Texas televangelist says people need faith, not flu shots

In a Facebook message posted last week televangelist Gloria Copeland told followers that they've already had their flu shots if they believe in Jesus Christ

Gloria Copeland: No Need For Flu Shots Because 'Jesus Himself Gave Us The Flu Shot'

Despite 2018 shaping up to be one of the worst flu seasons since 2009, with the Centers for Disease Control recently stating hospitalizations from flu are the highest they have been in nearly 10 years, co-founder of Kenneth Copeland Ministries in Texas Barbara Copeland urged people to pray away the flu. "That's what we stand on and by His stripes we were healed", she declared in a now viral video posted on her ministry's Facebook page last Wednesday.

"Jesus himself gave us the flu shot", Copeland said. 'And by his stripes we were healed'.

"And don't receive it when somebody threatens you with, 'Everybody is getting the flu.' We've already had our shot". Oliver played a clip of her preaching, in which she talked to her viewers about cancer.

During the speech, she claims "we don't have a flu season" and said don't be threatened when somebody claims "everybody's getting the flu". In fact, she says she doesn't believe there's such a thing as a flu season. "Just keeping saying that". Just keep saying that. "Inoculate yourself with the word of God". So, take the word of God, stay in the word of God. Health workers often report that misconceptions about the flu vaccine actually causing or contributing to the outbreak (it doesn't) can stymie their efforts to fight the bug.

During a televised broadcast about seven years ago, Kenneth Copeland challenged whether his great-grandson needed vaccines recommended by doctors.

Inoculate yourselves with the word of God' Gloria Copeland part of President Trump's evangelical advisory board told followers in a recent video post
Inoculate yourselves with the word of God' Gloria Copeland part of President Trump's evangelical advisory board told followers in a recent video post

"We don't agree with that statement", he said. Ahead of the 2016 election, Kenneth Copeland said that Christians who don't vote for Trump "are going to be guilty of murder", are "guilty of an abomination to God", and are "guilty of every baby that's aborted", in video posted by Right Wing Watch.

An exception is Gloria Copeland. "You got cancer. The bad news is we don't know what to do about it, except give you some poison that will make you sicker", she said. "Now, which do you want to do? Do you want to do that, or do you want to sit in here on a Saturday morning, hear the word of God, let faith come into your heart and be healed?" CDC officials predict the number of pediatric deaths is likely to approach or exceed the 148 deaths reported during the especially severe flu season of 2014 and 2015. One Fort Worth man lost nine fingers and both feet due to flu complications, according to KXAS-TV. In a Facebook video, the Tarrant County woman shares her disbelief in the flu.

The Copelands were among the more than two dozen advisers on the Trump campaign's advisory board.

The Copeland Ministries church now has 1.5 million Facebook followers, 333,000 Twitter followers, over 72,000 YouTuber subscribers, and several branches around the world.

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