Lance highlights the story of Mike Guglielmucci, on his blog today:
Mike joins a long list of spiritual leaders who have been found to be ’embellishing’ their personal testimonies. I wondered how this came about.
Here are some comments from a blog from 2006 onwards :
Don’t know if anyone else has heard this, but I was at worship practise this morning and out worship leader told us that Mike Guglielmucci has just found out that he has a blood disease
when i heard he was sick, i laughed… not because i am happy he is sick, but because while he was at our church he was healed of:
Blood Clot in his brain
Burst Ear Drum
God is so going to get the glory for this one… just like the other ones. But keep praying!
While at our church (while I was there) he was also healed of a broken leg in front of my eyes.
I heard from Russel Evans that he has no hair on his body as of 1 week ago. I’m just wondering how the big fella is doing?
he was preaching at church and at BIG. He currently has 33 broken bones including bothi his arms, and 8 places in his back. Mike is also in a wheelchair but his attitude is just amazing, he said that it hurts to lay down and he if he breaks a rib going to the toilet he may aswell break a bone doing something good.
hey everyone!! The doc gave mike 9 months to live and 9½ months later here he is.. Mike preached at my youth group on friday 29th June…
HEY GUYS!!!! INCREDIBLE NEWS!!!! THE HEALING PROCESS HAS BEGUN!!!! TODAY I WENT TO JOHN WESLEYS CHAPEL IN BRISTOL. AS I STOOD IN WESLEYS PULPIT GODS POWER TOUCHED MY BODY!!!! TO CUT A LONG STORY SHORT. I LEFT MY WHEELCHAIR THERE!!!! MY BACK IS HEALED, MY HIPS ARE HEALED, MY LEGS ARE HEALED!!!! I STILL HAVE PAIN IN MY UPPER BODY BUT IT HAS STARTED!!!! PRAISE AND GLORY TO THE KING OF ALL KINGS!!!! MY SAVIOUR, MY PORTION, MY FREEDOM, MY HEALER!!!!!
Why did people take Mike’s claims at face-value? Including people who knew him well and were experienced Pastors, like Russell Evans, and Mike’s father Danny? Including his own wife and family?
Is there an air of unreality that gets perpetuated in some churches, and in some Christian circles? Where zeal and testimony sometimes runs ahead of the facts? Was Mike healed of some affliction earlier on, and when he saw the amount of attention it brought and the increase to God’s kingdom, did he decide to replicate it?