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[Chapter 6] The Anointing By Benny Hinn – An Unusual Woman of God

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An Unusual Woman of God
Because of the number of young adults I’ve encountered who know very little about Kathryn Kuhlman, I want to tell you briefly about this remarkable woman who had such an impact on my life and who touched so many lives around the world. From what God did in her life, we can learn more about what He can do in ours through the anointing.
Born on May 9, 1907, near Concordia, Missouri, Kathryn grew into a tall, red-haired teenager, mischievous, strong-willed, and bright. She accepted Jesus as her Lord at age fourteen under the ministry of a Baptist evangelist during a typical midwestern revival meeting at a small Methodist church. The experience in many ways was a forecast of the years to come. Stunning her family, church, and everyone in town, she was overcome by the Holy Spirit, sobbing, shaking, and collapsing under great conviction in a
front pew. “The whole world changed,” she said years later. I could fully identify with the sobbing and shaking .Only a few years after her conversion she joined her sister Myrtle and Myrtle’s husband on an evangelistic road trip, and before long, feeling an increasing burden for the lost, she set out on her own traveling ministry. Accompanied by pianist Helen Gulliford, she ministered throughout the Midwest and west for several years, finally landing in Denver,where she soon attracted large crowds to meetings held in a warehouse. Out of those meetings in 1933, at the height of the depression, came the Denver Revival Tabernacle, a major work that flourished. During this time, she was pretty much a preacher of the gospel, bringing hundreds and hundreds of people to the Lord. Although healings through prayer occurred as in many christian ministries, her powerful miracle ministry was a long way off. But near-disaster was close at hand. Fortunately God had a plan to overcome Kathryn’s weaknesses. In 1937 she invited a tall, handsome evangelist named Burroughs Waltrip to minister at the Tabernacle. He stayed for two months. Although he was still married, he had left his wife and children in a most odious fashion. Kathryn lost all sound judgment and fell in love with him. When he finally divorced his wife, Kathryn married him, despite pleadings and warnings from those who cared for her. She then followed Waltrip to Iowa. Her booming ministry collapsed, although parts of the Denver work continued under other leaders.Waltrip’s ministry also failed in Iowa. So they left and traveled extensively around the Midwest and west, sometimes ministering together, but more often she sat silently on the platform as he ministered. Because of the grace of God, people were often saved and blessed under their ministry, but the life went out of both of them, especially her. Kathryn had walked away from her first real love,the Lord Jesus Christ, and she was dying. According to Jamie Buckingham, an author and pastor, she had known for many years that she was to be different. The call on her was so deep, so irreversible, that after about six years she could stand her misery no longer. Waltrip knew it, too, but it was Kathryn who acted. In Daughter of Destiny, a book Buckingham wrote about Miss Kuhlman after her death, he quoted her on this critical transition in her life: I had to make a choice. Would I serve the man I Loved or the God I loved? I knew I could not serve God and live with Mister. [She called Waltrip “Mister” from the very first time she met him.] No one will ever know the pain of dying like I know it, for I loved him more than I Loved life itself. And for a time, I loved him even more than God. I finally told him I had to leave. God had never released me from that original call. Not only did I live with him, I had to live with my own conscience, and the conviction of the Holy Spirit was almost unbearable. I was tired of trying to justify myself. Tired. One afternoon, I left the apartment—it was in the outskirts of Los Angeles—and found myself walking down a tree-shaded street. The sun was flickering through the great limbs that stretchedout overhead. At the end of the block I saw a street sign. It said simply, “Dead End.” There was heartache, heartache so great it cannot be put into words. If you think it’s easy to go to the cross, it’s simply because you’ve never been there. I’ve been there. I know. And I had to go alone. I knew nothing about the wonderful filling of the Holy Spirit. I knew nothing of the power of the mighty third person of the Trinity which was available to all. I just knew it was four o’clock on Saturday afternoon and I had come to the place in my life where I was ready to give up everything—even Mister—and die. I said it out loud: “Dear Jesus, I surrender all. I give it all to you. Take my body. Take my heart . All I am is yours. I place it in your wonderful hands.” Kathryn had known for almost six years that she had been fooling herself. She had been preaching and seeking God’s blessing without living under God’s precepts. She had sinned. But she repented, turning around that Saturday afternoon. She died. She became a seed willing to fall into the ground and be buried. In the words of Buckingham, “She turned around and started back up the street whence she had come.” And she was alone, except for a loving, forgiving God. “No one,” she cried softly many years later, “will ever know what this ministry has cost me. Only Jesus.”I discussed Kathryn’s “dying” with Maggie Hartner years later, and she gave me great insight—insight that we must all learn from. At that time of repentance and turning around, Kathryn was understandably grief-stricken and guilt-ridden. The Lord, at one point, asked her, “Kathryn, have I forgiven you?” She answered,”Yes.” Then God said, “I have forgotten it, and in My book it never happened.”From that moment on, until late in her life, she never spoke of the matter, treating it as God said He had.According to the Scripture, God has put repented sins behind Him and never looks at them. They are as far from him as the East is from the West. If you keep coming back and asking for forgiveness, He really doesn’t know what you are talking about. Repentance. The washing of the blood. Forgiveness. A clean slate.Who was Kathryn Kuhlman that she should treat sin in a way contrary to God? It never happened.

