You may have already heard the news about the Planet Shakers’ lead singer who wrote the popular hit song, “Healer”. I would recommend this article on it. In short, For 2 years he lied about having cancer only to cover up a 16-year addiction to pornography. Michael boldly came out in the open one month ago on August 12.
Obviously this is a strong wake up call to the Bride of Christ in more than one way, including how we deal with accountability with each other. All I can say right now is that I am seeing God use this for His glory in a way more powerful than any would have thought. To see a man come out of hiding and choose to uncover his sin and truly begin to live what he preaches, this sends a message to me that I would otherwise not have heard. There are no “super-Christians” out there, and that is for God’s glory, not against it. All that Michael has just uncovered gives me courage to live a life of purity and transparency. In this time, Mike Guglielmucci needs prayer more than ever. I am praying that God would make him like David (honestly, I think King David sinned worse…) and make Mike “a witness to the peoples” of “the faithful mercies shown to [Him] David” (Is. 55). David had a similar story recorded in Psalm 32. Certainly, just as Mike tells, the guilt of covering his sin choked him as it did with David in Psalm 32. The conviction and “hand” of God laid heavy on him (even that is the Lord’s mercy). But as David confessed his sin and brought it out to the open, the Lord forgave and the Lord covered. And not only that, the Lord exalted David, and put him forth as a trophy of His mercy, putting a trumpet in David’s mouth to declare the everlasting faithfulness of God (it is the same today for Michael Guglielmucci as it was for David 3,000 years ago). This is one of my favorite Psalms about the Lord’s mercy. It is the wisdom of God to take the most broken men and women and make them bright witnesses of the Mercy and Faithfulness of God. David then cried out,
“Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
while you may be found;
surely the rising of the mighty waters
will not reach them.
You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance”
May Mike’s testimony ring out through all the earth as an invitation to all, young and old, to return to the Lord while He may be found. Though many are accusing him, I am so proud of the guy! That took a lot of courage to confess, and I believe it will be more than worth it for him and, I believe, also not to the detriment of God’s glory, but to the advancement of it by the magnification of His Mercy, which, by the way, is the first thing God declared when Moses implored, “Please, Show me Your Glory.”
“Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin…” (Ex. 34)
The mercy of God is the story of Israel and it is our story as Gentiles (Rom. 11:30-32). God has made it so, that all would cry out in the end, to the praise of the glory of His grace,
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!
“ For who has known the mind of the LORD?
Or who has become His counselor?”
“ Or who has first given to Him
And it shall be repaid to him?”
For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.”