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Mike Guglielmucci: Official Statement?

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From the Adelaide Advertiser today:

The statement was read to a packed congregation at the pentacostal church his father, Danny Gugliamucci founded, Edge Church International at Reynella.

Mr Gugliemucci’s says the reason behind his fictitious cancer story was to hide his 16 year obsession with pornography.

“It is with much pain and sadness that I make this statement today,” he said in the statement.

“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.

“I believe that I do love Jesus and I know that he loves me and it is this love along with the prayers of people around the world that bring me to this place of confession.

“Two years ago, I reported that I was suffering from cancer, the truth is that although I was ill I did not have cancer but was again using the misdiagnosis to hid the lie that I was living.

“I know in my heart that it is the truth alone that will set me free and this is the reason for my confession.

“I’ve dishonoured God, my wife, my family and the church and I take full responsibility for my actions and would like to make it very clear that no-one else was in any way aware of my double life.

“I’m fully commited to a process of discipline, recovery and restitution and will see this process through to what ever extent is necessary.

“I am deeply sorry and pray that you will find it in your hearts to forgive me.

“Currently I am undergoing professional medical assessment and evaluation to help identify and begin to treat the real and much deeper issues.

“Please continue to pray for my wife and I and my family as we have a long, hard road ahead of us but a road that I’m thankful to God that I’m finally walking.”

I expect that this will be read to Planetshakers today, as well as other ACC/AoG churches like Hillsong.

I’m sure the overwhelming feeling of most people will be sadness when they hear this – as it was for me when I read it today.

This statement is very confusing – for me, and sadly it seems for Mike too. I’m still trying to reconcile specifics, like Mike Guglielmucci’s broken leg, back to this – wondering about whether this should be private or public – and more. One point I’m sure about is that Mike Guglielmucci needs time away from the limelight to heal.

In the back of my head, the one nagging question is why falls from grace seem to always come down to sexual sin.

Is it because sexual sin is so much worse than any other sin?; Or is it because we, as Christians, get so hung up about sexual sin that we repress our own sexuality so deep that it bubbles to the surface in inappropriate and devastating ways?

Edit: To be very clear – nowhere in this post is there any condemnation. If you feel like there is, please point to the piece of text that is condemning, and I will rephrase it for clarity.

Nobody is condemning Mike Guglielmucci here – just discussing the situation.

If your immediate reaction is to criticise people for condeming Mike Guglielmucci, you’ve completely missed the point of what is written here.

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Written by Planetshakers Insider

August 24, 2008 at 1:57 pm

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  1. I find his statement a little confusing to. Seems like the porn addiction is being used as an excuse for what he did or an attempt to shift attention away from his horrific lie. Nice one Mike!

    Dan

    August 24, 2008 at 4:29 pm

  2. It’s easier to focus on pornography as sin rather than this horrific hoax. Somehow Im reading here that it was ‘the devil that made me do it’. Please it’s bad enough.

    I think its easier for the world to be merciful to a porn addict than someone who has lied about having cancer for 2 years, stood on many church platforms and lied and taken money from so many people.
    Now I hear that a tv station has an exclusive… NOOOOOOOOOOO.

    Paul

    August 24, 2008 at 7:08 pm

  3. Thank you for posting this official response from both Son, and Dad.

    I think that your question below about falling into sexual sin is insightful.

    “Is it because sexual sin is so much worse than any other sin?; Or is it because we, as Christians, get so hung up about sexual sin that we repress our own sexuality so deep that it bubbles to the surface in inappropriate and devastating ways?

    As a new church planter, I know that temptation for me and the guys (the girls are not immune either) within our fellowship will be real and I believe teaching on the absolute beauty of sexuality within the confines of marriage as well as teaching about the perversion of all types of sexual sin outside of marriage (in an appropriate God honoring way) is an excellent beginning.

