Resolution on the Mandating of Vaccines
Resolution on the mandating of vaccines, approved by Covenant session at its 5/18/21 meeting
That as the physical body of believers is the temple of the Holy Ghost (1 Cor. 6:19), and that as Christ is Lord of the body and has redeemed it by his death and resurrection (1 Cor. 6:20), human governments and states do not have legitimate authority to force their citizens to be vaccinated; to mandate vaccinations is a usurpation of authority that God has never given to any state, claims that the state knows what is best in all circumstances for individual citizens, which is a claim of omniscience, and intrudes into the spheres of personal liberty and family authority to make these decisions. Should the United States Government or the State of Georgia mandate vaccinations as a condition of travel, education, worship, or work, we shall encourage our members to utilize any and all legal means to resist this overreach of government authority, follow their own consciences on this matter, and uphold the authority of Jesus Christ over our bodies; furthermore, to mandate their usage in light of the unusual number of negative reactions following the implementation and usage of these vaccinations might make the government complicit in violations of the sixth commandment, which is opposed to Romans 13:1-7.