If you are into prophecy and the prophetic movement of the 20th century, a woman by the name of Kathryn Kuhlman may come to mind. She was a woman that was born on May 9, 1907.
She was a woman that was evangelical and had a special gift for healing. She ran healing crusades throughout the 20th century. They were often called tent meetings in which hundreds and thousands of people would often gather to hear her speak.
Mrs. Kuhlman received Jesus Christ as her personal lord and savior when she was around 14 years of age. After her religious conversion, she began preaching with her sister and brother in law. She was ordained as a pastor by the Evangelical Church Alliance.
When an evangelist by the name of Burroughs Waltrip came to her hometown, she decided to help him raise funds for his ministry called radio chapel.
Unfortunately, Burroughs Waltrip was divorcing his wife at the time and started getting closer to Kathryn Kuhlman. Their relationship began to become public and the two decided to get married.
In many meetings with friends, she said that she did not feel comfortable being married to him. She always felt like something was wrong. She was told by him that his wife left him.
However, this turned out not to be the case. He divorces his wife. She decided to not live with him and didn’t see much of him for 8 years. This is what she told the Denver Post in an interview in 1952. Burroughs Waltrip had divorced her in 1948. She did not want to be with a divorced man that had left his wife.
She is best known for holding healing services for people that were looking to get healed from different ailments. During the 1960’s and 1970’s, she had a television show called, I believe in miracles. It was a hit show in which people could watch her live on television healing people.
Her ministry also included a 30-minute radio show in which she teaches people about the Holy Bible. It was broadcast nationwide.
What is amazing about her ministry is that she never received any formal training as a pastor. She simply flowed with what she believed to be true about her healing gifts. People began to take notice and she became a celebrity in Christian circles.
Even well-known pastors like David Wilkerson, Pat Robertson and Chuck Smith applauded her spiritual work.
On a negative tone, she had two lawsuits against her in 1975. One was from her personal administrator named Paul Bartholomew. He accused her of having one million dollars’ worth of jewelry and one million dollars’ worth of fine art in her possession. Two other associates accused her of moving records illegally. Kathryn Kuhlman denied these claims and settled the lawsuits outside of court.
In her books, it is said that around two million people claimed to have received a healing at her crusades. However, skeptics did investigate 23 people and found that they claimed that they were healed and then it was discovered that their ailments were still there. The study was conducted by Dr. William A. Nolen.
Because of Dr. William A. Nolen’s findings, people began to feel a sense of skepticism into her healing crusades. Upon hearing about his findings, another physician by the name of Lawrence Malthouse said that Dr. Nolen only attended one of her crusades. He also said that this was an unfair finding since he did not interview everyone that was there.
Another doctor by the name of Dr. Richard Casdorph wrote a book supporting the work of Kathryn Kuhlman and saying that she did heal many people. Another doctor by the name of Dr. Richard Owellen also came to her defense saying that he did attend many of her healing crusades and he did witness many miraculous healings. He was a believer in her spiritual healing work.
The ministry took a toll on her heart because of her intense work schedule. Her meetings would often go for six to eight hours at a time. She died during one of her heart surgeries on February 20, 1976.
When she died, she had $267,500. She left her money to 3 of her family members and 20 of her employees. Her followers were hoping that she would have left her estate to her foundation. In a prior will, she had requested this. However, this was not the case when she died.
Amazingly, her foundation stayed open until 2016 and then it had to close due to lack of funding.
She was a big influence on modern day faith healer Benny Hinn. It is said that the Kathryn Kuhlman told him that he would be doing the same exact thing as she is doing.
It is a fact that we can say that she was right. Benny Hinn today has become one of the most recognized faith healers in the world. It is estimates that millions of people around the world see him as being a faith healer and someone that has changed their life. Many people say that they have been healed at one of his crusades.
Faith healing is a specialized calling in which you must feel that you can connect with Jesus Christ in order to receive your healing. Jesus said that with faith, all things are possible. Faith healers will often say that its not them that is doing the healing, but Jesus Christ.
For millions of people that have been healed by faith, this is something to desire. There is not greater power in the world than what Jesus Christ can give to you. The New Testament tells us that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Nobody can come to the father except through Jesus. People around the world are searching for answers in the 21st century. Many people are turning to faith healers for hope. We live in a time period in which faith healers travel quickly everywhere around the world.