    Then teaching our people to find spiritually mature believers with who they can be honest and vulnerable – hiding nothing, but bringing everything into the light.

    Gal 6:1
    Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

    Tony Hodge

    August 24, 2008 at 9:50 pm

  4. Another AOG minister bites the dust…. is the latest song to come from Hillsong. We have to make money somehow. Maybe this is a wake up call for some of the “new age” ministers who jump on the prosperity / false doctrine bandwagon with their super slick preaching and charasmatic following of the itching ears kind… or maybe not.

    What happened to the real prophets of this day to bring rebuke and correction to modern day ministries? Come to thing of it, what happened to real evanglelists, real pastors, actually where did real go? I keep seeing fake people?

    stu

    August 24, 2008 at 10:27 pm

  5. I think that everyone makes mistakes and he, like everyone else, is entitled to our love and forgiveness but in no way is he deserving of pity. I think this porn addiction is becoming a cover and is making mike out to be the victim when in fact it is the thousands of people he deceived that are the victims.

    gail

    August 24, 2008 at 11:17 pm

  6. I have to admit that the link between the pornography addiction and the cancer lies still stumps me. I just don’t understand how lying about having cancer would work to cover up an addiction to pornography.

    I wonder whether these are two distinct issues:

    1. addiction to pornography
    2. lying about illnesses to get extra love/attention from others

    Each of these issues are are quite different, and would require quite different approaches to try and resolve. All I hope is that those around Mike help him to also address issue No. 2 above, rather than just focussing on the pornography thing. I know pornography is a bad thing, but I would hate to see it used as a scapegoat while the underlying issues relating to the cancer lies go on unresolved.

    The irony is that since the news, I have been praying for “healing” — not healing for cancer, but healing for all the hurt people (especially Mike’s family) and healing for Mike’s heart.

    @ Tony – Thanks for the input (especially that excellent reference to Galatians) and best blessings and wishes for your new church out there in Burwood.

    ShakeThePlanet

    August 25, 2008 at 12:18 am

  7. makes sense to me. i imagine this has been a pattern in his life for a while. People with emotional problems often use illness as attention seeking behaviour or to mask emotional pain. the guys just messed up like the rest of us. i dont think we will ever understand it completely. it just seems crazy.

    im sure we have all used little white lies to hide something or protect something or someone. its just that his inner pain and turmoil has lead him to a place most of us wouldnt go too.

    The Man

    August 25, 2008 at 12:44 am

  8. I was still wondering if it was true what was said about mike. But it seems it is. For me also it is a bit hard to see the relation between his addiction between pornography and the lies he spread around his (fake) disease. Still I cannot be mad at him for some reason. I feel al lot of compassion for him. I know God loves him, just as much as he loves me or any other beloved child. He still sees Mike like He sees Jesus. If someone does something like Mike did, well then his heart must be shattered in some way. It’s ironic, because now the song is really getting to his purpose for Mike himself. God is his healer in these time of needs. Although he lied about how he wrote the song, the lyrics itself is still true. God is our healer. For cancer…or maybe something completely different like pornography addiction.

    My prayers are with Mike and his family. Jesus is the one who can help them restore all this.

