each night before singing the song, Mike would tell his story of battling terminal cancer, and God's power to heal. then last week he confessed that he had been lying for the past few years...he had never had cancer. this article is a speech Mike's dad gives in response and provides more insight into the situation. there is also an interview on youtube here.
it really breaks my heart...obviously Mike has been dealing with addictions, shame, and darkness for a long time. he wrote the song because he wanted God to set him free from his addiction but instead hid behind the lie of a fabricated illness.
"The pain of this addiction was so deep that he started something he couldn't stop and proceeded on a downward spiral that led to him experiencing pain and suffering that resulted in constant vomiting and many other symptoms of a genuine sufferer."
wow. how easy would it be for any one of us to get sucked into an addiction, fed by isolation and shame, creating a life of misery and suffering. i'm reminded how vital it is that we walk in the light...inviting others to shine truth on the lies that shadow our hearts.
"if we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. but if we walk in the LIGHT, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, as the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from ALL sin." 1 John 1:6-7
i'm so thankful that Jesus breaks through the darkness...and that the truth really does set us free. may we live as people who are free..."because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining" (1 John 2:8)