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In Part One, I presented a review of the record of the Divine Healing and Miracle ministry of Jesus Christ. This was part, and parcel, of his preaching the Gospel.
In Part Two, I covered how the Divine Healing and Miracle ministry of Christ and his successors, in the Early Church was lost, due to a Great Apostasy from the Messianic roots of the Early Church.
This metamorphosis of a Jewish Messianic Church into a Gentile mixture of gospel elements and Paganism, came into full fruition with the Council of Nicea, in 325 C.E., and the subsequent acceptance by the Emperor Constantine, to make this hybrid Gentile Christianity, the official State Religion.
For a long time, this Great Apostasy held sway, despite the Christian religion being based on supernatural events such as healings and miracles.
Gradually though, some embers were lit, and a people of faith stepped out into the waters to once again demonstrate some supernatural workings of the Holy Spirit of God.
These embers became a slow fire in the 19th century, which started to glow more brightly at the turn of the 20th century.
Such principals as Mary Woodworth-Etter, and John Alexander Dowie took center stage.
The Healing Ministry of the Power of God through the Holy Spirit could no longer be swept under the rug of Cessationism and unbelief.
Finally, a quantum leap was made… the Pentecostal Revival began. People started to seek for more spiritual power to be greater witnesses for Christ.
Following the Pentecostal Revival, a general lifting of the Holy Spirit (1925-1945) became evident as men started to try to control the Move of God into personal kingdoms and denominational factions.
There was again, some moving of the Holy Spirit, just following the end of the Second World War. This moving, or revival, was typical of all Gentile Church Age revivals…as, it appeared outside of the Established Church control…
Tent Evangelism, and Tent healing and deliverance services, became the new vogue. Out of nowhere, came a bevy of tent healing evangelists, one following the other in rapid succession from about 1946-1952. Several of these lowly Tent ministers and Healing Tent Evangelists became household names in Post-Modern times. Their message was…“Jesus Christ, the same, yesterday, today, and forever,” in dispensing healing and miracle cures.
The Flamboyant A.A. Allen was one of the first to appear. The boldest of them, Jack Coe, electrified audiences with his convictions of faith and healing exploits.
The Indefatigable Oral Roberts, who out-worked everyone with his zeal in the healing and deliverance ministry. And finally, perhaps, the most heralded and controversial…the Pentecostal mystic, William Branham.
^ Scenes of Gigantic Tent Revivals were witnessed all across the American landscape and its spiritual landscape following the Second World War.
However, such a demonstration of faith and power was not to last, at least, in its current application of those times. This was all swept away, to be replaced in times ahead, by a totally NEW paradigm…
In the interim though, before this NEW paradigm is revealed, something else did come in, and it was not for the better, as negative spiritual forces sought to undermine and corrupt the return of the Healing and Deliverance ministries to the Gospel.
Though, healing and miracles had been on the scene, there were signs of something greater yet, to appear…But the Enemy came in, to attempt to destroy this edifice of a Gospel with Power.
Era of the Healing Evangelists Wanes into Sorcery
The Holy Spirit started to lift off the Healing Ministries in the late 1950’s. The era of the “Healing Evangelists” had commenced right after the Second World War. By the year 1967, what healing evangelists were left had become full-fledged sorcerers.
These had been a mixture of spirit and error; flesh and spirit; but after the Holy Spirit lifted, they had become “angel of light” ministries ( 2 Corinthians 11:12-15) .
The year 1967 was the year of the Six-Day War in Israel, in which the Israeli Defense Forces fulfilled Christ’s Prophecy recorded by Luke (21:24). As a consequence, the general “ Call ” to the Gentiles which started in the house of Cornelius (see Acts 10; approximately 41 A.D. according to Reese’s Chronological Bible) was NOW over…
God was no longer exclusively dealing with, or calling out, or converting Gentile peoples as a distinct class, as before. This is why the Gentile Church has been in serious decline in the last fifty years that have followed, and why….there has been none, if any, general moving of the Holy Spirit, which has resulted in a grave moral decline throughout the popular Church, and the world!
^ Following the End of the Times of the Gentiles, and the demise of the Healing Evangelists, a spotlight fell on a Kathryn Kuhlman, above.
When as a younger woman, Kuhlman attended some Angelus Temple meetings in Los Angeles, California. Kuhlman carefully studied, as Simon the Sorcerer observed Philip the Evangelist in Samaria as recorded in Acts 8, the techniques of Aimee Semple McPherson.