    fromholland

    August 25, 2008 at 1:12 am

  9. You know as I read everything about what Mike has been confessing and how his church are dealing with him, I find it rather fishy. Seems rather funny or maybe there is something else to be hidden even further. But I believe from the bottom of my heart when a man comes back in repentance and reconcile back to God,Jesus forgives him and we as his brothers in the name of Christ, should forgive him and instead of condemning him, lets encourage him so that he may get back to his senses with God and been set free from the devil. Many may not understand why he declares and divert from cheating on illness into sexual sins. What if its the truth?? God may had shown him finally that everything in darkness shall one come to light, and this day had appeared. He kept hiding simply because He loved God and feared changing himself, this happens because of lack of accountability of him to his church . I believed many of us had lived in sin and yet preached the gospel and lead people. Even pastors had done so before, but we reconcile. I had fell before too and the only difference between me and mike is that he sinned in a bigger scope(a sin is a sin no matter big or small) and the people around me, including my members and church helped me to grow out of sin, realising that no man is perfect and help each other to grow but mike is getting condemned rather then encouraged. The songs are innocent, the man that create may be sinful but the words that reaches up to heaven from the people who sing, is still worship in God’s eyes. Ps may lose all your sales cause of him, but if i was ps, i rather lose all my sales and see my brother coming back to God rather then discouraging him. Mike needs prayers more then ever be4. This is the time that he need more than he is sick. For this is a spiritual battle, no longer physical. My prayer is with you. Be encouraged, for when you rise back as a eagle on higher ground, you still have my respect despite how deep u had fallen. -To mike personally: please do deal with God k, don disappoint me as well =)

    Jackson

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 am

  10. Just to add, a sin is a sin, as long he gets back on track, what sin doesn’t matter, and people who gave donations may really feel cheated but you made the choice. A good question would be, you gave cause of sympathy or genuinely love him? If its sympathy its ok. Lets learn to love him by helping him

    Jackson

    August 25, 2008 at 4:24 am

  11. When we hear of things like this we neither know the situations or the circumstances so we should be careful what we say, when the lady was caught in adultery and was brought before Jesus he said to them that he who is without sin cast the first stone.

    What Mike and his family need is our prayers and support.

    David Jones

    August 25, 2008 at 6:09 am

  12. Hi there
    yes it was awfull that this man lied in the way he did but how much courage and how brave to come out and admit it. That is something we can all learn from. He had prestige and honour and a greatl life on the surface. But he knew all that would go by just being honest. I say fiar play to him for coming out. Nad yets pray that he comes out a better man of god instead of bitching about how bad it is he lied yets support our brother in this time.

    benjy

    August 25, 2008 at 7:31 am

  13. I have many mixed emotions regarding this. I was about to email a fellow worship leader regarding doing this song. When I googled to find a clip of it- I discovered all of this. I feel sorry for Mike- but it brings me to reconsider even what I do and wirte. Am I free of sin? Can I honestly write praise and worship songs without considering the purity of my current and past life? It humbles me and really brings me back to a place where I need to look at everything I do and say. Sin is Sin- whether it be sexual or not. I don’t want this to happen to me and now have to really get right with God and open up any closed closet. This is a wake-up call for all in ministry- and all Christians.

    Jason

    August 25, 2008 at 7:43 am

  14. Its true pastors kids can be just as messed up as anyone, just because we live in a church culture and do all the right things and say all the right stuff and act like we’ve got it together dosent mean underneth many of them like my self are raging a war on the inside. I think the church at large has ignored the real issues for some time and focused on music and out reach when many of its own are suffering.
    i pray for mike and his family

    pk

    August 25, 2008 at 2:13 pm

  15. I have attended Hillsong for 5 years remember seeing Mike speak for the first time at the Sisterhood. He spoke with such passion and there was not a dry eye in the house, not even his. There was an ambulance on stand by for if he collapsed but he still preached the whole talk.

    It come as a massive shock to all of us, but including the younger generation. We look up to and almost idolise preachers that inspire us, and mike was no different. His personal testimony of pain and suffering.. but his faith provailing through the disease, made us think that whatever we were going through could be overcome. We could be healed. We could be free. This doesn’t change that these things can still happen. Our God is all powerful and able but it does hurt alot of people.

    Then I was talking about this with someone yesterday. She said “I was angry about how he deceived us but then I remembered that ‘he without sin shall cast the first stone'”It’s true that he sinned. Maybe the lie is bigger than most of us have told.

    Maybe this lie has hurt lots of people.But a sin is a sin. No matter if it’s big or small it’s still doing wrong in God’s eyes. How can we justify that we are better than the next man when we all have lied or sinned at least once. Noone is perfect and no matter how much we try to and tell ourselves we aren’t as bad as liars and cheats, we will never come close to being perfect like Jesus. So how can we judge him for what he has done?

