Over the past few days, the Wall has chronicled one of the worst frauds in Christianity as Michael Guglielmucci – creator of the amazing song “Healed” and two-year combatant of an “aggressive cancer” – lied about the whole thing.

Now, the world knows why.

In an article in Australia’s Adelaide Now, we learn about a decade-long fight not with cancer, but with porn… and THAT’S why he created this lascivious legerdemain – to PAY FOR IT!

Mr Guglielmucci says the reason behind his fictitious cancer story was to hide his 16-year obsession with pornography. “For over 16 years I have struggled with an addition to adult pornography as a result of this secret life of sin my body would often breakdown… I’d report the cause of my symptoms simply as illnesses and I’ve thrown my life into a ministry for many years trying to compensate for my sin.”

Hey Michael, stay classy. You know, this just renders me speechless. And that’s saying something considered my knack for vociferousness and punditry.

He tells the world he has cancer, sings beloved worship but rakes in donations all in an effort to pay for three-minute webisodes and filthy chat. Are you serious? Now that’s a spiritual tug-of-war of the highest order. And now, because his spinal tap shows YELLOW, he has his parents – founders of the church in which he sang that song – talking first, cringing from a broken heart and a shattered story.

Sharonne and I witnessed these episodes and pained and wept over his suffering. Michael wrote the song Healer because he wanted God to set him free from his addiction but hid it behind the lie of a fabricated illness. Once he had started down this track he felt he couldn’t stop so he continued to act out this sickness, feeling he had gone too deep into the lie.

I can’t begin to tell you how much this is hurting us on the inside. A few weeks ago Mike had a dream of Jesus on the cross looking down on him saying, ‘the truth will set you free’ and so he decided to confess and bring everything out into the open.

Well, it’s out there all right. Even Guglielmucci has released a statement and granted an interview, and it’s not much better on the ears:

“This is who I am … I’m addicted to the stuff, it consumes my mind,” he said of pornography in his first interview on Today Tonight since the story was first revealed on AdelaideNow last week… “I’m sick and this is why I had to come up some sort of explanation of what was happening in my body.”

“I’ve been hiding who I am for so long. I can honestly say to you that the last two years have been hell for me physically, emotionally, but I never sat down and said … let’s try and fool the world.”

Guess what, slick. You did, and in the process, gave a middle finger to the faith of millions around the globe. People gave you their money, prayers, intercession… and oh yeah, more money. It was all in an effort to see God glorified and you healed. And for what? Your jollies? Why not just take your gi-tar and panhandle at the town square? At least then you aren’t messing with the CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE, just yourself.

So, now you are stripped of preaching credentials with the Australian Christian Churches [Down under’s version of the Assemblies of God], brought shame and humiliation to your family’s church and STILL a porn addict. You may be good at writing worship, but a terrible gambler.

“I’m so sorry, not just for lying to my friends and my family even about a sickness, but I’m sorry for a life of saying I’m something I’m not … from this day on I’m telling the truth.”

That’s refreshing. Because I pretty much think you will HAVE TO in order to comply with the cops and the soon-to-come HUGE law suit coming to your front door. The saints will be paid back. The Church won’t let you back in a pulpit. And worship leaders everywhere are scrapping “Healer” from their playlists.

Your parents may be handling this on the up-and-up, but you Mike, are down-and-out. Get healed yourself. That’s the thing about the Church, they strongly believe in forgiveness. Who knows? Maybe that should be your next song.

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Comments
  1. hiscrivener says:

    Howzat, thanks much for your post and your words. This story is horrid to hear, but it shows you how far the enemy can go if someone keeps a door open.

    Nice pun, by the way.

    Stop by anytime and post on the Wall often.

    Peace.

  2. Howzat says:

    Dude!

    What a great site!!

    Please, please Lord…help us to have some discernment and guts in these last days.

    Yes we’ve all been there and sinned, but I cant think of anyone in Australian Christian History who dared to deceive so blatantly.

    When are we going to heed Pauls command and put these people out of commission – (little play on words there)

  3. penny says:

    god has allowed this to happen to shake the true remnant of god out of this ungodly false churches with their false visions and false prophets that will lead this people into the kingdom of anti christ jesus said take heed that no man deceive u he is just bearing his fruit god tests the elect in this use your biblical discenmt and get out of these churches as the lord is coming and if he finds u in these churches u will be cast into the tribulation.

  4. donstuff says:

    Why am I flashing back to Jim Baker and PTL?

  5. hiscrivener says:

    Tyler, thanks for the post but I disagree with you, a smidge.

    This wasn’t a one-off fib. This was two years of deceit and misguidance perpetrated against all that knew him and supported him. Read the entire series on this topic and you’ll find this imbroglio has me sacked. I’m sure this has more to do with his own head and self-worth than anything, but come on… he used some of that cash.

    Yes, the church is doing the honorable thing and folk will get their money back. But I’m sure if you were a fly on the wall, you would find that Edge Church will have to cut a check from its personal account because not all the dollars donated could be found. Why? Because Mikey used it!

    That’s just human nature – namely the nature of a human that could do this.

    No wolf here. Call a spade a spade, but if it pokes him, so be it. Trust me, we are all praying for him, his family and those that were caught in the crossfire. This whole situation requires nothing but God’s grace.

  6. Tyler says:

    From everything I have read money had NOTHING to do with this. I have no idea where you are getting that from. His dad said everything is being done in an audit to isolate the funds that were given for the cancer in Mike, and that money is going to be given back. Yes Mike let down many Christians with the outcome of this, but fellow Christians have the opportunity to show him grace and love instead of further throwing him to the wolves.

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