I couldn't help but notice the irony in a recent news story. "Measles Outbreak Tied to Texas Megachurch Sickens 21." Measles outbreak at Word-Faith Church
Measles is nothing to mess with, and it is no small thing when more than 20 people contract it. The irony is that the Texas megachurch where the outbreak occurred is Eagle Mountain International Church, which, you guessed it, was founded by Word-Faith guru Kenneth Copeland, and where his son-in-law and daughter are now head "pastors."
According to Copeland's Word-Faith teaching, Jesus bore all sickness and disease when he suffered on the cross. So, if you get sick, or if you remain sick, it is because you have unconfessed sin in your life, or you have failed to properly claim your healing. Furthermore, if you make "negative" confessions (speak, think, or act like a sick person) or speak with doubt (not faith) or defeatism (which comes from listening to the Devil), then you can bring down curses (like sickness) upon yourself.
After reading the news account, I have a couple of questions. Who made the negative confession? Who committed the sin (and failed to confess it) which brought the curse of measles down upon the congregation? If you take Copeland and company at their word, and when you have a church where many have chosen not to be vaccinated (because they believed this stuff), then what else could it be?