Pastors Report - 06 Dec 2019
Vaccination And The Bible

Vaccination and the Bible

Although scripture doesn't deal specifically with vaccination, biblical principles DO exist that we need to keep in mind as the world becomes more and more draconian in this area ...

Spirit of the Age:

If you put into the Google search box the phrase, "why I am anti-war" ... or anti-meat, anti-fashion or even anti-makeup, for example – results are returned much as you'd expect with a range of links evenly balanced for and against. But if you put into the box, "why I am anti-vaccination" that balance disappears – with only pro-vaccination links returned. This is new – reflecting a clear agenda during the last few months – and we find the same bias on many other platforms ... such as in social media and the mainstream media as well. In fact, when an epidemic of some kind occurs, it's the "anti-vaxxers" that are held to be the culprits, almost like the Jewish community being blamed for the spread of bubonic plague in the Middle Ages.

But not all share that outlook by any means - there are many in the world who are both surprised and alarmed to see this kind of draconian control rigidly enforcing its view to the extent that in some US states, children are being barred from attending school if not vaccinated. But God's people should be able to put what we are witnessing into its much bigger spiritual context. We find ourselves at the very cusp of the final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire. And as brought out in the account in Daniel, this Roman-based political system is prophesied to be incredibly ruthless in imposing its will. Freedoms and civil liberties as we enjoy them now will be overridden. Dissent from the social norm will simply not be tolerated:

  • After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. (Daniel 7:7)

Such an oppressive system will not come out of a clear blue sky by any means. There has to be a degree of acceptance initially by the people controlled by it – then, like the frog in the boiling water, the temperature is raised ever so slowly until it is too late. And the true culprit is not some human being - Assyrian or otherwise - but the enemy, the slanderer, the dragon of old, who knows right now that he has but a short time left (Revelation 12:12):

  • For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness [or "wicked spirits"] in high places. (Ephesians 6:12)

Satan often appears as an angel of light, offering a seemingly helpful solution to a major problem, but we mustn't be hoodwinked, as his overriding aim is to destroy humanity, and he's content to use other human beings - with their search engines and social media platforms - to do so. And although there is nothing within scripture that deals specifically with vaccination, there are some clear principles that indicate God's Mind in this area - in both the physical and the spiritual realms. But the bottom line at this time is that to vaccinate or not, should remain a personal decision, and up to each individual to decide. Our bodies - and those of our children - do not belong to the state!

So what are the biblical principles that we should keep in mind when making that personal decision?

The Millennium:

In considering the subject of vaccinations, there is one thing that should always remain clear: there will not be the need of vaccination programmes during the Millennial rule of Jesus Christ on this earth! At that time the earth will be in balance under the rule of God — both physically and spiritually — and for that reason, the creation "shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea." (Isaiah 11:9) It is therefore that " knowledge of the LORD" that we need to seek in God's Church today. In particular it is an understanding of The Way of God in the area of resistance to disease that is needed if we are to correctly reflect God's Mind on the subject of vaccination at this time.

The health and vitality experienced in the World Tomorrow is certainly not going to be brought to mankind by a series of injections, pills and potions primarily designed to expand the balance sheet of some large pharmaceutical company. It will come because of two things:

First, by right education. Cause people to know that God did not design the human physical body so that it must be getting sick all the time, catching continual diseases. Sickness and disease occur only when nature’s laws are broken. It is not natural to be diseased – it is unnatural. Educate people in the laws of good health. In proper diet. God designed certain foods for good health. Some things that grow are not designed for food. Some are poison. Educate people in sanitation, hygiene, required amounts of sleep, pure water, fresh air, sunshine, exercise.

And secondly, when people in spite of this education, do get sick or catch a disease, it can be healed – God’s way. Actually, Christ’s healing is forgiveness of sin. It works on a principle exactly opposite to the supposed cures of medical "science." ( Tomorrow - What it will be Like)

Created Very Good:

Although we know that the very nature of animals will be changed at that time (Isaiah 11:6) and this change may even extend to changing the nature of certain parasites and disease organisms as well, such change will exist because the world is to return to its former state — the time before mankind chose Satan's way of selfishness and raw survival of the fittest. The Millennial age, with the Spirit that is poured out in that age, is described as "the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began." (Acts 3:21) It is our age. The time for which we are currently being trained — and it is for this reason that we must do what we can to bring both our lives and our ideas into line with that future thinking now - today - so we too will be ready to correctly rule when this earth is restored to the state in which it was originally.

That original state was described by the individual who created it — who became Jesus Christ — as "very good" (Genesis 1:31) This is the same individual who will be the King of kings and Lord of lords in the Millennium — ruling over all, using concepts and laws that will produce the Utopia that has been prophesied. It is also the same individual who created the immune system and every other system in our bodies (John 1:3; Ephesians 3:9). It is the Way of Life of God - the lifestyle of the Father and Christ - that will produce the abundant happiness and health at that time. And at the heart of that Way for mankind is repentance — turning to God's Way of doing things completely — and that includes questioning vaccines, and whether they can have any place whatever in the process of converting the world into a stunning paradise (Luke 23:43).

