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Sun Sep 1, 2013, 05:31 AM

Follow-up: Measles cases put Texas megachurch under scrutiny

NEWARK, Texas The teachings of televangelist Kenneth Copeland and his family focusing on the virtues of trusting God to keep healthy are under scrutiny after a cluster of measles cases linked to his family's North Texas megachurch revealed many congregants hadn't been vaccinated against the highly contagious disease.

Kenneth Copeland Ministries has won supporters worldwide through television programs, crusades, conferences and prayer request networks. He was a pioneer of the prosperity gospel, which holds that believers are destined to flourish spiritually, physically and financially.

Although church officials were quick to act after the outbreak including hosting clinics in August where 220 people received immunization shots and have denied they are against medical care or vaccinations, people familiar with the ministry say there is a pervasive culture that believers should rely on God, not modern medicine, to keep them well.

"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, you doubted God would keep you healthy. We simply didn't do it," former church member Amy Arden told The Associated Press.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/08/31/5123971/measles-cases-put-texas-megachurch.html#storylink=cpy .

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Sep 1, 2013, 07:25 AM

1. Belief in god and prayer worked so well during the Plague Years.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Sep 1, 2013, 09:39 AM

2. And God didn't keep them healthy after all

The natural world just did its thing and they got measles. Whoda thunk it. Now, will they question all their other stupid beliefs, or pray harder?

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Sep 1, 2013, 11:36 AM

3. Does this mean that they believe that God will protect their Church members but to Hell with

everybody else that They come in contact with, out in the rest of society (especially school children)?

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Mon Sep 2, 2013, 12:16 AM

4. Close that fucking church down and arrest their leaders to start with

for practicing medicine with out a license

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