Pastors Report - 29 Jan 2021
Covid Vaccinations And The Bible

Covid Vaccinations 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 – even within the treatment of Covid 19!

The majority of this Pastor's Report was written fourteen months ago, at the beginning of December 2019. In the news at the time an outbreak of measles in New York was being blamed on the Orthodox Jewish community there, who tended not to vaccinate their children. Since then – through the whole of 2020 – the entire world has been dramatically altered as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic. However, when the article was first written over a year ago, even the initial outbreak in Wuhan China remained largely unrecognised. It wasn't until towards the end of December 2019 that a problem was acknowledged in China. And the subsequent spread into Europe and the USA did not take place in any recognisable form until January 2020. Today, however the entire world is reeling under the extensive medical and financial ramifications of the pandemic and all hope is being placed on control via a globe-girdling vaccination programme.

With this in mind, I thought it appropriate to repeat what I wrote in those weeks before the pandemic began and to add a subsequent paragraph or two to specifically deal with Covid 19 and the vaccines the entire world seems to regard as its saviour. The reason I feel this is necessary is that the current vaccines being manufactured on which the world is placing so much hope are substantially different from anything that has been used before. And yet they have been developed and tested with incredible haste, with phraseology being used such as "operation warp-speed" to describe the process. So let me first repeat the Pastor's Report from early December 2019 before closing with a few paragraphs on the specific situation in which we currently find ourselves.

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.

This Covid 19 World:

In the Pastor's Report of December 7th 2019 I then closed by showing the parallels between the physical and spiritual immune system, and pointed people to Psalm 91 and the encouragement it gives. This time, however, I would like to close with a little more information about the specific vaccines in which the world at large is now placing so much trust. As has been pointed out above, the principle of vaccination is to introduce a noxious substance that stimulates an immune response that the body 'remembers', should it later come into contact with the pathogen itself. That poisonous substance has formerly been a non-active or weakened form of the virus or bacteria that is being guarded against. This approach is not however quite the case for the approved Covid vaccines currently in production. An entirely different process has been used and one that has only very recently been made possible by an increase in the knowledge and manufacturing techniques in bio-engineering. This advancement has allowed the cell itself to be turned into a factory that produces portions of the virus – specifically to generate the spike protein that is unique to Covid 19.

All three of the vaccines currently approved within the UK (and the two approved within the US) rely heavily on this bio-engineering technology. The Pfizer and Moderna varieties are RNA vaccines made up of tiny fragments of the virus' genetic code surrounded by a nano-particle of fat. That fat consists of 4 primary ingredients, one of which is unique to the company concerned and presumably forms the basis of their patent. It is this bubble of fat that appears to allow the vaccine to bypass the cell membrane's natural defences and enter the cell itself, preserving the information contained within the messenger-RNA until it is able to be used by a ribosome within the cell's cytoplasm to create the spike protein of the corona virus. The concept is that the body is able to recognise this is happening and therefore makes antibodies and T-cells to fight what on the surface appears to be the virus. The next time the person encounters the virus for real they theoretically have a head start to fight the infection. But the AstraZeneca vaccine uses a different approach to bypass the cell's membrane defences. The company has taken a version of a common cold virus that formerly infected chimpanzees, altered it, and then added a bit of the genetic code of Covid 19. Now once these blueprints are inside the deliberately infected cells they start producing the coronavirus spike protein instead of the chimpanzee cold virus – allowing the immune system to be appropriately stimulated.

Two Main Problems:

A number of potential problems could be highlighted with these new style vaccines but I feel that there are two areas that are sufficiently major to cause concern to us within the church: the lack of opportunity for possible medium and long term side effects to become apparent, due to the speed of process (a matter of months) from initial concept to authorisation; and the use of a relatively simplistic approach within what is in reality an inordinately complex series of coordinated processes within each human cell.

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made:

Ever greater complexity is constantly being discovered within what is the basis of all life on earth – the biological cell. Just a few decades ago it was regarded as little more than a blob of protoplasm but today, with each year that goes by more and more molecular machines are being discovered in unbelievable numbers and complexity. Notice how this is described in the following short quote from the website cell.com:

Instead of a cell dominated by randomly colliding individual protein molecules, we now know that nearly every major process in a cell is carried out by assemblies of 10 or more protein molecules. And, as it carries out its biological functions, each of these protein assemblies interacts with several other large complexes of proteins. Indeed, the entire cell can be viewed as a factory that contains an elaborate network of interlocking assembly lines, each of which is composed of a set of large protein machines. cell.com

To give some idea of the complexity involved in the natural process – that the vaccines are claimed to benevolently hijack – it has recently been calculated that a simple yeast cell would normally contain around 6,000 different kinds of protein molecules, a large number of which act as complex individual machines, all co-ordinated together in a truly astounding manner. And the quantity of protein molecules being so organised is also utterly breathtaking, as using the relative brightness of fluorescent dyes, such a yeast cell has been calculated to contain no less than 42 million molecules of protein within the miniscule 'factory' walls of the cell membrane ( sciencedaily.com). And that is a mere unsophisticated yeast cell. The reason why no such figures presently exist for human cells is that the complexity is many, many orders of magnitude greater. And into this exquisitely balanced creation mankind imagines he can trample with simplistic disregard – essentially to achieve corporate gain. The mind boggles!

God is not Mocked:

It hardly seems conceivable that with modern inventions to hand, such as the electron microscope to delve deep into the mysteries of the living cell – teeming with its molecular machines – to the massive telescopes that search the outer reaches of the known universe, that so many still refuse to go where the evidence leads ... i.e. to intelligent design at the very least. But to acknowledge a Creator brings with it certain restrictions ... as He who created the laws we see in operation in the natural world (reality) also has the right to lay down the law on human conduct (morality). And that is the stumbling block for so many and why an unguided evolutionary theory is preferred – warping virtually every branch of scientific thought!

But the day is coming when all mankind will have to acknowledge just Who we have been dealing with and Who has been dealing with us:

  • And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
  • Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. (Revelation 14:6,7)

And then – as brought out in Job, quite possibly the oldest book in the Bible, we'll all come to the basic understanding of our humanity – and our frail and ignorant state before our God:

  • Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
  • Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
  • Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further....
  • ...Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not...
  • I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
  • Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent [mere] dust and ashes. (Job 40:3-5, 42:3,5,6)

As far as having any vaccinations are concerned, each one of us must individually decide on the specifics during this present crisis, but hopefully what has been brought out in the Pastor's Report today will give us all food for thought. God is quite capable of protecting us from any side effects if for any reason we are forced to receive the vaccine. But the underlying message is that – like Christ when facing down Satan who was misquoting the promise in Psalm 91:11,12 that deals specifically with "the pestilence that walks in darkness" (verse 6) – we don't needlessly put God to the test:

  • And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
  • Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. (Matthew 4:6,7)