Kathryn Kuhlman: The Woman who Reintroduced the Holy Spirit to the Church
By Mario Murillo
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.
We made the case for drastic action– but we must 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 more than anyone else, reintroduced the Holy Spirit to the church in the 1960’s and 70’s. 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 open doors for her ministry. America got over her past and flocked to her services. She set attendance records in the largest venues.
The miracles of healing were documented and became the most convincing body of evidence for miracles that the medical community has ever seen. Renowned surgeons, heart specialists, and medical experts sat in the front rows of her meetings.
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.