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Saturday, August 23, 2008

I Agree with Los...

God can anoint any song with or without the messenger and I believe the song is annointed.

Apparently, the author of the Integrity music worship song, Healer, may have lied about having cancer - the thing that inspired the writing of the song Healer.

According to AdelaideNow, Mike Guglielmucci, the now former pastor of a church in Adelaide (Australia) confessed his two-year fraudulent cancer battle at a national executive meeting of the ACC on Saturday, and was stripped of his credentials.
Pastor Michael Guglielmucci has been told by church officials to report to police, who will investigate what has happened to money raised during his cancer deception. The Australian Christian Churches told The Advertiser yesterday that it was auditing Mr Guglielmucci's bank accounts, which included money donated from people touched by his hit song Healer.

It also said Mr Guglielmucci's wife and family were unaware of the deception. The Melbourne-based preacher is in Adelaide, but has gone to ground.

His parents, who founded Edge Church International, an Assemblies of God church at Reynella, are assisting him while he seeks professional help.

The ACC has promised that all money raised deceptively will be returned or donated to charity.

The Assemblies of God, Australia's largest Pentecostal movement, adopted its new name of Australian Christian Churches in 2007.

The former pastor with one of Australia's biggest youth churches, Planetshakers, inspired hundreds of thousands of young Christians around the world as he performed with an oxygen tube in his nose.

Healer became an anthem of faith for believers, many of whom are suffering illnesses and were praying for Mr Guglielmucci.

The song, featured on Hillsong's latest album, debuted at No. 2 on the ARIA charts.

In a YouTube video (it has been removed from YouTube), he tells how the news from the hospital that he had "quite an aggressive form of cancer" inspired his song.

On the notes for the new CD from Integrity Music, which features Healer. it says:
One of the CDs highlights is bound to be “Healer,” which features a guest vocalist/appearance from Mike Guglielmucci of Planetshakers, who wrote or co-wrote several of the disc’s new songs. Guglielmucci wrote “Healer” after a terminal cancer diagnosis in 2006. Guglielmucci’s compelling testimony and his performance, aided by oxygen therapy, is one of the most powerful moments captured on the DVD of This is Our God.

Integrity has taken down it's site devoted to Healer (healer.integritymusic.com), so I'm going to assume that the unfortunate news is true.

So what can we learn from this? First, that we ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and that the heart is deceitfully wicked.

Lesson #1
: Don't be surprised when people sin. It's going to happen. And when leaders sins in a very big and very public way, it hurts. that's why your leaders need your prayers and need you to hold them accountable.

Second, I have read a number of comments that say we should not judge Mr. Guglielmucci. They say things like let him who is without sin cast the first stone. Actually, we can and should judge what Mike Guglielmucci. We can look at what he did - what he admitted to doing - and call a spade a spade. It was a wretched and despicable thing to to. He lied and deceived and profited by it. However, we need to be careful to not become judgmental... rather we should pray for Mr. Guglielmucci's restoration and true healing from whatever it was that drove him to do this.

Lesson #2: It's OK to judge someones actions (not motives) and to call sin sin. It is not OK to sit in judgment over someone as if you have no sin in your life. Rather, our goal should always be to restore those who are caught up in sin. We need to always be givers of grace. In Galatians, it says that when we confront someone in sin to do so gently, realizing that you could be where they are, but for the grace of God.

Finally, we need to remember the greatness of God. God uses people to accomplish his purposes. People like you and me and Mike Guglielmucci. People who are marred from sin. People who are still struggling, who haven't got it all figured out, who still sin, who haven't arrived. The difference between you and me and Guglielmucci is that his sin found him out in a very public way.

They just don't know about you and me yet.

So pray for Mike Guglielmucci. And sing his song. Not for the backstory, but for the truth of what it says. God IS a Healer - He is THE Healer. No matter what story Guglielmucci made us, that doesn't change the truth of who God is and how He is using this song.

Read the entire article from AdelaideNow HERE.

HT: AdelaideNow and Ragamuffin Soul


Anonymous Jo said...

Hi Pastor,

I wonder if you could clarify this for me.

Lesson #1: Don't be surprised when people sin. It's going to happen. And when leaders sins in a very big and very public way, it hurts. that's why your leaders need your prayers and need you to hold them accountable.

How do we hold our leaders accountable?

I recently had a pastor tell me that what the church was doing was the leading of the Holy Spirit but when I look at what the Holy Spirit leads us to it certainly is not the entertainment of this world. I spoke to the pastor about this and he ignored me and even tried to intimidate out of the church with his glares and rudeness. 1 year later the Lord told me to come out from among them, I had to leave that church.

So please tell me how do we hold our leaders accountable when they try to lead their flock away from the truth of God's word? Or are we only allowed to hold them accountable if they lie or have affairs? And what if they ignore us?


August 23, 2008 1:02 AM

Blogger Pat Callahan said...

Hi Jo.

You asked, "How do we hold our leaders accountable?"

That's a great question. Holding leaders accountable (or anyone, for that matter), involves lovingly and in grace confronting that person when they are in sin.

In your specific example you said that the Holy Spirit does not lead to "the entertainment of this world." I cannot comment directly on this because I am not exactly sure what you are referring to.

I will say this, however: the manner in which you conduct ministry can (and should) change based on the culture you are trying to reach for Christ. This is exactly what Paul teaches that in 1 Corinthians 9.

Paul was no stranger to being accused of doing things that were deemed too edgy or extreme by his contemporaries. His discussion of whether it was right to eat meat sacrificed to idols is a perfect example of this (1 Corinthians 8 and Romans 14).

There are all sorts of churches and they are going to use all sorts of methods to try to reach people for Jesus. Paul's response would be to rejoice, for the gospel is being preached (Philippians 1).

As for your specific example, according to you, the pastor reacted poorly in response to your meeting. There is no excuse for rudeness (btw, did you ever have a chance to have a conversation about that?)

Additionally, you asked, "how do we hold our leaders accountable when they try to lead their flock away from the truth of God's word."

The biblical pattern is that you would confront the leader (or leaders) with 2 or 3 witnesses (1 Tim 5:19). If the leader (or leaders), when confronted with sin (not a philosophy or style difference) does not repent, then I would recommend that you leave that church.

I don't know if you did that or not, but in the end, it sounds like you made the right choice for you and your family in finding another church.

Thanks for your question, Jo.

August 23, 2008 3:12 PM

Blogger elle said...

Hi Pat,

I'm agree with you 100%. I also think too many people try to defend him because they took it as an attack to the church when people criticized a preacher. I believe that God taught us as well about "tough love". Sometimes we have to be tough on someone because we want that person to be a better person.

August 24, 2008 7:13 AM

Anonymous pete wilson said...

Totally agree!!

August 25, 2008 8:01 AM


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