By Michael W. Hoggard – What do Finis Dake, Oral Roberts, Kenneth Hagin, Kathryn Kuhlman, and Aimee Semple McPherson all have in common? They all made claims that all Christians should be healed of every disease, and they all died with diseased bodies.
In 1992, health and prosperity preacher Oral Roberts suffered a heart attack which forced him into retirement. In December of 2009 Roberts died due to complications from pnuemonia.
In 2003, famed health preacher Kenneth Hagin, who claimed that as a child he died 3 times, died from cardics arrest due to the effects of cardio-vascular disease.
Woman preacher and faith healer Kathryn Kuhlman died of complications from heart surgery. As far back as 1955 she was diagnosed with a heart disease. In July of 1975 her heart again began to fail, suffering a relapse of the same condition in November 1975. She underwent open heart surgery for an enlarged heart in February of 1976, and died shortly thereafter.
Her most famous quote concerning her healing ministry was , “Everything that happened in the early church, we have a right to expect today.” Despite her claims that she could heal people of their diseases, those claims were discovered to be far from the truth. Following a 1967 fellowship in Philadelphia, Dr. William A. Nolen conducted a case study of 23 people who claimed to have been cured during her services. Nolen’s long term follow-ups concluded that there were no cures in those cases. One woman who was said to have been cured of spinal cancer threw away her brace and ran across the stage at Kuhlman’s command; her spine collapsed the next day and she died four months later.
Kuhlman was inspired in her “ministry” by “faith healing” pioneer Aimee Semple McPherson. Between 1909 and 1916 McPherson claimed that she healed herself 3 times, from a broken leg to instant healing of facial burns. Between the years of 1919 and 1944, she credited herself with a healing ministry that spanned the entire country. In September of 1944 she was found by her son in her hotel room unconscious with various pills and a half empty bottle of capsules nearby. She died about an hour later. She had been taking sleeping pills following numerous health problems, including a “tropical fever”. Among the pills found in her room was a barbiturate “Seconal”, a very strong sedative, for which she had no prescription. The coroner determined that she died of an accidental drug overdose compounded by long term kidney failure.
Finis Dake and his teachings have become the foundation of many of these faith healers such as Roberts and Hagin. Here is what Dake said about his “right” to be healed of all diseases. “Men can die and should die free from diseases that Christ bore for them…..If men were taught the true gospel and all Christians could have their faith built up to a normal and healthy state we would see multiplied thousands of victorious deaths without so much pain and suffering. But the average Christian today is taught so many fallacies until he is full of arguments against this truth. He has so much unbelief and doubt concerning the truth until very seldom do we find such a victory in death. GPFM pg 943-944 Dake lays the blame for someone not receiving healing on their own inability. “Concerning sickness, some get healed immediately and others do not. It is clear that there must be a cause if one is not healed for there is no respect of persons with God. He will heal and save any and all alike who to Him with the whole heart. The cause of failure is not in God. It is in the individual who is to blame. God has plainly stated what the cause is. That cause is always unbelief.” GPFM pg 909
Finis Dake died in 1982 from Parkinsons disease. This is what actor Michael J. Fox suffers from and the disease takes years to totally destroy the human body, the last few months are spent in agonizing pain.
Despite all their claims that God promises everybody total health and wellness, and that only the unfaithful suffer death from disease, these all died from diseases that their “faith” could not deliver them from. God is not mocked, nor will He be tempted. You can and should believe everything the Bible says. But these false teachers lied, made false claims, and fell far short of their own teachings.