You know they don’t have the slightest interest in this story if not for the fact that they can label her a “Trump evangelical adviser.” Political media don’t typically go around covering what preachers say about random subjects because there’s nothing they care about less.
But when they do, their motivation is usually – and certainly is in this case – their belief that what’s been said is self-evidently ridiculous and worthy of widespread mockery.
They don’t even try to make the case against what she said. They just figure telling you she said it is more than enough and you’ll figure it out.
The whole thing, of course, is dripping with implication that Gloria Copeland is saying a) believers can’t get the flu; and b) there’s no need to go get a flu shot because you just need Jesus.
Of course, they don’t have the slightest idea what she’s talking about. Copeland is talking about the power of declarations, and the trap of going along with worldly declarations that disagree with God’s provision of blessings for your life. Here’s the video that’s going around:
Nowhere does she say, “Don’t get a flu shot.” Nowhere does she say, “Christians can’t get the flu.”
What she’s talking about is the tendency of people to fall into fatalistic patterns of thinking based on what others are saying, and the reality that such fatalistic declarations have power in the spiritual and manifestations in the natural.
Specifically, Copeland is warning against falling into the world’s mindset of despair, which suggests that calamity is going to befall you just because you’re in its way and can’t get out.
Have you ever known someone who says things like, “With my luck . . . . ” followed by some prediction of some disaster? I’ve known people who say things like this who really don’t have bad luck at all. They just have a doom-and-gloom mindset. And when they make declarations consistent with that mindset, they’re audibly disagreeing with God’s promise of blessings for their lives and coming into agreement with the enemy.
That has spiritual consequences, and those spiritual declarations manifest in the natural.
What Copeland is urging Christians to do is make declarations that affirm the power we have in Christ over disease, sin, temptation and even death. In other words, when people are going around saying, “Everyone is getting the flu”, there is no reason for you to agree with that declaration.
Jesus Christ has power over all infirmity. You should proceed with every expectation that He is stronger than a flu bug in your life. By contrast, if you’re one of those people who’s grumbling, “Yeah, I’m sure it’s gonna get me too,” then you’re declaring that you have no faith in Jesus’s power to deliver you from it.
And as a result, He won’t, not because He couldn’t but because you didn’t have faith for it.
This has nothing to do with telling people not to get flu shots, or claiming that certain people can’t get sick. It’s not even about that. It’s about understanding the power of spiritual declarations in your life.
The media are completely clueless about this because a) they know nothing about faith, and care even less about it; b) they don’t really want to understand it; and c) they are only paying attention to this at all as a way to make President Trump look ridiculous by association.