This has got to be one of the saddest stories I have ever come across regarding Christian musicians and artists. In September 2006, Pastor Mike Guglielmucci made a decision that would forever change his life. Following a hospital visit for a minor accident, Mike announced to the public that he was terminally ill and dying of cancer. His apparent struggle with cancer was what provided the inspiration to write the amazing song, ’Healer’, which was included in what I consider to be Hillsong’s best album to date, ‘This is our God’.
The song went on to become a hit and Mike went on to perform ‘Healer’ at various concerts over a two-year period. During this time, he was visibly suffering cancer symptoms such as difficulty breathing, severe pain and hair loss.
However, the stack of lies and deceit all came crumbling around the embattled pastor, when his father, pastor Danny Guglielmucci of Edge Church, announced in 2008 that Mike had fabricated the cancer story. In fact, it emerged that he lied to create a diversion from a 16-year battle with pornography addiction.
I am not sharing this story to point more fingers at Mike Guglielmucci or to air his dirty laundry in public. What I am hoping to achieve in sharing this story is for it to serve as a lesson to fellow Christians. The first lesson is that Satan is the father of lies and we are never more like him than when we make a conscious decision to deceive people by lying. It never ends well because one lie needs to cover the next and so on. In the end, truth usually prevails and what lies beneath is often revealed. The next lesson is that faith is a powerful thing. In this case, Mike believed in the illness he fabricated and his body actually started responding with cancer-like symptoms. As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Finally, we must learn to serve God for the right reasons and with the right motives. If it is for our glory, then we are liable to be tempted into manipulation and deceit. If it is for His glory the we rest from our works and are able to serve Him with pure motives.
The beauty of serving Jesus is that He loves to give us second chances. In the same way He has forgiven you and I countless times, I have no doubt that following a genuine repentance from Mike, God is more than able to clean him up and restore him back onto the path God marked out for him. His gifts will bless the kingdom again if he is prepared to humble himself before God. Please say a prayer for this man and his family if you’ve been touched by this post.