In the middle of one of the deadliest flu seasons in recent history, a Texas minister who serves on President Donald Trump's evangelical advisory board says flu shots aren't necessary if you believe in Jesus — after all, he's already "bore our sicknesses."
HuffPost reports that televangelist Gloria Copeland made the claim in a video posted by Right Wing Watch News late last week.
"Listen, partner: we don't have a flu season," asserts Copeland, who co-founded Forth Worth's Kenneth Copeland Ministries with her husband. "We got a duck season, a deer season, but we don't have a flu season."
"We’ve already had our shot: He bore our sicknesses and carried our diseases," she asserts. "That’s what we stand on."
If you've already got this season's flu — a strain that one expert deemed "historically the bad actor among influenzas," per National Geographic — remain comforted that Copeland has prayed for you.
"Father, I pray for every person that has symptoms of flu," she tells her viewers. "I'm asking you, Lord, for 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 continues. “Jesus himself gave us the flu shot. He redeemed us from the curse of flu, and we receive it and we take it, and we are healed by his stripes, Amen.”
Watch Copeland's complete address below: