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Soundcheck on Mike Guglielmucci

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Joanne Brokaw from Gospel Soundcheck has recently written with thoughts that echo those here about Michael Guglielmucci:

… Michael Guglielmucci has said that the guilt and shame he suffered over his addiction manifested itself in physical symptoms. He has offered to return any monies that people have donated to him to cover his medical “treatments” and is currently receiving psychiatric care.

The question is: How on earth did people not know that the man wasn’t really sick? Didn’t someone go to the doctor’s with him once in a while? Take him a chemo treatment? Have to pay a doctor’s copay or refill a prescription?

And how can a man with a 16 year addiction to porn hide it for that long? Were there really no hints?

And the even bigger question: are we bowing at the altar of the megachurch, rather than the foot of the cross, because it’s “culturally relevant?”

I’m all for being culturally relevant and meeting people where they are, but I’m not really a fan of the church-as-commerical-empire movement. I think people end up worshipping the church instead of God.

Did Michael Guglielmucci get lost in the megachurch-worship band-rock star mentality?

Obviously, we need to pray for him as well as for his family.

And I’d love to know what you think!

Let me repeat one of the final comments, and leave it at that: Obviously, we need to pray for him as well as for his family.

Written by Planetshakers Insider

August 26, 2008 at 11:30 pm

7 Responses

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  1. Thanks so much for the link, and also for heading over to my blog and commenting. I added your link in the comments, and I’ll go back and put it in the blog. Clearly you have some “insider” info and I honestly don’t know enough about Planetshakers to offer more than what’s being reported in the news.


    Joanne Brokaw

    August 26, 2008 at 11:54 pm

  2. I agree with the questions posed by Joanne in her blog:

    Are we worshipping God or the church?

    There are people that I know that question the whole “Hillsong” phenomenon where the say that its just a “brainwashing” and that the people just get “caught” up in the moment of endless recordings and conferences.

    I am for being relevant but not at the expense of diluting God’s word to suit them. The Bible is not just about once Jesus becomes your Saviour, that’s it! Christianity is simple not easy (as it is sometimes portrayed).

    Still praying that the church as a whole does not become “numbers-focused” but rather “individual-focused”.


    August 27, 2008 at 10:29 am

  3. These could all be “symptoms” of the church culture..

    “we treat the symptoms but not the cause, doesn’t anybody really want to find a cure?” is a line in a song I heard on the radio today.

    We need to look at this, look at it carefully and not just cover it up, not just make an excuse, not just fix this bit of the problem but let this be the thing we needed to change for the better.


    August 27, 2008 at 3:36 pm

  4. we can’t blame anyone….

    it’s not the church fault either…

    everything is depends on our own attitude and thoughts..

    just lean on God.. and focus on God..

    each of us is a church (place where we could worship and praise Him…)

    people do make mistakes…
    and all of us needs forgiveness…

    just continue to growing up and be more like Christ…
    it’s just part of our journey (life process) to the perfectness in Christ…


    August 29, 2008 at 1:18 pm

  5. I agree, bless, pray, forgive-but what can we learn from this?


    March 16, 2009 at 10:10 am

  6. I agree that he and his family need our prayers, that is a given.

    But I am also wary of the mega church and it poses the question, how many smaller churches due to their need to become something like Hillsong or Edge are also looking over the need for a fruitful life in their leaders? I mean it’s fantastic that this person can lead worship like a Hillsong worship leader, and that person can preach like an Edge preacher but when is it going to be realised that none of that matters?

    Where along the way have we lost what true faith is about? Everything stems from a living relationship with Jesus Christ and no one else. That we ARE allowed to question things that don’t sit well with us, and this curiousity could be at the expense of never having the title of “Leader” in the church, but if it means I walk the path of God’s righteousness and no one elses, then you can keep your titles.

    I know what it’s like to be involved in a ministry where your own personal journey to become the leader that God intended you to be is overshadowed and cast out in order for you to fit a more commercial profile.

    So to wrap all of this up, I think that that very demand to be something that is acceptable and culturally relevent is what causes a man/woman to stumble, the fact that they can’t be who God created them to be and that the lies of this life can become so second nature that it infects every other part of their life is sad and disturbing. The only thing we can do about any of that, is be who we are, and live in one righteousness alone and that is Gods. Let no man tell you how you should do it or who you should be, if your heart lines up with His word and your life produces His fruit, then you have nothing to be ashamed of.

    Please let me state one thing, this is not an attack against any church, I personally have nothing against Hillsong or large churches, if what they do brings fruit, then that’s great news! It’s just an observation from my own personal experience.


    March 31, 2009 at 1:22 pm

  7. mike would have been under alot of pressure to perform in his situation – where he is someone that alot of people are looking up to as a spiritual leader. i don’t think anyone would have the emotional capacity to deal with all the emotional issues and scarring tied up in addiction, whilst under that sort of pressure.


    April 28, 2009 at 1:27 am

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