    He preached hope and life into many people… and healer is one of the most heartfelt worship songs around.

    Not everything that came from this lie was all that bad. He is a human like the rest of us and needs our support.

    Hills Chick

    August 25, 2008 at 4:04 pm

  16. Compensation CAN be a natural response to guilt emanating from a destructive habit. People resort to all types of facades to make up for the guilt. Some will take up a disciplined lifestyle of stoic abstinence, others will take on a righteous cause, still others will pretend the problem doesn’t exist and have a disdain for others with the habit – All of whom will fail in overcoming. I believe the answer is firstly in finding forgiveness, ongoing forgiveness. Asking forgiveness and receiving it, as many times as required and knowing that forgiveness is neither partial nor qualified. Secondly, being repentant, not just sorry – simple steps such as seeking counseling, and removing oneself from the secret, alluring environment. Thirdly, building again – the counsel of God’s word and godly fellowship. I believe Mike & understand where he is coming from. Hopefully, there will be a recovery.

    Pete

    August 25, 2008 at 4:30 pm

  17. I think we all can feel very fortunate that our moral failures do not get splashed on the front page of media publications and then gossiped about on blogs all over the web. Oh it is so easy to point the finger at Michael now and take the focus from our own shortcomings. It is so unfortunate that this happened and that so many get hurt through it but instead of claiming Michael’s head let this be a warning to everyone of us to investigate our own lives, repent and accept God’s grace.

    Philippians 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
    The New King James Version, (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers) 1998, c1982.

    Let us all keep Michael, his family and the churches affected by this in our prayers.

    Eugene Roberts

    August 25, 2008 at 6:03 pm

  18. an apology with an excuse is not an apology at all. to say “the porn made me do it” simply doesn’t cut it in this instance. People have being turned in the wrong direction by this whole debacle. and unfortunately, not all of them will find the light again…

    Waynow Mathews

    August 25, 2008 at 7:29 pm

  19. his words have lost value and he should live the rest of his life speaking through his actions not words. no tv, no statements…….

    PK

    August 25, 2008 at 9:08 pm

  20. None of us has the right to judge Mike for doing anything.

    Are we all so perfect that we can look down on mike for what hes done?

    You think its just a person’s songwriting ability that makes a touching song?

    No matter what hes done, God still worked in his ministry. Many people have been touched by his songs..and thats not because of his talent…its because God touched them through mike’s song.

    Reflect on the story of the adulterer.

    “Let any who has never sinned cast the first stone”

    It takes enough courage to admit that you lied…
    Even more courage to go and look for help.

    If you have the time to look down on him. Pray that God will help him

    Thats what all of us should be doing.
    “For all have fallen short of the glory of God”

    nairdadrii

    August 25, 2008 at 10:00 pm

  21. Yes, you righteous ones have a right to your anger. Unreservedly. But to me, a sinner who feels the weight of the lies I have lived, his story continues to be an inspiration. I only hope that the people around Mike can recognise that. That to a sinner (me) who has lived / lives lies which feel of a similar magnitude, Mike’s and his family’s courage and compassion gives me hope to search for my own healing. I can’t imagine having the courage to tell anyone the lies I have lived. When I heard this story, I thought ‘****, there’s someone who might understand’. Yes, he’s brought the church into disrepute (especially the pentecostal church), and I’m sure St Paul has a lot to censure him with, but Jesus went out hunting after that one lost sheep and… aargh, I’ve stopped making sense. Cheers.

    Phfayth

    August 25, 2008 at 10:19 pm

  22. Churches ought to make use of hosts/speakers who have a degree in Theology or are currently studying Theology. Countless churches put inexperience youngsters on the stage who have done very little Biblical studying. From my understanding there are very few Theologians at these churches!

