While Americans still fight and struggle with the Biden administration over the COVID-19 drug, places like New Zealand are showing just how quickly freedoms can be stripped away by the government. Already allowing the overrated COVID-19 to dictate how they live and act, the New Zealand government recently instituted the COVID Protection Framework on December 3rd. The new program requires churches to massively limit the number of people they allow to attend in person. Of course, that rule changes if churches only allow vaccinated people.
Seeing the new government overreach as a direct attack on their religious beliefs, Calvary Chapel Pastors have banded together, calling for officials to reevaluate the procedure they have put in place.
Sending a letter to NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Pastor Jim Delor of Calvary Chapel Waimate said, “We at all the Calvary Chapels here in NZ are resolute not to turn away anyone due to vaccination status.”
In the letter, the pastors point out that they can’t turn away people in society over vaccination status due to Christ’s biblical teaching to take care of everyone. “As pastors in New Zealand, we are praying for you and your government at this challenging time as you seek to navigate our nation through the current Covid-19 pandemic. We pray for ‘all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness’ (1 Timothy 2:1–2). We do, however, have serious concerns with your government’s implementation of vaccination mandates and certificates.”
The pastors added, “As pastors in the church, our mission and calling are clear. We are to act as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ by shepherding, loving, serving, and caring for whosoever is in need. The ministry of the church and the Christian gospel is to the ‘whosoever’ of society and is not determined by ethnicity, language, age, gender, orientation, education, social status, nor vaccination status. In fact, it is often the church that ventures out to serve and care for the marginalized of our society. Our overarching concern is that the proposed system of vaccination passports directly hinders our ability to serve the ‘whosoevers’ of our society, and our country will be the worse off for it. Our desire is that the church be allowed, without let or hindrance, to meet and minister to all, for all, and with all.”
Not just the personal beliefs of the church, the pastors also pointed out, “Some have genuine moral concerns with the manufacture and testing of the vaccine. Others are concerned with adverse side effects and the lack of long-term safety data. Many have reservations about the use of mRNA technology and would gladly receive a more traditional vaccine,” they wrote, adding that their unvaccinated congregants “are not trying to be obtuse, belligerent, or obstructive but, rather, for a range of reasons their conscience cautions them against being vaccinated.”
Following the letter, Pastor Steve Jones recently told his congregation, “What we are seeing is a lot of revelation coming to life. What is it going to be like in the end times? Well, this is a taste, it’s not happening now, but this is what it’s going to be like, being forced to do things. Just wait,” he said. “Those who are going to be here [during the Tribulation] are going to be forced one day to take the mark of the beast [Revelation 13:16-18]. Now, that’s going to be a whole different world from what we have now. But the concept of being forced and told you have to do something… this is just a teaser of the real thing which will be somewhere in the future. So these are exciting days indeed to be alive on the planet earth, as we see many things happening around us.”
Red Voice Media would like to make a point of clarification on why we do not refer to any shot related to COVID-19 as a "vaccine." According to the CDC, the definition of a vaccine necessitates that said vaccine have a lasting effect of at least one year in preventing the contraction of the virus or disease it's intended to fight. Because all of the COVID-19 shots thus far available have barely offered six months of protection, and even then not absolute, Red Voice Media has made the decision hereafter to no longer refer to the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson substances as vaccinations.