Aimee Semple McPherson, in her early ministry in Pentecostal circuits and circles in California, had an early healing and miracle ministry, that inspired others, like Charles Price, who I covered in Part Two.
This type of ministry, and the persona of McPherson, made an indelible impression on Kuhlman.
In short order at an opportune juncture, Kuhlman adopted a similar order in her meetings and not only dressed like Aimee, but also adopted several of her mannerisms and theatrical modes.
If you watched the two, side by side, in their respective time periods, and in their respective ministries, you would be surprised how cannily Miss Kuhlman copied McPherson.
Reader, this is just what sorcerers do, just like Simon wanted to copy Philip in Samaria.
Unlike the Healing Evangelists, Kuhlman did not claim any spiritual gifts such as the gift of faith, or healing, or miracles. Indeed, she seldom laid “hands on the sick.” The only time she did regularly lay hands on someone was when they had already been “healed.”
Upon doing this, subjects frequently “fell under the power” of the Holy Spirit. This was not a new phenomenon and had been a feature of the Pentecostal Revival and before, notably with Mary Woodworth-Etter.
Kuhlman would claim that the Holy Spirit was doing the healings and would call out ailments and afflictions (this is called by psychologists, “psychosomatic healings” ) that she was prompted by the Spirit throughout the audience.
Unlike the Healing Evangelists, she laid no emphasis on faith or Gospel accounts of healing to build up the faith of her listeners. This was highly unusual…thus, more often than not, her “healings” or manifestations (…”falling under the Power”…) were received by athiests, agnostics, spiritualists, Eastern religionists, and not upon Christians or people professing faith for healing.
Unfortunately for Kuhlman, a Christian doctor named William Nolen did some critical research of her meetings and wrote a book, “In Search of a Miracle.” Nolen could not find ONE medically documented healing by Kuhlman. She died in the mid-1970’s, a wealthy woman with a private art collection. Interestingly enough, an associate of Oral Roberts received the financial assets of her estate.
Following in the steps of Kuhlman about a decade later, there came a Benny Hinn. Hinn also was an aspiring student of Aimee Semple McPherson, and Miss Kuhlman. Hinn was introduced to Kuhlman’s ministry in 1973, when he traveled by charter bus from his home of Toronto to attend her meetings in Pittsburgh, PA. Following this, Hinn often attended more Kuhlman meetings, ostensibly to study her methods…
Indeed, following this, Hinn said that he would frequently visit both of the grave sites of McPherson, and Kuhlman, and commune with their “anointing.” In these sorts of bizarre scenarios, as depicted above with Hinn, who is shown by the grave of Kuhlman, this activity is nothing less than “necromancy,” ….condemned by the Bible.
Despite these Biblical condemnations of communing with the dead, or necromancy, ….Hinn claimed to have received from these “communions,” the respective “Anointings,” of the McPherson and Kuhlman ministries….
As a result, Hinn developed a near identical ministry to that of Kuhlman. Hinn, would also claim NO gift, nor emphasize or preach on faith being the medium of God’s Divine Power.
Much of the same manifestations appeared in Hinn’s meetings, like Kuhlman’s, in which Hinn would announce that the Holy Spirit was ministering in certain areas of the congregation, with certain cures, for that section. This again, is called “psychosomatic healings.” Anyone can claim them, if they have a corresponding, subjective emotional feeling…
How these “healings,” psychosomatic cures, and other manifestations such as “falling under the Power,” were affected, was by seducing the audiences into a pre-hypnotic state, also termed “altered states of consciousness.” In these altered states, audience members could be persuaded, as hypnotic subjects, to demonstrate or manifest any number of these manifestations…
Again, Hinn seldom laid hands on the sick, and only laid hands on those already claiming some sort of healing in the meeting. These were the folks that were being “mesmerized,” or under “altered states of consciousness,” in which they claimed healing cures.
Once these subjects came forward to the podium to give testimony where Mr. Hinn was officiating, they could easily be more manipulated into “falling under the Power,” when touched, waved upon, or breathed upon, or usually as the case, they were literally pushed down by Hinn. It is a wonder that these people pushed and shoved to the floor were not injured…or, maybe some were…
Hinn had a more dramatic flair than the conservative Kuhlman, in which he could cause again, by “altered states,” whole sections of the crowd to “fall or reel backward by the Power of the Spirit.” This phenomenon was to demonstrate the unmistakable presence of the “Anointing” upon Hinn.