    Amron Goldsmith

    August 25, 2008 at 11:20 pm

  23. Whatever it maybe, we have no right to cast judgement upon him. The song healer not necessarily being meant as physical healing. He may had wrote it that he needed emotion healing. Pray for him. Pray.

    Jackson

    August 25, 2008 at 11:36 pm

  24. Amron:

    At Planetshakers, to be a pastor you must either have a degree in theology, or be studying theology and on your way to a degree.

    Planetshakers Insider

    August 26, 2008 at 1:00 am

  25. He is a great actor, I will be voting for him for a logie award.

    Jackson

    August 26, 2008 at 6:25 am

  26. i dont get it why does everyone feel sorry for him he lied to so many kids who looked up to him, i use to go to planet shakers but i left because everyone was fake and the ironic thing is i stayed as long as i did because i respected mike gugs so much and i didnt want to disapoint him, his lies crushed so many people like me

    Danielle

    August 26, 2008 at 9:34 am

  27. i seriously cant understand this. i can understand that mike, like many other pastors in the past and surely in the future, will confess to some sort of sexual sin. its not unusual, cause they are human.

    what i cant understand for the life of me, is how mike, a believer, evangelical pastor and someone who has sowed significantly into the kingdom for years, could make up and live such a devistating, rediculous, destructive, disgraceful, extravegant lie! he would have to have known the whole time how this would impact on the church, on all of the associated ministries he has been with (hillsong etc), on the media’s perception of christians, etc,etc, etc. its the most devistating thing i have heard of a religious leader doing in decades – not the sexual sin, but the lie!

    it leaves me thinking that he must be insane to some degree, becaue a sane person, no matter how devious, could not do something of this magnitude.

    kris

    August 26, 2008 at 10:02 am

  28. […] Mike Guglielmucci: Official Statement? From the Adelaide Advertiser today: The statement was read to a packed congregation at the pentacostal church his […] […]

  29. I encourage you to read the blog my friend wrote about this. Be careful not to judge others lest you be judged yourself.

    http://iamallgrownup.blogspot.com/

    a Lover

    August 26, 2008 at 2:35 pm

  30. So as far as I understand it, the guilt from his habitual sin (and his eventual double life) caused psychosomatic symptoms that appeared bizarre to many people so, in his place of shame, he would make up illnesses to explain them, each more fantastic than the last, which he would then be healed of (and so give glory to GOD, bringing people to Christ, which made him feel better) and all of this eventually culminated in the biggest illness he could think of until GOD said “enough- confess.”
    What a truly bizarre scenario but as the dust settles I feel so much compassion for him. I hope he really does find healing. And I hope Christians around the country, likewise living “double lives”, will confess and find healing too.

    Amanda

    August 26, 2008 at 11:40 pm

  31. “At Planetshakers, to be a pastor you must either have a degree in theology, or be studying theology and on your way to a degree.”

    By degree do you mean Cert IV level (minimum at an ACC church, I believe), Bachelors, or what?

    Amanda

    August 26, 2008 at 11:42 pm

  32. Hi Amanda, I don’t know the precise level required, but I know of Pastors who are studying for it (rather than having it already).

    Planetshakers Insider

    August 27, 2008 at 12:07 am

  33. […] August 26, 2008 · Filed under Jesus & stuff Recently I’ve become aware of a major “scam” that has been all the buzz in the world of Christian Music- more specifically in Praise & Worship.  The song, “Healer” was written and recorded first by Planetshakers in Adelaide, AU.  It was written by a man whose testimony was that he had stage 3 cancer and it was terminal.  When he heard the news, he went home and wrote this song.  Apparently, he is NOT ill.  This is only scratching the surface of this bizarre story, but you can read more about it here. […]

  34. Regarding the earlier posts about Michael making excuses for the huge lie about having cancer… He would have been going through a lot guilt, shame and sadness due to the porn addiction and in a result it would have changed the way he acted as a person. People around him & especially his wife and family members would have been wanting an answer for a depressed Michael, faking an illness would give him something to find security in.

