This was sent to me by a Christian friend in the U.S. He is require to submit a written statement for why he objects to being forced to take the jab. He works for a company with more than 100 employees, which falls subject to Biden’s dictatorial order. Several Republican states have filed legal objections to it, but he lives in a Democrat-run state, so I’m not sure what legal recourse he has. He has worked in the same job for many years and is a good employee. It’s wrong for them to impose this on him.
On why I cannot accept the current COVID vaccines
More and more, I am being asked why I am against the COVID vaccine(s). While I have a long list of reasons, I will focus specifically on my religious reasons for my objections with the currently available COVID vaccines.
Firstly, my body is the temple of the living God. This is clearly stated in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:19 and 2 Corinthians 6:16. When something is stated 3x, it is important to listen. As my body is a temple (John 2:21), the fact that it is not my own is iterated in 1 Corinthians 6:20, 7:23, and I am to offer my body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God (Romans 12:1). Due to this, I cannot do anything that violates my conscience or conflicts with my deepening understanding of God’s Word.
Secondly, as belonging to God, I am to strive to obey God’s commands (Exodus 19:5). Obedience to Him requires walking in and with the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 25), following His promptings (Romans 8:14, 2 Peter 1:21), and not ignoring (quenching) the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19). While watching as the world changed, and understanding early on that it will never “return” to “normal”, I have repeatedly asked if I should comply, but the Holy Spirit has told me every time that the current vaccines are not for me to take, and He has reminded me of the many other reasons I have, and continually reminded me that “the greater good” does not override obedience to His commands, including the greatest commands-to love. Therefore, I, to be obedient to God, must be subject to Him, for obedience and conscience sake (Romans 8:9, 13:5), rather than any man who has rejected His commands. Furthermore, I cannot change my position without specific guidance from the Holy Spirit (1 Kings 13). The Holy Spirit has at times instructed His people to do things that seemed illogical or even wrong (Ezekiel 4, 5; …) at the time, but it was for Him to further His purposes. Striving for obedience is crucial.
Thirdly, all three of the current COVID vaccines in the US have made use of aborted fetal cell (lines) on some stage of the research and development (Pfizer, Moderna) or production and manufacturing (Johnson and Johnson) . While none of them contain any fetal cells in the shot, fetal cells are still used in some parts of the process [2, 3]. For many years, animal rights activists (such as PETA) have been decrying any use of animals for testing of products. Most of the industries have been swayed by their demands and few, if any, publicly use animals more than they can justify as a result. While some may be quick to cite this as an “ethical” objection rather than religious, the use of aborted fetal cells IS a violation of conscience, and a violation of clear Biblical commands. Furthermore, religion is the guidelines, practices, beliefs and views by which we see the world, and direct our responses, to live “good” lives, and to live up to the standard of those we worship . Ethics (and morals) falls squarely into how we interact with the world, and is tied to our obedience to God. While Muslim , Jewish  and Catholic  leaders have endorsed the vaccines as acceptable, I, as a Christian, do not subscribe to their permissives, but I follow Christ, and He clashed with the Jewish leaders of the time (Matthew 15:1-20, 23:1-36). Christianity has many denominations (45,000+) , and some leaders of a few denominations have given their support. However, there are many reasons why there are so many denominations, and it comes down to disagreements about understanding, interpretation, and implementation of God’s Words. It Is worth noting, however, that we share many things in common as well.
In history, there was a time when children were offered to gods as sacrifices. Today this is still true, but the gods are ‘convenience’, and in this case, ‘scientific/medical research’, and others as well. There is much Scripture well used to denounce abortion, and I do not see this as the place to lean on denouncing abortion specifically. However, to have a clear conscience, I cannot knowingly have associations with, nor support abortion-even indirectly, to the extent that I am able. Acknowledging that much good has come from bad (abortion, the Holocaust, Unit 731, etc), I still am unable to condone or be complicit with the current vaccines’ use of any aborted fetal cells.
Fourthly, of the current vaccines , Moderna  and Pfizer/BioNTech  use ‘mRNA’. The Johnson and Johnson/Janssen  vaccine does not use this. ‘mRNA’ is undoubtedly useful technology, however it crosses a line that for me, I am not willing, in good conscience, to cross. Galatians 5:19-21 lists many common sins that are contrary to God and His Word. In the list is ‘sorcery’ or ‘witchcraft’. This is not just the ‘cutesy’ form portrayed by Harry Potter or Merlin or many other such stories. The word in Greek is ‘pharmakeia’ (‘φαρμακεία’, G5331) from where we get the word ‘Pharmacy’. To be clear, this is NOT condemning medicine, as God gave all plants to mankind and animals for food (Genesis 1:29-30), of which medicine is, or was a ‘type’, and healthy diet prevents many maladies. Furthermore, there are many passages about medicine being correctly used to aid with physical healing and/or health. We also find in Revelation 22, that in the future, v2 says the leaves of Trees of Life are used for the healing of the nations (people). That same chapter then goes on to say that the sorcerers will be outside the city.
