Johann Christoph Blumhardt

Johann Christoph Blumhardt

The elder Blumhardt, Johann Christoph (1805-80), was educated for the Reformed ministry and, after a brief term as executive for a missionary society, became pastor in Möttlingen, an obscure village of Württemberg, southern Germany. His career was uneventful until, in 1842, he had to deal with one of his parishioners, a young woman, Gottlieben Dittus, who suffered some sort of severe nervous disorder and whose household was visited with strange psychic phenomena. Blumhardt concluded that the case was of a kind with those reported in the New Testament as demon possession. After two months of pastoral care and reverent hesitation, discovering that he had no wisdom or power that could help, he and the girl prayed together: “Lord Jesus, help us. We have watched long enough what the devil does; now we want to see what the Lord Jesus can do.” This prayer-battle continued for almost two years without change—the situation deteriorating, if anything.

Finally came the moment of crisis. At a point when Blumhardt’s prayer and the girl’s trouble were at a pitch, Gottlieben’s sister (who had recently come under demonic attack herself) in a strange voice suddenly uttered the cry, “Jesus Is Victor!” —and it was all over.          

Articles by Johann Christoph Blumhardt

a rushing waterfall

The Great Floodtide of the Spirit

Johann Christoph Blumhardt

There will be an immeasurably great change everywhere as soon as God sends forth his Spirit. When everything has turned parched and arid so that nothing more can be hoped for and all life seems to have perished, heaven will drop refreshing rain...…

A woman watching a fiery sunset.

Easter Tears

Johann Christoph Blumhardt

“There are many who feel they have lost the Savior. For whatever reason, Jesus is dead to them. Those who feel they have lost Jesus are actually the very ones in whom Jesus has special joy. They are the ones he is seeking.”…