Saturday, 5 February 2011

After 22 Years in a Wheelchair, Delia Knox Walks

Joel Kontinen

Recently, the British press reported on an intriguing case. A paralysed American woman leaves her wheelchair and begins to walk in a revival meeting. The comments in Daily Mail suggest that readers were very much interested in what happened. Some thought it was a hoax but others regarded it as a real miracle.

A paralytic cannot just use her willpower to leave her wheelchair and start walking. Something much more is needed.

On Christmas Day 1987 Delia Knox and her sister and brother-in-law and their children were in a bad automobile accident in Toronto, Canada. A drunken driver crashed into their car. The others escaped with slight injuries but Delia Knox was paralysed from the waist down. She had to use a wheelchair for over 22 long years.

Mrs Knox, who is internationally known as a gospel singer, lost all feeling in both legs. After the accident she always sat in a wheelchair when she sang. Church members and neighbours in Alabama knew her as a woman who was bound to a wheelchair.

However, in August 2010 Delia Knox and her husband, bishop Levy Knox, went to a Charismatic revival meeting in Mobile, Alabama, and she was prayed for. As evangelist Nathan Morris from the UK and church members prayed for her, she suddenly felt something in her legs.

Slowly, Mrs Knox rose to her feet, and supported by her husband and some others, began to walk around the floor. Her first steps were wobbly but they were nonetheless steps.

A TV crew was present when she saw her parents after her healing:

Later, Delia Fox returned to the place where she was healed.

In a video recorded in early November she stands for half an hour, recounting how she was healed:

It seems that the healing of Delia Knox was a genuine miracle. Some, who believe that the time of supernatural manifestations is over, have criticised it. Others say that God would have healed her immediately. It is probably good to keep in mind that when Jesus healed a blind man at Bethsaida (Mark 8:22-26), the man first saw men like trees walking and only later saw everything clearly.

Some others have said that the healing is not a work of God. However, we should approach the issue like the Bereans in Acts 17:10-11 and examine whether the healing was biblical. Who received the glory for the healing?

Delia Knox gave all glory to God.

It is understandable that many of us take a critical approach to Charismatic phenomena because much of what happens is not genuine. There was Kenneth Hagin with his "Jesus died spiritually” doctrine, the Copelands and Benny Hinn with their private jets and Todd Bentley of Lakeland notoriety with his bizarre angel manifestations. There have been too many empty promises of healings and much more.

Nathan Morris, the evangelist who prayed for Delia Knox, obviously preaches Jesus Christ as crucified and gives Him all the glory.

As I’ve said before, seeing a fake 10-euro banknote does not mean that there are no genuine ones.


It's a miracle! After 23 years in a wheelchair, woman walks again and says it is all down to spiritual healing. Mail Online 22 December 2010.