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Friday, August 22, 2008

but the CRAZIEST part about it all is

Here's the back story to it all...even though this is about 3 days from being on the blog:
The video you see below of the song that has been “on repeat in my head”, the one I told you to go out and get (which I would still say to do) was written by a guy named Mike Guglielmucci. It has been made famous by the monster churches in Australia with amazingly talented music artists - Planetshakers and Hillsong. It is on both of their latest albums. Mike had said the song was written spontaneously after he got horrible news that he had “an aggressive form of cancer”. What a song to sing and worship through that tough time right? Check the lyrics:
I trust in You
I trust in You
I believe You're my Healer
I believe You are all I need
I believe You're my Portion
I believe You're more than enough for me
Jesus You're all I need
My Healer, You're my Healer

Very unfortunately, just 3 days ago, Mike had confessed that for the past 2 years, he hasnt been battling cancer at all. It was all a lie.
This excerpt is from an Australian website that can be found here:

“It appears from first reports (Aug 20, 2008) that “Healer” song writer Michael Guglielmucci was and is not suffering from terminal cancer. An email was sent out today to many members of Hillsong Church in Sydney. It stated that Michael Guglielmucci’s illness is not what it has been portrayed to be by Michael Guglielmucci himself, and comes as a shock to us all, including even his wife and family. It appears that he does not have a terminal illness. Mike is currently with his family in Adelaide and is seeking professional support...Australian Christian Churches vice president Alun Davies gave a statement that Mr Guglielmucci had admitted to fabricating his illness, "Representatives of the National Executive for the Australian Christian Churches recently met with Michael Guglielmucci. At this meeting, he read a statement indicating that his claim to have cancer was untrue." His credential with the Australian Christian Churches was immediately suspended. ”

*mouth open in disbelief*

Crazy right? But here, even beyond that, is the CRAZIEST part. Don’t skim this part now, listen up. In the face of all that, God has and will STILL use those lyrics to do some incredible things in people’s lives all over the globe.
How could that be - something born out of such corruption and deceit? How could you use something that is clearly damaged goods?

That is the story of us all though, right?
- damaged goods use to bring about hope, beauty, and victory in this world.

It is a dark time for Mike, his family, and the Hillsong Community, no question. May the God of Redeeming Damaged Goods be more near than ever right now.

From Wilmore, with Love.


jason said...

excellent post my friend.

the bottom line is that all of us are broken vessels - whether our crack is on display or not.

see, i meant that as a deep theological / sociological truth, not a joke about plumbers.

Michael said...

That's a bummer, and I for one, Jason, am so glad my crack is not on display...not usually anyway, but I have been wearing some crazy hip low cut jeans, so...

Anonymous said...

yes we all have flaws but maybe we should start to deal with them before we are in such signicant positions of leadership - taking people's money etc, and maybe there should be more accountability for pastors in the AOG church - from my experience and it is considerable there is very little accountability at present - I hope the church has the grace and courage to change this after this one.

jason said...

hey anonymous,

I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree that there should be a great deal more accountability in virtually every denomination. The reason why we have such "falls from grace" as this is because of the lack of accountability. The point most churches must embrace alongside this accountability, however, is love.

Without love, there can be no confession. If pastors know that they will lose their credentials / career if they confessed, why in the world would they? If they know that they will be loved AND disciplined, they would be more apt to enter into accountability long before it got to this point.