Michael Guglielmucci (born 1978) is an Australian Christian pastor and songwriter. He
performed and wrote or co-wrote songs for the Planetshakers album, Saviour of the
World (2007) and Hillsong Live album, This Is Our God (2008), including his song “Healer”.
His song “Healer” made a drastic impact on many people around the world. The story
behind the story is quite confusing. When he came to perform this song on stage, he had
an oxygen tube attached to his nose. He came to the stage, read Isaiah 53 and he became
emotional as he read the passage. Many people in the audience were also moved.
In September 2006 after a hospital visit for a minor accident, he announced that he is
dying of cancer. He was reportedly suffering from symptoms including severe pain,
breathing difficulties, vomiting and hair loss. It was at this point that he composed the
song, “Healer”, allegedly based on his struggle with cancer. The album This Is Our God
on which the song appeared, went on to chart on the ARIA (Australian Music Sales
Chart) charts, peaking at No. 2. Guglielmucci performed the song regularly at concerts
over a two-year period.
In August 2008, Guglielmucci’s father Danny, founder of Edge Church in Adelaide,
publicly announced that his son had fabricated the cancer story, which his son created
as a diversion from a battle with a 16-year pornographic addiction. Guglielmucci
appeared on the current affair show Today Tonight, where he gave a full confession and
explained the events surrounding the fabrication.
Guglielmucci was immediately stripped of his credentials by the Australian Christian
Church. The church’s lawyers contacted the police, and audited Guglielmucci’s bank
accounts to ensure all proceeds of the song “Healer” could be either returned or donated
to charity. Guglielmucci himself pledged to ensure that the funds would be returned to
purchasers. Guglielmucci’s father reported that he was to receive psychiatric
The story ends here. If we Google about Michael Guglielmucci now, we don’t see any
updates or songs from him. He was named a liar, deceiver and so on by people through
different media. But, the thought that struck me was that, he had confessed about the
same two years later through a TV show. What would he have been going through,
before he confessed even before the TV show? I guess he might have confessed the same
before GOD. He understood that what he had done is wrong and he has to get rid of this
fake identity and to be right with GOD and with man.
Just like Zacchaeus confessed his wrongs to JESUS, he took a step as a reflection of his
repentance. We can say that, the people might still have had an aversion towards
Zacchaeus as they still had the thought of what he had done in the past.
Though we forgive the mistakes of others, we may not be able to forget what they had
done to us. “Still, he/she did that to me!” That root of unforgiveness makes our lives
terrible to move on. Repentance should always be followed by acceptance. If a person is
ready to confess their sins, they have the open heart to accept the fact that they did
something wrong. And, if we can’t forget what the person has done to us, we have a
narrow heart to accept forgiveness from him. Also, we need to have a heart to forget
what they have done. If GOD has forgiven them for their wrongs, why can’t we just
forget what they had done?
Forgiveness needs a strong relationship with GOD. From a human perspective, it’s
impossible to forget the hurts caused by the wrong of others, but no wounds are beyond
repair by GOD.
If the people had accepted Michael’s confession, he would have been in the pastoral
ministry or would be leading worship. But, Hillsong has even removed the video of his
live performance from their YouTube channel as well.
If we can’t forgive others like JESUS, how can we be in heaven with Him? “Let all
bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all
malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God
in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32 .
Let’s have a tender heart to forgive one another and to hold the one who is weak in the
spirit and together work for the glory of the LORD.