Televangelist with Trump ties: 'Jesus himself gave us the flu shot'


I'm asking you Lord with your supernatural power, to heal them now from the top of their head to the soles of their feet, flu I bind you off of the people in the name of Jesus, ' she began. She recently made a video insinuating that the flu shot is just a load of hooey and, rather, folks should inoculate themselves with the "word of God" in order to stave off sickness. "We've already had our shot, he (Jesus Christ) bore our sicknesses and carried our diseases". "Jesus himself gave us the flu shot", Copeland said in the video, ABC News reported Wednesday.

The televangelist, who along with her husband is a member of Trump's evangelical advisory board, knows there are skeptics.

The 2017-18 flu season has temporarily shut down school districts and sent many people to emergency rooms and urgent care centers.

In a video posted to the Kenneth Copeland Ministries' Facebook page, Copeland told followers not to be "frightened" by the flu epidemic that is sweeping the nation. "We've got a duck season, a deer season, but we don't have a flu season".

Praying for those with the flu, Copeland provided an innovative spin to anti-vaccination sentiment, encouraging people to "inoculate yourself with the words of god" by repeating that they did not have the symptoms of the flu.

"We don't agree with that statement", he said.

John Auerbach, president and CEO of Trust for America's Health and a former CDC associate director for policy, also told Politico that advice like Copeland's is "harmful". He redeemed us from the curse of flu.

"We know what's wrong with you".

But I'd suspect even those who hold that science and religion are incompatible also believe the United States is undergoing a severe flu season. "But many just choose not to believe and they miss out on healing and remain sick or get sick often". So, instead of believing and speaking that the flu will come on you, you can exercise your faith and believe and speak that it will not. "By his stripes we were healed", Copeland said while looking down as if to remember her point.

"To get a vaccine would have been viewed by me and my friends and my peers as an act of fear - that you doubted God would keep you safe".