I just found out some horrible news today. The song, "Healer", that I have talked much about on here, is now shadowed by fraud. From what I've read on an article from Australia on the net today, Michael Guglielmucci, the man who wrote the song, has evidently lied about his cancer, which has fueled such meaning around the song. The video of him leading it at Hillsong, with an oxygen tank, has been pulled from YouTube. Last Sunday, I introduced this song to our congregation, and I also sent the video links to our church via email to inspire them and tell the story of this song.
Now, the first thing that I questioned, was the song itself. Is this song actually of God, when it was penned through fraud? Here's my conclusion, through thought and prayer: God definitely is our healer and our portion. Every word of this song is truth. It's truth from God's Word and Spirit. Was this man led by the Spirit while writing this song? I don't know. Maybe. Maybe not.
Matt Redman once said in an article that when God wants his people to hear a song and learn a song, He will bring it to them. No matter if a record label is involved or not, God will move that song to where it needs to go. This song is all over the world right now. It's helping people and pointing people to God.
It's so important that our motives are right. Why do we go to church? Why do we worship? Why do we sing songs of praise to God? Is it because it's popular or because of a person who wrote the song? People will let you down time and time again. I've seen too many people leave the church because of a person. I've seen too many people have faith in a pastor instead of God, and it always ends in disaster. As a Christian, I must point people to God, because I'm going to mess up some where along the lines, and I won't always be there for everyone. God is, God was, and God will always be. Ironically, last Sunday's sermon was on faithfulness. Thankfully, I didn't focus on the man who wrote this song. When we sang this song to God, it really didn't matter who wrote it. At that moment we were crying out to our Healer and our portion, and He is faithful right now even though is messenger wasn't. God will never let us down.
p.s. Sometimes you write songs that end up ministering to you more than anyone else. I pray and hope that Michael will find healing by God, ironically or sovereignly, using this song in his life.