However, Hinn could not, as Kuhlman, so far of 35+ years of his ministerial career, produce ONE medically documented, certifiable healing or miracle.
Moreover, Hinn’s financial excesses are well-known, unlike the discreet Kuhlman, and he has been the subject of major television network exposés leading up to political scrutiny from Senator Grassley of Iowa, who launched an investigation of Hinn’s finances.
In 2010, The National Enquirer published photos of Hinn holding hands with televangelist Without Walls pastor Paula White in Rome (see below), in which Hinn admitted sexual improprieties; Hinn was married to Suzanne Hinn at the time. His wife filed for divorce in February 2010 but they later remarried in 2013.
Today Hinn, though claiming more spiritual power than ever, and greater miracles about to soon appear, his ministry is stagnant in repeating the same tired clockwork of manifestations, over and over again, in which his meetings are no longer attracting curiousity and consequently, are in demise.
WATCH THE HAND!…part of the Mesmerization Process that is parcel of Mr. Hinn’s brand of sorcery. Note the trance-like state of Mr. Hinn’s subject, who is fixated upon his outstretched hand…
And like the mere mortal that Mr. Hinn is turning out to be…he has been admitted in hospital visits in which the “faith healer,” has received treatment for reduced oxygen levels stemming from abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation: a condition he has experienced intermittently for over 20 years.
No doubt, his following has not been aware of that….
Hinn, as his healing ministry waned, like Oral Roberts and A.A. Allen, a generation or two earlier, went into teaching, and now promotes a “Prosperity Gospel” message. The problem for Mr. Hinn though, is that, he has very little ability to do so. Hinn has no teaching style and rambles on without making coherent points.
Several examples of his teaching and preaching “prowess” are cited by critics and are plain outright, goofy statements, for which he frequently retracts and apologizes for, despite being under the… “Anointing,”… when making such remarks.
However, Hinn’s real talent is the same as Kathryn Kuhlman’s. Both are really “sorcerers.” Like the Magicians in the courts of Pharoah, both are able to duplicate some spiritual power of questionable effect. Such results, beyond surface demonstrations are without substance, and are as “wind without rain.”
As indicative of sorcerers, neither one claimed any spiritual gifts, nor did they generate faith in their hearers for genuine healings or miracles, as the earlier Healing Evangelists had, and earlier Pentecostal luminaries, did.
Instead, of producing ONE documented genuine miracle or healing between them, they “bewitched (or deceived) the people with sorceries” (Acts 8:11). As a consequence, these sorcerers and others like them in this contemporary era, have plenty of money among them as did Simon, who offered the Apostles money for more spiritual power so that he could demonstrate that power as further sorceries for his own glory, adulation, and further financial benefit (Acts 8:18).
Such solicitation and abuse of the accumulation of riches and money have brought reproach on real Christian ministry.
These individuals are “known by their fruits” and are not genuine servants of God, but rather are attempting to serve “two” or, and in several instances, “more masters,” that Christ warned of (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13).
Hinn has gone so far in acquiring this spiritual power, that he has sought to contact the “dead,” at the gravesite of Kuhlman. His description of such activity is what the Bible condemns as “necromancy.” The penalty in the Old Testament for necromancy was death ( Leviticus 20:6, 27). No one who engages in “communing with the dead” can be in fellowship with God nor have the sanction of the Holy Spirit upon their lives. Indeed, such an individual is “spiritually defiled” and is defiling others as well (Lev. 19:31).
Like a Magician ^ Noted authority on the Occult and demonology, the late Kurt E. Koch, wrote several books on the delivering power of Jesus Christ, and how to discern demonic powers.
Koch met and interviewed Miss Kuhlman, above, and others, and attended several of her meetings. Koch came away disturbed, convinced that Kuhlman was NOT a genuine Christian, and listed her, in his book (above right) entitled OCCULT ABC,… as someone that Christians should avoid lest they become spiritually oppressed.
As a young man myself, I attended several of Kuhlman’s meetings in San Jose, California, and the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, in the early 1970’s. Miss Kuhlman herself, laid hands on me three different times in different meetings when I was invited to go upon the podium stage where she was active, with predictable results. Hence, I came away with a similar view as Koch.
I have never attended nor needed to attend a Benny Hinn meeting to discern him, as his methods were all to obvious to me as he is a dedicated sorcerer.
This concludes Part Three of this series. I will write the conclusion of this topic in my next installment.
Thanks for reading.
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