Therefore, ‘pharmakeia’ in my belief is specific to synthetic ‘medicine’ or ‘potions’. Acknowledging that Tylenol (acetaminophen/paracetamol) is synthetic-while aspirin is derived from willow, drawing the line between aspirin and Tylenol is viable. However, Tylenol will be fully flushed from your body within 24 hours, whereas the mRNA vaccines are being found to work for about 6-8 months . Furthermore, Tylenol is a ‘static’ medication, whereas the mRNA vaccines are ‘active’ as they trigger your body’s cells to produce a specific programmed protein not found naturally, in part or in whole, in the human body.
Future vaccines may address one or more of these issues. As new options become available, I will evaluate them and ask the Holy Spirit for guidance, and I will follow His lead. Likewise, my views and understanding may change as I continue to grow in my study of the Word of God, and as my relationship with Him continues to grow and flourish. But I am unable to agree to the current COVID vaccines on firm religious grounds.
1: Reuters Fact Check, April 1, 2021 “Fact Check-Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine does not contain aborted fetal cells” https://www.reuters.com/article/factcheck-johnson-aborted/fact-check-johnson-johnsons-covid-19-vaccine-does-not-contain-aborted-fetal-cells-idUSL1N2LU1T9
2: ICSI, March 3, 2021, “Are the vaccines made with fetal cells?” https://www.icsi.org/covid-19-vaccine-faq/are-the-mrna-vaccines-made-with-fetal-cells/
3: Nebraska Medicine, August 18, 2021 “You asked, we answered: Do the COVID-19 vaccines contain aborted fetal cells?” https://www.nebraskamed.com/COVID/you-asked-we-answered-do-the-covid-19-vaccines-contain-aborted-fetal-cells
4: Webster’s 1828 dictionary: “Religion” http://webstersdictionary1828.com/Dictionary/religion
5: Associated Press, April 9, 2021 “Muslim Leaders Are on a Myth-busting Mission on COVID Vaccines Over Ramadan” https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/muslim-leaders-are-on-a-myth-busting-mission-on-covid-vaccines-over-ramadan-1.9697249
6: Estrin, Daniel, April 22, 2021 “How Israel Persuaded Reluctant Ultra-Orthodox Jews To Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19” https://www.npr.org/2021/04/22/988812635/how-israel-persuaded-reluctant-ultra-orthodox-jews-to-get-vaccinated-against-cov
7: Wamsley, Laurel, December 21, 2020 “Vatican OKs Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines, Even If Research Involved Fetal Tissue” https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/12/21/948806643/vatican-oks-receiving-covid-19-vaccines-even-if-research-involved-fetal-tissue
8: Coffey, Donavyn, Februrary 27, 2021, “Why does Christianity have so many denominations?” https://www.livescience.com/christianity-denominations.html
9: CDC, September 1, 2021 “Different COVID-19 Vaccines” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines.html
10: CDC, August 19, 2021 “Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Overview and Safety” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/Moderna.html
11: CDC. September 28. 2021 “Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Overview and Safety (also known as COMIRNATY)” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/Pfizer-BioNTech.html
12: CDC October 4, 2021 “Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Overview and Safety” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/janssen.html
13: Behrin, S, August 31, 2021 “How Long Do the COVID-19 Vaccines Protect You?” https://www.healthline.com/health/how-long-does-covid-vaccine-protect-you#covid-19-vaccine-overview
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NKJV translation of verses mentioned above (added by Think for Yourself)
“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.” (1 Cor. 3:16)
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” (1 Cor. 6:19)
“And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you[a] are the temple of the living God.” (2 Cor. 6:16)
“But He was speaking of the temple of His body.” (John 2:21)
“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Cor. 6:20)
“You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.” (1 Cor. 7:23)
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1)
“Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.” (Exodus 19:5)
“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16)
“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25)
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)
“for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:21)
“Do not quench the Spirit.” (1 Thessalonians 5:19)
“But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.” (Romans 8:9)
“Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake.” (Romans 13:5)
“In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” (Revelation 22:2)