Vaccination Injury:

There is no doubt that vaccination can work. The eradication of smallpox proves that. And in Third World situations in particular – with inadequate nutrition, hygiene and virtually every other factor for good health – it may be the only viable human solution available during an epidemic. But is it "The Way" we are in training for, in our role of teaching God's principles of radiant health in the World Tomorrow? The answer has to be a resounding NO! In the future, society will be looking to God for its healing and not mankind's futile attempts to circumvent physical laws:

  • Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
  • For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
  • Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
  • For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit..
  • The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
  • I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. (Jeremiah 17:5-10)

God's healing involves the recognition of broken laws — the forgiveness of sin — and repentance back to God's Way of physical and mental life that keeps us healthy. Conversely vaccination tries to sidestep the penalty without putting right the underlying cause of sickness. Though vaccination uses the immune system, vaccination as carried out by today's medical profession is not a natural process. It works by using substances that are potentially damaging to the body — to force the body to react to the potential harm by producing antibodies. In a percentage of cases children are actually damaged as a direct consequence of this action. Long-term side-effects are also still in question — particularly links between vaccination and the modern explosion of various degenerative diseases. And some scientific studies have found that, far from protecting the individual from future diseases, they actually do the reverse – doing damage to the immune system and so making the person even more susceptible to subsequent infection and neurological problems.

The fact vaccination causes truly devastating injury in a significant number of cases is openly and graphically admitted by the US Government by the existence of the the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. This programme is based on the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 and is funded by a $0.75 excise tax on every vaccinated disease-dose used, with the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella vaccine) taxed at $2.25. When we know this — and can read the heart-rending stories of those so damaged — can we casually accept such a process without thinking long and hard of how it could contravene the clear God-given directive we are given via the apostle Paul:

  • What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy [Spirit] which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
  • For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. (I Corinthians 6:19-20)
Radiant Health:

We are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) with a truly profound responsibility before God to look after the body given to us. Doing this properly produces a two-fold advantage: not only will it help to keep us well during this physical life, but it will teach us the principles that keep us well also — so making us more equipped to teach them ourselves in the future. Such things are as Mr Armstrong describes them above: ... the laws of good health. In proper diet ...sanitation, hygiene, required amounts of sleep, pure water, fresh air, sunshine, exercise. And as brought out in Proverbs, our mental outlook also has a major impact on our general health, and it is well recognised today that our disease-fighting white cells (leukocytes) are produced in the marrow of our long bones, in particular:

  • A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones. (Proverbs 14:30)
  • A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. (Proverbs 17:22)
  • In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
  • Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
  • It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. (Proverbs 3:6-8)

Within the above laws God did design an immune system - with antibodies as an important aspect of health. But the responsibility given to us by God, to have those antibodies in full-working condition, does not include vaccination as practised by the medical profession. Rather it is to ensure our environment and the bodies of both ourselves and our children are kept clean, (Deuteronomy 23:14) well-fed, and of equal importance, in a positive, tranquil and loving environment. (Luke 11:11, Ephesians 6:4) Doing this leads to natural immunity and health. (Proverbs 4:20-22).

As explained to our forefathers shortly after leaving Egypt, God's overall desire was for their good, and if they would be obedient, abundant physical blessings - including vibrant health - would follow:

  • Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:
  • And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
  • Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.
  • And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee... (Deuteronomy 7:12-15)

To deliberately inject, or introduce, potentially damaging substances into our bodies – including even such noxious things as mercury, formaldehyde, aluminium etc ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_vaccine_ingredients) – is clearly not part of "This Way" God originally designed mankind to walk. The Church therefore cannot, and will not, endorse immunisation as our letter on the subject clearly explains.

Spiritual Parallels:

We can also see the above principles mirrored in spiritual areas. After all, it is the same God who created both. For this physical existence we have been given is but a trial run for the real God-Life that The Eternal has designed for us for all eternity as His Spirit-born sons. Yes, aversion therapy is part of the system, but it should be the final line of spiritual defence, not the first. Strong spiritual immunity does not come by us deliberately exposing ourselves to sin! We are rather commanded to "flee fornication" (I Corinthians 6:18), and to "withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly" (II Thessalonians 3:6) — just as we are commanded to quarantine infectious individuals physically (Leviticus 13:46; Numbers 5:2) And to avoid and/or thoroughly wash when in contact with dysentery. (Leviticus 15:1-13).

It is also the mother's antibodies that protect the child physically — not a battery of noxious injections — both in the womb and afterwards when breast-feeding. In a similar way Mr Armstrong points out:

It is the duty of Christ’s TRUE ministers (and how scarce today) to PROTECT the begotten but yet unborn saints from false doctrines from false ministers.

The HUMAN mother carries her unborn baby in that part of her body where she can best PROTECT it from physical harm; and that protection is part of her function, as well as to nourish the unborn child! Even so, the CHURCH, through Christ’s ministers, instructs, teaches, counsels with, advises, and PROTECTS from spiritual harm the unborn members! What a WONDERFUL picture is human reproduction of spiritual SALVATION! ( Mystery of the Ages - page 262)

Being an Overcomer:

So in both cases — both physically and spiritually — the key is being and keeping fit and well, fully healthy, before coming into contact with damaging disease or facing damaging trials. BOTH areas are prophesied to increase. BOTH solutions are the same — to increase overall health and strength God's Way. As Mr Armstrong points out in his article, How To Be An Overcomer - which shows how to develop strong spiritual immunity:

When temptation comes, we ARE TOO FAR FROM GOD – and we are then unable, SUDDENLY, on the spur of the moment, to get close enough to Him to get the help and the deliverance we need! It sometimes takes TIME to get CLOSE to God – into that intimate contact with Him so that we can draw on Him for the power we suddenly need! In other words, when temptation unexpectedly has come, we have found ourselves caught off guard – out of prayer – out of contact with God – OUT OF SPIRITUAL TRAINING!... ( How To Be An Overcomer - GN Aug 1985)

The Source of Real Protection:
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation. (Psalm 91)