    Now regarding the people that will show no mercy or forgiveness for Mike. Are you willing to share with us your deepest secret of sin you once or are still committing? Yeah, there are no stones to be cast. I don’t attend Planetshakers, just a small church in New Zealand and am facing this from an unbiased opinion, from Gods word. I – also – believe that we are living in a time of ‘modern day Christianity’ a time that a lot of false doctrine is being taught right throughout the church “Just pray this prayer and now you are saved” But what Mike has done is the opposite of this, he has come to a place which I believe is called true repentance, after all… it is in front of the whole world. An even scarier thing is when people preach a false gospel but DON’T embrace correction, because they are messing with souls & eternity.

    Here are a few scriptures.

    James 3:1-2 Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.

    Notice it says “We ALL stumble in many ways?” hmm, but the most important… “we who teach will be judged more strictly” … that is not you, that is God who is going to judge. Next scripture…

    Matthew 7:1-2 Do not judge , or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

    Enough said there… and for the people that will not forgive Michael for this, will God then forgive your sin? Remember the Lords prayer “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who have trespassed against us.” Jesus said this is how we should pray.

    I believe as Christians living in a place of repentance we will put aside our own emotions and securities and pray for Michael, his family, his part of the Church in the way that Jesus instructed us to pray “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” That his will be done in Mikes life, Family and church as it is in heaven. And that peoples hearts would not be hardened towards God but they would also, turn to him in true repentance, as Mike has done.

    Last thing I have to say is we are all the same, the bible says there is no good man, not one. But those that are the greatest in the kingdom of God are the ones who are servants of all.

    Thanks Mike, for your honesty. Take care on the rest of your journey.

    God bless your family,

    Much love.

    Samuel

    August 27, 2008 at 4:20 pm

  35. Hey…..

    I really don’t think its fair that everyone is pointing fingers in disgust……. mike is a human being n human beings make mistakes doesn’t mean they will not be forgiven… eg the story of the aldulterous woman… Jesus said that he that is without sin should stone her first n what happened? there is no sin to big for God….he will restore…i guess its like a shock 4 everyone inc me but….. but u know the devil is seriously at war attacking our generation i think instead of castin our eyes down on this man we should look above to God n pray 4 him n his family n actually begin to fight the war for our generation to live in the freedom of God n not get sucked into the vices of the enemy…..

    We should also pray for our leaders in authority u kno.. its so important… this is just one of those things that happen we just have to step aside and examine ourselves…

    Much love.

    Lisa

    August 28, 2008 at 6:30 am

  36. I just want to say this:

    Mike was my youth Pastor at Planetshakers. He always encouraged me, and when I had to reveal something that was affecting me to my leaders, that caused me to step down from all my involments in which I served with the church at that time (I have since re-involved myself in serving the church) he was the one who said “There is nothing you can do that will make us stop loving you”

    And I’m the same to him. I love him. I look forward to the day, which may never come, when I can say to him “thank-you for encouraging me, for being there for me, for helping me, and for loving me. Thank-you for helping me in my walk with God, thank-you for being my leader”. I will pray for him, and I will stand by him to the end. He made a mistake. Yeah, a big one, but he is human, and we all make mistakes.

    He does not deserve to be judged so harshly by everyone because we focused on the man instead of on God. Mike used to say “If one day all of your leaders, if I, turned around to you and said ‘hey, sorry, its all a lie, Jesus isnt real’, where would you stand in your faith? Would you still believe?” He hasnt denied God, but his mistake has perhaps proven the point he was making.

    And ironically, most of the people at Planetshakers and Hillsong, and his parents and Edge church, even, who are the ones who had a lot of involment with Mike, and therefore are, in theory, the most likely to get hurt, are the ones standing by him, praying for him, and supporting him. Interesting, isnt it?

