I’m sure you are reading this because you want clarity on what’s the church of God stand for when it comes to vaccination. So your question is, maybe should I be vaccinated before going to church, or what is the church stands for when it comes to vaccination.
Okay, I will make this short and straightforward to understand.
First and almost, Christianity is the only “religion” where believers and followers of Jesus Christ can interpret scriptures based on revelation or level of spiritual maturity. Though we have a set principle to follow yet, there is some decision we are can make based on what we hear from the Holy Spirit. But I must warn any revelation that contradicts the scriptures should be rejected!
Revelation is good, but if the bible does not support it, it is heresy. Personal revelation should be private. It can be shared but not enforced on the church.
No religion in the world can do whatever they like. They have rules and principles to follow. E.g., you must pray 5 times a day, must wash your feet before praying, you must not wear anything on your feet when in their worship center, etc. And they follow those rules to the fullest. Still, we, the believer and follower of Jesus Christ can carefully and godly bend or straight some restrictions based on interpretation of the scripture, revelation, and what the holy spirit say to us.
2 Cor 6:14 – Stay away from people who are not followers of the Lord! Can someone who is good get along with someone who is evil? Are light and darkness the same?
Someone can interpret this Bible verse in many ways, but we interpret it in the light of the love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, then we can say we are called to reach out to them, not to despise or separate ourselves from them.
Let me point out some rules and principles Jesus Christ lay down for us to follow.
- We must Love
Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Luke 6:37 Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;
- Salvation is for all (no discrimination)
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
- Jesus died for all (saint and sinner)
1 John 2:2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
- The church is for all
Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Since no requirement is laid in the Bible for church attendance, your vaccination status should not discourage you from fellowshipping with other believers.
What about if my church does allow unvaccinated? Well, I’m sure many Bible churches will welcome you with open hands. At Testimony church, we don’t discriminate. We don’t look at your status, we just want to love you, befriend you, pray with you, stand with you and see the glory of God manifesting in your life, and I think every true Bible-based church will like to do that.
Vaccination is never in the bible as an entry requirement to be part of the body of Christ (the church) and fellowship with brethren.
Jesus said in Mathew 11:28 – Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation].
The only requirement to fellowship with other brethren is to come! Come to church and Come as you are!
The church is for all people and open to all.
Vaccination decision should be left to you to decide.
We are followers of Jesus Christ, Not vaccination Inspectors!
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