It’s been a difficult week for couple “Christian celebrities” on the newswire. Several people have asked what my thoughts are regarding Pastor Michael Guglielmucci [Australia] and Evangelist Todd Bentley [Canada/Florida].
It’s not my intent to dispense gossip or to kick others when they’re down. Not at all. My heart grieves – particularly when leaders fall and people hurt, struggle, and stumble as a result. Sadly, these are not the first leaders to stumble and sin and they won’t be the last. So, while we extend grace [and discernment]…what can we learn?
Michael Guglielmucci is a prominent songwriter and pastor in Australia but was in the news this week [and here] over an incredible deception involving a fake terminal illnesss. He may also face criminal charges.
HE preached to thousands about his terminal illness and tugged at hearts with a hit song.
The problem is the pastor wasn’t dying at all. Michael Guglielmucci, who inspired hundreds of thousands of young Christians with his terminal cancer “battle”, has been exposed as a fraud.
Earlier this year, Mr Guglielmucci released a hit song, Healer , which was featured on Sydney church Hillsong’s latest album…It since has become an anthem of faith for believers, many of whom are suffering their own illness and were praying for a miracle for Mr Guglielmucci, who has claimed for two years to be terminally ill…It appears Mr Guglielmucci…may even have deceived his own family.
Todd Bentley, the controversial “faith healer,” in an inappropriate “emotional” relationship:
Evangelist Todd Bentley, who led a months-long faith-healing revival that attracted thousands and worldwide attention, had “an unhealthy relationship” with a female staff member during the revival, it was announced Friday by the board of his organization, Fresh Fire Ministries of Abbotsford, British Columbia…The announcement, a statement posted on the Web site of Fresh Fire said the board had discovered Bentley “has entered into an unhealthy relationship on an emotional level with a female member of his staff.”“On behalf of the Fresh Fire leadership and the Board of Directors, we wish to apologize to our friends and partners and to the larger body of Christ and to ask for your forgiveness,” the statement said.It was announced last week that Bentley had separated from his wife, Shonnah Bentley, and would not return to conclude his tenure with the Florida Outpouring revival this week as he had originally intended.
So, what can we learn and discern?
So, I ask you two simple question:What are you thoughts about what we can learn? Whether you are a leader in the church or not, how do you safeguard your heart?