    He has taken a big step here, and we need to respect that we may not fully understand it. Other people have explained in their comments; I defer you to them to find out what we know. In particular, Amanda gave the most complete description of the why.

    Pray for Mike

    Steve

    August 30, 2008 at 4:41 am

  37. Sorry, to clarify part of my earlier comments:

    “And ironically, most of the people at Planetshakers and Hillsong, and his parents and Edge church, even, who are the ones who had a lot of involment with Mike, and therefore are, in theory, the most likely to get hurt, are the ones standing by him, praying for him, and supporting him. Interesting, isnt it?”

    I meant to say that they are AMONG the ones, for they are not the only ones

    Steve

    August 30, 2008 at 4:45 am

  38. For this Jesus have come to save us. Start your new life Mike.

    I believe God forgive you, and why should we?
    I saw you at the Hillsong Conference 2008, and we are so blessed.

    Keep on fighting, you can make it Mike.
    OneTo [Indonesia]

    OneTo

    September 4, 2008 at 12:40 am

  39. Two key points.
    1) Several people have expressed confusion and question about the link between pornography and the lies related to Mike’s “illnesses”. What I got from reading the statement is this: he was spending so much time on pornography in the middle of the night, night after night, that he was often visibly struggling during the day – physically. In order to cover up his pornography addiction, he needed a plausible explanation for his weariness and “really out of it” times. If I interpret correctly, while various generic illnesses served that purpose effectively, he got into protracted times of addiction where a more involved illness was not only much more plausible, but also more powerfully enabling to his addiction.
    2) Questions about how Mike could lie like that… hoax/fraud, etc… and hurt so many people. I think the answer lies in the matter of Satan’s deceptions and the deceitfulness of sin. One of the things I have heard about Godly leaders who are caught in long-term habitual sexual sin is that they are almost woven into a coccoon of blindness and deception that goes right along with the way they’ve compartmentalized their sin into a separate part of their lives: they think that no-one will know, and they don’t think that others will get hurt by their private actions/habits. Neither of those are true, of course, but Satan and the rationalizations of the flesh appear to be quite capable of making it seem like they are true.

    Because of that, I don’t believe for a minute that Mike had any intention of hurting anyone – I think he was trapped and blinded in his sins, never thinking it would lead to someone being hurt. The good that he displayed was from the hand of God, and the power and deception of sin is a warning to all of us: keeping our whole vessel clean before God is very important, and any life containing habitual sin is going to be damaging to others if it is not dealt with and conquered. We cannot afford to compartmentalize secret sins and believe that we’ll be the exception, or that we can handle it, or that we can’t fight it, or that we won’t be found out, or that no-one will get hurt. Those are all lies from the enemy. The truth is that the more fully submitted we are to Christ, and the closer our daily walk, the more spiritual power and authority we have to shake the Enemy and build the Kingdom, rescuing those who are bound in chains and suffering.

    Simply my thoughts on the matter – I pray they’ll be helpful.

    autoengineer

    September 7, 2008 at 7:32 am

  40. Mike is no more to shame than any of us in Gods eyes. If he has honestly repented, and I believe he has, then thats is it as far as God is concerned. Wether we continue to judge is up to us but as far as God is concerned it is over. Praying for him is the most beneficial thing we can do right now.

