September 25, 2021 Wayne Northey

Pastor Gives Christians Who Claim ‘Religious Exemption’ From Masks And Vaccines An Epic Bible Lesson

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photo above: Keith Marshall/Facebook

WN: The Pastor below said he had to make private his Facebook page due to the nasty responses directed at him and his family. There is no place for nastiness for or against!

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Pastor Keith Marshall, a pastor at Hope Lutheran Church in Enumclaw, Washington wrote a column for the Enumclaw Courier Herald, a small local paper.

The pastor then shared a screenshot of his Courier Herald column on his Facebook page where it went viral.

A Christian man who has dedicated his life to his faith, Reverend Marshall wanted to address Christians who seek religious exemptions for public health protocols during a global pandemic.

Turning to his Bible and his years of education and experience, Marshall looked for Biblical justification for anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers who demand religious exemptions.

Marshall, who lives in Enumclaw, Washington with his wife Elisha and their children, found his interpretation of what the Bible grants him agency to do was different from those who said they refused the vaccine because of their faith.

Marshall wrote:

What does your faith exempt you from?

Religious Exemption is a term I have heard more in the past three months than the rest of my life combined! Recently I was asked if Christians should be able to claim Religious Exemption when public health is in jeopardy.

Their question made me ask myself, ‘What does faith in Jesus Christ exempt me from?

Below is a partial list of what came to mind. My faith in Jesus Christ exempts me from:

  • Putting my wants above the needs of others.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. — Philippians 2:3, 4

  • Claiming my freedom in Christ as liberty to act without responsibility.

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge in the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: Love your neighbor as yourself. — Galatians 3:13, 14

  • Refusing to protect the most vulnerable in our midst.

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. — Matthew 25:40

Therefore, my ‘Religious Exemption’ requires that I receive the COVID vaccine to safeguard life and wear a mask to care for my neighbor.

Claiming the Christian faith is no jurisdiction to refuse these measures. By invoking the name of Jesus to claim exemption, you are using the Lord’s name in vain and therefore sinning.

Now, you may have your own political or personal reasons not to do so, but please, stop claiming your faith in Jesus Christ as justification.

His words of wisdom quickly spread across social media.

Please click on: Faith Exemption From Vaccine?

Wayne Northey

Wayne Northey was Director of Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries (M2/W2) in British Columbia, Canada from 1998 to 2014, when he retired. He has been active in the criminal justice arena and a keen promoter of Restorative Justice since 1974. He has published widely on peacemaking and justice themes. You will find more about that on this website: a work in progress.

Always appreciate constructive feedback! Thanks.

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