crystal Cathedral had permission to sell his material on the Internet, Schuller said: “I need to discuss that with the Lord.”

Schuller had trouble remembering answers to other questions, including statements he had made in a court declaration and a sworn deposition.

For example: does the ministry owe him $55,226 for a housing allowance? asked attorney Todd Ringstad, who represents the creditors owed money following the 2010 bankruptcy of the Crystal Cathedral.

“I didn’t even know they owe me that. I don’t try to remember what people owe me,” Schuller responded.

More here…


  • Dave Telling November 8, 2012 Reply

    I keep thinking about 1 Cor. 6. How sad that it seems to be so easy for money to always end up being the wedge that comes between us.

  • Aaron November 8, 2012 Reply

    The truth is finally here about who and what Robert Schuller is, and possibly always has been. The final straw that made me understand he was not about the true Gospel was when he had a conversation with Billy Graham in which they both happily agreed that those in other religions were heaven-bound Christians whether they knew it or not. Always approach millionaire mega-church pastors with caution…regardless of how old they are, or how long they’ve been super-star pastors.

    • Aaron November 9, 2012 Reply

      I would approach Aaron with caution.

      • DA July 14, 2013 Reply

        This is usually the best people can do. Respond with an insult if no data or intellectual response exists in one’s arsenal. In a way, should not use the word “arsenal” because of it’s fighting/war connotations, however, true Christians should only be in a few major battles. #1 is promoting Jesus as NUMBER ONE and only way to heaven & spreading the word that He has come for all. WITHIN that battle, The banner of truth should be held up high, fought for, and even bled for in the process. If someone speaks the truth, we should verify it, but stand for it….no matter what fond memories we have from the past.

  • Arlan TenClay November 14, 2012 Reply

    I have known Dr. Schuller since 1965, sat under many of his teaching and admired how he actually reached de-churched long before most of us had begun to even consider anyone other than those in our churches. Dr. Schuller has exhibited some unusual behavior in the last few years but let’s not paint all his very effective years of ministry with the same brush.

  • John Spohn July 13, 2013 Reply

    Dr. Schuller came to Michigan in 1974 for a conference. His own denomination and others never showed up. However i was ther with 4 other ministers. We sat around a 5 foot round table and he spent about 4 hours with us. It affected my ministry in such an overwhelmingly positive way that I was never the same. I watched as he failed to mentor a successor. When his body and mind aged, no one was ready to take over with the same zeal. You are right that the same brush should not cover all of his ministry. But, my respect and memories of what he has done is as positive as ever.

    • DA July 14, 2013 Reply

      By “fail,” what are you meaning. Since you had close experience, I’m curious. By “fail,” do you mean he did not do it? Or do you mean he did attempt to mentor a successsor but failed.

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