Paul Cain (minister)

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This article is about the minister. For the author, see Paul Cain (author).

Paul Cain (born 1929) is a Pentecostal Christian minister[1] involved with both neo-charismatic churches and the Charismatic Movement. As a young man he was one of the Voice of Healing revivalists of the 50s. Cain currently resides in California and ministers monthly at a local church in Santa Maria, California.

Life[edit]

Paul Cain was born in 1929 in Garland, Texas. His mother Anna had been seriously ill with cancer, tuberculosis, and other difficulties, and was not expected to live.[2] Her case was so severe that she was the subject of special medical attention. To the astonishment of doctors both Cain and his mother survived the birth; his mother was subsequently healed. Cain attributes this to an angelic visitation his mother had at that time, and to the fervent prayers of his family. It was during this visitation that Cain was given the name "Paul" and his mother became sure of his calling to preach.[2]

Early Ministry[edit]

Cain began to minister publicly around age 18, making him the youngest of the ministers in a religious movement that is now known as the Voice of Healing Revival of the late 1940s and early 1950s. Cain drew crowds of 30,000 in Switzerland and Germany with his meetings.[3] His ministry Cain's ministry at this time used a very large tent, like most other ministers' of the time, such as Billy Graham, Oral Roberts and Jack Coe. His meetings were often punctuated by calling out several people from the audience and giving very detailed information about their lives.[2] Chuck Smith founder of Calvary Chapel was Cain's campaign manager and was influenced by his unique prophetic and healing ministry. Cain's abilities took him around the world and brought him a measure of notoriety and financial success. Cain, however, eventually became disgusted with what he saw as the corruption of a once-pure movement into a circus of hype and greed. In the late 1950s, he claimed that he was "challenged by the Lord" concerning such excesses of various leaders in that movement, and suddenly disappeared from public view.[2]

Later Ministry[edit]

Beginning in 1987 he was associated with the Kansas City Prophets, and shortly afterwards with the ministry of John Wimber. By the time Cain resurfaced the landscape had dramatically changed. Most of the other healing revivalists had disappeared from the scene.[4] Some older ministers such as William Branham and A. A. Allen had died or had moved into retirement like Oral Roberts.[5]

He began to travel around the world, proclaiming the gospel and calling the church back to purity and holiness. He served as a consultant to Central Intelligence Agency—Paranormal Division, a consultant to the FBI and was a Presidential Consultant and Special Envoy for three presidents. He ministered to many national and international leaders. During the Clinton Administration, Cain went to Iraq to meet with Saddam Hussein. He also met with spiritual leaders, including key church and denominational leaders.[3][6]

Public Apology[edit]

In April 2004, Rick Joyner, Jack Deere, and Mike Bickle, three ministers who had long-held, close ministerial relationships with Cain, met with Cain to confront him about a homosexual relationship and several incidents of public drunkenness. He denied these accusations which lead to Joyner, Deere and Bickle releasing a statement in October stating that he was unwilling to participate in the restoration process. However, in February 2005, Cain stepped down from ministry and issued a letter of confession, posted on his website[7] and excerpted in Charisma Magazine,[4] Cain admitted, "I have struggled in two particular areas, homosexuality and alcoholism, for an extended period of time."

In response to this confession, David Andrade of Reclaiming The Valley International Ministries formed a restoration team. Some of those providing collaboration during the restoration and emergence process include, Steve Dittmar, John Sanford, Cal Pierce, Rick Taylor, Kari Browning, Jerry Bowers, David and Donna Diaz, Randy Demain, David Andrade & Olivia Cook TP.[8]

In April 2007, he re-emerged into the public eye and resumed speaking at meetings throughout the U.S and abroad. His rehabilitation was questioned by Rick Joyner, Jack Deere, and Mike Bickle, stating that they lacked confidence in his rehabilitation and did not consider him restored.[9] By September 2007 Andrade was able to claim that Cain was restored and able to minister again freely.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heilbut, Anthony (2012-06-19). The Fan Who Knew Too Much: Aretha Franklin, the Rise of the Soap Opera, Children of the Gospel Church, and Other Meditations. Random House Digital, Inc. pp. 46–. ISBN 9780307958471. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Michael G. Maudlin, “Seers in the Heartland: Hot on the Trail of the Kansas City Prophets,” Christianity Today. Retrieved 27 July 2013
  3. ^ a b Giberti, R Scott, Paul Cain--A Prophet in the Hall of Kings: Between Iraq and a Hard Place, First Stone. 2011. ISBN 978-0-98394-710-3.
  4. ^ a b Grady, J. Lee (March 2005), "Prophetic Minister Paul Cain Issues Public Apology for Immoral Lifestyle," Charisma Magazine, Retrieved on 2008-01-28
  5. ^ (30 January 1993) Oral Roberts Retiring as President of His University. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  6. ^ "About Paul". paulcain.org. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  7. ^ Cain, Paul. "A Letter of Confession," Paul Cain Ministries Retrieved on 2005-02-25 at the Wayback Machine (archived February 25, 2005)
  8. ^ The Life Story Of The Prophet Paul Cain
  9. ^ Deere, Jack (January 2007)
  10. ^ http://www.mountainofworship.com/davidandradeword.htm.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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