Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Kathryn Kuhlman: A Mystical Legacy

Kathryn Kuhlman (1907–1976) was another teacher who synchronized Christianity and Spiritualism together. She was born in 1907 and became a Pentecostal evangelical preacher at the age of 16. She made a lucrative career for herself as a faith healer, running “crusades” from the 1940s to the late 1960s throughout the world. Her meetings were known for healings, 'holy laughter,' and the practice of being 'slain in the spirit.' Although it was spoken about in her biography, her old crusade videos don't show her altar/healing ministry.

Kuhlman  eventually got her own 30-minute radio program, and then a TV show in the 70s. Most of it was devoted to testimonies of those who received healing.

As you will see, Benny Hinn has modeled his ministry after hers in many ways. One way that Hinn has shown tribute to Miss Kuhlman is by singing a song in his crusades that is based upon the title of her TV program, "I Believe in Miracles." In the following video, Benny Hinn explains how he was impacted by Miss Kuhlman's ministry.

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Watch as Miss Kuhlman preaches in an eery, dramatic style. There are better videos, but I wanted to capture what she said. One researcher felt that she depended upon a spirit guide, because of the story Benny Hinn told in his book about her. Others believe she was possessed. [here]

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Kathryn Kuhlman was one of the first ministers to place a heavy emphasis on the Holy Spirit, and one of the first within the Evangelical/Pentecostal world that laid a foundation for the new unity movement of religions. It was said by her official biographer, Buckingham, that Miss Kuhlman did not like to conduct her services without Catholic priests on her platform. [1][2]
"Nothing thrilled Kathryn more than to have thirty or forty Catholic clergymen, especially if they wore clerical collars or, better yet, cassocks, sitting behind her while she ministered. Somehow it seemed to lend authenticity to what she was doing — and helped create the proper climate of a trust and understanding which was so necessary for a miracle service." (Daughter Of Destiny, p. 221.)
On October 11, 1972, Pope Paul gave her a private audience at the Vatican. Coincidentally, Benny Hinn has also been to the Vatican. In this YouTube, Benny talks about his visit, by invitation, for the private service that preceeded Pope John Paul's burial.

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Hinn claims Jesus is going to make a bodily appearance in one of his crusades. This is an old video, but sometimes it takes a while for a prophecy to come to fruition. Funny about those spirits and their predictions!

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In the second video (above), Miss Kuhlman says that before the Church is caught up in the rapture, there will be a miracle service in which everyone in attendance will be healed. She said this in more than one of her crusades, but hoped it might be occur sometime before she died.

Will Benny, as a tribute, fulfill Kathryn Kuhlman's prophecy to have everyone healed in one of his services? Will it be the New Age Christ who will perform this mass healing? Hum!