The Kenneth Copeland Ministries Eagle Mountain Church, in Newark, Texas has been criticized after twenty-one of its members contracted measles. Health officials found that one unvaccinated congregant communicated the disease to the others after traveling overseas. Upon investigation, health officials found also that many congregants had either not been vaccinated, or had no record of vaccination. Though the church acted quickly to immunize members after the others became ill, former members claim that the church cultivates a culture of fear, in which a person cannot have true faith while seeking medical care because the person has sought help outside of God. However, the Church claims that it has never advised congregants against immunizations or medical care.
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