Kathryn Kuhlman: The Woman who Reintroduced the Holy Spirit to the Church
By Mario Murillo
Yes, it is true that in the last several days we have been issuing warning after warning about the destruction of America. We endeavored to awaken a healthy and righteous urgency. We culled truth from the most undeniable sources to make the case that we have no time to lose.
Having made the case for drastic action we must also balance it with hope. In this time of darkness and despair, as the church faces the greatest test in American history we should stop, take a deep breath and remember. Psalms 103 commands us to “forget not all of his benefits.” One of those benefits is God’s power to undermine Satan with fresh and unexpected weapons.
Today we will remember one life, a woman who singlehandedly reintroduced the Holy Spirit to the church. We do this because the reward of her sacrifice is still radiating today. We do this because she is living proof of the power of God to take the least likely vessel and showcase them in history altering power. She was a weapon of choice and the devil never saw it coming.
Here are some quick facts about this woman for those who are not familiar with her. “Kathryn Johanna Kuhlman was born in Concordia, Missouri, to German-American parents. She was “born-again” at the age of 14 in the Methodist Church of Concordia, and began preaching in the West at the age of sixteen in primarily Baptist Churches. Kuhlman traveled extensively around the United States and in many other countries holding “healing crusades” between the 1940s and 1970s. She had a weekly TV program in the 1960s and 1970s called I Believe In Miracles that was aired nationally. Kathryn Kuhlman is still dearly loved by both Pentecostals and Charismatics alike.”
What you just read would be good for a book report. Here is the part you need to know. Kathryn was enveloped by an anointing that was unmatched. Crippled children were healed, for that matter every kind of disease was healed. When she began to minister she faced an onslaught of criticism for being a divorced woman preacher.
God had to do startling miracles to get the church past those factors. And America did get past all of that and flocked to her services setting attendance records in the largest venues.
The healings were documented and became the most convincing body of evidence for miracles that the medical community has ever seen. The front rows of her meetings were regularly reserved for renowned surgeons, heart specialists and medical experts.
However her greatest contribution was her revelation of the Holy Spirit. She was in Pittsburgh teaching something that was very new and real to her on the person of the Holy Spirit when a woman who was neither called out nor prayed over was instantly healed of terminal stomach cancer.
The disarming simplicity of her message on the Holy Spirit can be misleading. Sometimes there is nothing more powerful than simplicity. The church in general at that time, had fallen into a powerless funk in reaction to the “God is dead” movement and the surge of drugs in the youth culture.
Out of the blue God used her to ignite a Holy Spirit revival among Catholics. Coupled with David Wilkerson’s book The Cross and the Switchblade millions worldwide received the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
It was Kathryn that caused a generation of Spirit-filled preachers to start regarding the Holy Spirit as a person and to submit their ministry to the guidance and power of this person that she so wonderfully described. They relearned who carried the power, wisdom and the responsibility to advance the Gospel through the most evil time.
What does Kathryn’s life say to us today? She continually talked about “paying the price.” Today we hear about “not having to pay the price.” And for that deception we are paying an incalculable price by losing our nation.
She taught surrender to the person who could change history. The greatest threat in the church is self-reliance. The challenge today is beyond our wisdom, words, methods and programs. The church as a whole must today renounce human wisdom in favor of the person of the Holy Spirit.
The same Holy Spirit that took, as she said, “a nobody” and raised her up to alter the course of history should inspire us to follow her example. Take a few minutes and see the video where she speaks about the Holy Spirit.
The church in America has been struck by an iceberg. Over one thousand preachers a month are leaving the ministry defeated by the open hostility of our culture and the draining effect of lukewarm believers. We cannot go on this way. There must be an answer.
What if we had a convention designed to confront the threat against the American Church? What if we had a convention that brushed aside all of the frills and distractions and instead focused on receiving power and fresh direction?
The American Church will not be turned around by supermen but by supernatural men. We do not need better equipment, new organizations, novel methods, but vessels that the Holy Ghost can use—vessels who pray with prevailing might. God does not flow through religious machinery but through human beings, he does not anoint plans, but people—people of prayer.
It is our conviction that there is a life available, set apart in prayer that only goes out to serve at the direct command of God. That life can accomplish truly mighty things, things mighty enough to change the course of America.
Do not sit back and watch dark clouds gather. Sweep away the cobwebs, underbrush and weeds of despair and take action! It is high time for you to operate in gifts of power.
This prayer of Peter embodies this convention: Acts 4: 29 Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
As important as the day of Pentecost was to the Book of Acts Church, the outpouring that happened two chapters later was equally crucial. Pentecost proved that God could pour out His Spirit on the Earth. The miracle in Acts 4 proved God could do it again.
Join us in the mountains with the firm conviction that God can and will do it again.
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