    Ben

    December 16, 2008 at 4:25 am

  41. Well….I think Mike lied because he was deeply wounded by his sexual sin, and he felt so guilty about it and yet he cannot escape the bondage of sin..
    Therefore, he con ppl, trying to get sympathy from others that he had cancer, trying to show the world that he is a good person, trusting in God in times of trouble..basically living a “good” life to compensate for his sin, hiding his real, sinful life full of guilt…..
    It is a lie made up to deceive himself more than anyone else…

    I`m sure the Lord has been speaking to him in many ways and he finally got up, and return to his Father`s house…coz he doesn`t wanna be fed with pigs` pods and he realized that it is better to be a slave in his Father`s house than to live the life he had been living (Luke 15:11-32)

    So, for all of us out there..What do u think is God`s answer when he finally confess his sins? And how should we respond when we saw our brother coming back to the house? =)

    lkm

    January 13, 2009 at 12:38 am

  42. I know this is a late blog but I wanted to say something that everyone needs to hear.
    You know, when churches around the world heard about Mike, all that came out of their mouths were condeming, so many internet chat rooms, blogs and others were pulling him down for something that;yes was wrong but we all make mistakes and fall short of Gods glory. Yet God says in his word that every sin is equal, we might sin little and person next to you may sin big but God sees sins as equal. I know that Mike is good man inside and sure he might have lied, still we need to as christian to get behind him and pray that God does a miracle in his life, he is Gods child and fearfully and wonderfully made. Lets pray instead of condeming, love instead of hating and praise instead of judging.
    Thanks 🙂

    Beth

    September 11, 2009 at 4:57 pm

  43. yo creo que se equivoco al decir que tenia cancer eso estuvo muy mal no tendri que aver mentido asi y lo de la adiccion a la pornografia eso no lo tendria que aver echo publico

    lea

    September 30, 2009 at 9:25 am

  44. well are there any new developments??

    pshaker

    March 14, 2010 at 7:01 pm

  45. Through this whole thing what I find truly sad is the unforgivness that so many people have towards him through all of this, when the bible clearly says that if you don’t forgive you will not be forgiven…If you have never dealt with an addiction to pornography how can you say that he is using that to side step what he did !? The man came forward and confessed that he had lied, and then on top of that admitted that he has had a sinful addiction for 16 years. He is not trying to “cop out” of anything. I feel that there are too many who are quick to judge and dismiss rather than to restore a brother in christ who has fallen. I don’t feel that Planetshakers should remove his previous songwriting credits on their albums, the songs that were given to him from inspiration from the Holy Spirit still touched and affected a lot peoples lives. Healer should be left alone as well he just shouldn’t recieve any money from it…he may have lied but the song is still true about the God we serve. “Nothing is impossible for You”….doesn’t sound like a lie about the God I serve.

    I think we need to pray for Him and believe as the body of christ for restoration in his situation.

    Mike

    March 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm

  46. Well, am also not happy about those INTERNATIONAL or Universal judgments. here is what i have in my heart.

    Just like Mike said on March 26 2010 , i’ve had a porn addiction for almost 2 years. Believe me, there is nothing horrible, terrifying, and shameful inside your heart when you are addicted to porn, and still wanting to be holy.

    I tried so hard to stop that porn habit, but it even took me to masturbation. But when i found out that am in the process of porn addiction, i stopped ministering in church, i felt like i w’ld be cheating before and to God’s ministers. Am sorry about this, but it needs to said. Early Feb 2010 , i took my first and biggest step and confessed it to my friend and co-worker, she prayed for me and i quit porn addiction, foolish enough, i thought confessing masturbation would be outrageous, i didn’t.

    but as days went on, i thought i pray, and eventually quit masturbation, but it wasn’t possible. One day God told me in a revelation that i should seek someone to confess to in return for deliverance. i hesitated and that pastor i was supposed to go to went back to his home country. i put measures to help me quit, they worked and am remaining with only 2 steps to total healing. i messed up big time i know, but now, now am on the right track of quitting. In my country, these issues aren’t properly addressed, so its the youth that have to struggle them selves and we over come after a long long fight.

    So if u are to judge someone, first look around, yes Lying is sin, but don’t you pass judgment on anyone cause its want we saw that we will harvest.

    so mike, u r not alone in the painful world out there, God purifies, heals, and recreates any thing. HE IS ABLE TO HEAL.

    ALLAN

    August 20, 2010 at 5:04 am


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