I heard the news today about Mike Guglielmucci (a worship leader at a church in Melbourne, Australia), that he’s been covering up for the last however-long his addiction to pornography. The way he’s been doing this is by telling everyone that he had cancer, to the point that he would do ‘worship sets’ with tubes sticking out of his nose and so on to add to the illusion of this sickness.
I can’t help but link this to the recent discovery of Todd Bentley’s affair and come to a (fairly easy) conclusion. If you are a Christian, you are going to come under trial. As a leader, this will most often come in the form of sex, money, or power. These two examples seem to show parts of all three, it would appear.
Should these men have abused their positions in the way they did? Absolutely not. Does it change who God is? Absolutely not! Regardless of what leaders are doing, the biblical truth that everyone commits sins is still true – it is when people allow their eyes to be fixed on the wrong person (e.g. not Jesus) that problems arise.
Are you a Christian leader and reading this? Good. These are the three steps to doing that well:
1. Make sure that you are actively donning the full armour of God at the beginning of, and throughout, every single day to enable God to protect you from the enemy, his servants, their works and effects.
2. Make sure that your focus is only on Jesus, so that you’re doing a good job.
3. Make sure that the focus you are giving to your flock is only Jesus, and not you! We are all fallible, unlike Jesus, who is the same yesterday, today and forever.