Even if every Christian fails
Australian pastor Michael Guglielmucci told worshippers, friends and his own family that he was sick. It turns out he was telling the truth. But what he tikd them was a lie. He said that he had cancer. He even performed his hit Christian song Healer while wearing an oxygen tube. He now says the problem was porn adiction and that everything else was a ruse to hide his real problem. An article in Australia's Herald Sun reported,
DISGRACED pastor Michael Guglielmucci has finally told of fabricating a terminal cancer battle to hide his 16-year obsession with pornography.I don't care to cast stones. He made his claims. He's been forced to tell the truth and will now live with the consequences.
"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.''
The shame of his addiction manifested itself physically, resulting in him losing his hair and purging his body.
"I don't know how you can fake vomiting all over yourself night after night after night, I'm not that good an actor,'' he said.
To conceal the two-year cancer lie which he hid from his wife and family, he sent phoney emails to his loved ones from non-existent medical practitioners.
"I've been living a lie for a long time,'' he said.
"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.''
The video above is an angry one with text over the screen as the pastor introduces his hit song with words from Isaiah's propehcy about Jesus. Here's the thing...even though Pastor Guglielmucci lied about cancer, it doesn't make Isaiah words a lie or Jesus' life, ministry, death and resurrection a lie. We Christians will let one another down. We will fall short of the glory of God. Yet, even if every Christian fails to follow Christ fully, it merely means we fall short, not Jesus.
The yoth pastor is reaping what he sowed. I will not add the sin of judging to his sins of lying and others. I pray that he will be healed—really truly healed in body, mind and spirit. I also pray that those hit hardest by his lies will also find healing and forgiveness.
The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor
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