Covid Vaccine Update

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To our brothers and sisters in faith,

With the unfortunate spread of COVID-19, many of us have been impacted, from the loss of loved ones to the unforeseen impact on our health which some of us are still struggling to overcome. We pray for the souls that were lost and the bodies that were impacted due to the spread of the virus.

As we thank God for the creation of vaccines that are relatively safe, there have been adverse effects to the vaccine. We are sad to reveal that one of our members has fallen victim to one of these Irreversible effects. We ask that you continue to keep them in your prayers. As a result, the church has decided to publish its stance on mandatory vaccines.

Can I obtain a religious exemption for the covid vaccination?
Yes. Although it is reported that COVID vaccinations are relatively safe, there have been reports of adverse effects which are often not highlighted in the media. As the Apostle Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 6:19 – 20, “your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God”. We are to diligently care for our bodies as they house the Holy Spirit and are our direct connection to the divine. In caring for our temples we must pray, and seek discernment for God’s guidance as it relates to anything we place in our bodies, whether vaccines or otherwise (James 1:5, 1 John 4:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Romans 12:2 )

Should I take the covid vaccine?
Decisions on whether to receive the covid vaccination should only come after much prayer and meditation. In Matthew 7:7-11, Jesus explains that in prayer, God will reveal the desires of your petitions. For those who believe that God has told them, through prayer, to receive the Covid vaccination, the church fully supports these individuals. For those who believe that God has told them, through prayer, to not receive the Covid vaccination, the church fully supports these individuals.

What does the church believe regarding freedom of choice in relation to vaccines?
The church believes that God, the creator, is directing the steps, path, and decisions of all its members.

How do I speak with others who disagree with my view?

We do understand the sensitive nature of this topic. You are not required to prove what you have heard from God. We remind you in all communication, remember to “be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger” (James 1:19). Listen carefully and openly to others’ points. Consider them. Share your positions patiently and forgive those who have offended you.

Family and friends, we ask that you remain diligent in your prayers and knowledge-seeking regarding all of the information regarding the Covid vaccines, whether positive or negative findings. We are faithful that God will guide your footsteps and decisions when you seek Him/Her.
Peace and blessings to you all.

Terrell M. Harris
President/Pastor – The Opened Box
Master’s of Divinity
Certified Personal Trainer
Youth Exercise Specialist
Sports Performance Consultant
Sports Nutrition Consultant