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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.

Written by Planetshakers Insider

August 24, 2008 at 1:57 pm