How John Tesh Relies on Scripture During Times of Hardship: ‘The Bible Speaks Truth’
By Movieguide® Staff
Former ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT host John Tesh revealed how God has strengthened his faith during times of suffering, especially right now during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent quarantine.
Tesh confessed that one of his biggest challenges is the absorbing the constant flow of negative news and disheartening social media posts instead of his faith and hope–a struggle that is more present amid the coronavirus-related lockdowns.
“I think it’s incredibly important to stay informed and educated,” Tesh said. “But I also think it’s just as important to take a step back and disconnect. You can’t constantly consume all the negativity all day, every day.”
He continued: “It may sound ridiculous coming from me because I fell for it myself, but I found myself being pulled in so many different directions. We need to take care of ourselves and our hearts. And reading the Bible does that for me. It helps me understand my truth and it connects me with my family, especially during difficult times.”
During the pandemic, Tesh encouraged people to reach out and connect with loved ones and their faith.
“Socialization is healing at any level, even if it’s through Zoom or a simple phone call,” Tesh said. “That’s one piece of advice I would give to anyone right now. Find a way to call someone who hasn’t heard from you in 10 years. Check in on your loved ones. I know when I socialize with my loved ones, I certainly feel good.”
Tesh’s faith has grown deeper since he was first diagnosed with cancer.
In 2015, Tesh was diagnosed with a rare form of prostate cancer and given only 18 months to live. However, Tesh and his wife, Connie Sellecca, relied on God’s Word during his treatment.
“At that time, I was trying really hard to believe that everything was going to be all right,” Tesh told Fox News in an exclusive interview. “I was begging God for healing. And when Connie and I read the Scriptures together, we learned that God wants us to have health and wellness, healing and prosperity. And the Bible speaks truth. It’s the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
“I think people will really be surprised to read what the Bible has to say if they take a break from their phones and just read the Scriptures each day,” Tesh added. “I really recommend the Book of Romans and just take a deep breath.”
Although Tesh is healed from his cancer today, he recalled when his faith in God wavered.
“[Initially], I was angry at God,” Tesh explained. “I was angry at everybody. And for some reason, I was angry at my wife. I was drinking too much scotch whiskey. When you get a cancer diagnosis like this, you become very popular and people are whispering around you and you can get anything. You can get Vicodin if you want. You can drink as much as you want and you can just feel sorry for yourself as much as you want.”
“And when that happened, I almost lost my wife because I walked out,” Tesh added. “I walked out of the house, and I went on a bicycle journey to try and figure myself out. Fortunately, she forgave me because that was nothing more than disrespect to her. After all, she had been working so hard as an advocate. Feeling sorry for yourself will also get you killed.
“If I stood with Connie and we stood on faith and we stood on the scriptures that could get me healed, that that’s where God wanted me to be. I was angry at God at the beginning because I thought that maybe God had put this sickness on me to either teach me a lesson or for me to have a ministry but there’s nowhere in the new covenant in the Bible that says that God wants you anything but well.”
In February 2020, Tesh released a book called “Relentless: Unleashing a Life of Purpose, Grit and Faith,” which highlighted his journey from homelessness to successful musician and beyond.
“I’m healed and I feel good,” Tesh said. “I take care of myself. But when you go through such suffering like that, you can never really forget it. And it has made me grateful each day that I can wake up every morning and be with my family. I thank God every day for my healing. I can’t just put aside that suffering I’ve experienced. It’s a part of me. And it’s taught me that when faced with an enemy, I’m strong enough to pick up that sword.”