The Door Opens
Two years later, after many ups and downs and many rejections because she was a woman who had married a divorced man, Miss Kuhlman got off the bus in Franklin, in western Pennsylvania. The door was at last ready to open.She began a lengthy stay at the Gospel Tabernacle and during that time started a radio ministry that was to
prosper and, by stages, reach out across America. She eventually landed in Pittsburgh, which was to be the
headquarters for her amazing ministry.
During the time in Franklin, she began to wrestle with the issue of healing. She sometimes preached on healing, and people would be healed, but it was not a
major emphasis in her ministry, which was designed to lead people to rebirth through Christ. “I knew in my heart that there was healing,” she told Buckingham
many years later. “I had seen the evidence from those who had been healed. It was real, and it was genuine,
but what was the key?” One day she saw an ad for a tent meeting in Erie
that featured a “healing evangelist” and decided to go. Maybe she would find the key. But it was not there, at least for her. The evangelist was loud, brassy, and acrobatic, which was the furthest thing from her ministry. The audience seemed to go crazy as he yelled; they screamed, wailed, and writhed. She saw evidence of fraud in the claims of healing, and she could only weep. People were being criticized for their lack of faith, which left them in despair and hopelessness. But Kathryn, as brokenhearted as she was, still believed the Word of God, and she turned to it for help.The upshot was that on April 27, 1947, she began a teaching series on the Holy Spirit. I want to reprint portions of that teaching, as found in Buckingham’s book, for it contained truth that was to shape Miss Kuhlman’s ministry for the rest of her life:I see in my mind the three persons of the Trinity sitting down at a great conference table before the formation of the earth took place. God, the Holy Father, gave the others the news that even though He would create men to have fellowship with Him, that man would sin—and break that fellowship. The only way fellowship could be restored would be for someone to pay the price for that sin. For if another did not pay it, then man himself would have to continue to pay the price in unhappiness, disease, death, and eventual hell. After the Holy Father finished sharing, His Son Jesus spoke up and said, “I’ll go. I’ll take the form of a man and go down to earth to pay that price. I’ll be willing to die on a cross so that man can be restored to perfect fellowship with us.” Then Jesus turned to the Holy Spirit and said, “But I cannot go unless You go with me—for You are the one with the power.” The Holy Spirit responded and said, “You go ahead. And when the time is right, I shall join You on earth.” So Jesus came to earth, born in a manger, and grew to manhood. But even though He was the very Son of God, He was powerless. Then came that magnificent moment at the River Jordan when Jesus, coming up out of the baptismal waters, looked up and saw the Holy Spirit descending upon Him in the form of a dove. It must have been one of the greatest thrills Jesus received as He walked in the flesh on this earth. And I can almost hear the Holy Spirit whisper in His ear, I’m here now. We’re running right on schedule. Now things will really happen.” And they did happen. Filled with the Spirit, He was suddenly empowered to heal the sick, cause the blind to see, even raise the dead. It was the time for miracles. For three years they continued, and then, at the end, the Bible says He “gave up the ghost,” and the Spirit returned to the Holy Father. After Jesus was in the grave for three days, that mighty third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, returned. Jesus came out of the grave in a glorified body. He performed no more miracles during the short time He was here, but He gave His followers a great promise —the greatest promise of all, the Bible. He said that same Holy Spirit who had lived in Him would return to live in all those who opened their lives to His power. The same things that He, Jesus, had done, His followers would do also. In fact, even greater things would be done because now the Holy Spirit would not be limited to one body—but would be free to enter all those everywhere who would receive Him. The last words [Jesus] said before He went away were, “And ye shall receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you.” God the Father had given Him the gift. Now He was passing it on to the church. Every church should be experiencing the miracles of Pentecost. Every church should be seeing the healings of the Book of Acts. The gift is for all of us.

The Reaction Is Fast
The following night, as Kathryn stood to preach, a woman rushed toward the front with her hand raised. “Kathryn, may I say something?” she asked. Miss Kuhlman, not used to this sort of interruption, still said in the manner thousands would grow to love, “Come on, honey, of course you can say something.” “Last night, while you were preaching I was healed,” she said softly. Kathryn, probably for the only time in her life, was speechless. She hadn’t touched or seen the woman, let alone prayed for her. “Where were you?” she managed to ask. “Just sitting there in the audience.” Kathryn said, “How do you know you were healed?” “I had a tumor. It had been diagnosed by my doctor. While you were preaching, something happened in my body. I was so sure I was healed that I went back to my doctor this morning and had it verified. The tumor is no longer there.” The miraculous anointing had come. Another healing occurred the following Sunday, and the following, and the following, on and on, as the power of God surged through her ministry until the Lord took her home in 1976. All of us are not called or empowered to heal others as Kathryn did. But if we are willing to give God everything, regardless of the cost, He will anoint our lives, directing us to do great works for Him through the power of His magnificent Spirit. Are you willing to pay the price? Remember, you can’t outgive God. Whatever you release and give over to Him, He will return through the anointing more than you could ever imagine.

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