Posted: 10:10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013
By Rick Couri
The Eagle Mountain International Church near Ft. Worth reversed its course after 21 cases of measles were found among the congregation. Several of those testing positive are home schooled children.
In the past the church had taken a stand saying vaccinations led to autism but are now hosting clinics to allow their parishioners to be protected from infection.
Workers think the outbreak began when a person who contracted the disease while on a trip overseas interacted with churchgoers.
Pastor Terri Pearsons is the daughter of televangelist Kenneth Copeland, she quoted the Bible to explain the church's change new stand.
"When you read the Old Testament, you find that it is full of precautionary measures, and it is full of the law."
Raw Story reports Pearsons confirms she encouraged the vaccinations but understands there are those who won’t change their views saying “if you've got this covered in your household by faith and it crosses your heart of faith then don't go do it."
Parsons has said in the past that she doesn’t share her father’s fear of autism from vaccinations.