By John Amoda
THIS excerpt from Kathryn Kulhman’s God Can Do It Again, is an excellent example of the philosophy of Christianity and a good contrast to the Gospel of God concerning His Son Jesus Christ.
The goal of the Gospel is the gift of life eternal and this life is as defined by the Lord Jesus thusly: “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3).
The reproduced excerpt is a chapter of the book titled, Never Too Late, the testimony of Marion Burgio who for 17 years suffered from multiple sclerosis, a debilitating body wasting disease for which there is as yet no known cure.
Then as a reluctant attendee at one of Kathryn Kulhman’s miracle service, and there as an unwilling morally coerced member of the crowd of wheel chair incapacitated, she received an inside-outside, head-to-toe healing amounting to a gift of a new body in exchange for her old grotesquely diseased mangled body. The passage reproduced asks the question:
“Why are not all healed?” The only honest answer I can give is: I do not know. And I am afraid of those who claim they do know. For only God knows, and who can fathom the mind of God? Who can understand His reasoning? I think there are some simple matters we can look into, but the ultimate answer as to who is healed and who is not healed lies with God alone.
Often there are those who come praying for physical healing and they get so caught up in the spiritual impact of the miracle service that they forget about their own need. They soon direct their prayers toward others and begin rejoicing over the miracles that take place.
Oddly enough, it “is often at this precise moment that God chooses to heal when self is forgotten and God and others come first. This was what happened for one who had been praying and believing. But others are skeptics, hard boiled unbelievers in miracles-yet they, too, are often healed. One was healed without ever getting into the service, while there are many who are healed on the way to the service, or while waiting to get in.
One woman was healed in her home. One man left shaking his head, not realising that the Holy Spirit had gone to work in his life and would eventually heal both his body and soul. There is no understanding the mind and the ways of Almighty God.
There are thousands and thousands who can prove conclusively that Jesus has healed them and that His power remains the same. The faith that has in times past “subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword … turned to flight the armies of the aliens” (Hebrews 11:33-34)-that faith has done it again! Yet, we must face facts.
There must be a reason why some people are not healed; why there are those who insist that they have “all the faith in the world”, leave the service in the same condition as when they came. The great tragedy is that discouragements ultimately come with disappointments. We know from God’s Word that a faith that weighs no more than a grain of mustard seed will do more than a ton of will or a mind of determination.
The faith that Jesus talked about can no more manifest itself without result than the sun can shine without light and heat. But in many instances people have mistaken their own ability to believe for the faith which only God can give! Faith is not a condition of the mind. It is a divinely imparted grace to the heart.
Our emotions and desires are often mistaken for faith and it is so easy to blame God when there are no results from something that has been purely of the mind and not of the heart. One of the most difficult things in the world is to realise that faith can be received only as it is imparted to the heart by God himself. It cannot be manufactured.
No matter how much we nurture and cultivate that spirit the world interprets as faith, it will never grow into the type of faith that was introduced by Jesus. When we come to our salvation, it is still a matter of faith and, again, He gives us His faith to believe. “As many as received him [Jesus], to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1: 12).
The same Holy Spirit who convicts the sinner of his sin and sees to it that he is given enough conviction to convince him of his sin, will provide faith enough to convince him of his salvation. But no man in himself possesses that faith. It is given him by the same One who gives the faith for our physical healing: the Author and Finisher of our faith-Christ Jesus! With Him there is no struggle!
How often in a miracle service I have seen conscientious people struggling, straining, demanding that God give them the healing for their bodies, and yet there was no answer. We can believe in healing. We can believe in our Lord and His power to heal. But only Jesus can work the work that will lift us to the mountain peaks of victory.
We have made faith a product of the finite mind when all of the other gifts of the Spirit we have attributed to God. To many people, faith still is their own ability to believe a truth, and is often based on their struggles and their ability to drive away doubt and unbelief through a process of continued affirmations.
There is belief in faith, but faith is more than belief. Faith is a gift. Jesus, the Giver of every good and perfect gift, is the Author and Finisher of our faith. Active faith is unquestioning belief, trust and reliance upon God with all confidence. Faith can become as real as any of our senses. When we receive His faith we also receive understanding.
Everything that God has for His children He puts within the reach of faith. Then He turns around and gives them the faith to appropriate the gift. Then Jesus spoke. With Him there is no struggle.
The waves of doubt and anxiety and worry all fade away and a glorious and marvelous calm and peace enter into the heart and mind of the one who has received that which only He can give. And the only noise will be that of praise and adoration from the lips of the one who has just been healed by the Great Physician.
One of the greatest secrets I have learned through the years is when I have realized my own helplessness and have acknowledged it to Him, it is then that I have experienced some of the greatest manifestations of His power. You are nearest your possession of this imparted grace when you realize your own helplessness and your complete and entire dependence upon the Lord.
There are some things in life which will always be unanswerable because we see through a glass darkly. God knows the beginning to the end, while all we can do is catch a glimpse of the present and a distorted glimpse at that. If a man like Paul after all his glorious revelations did not have the answers for his own thorn in the flesh then how can we expect to know the answers? God’s answer to Paul is adequate for me.
“My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9). Paul’s answer to the world should become the password of every believer. “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities. that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Cor. 12:9). This passage presents a comforting philosophy of Christianity which addresses the paradigm crisis of a Christian. This philosophy falls far short of the promise of Jesus Christ as here presented.
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away, for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth; for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you All things that the Father hath are mine. Therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you” (John 16:7; 13-15).
The philosophy of Christianity as expounded by Kathryn Kuhlman through whom the Holy Spirit gave such powerful testimony of the grace and mercy of God, falls far short of the Gospel of God “Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead”.
The key to the experience of the Gospel is in the history of Jesus as the Son of David according to the flesh and of this same Jesus declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness “by the resurrection from the dead”. This piece highlights the contrast between all philosophies of life and the Gospel of God. We must come to the place where we are not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: “For it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith as it is written, the Just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:16:17).