Religious Vaccine Exemption
ON FREEDOM FROM VACCINATION COERCION
In view of national and provincial regulations mandating vaccination passports, thereby limiting or denying access to goods, services, businesses, public venues, universities and colleges, as well as employment opportunities for unvaccinated persons, and in view of the fact that such mandates violate the conscience rights and bodily integrity of vaccinated and unvaccinated persons alike, we the undersigned issue the following sincerely-held declaration of Christian truth grounded in scripture, upholding the solemn and inherited right of every person to assert their freedom to decline any unwanted medical treatment or procedure, including vaccination without fear of discrimination, punishment or reprisal:
WHEREAS devout Christians have for centuries made invaluable contributions to the natural and medical sciences, the establishment of hospitals, the development of life-saving treatments, and the care of the sick and dying – manifesting the biblical view that God created the world, including our physical bodies with treatable properties, and that we are integral beings created in the image of God with inner (invisible) and outer (visible) constituents (Gen: 1,2, Exo. 20; Exo. 34, 1 Tim. 5:23);
AND WHEREAS Christians are commanded to live in light of God’s moral commands, including expressing love for one’s neighbour by resisting oppression and injustice, whether it be as a result of individual conduct or the actions of any State, agency or bureaucracy – including any immoral or unethical development such as coercive vaccination programs (Isa. 1:17; Matt. 22:39; Jam. 5:14);
AND WHEREAS Christians are instructed by Scripture to view their bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit and to steward their bodies accordingly as creatures ultimately accountable to God (Rom. 12:1: 1 Cor. 3:17-20, 6:19-20, 7:1).
AND WHEREAS Christians are required to honour the sanctity of human life, including pre-natal human life and therefore protect unborn children from medical experimentation in the production of some vaccines (Gen. 1:27; Gen 9:6; Ps. 139:13-16);
AND WHEREAS Christian parents are instructed to nurture, provide for, and raise up their children in the Lord, a responsibility not given by God to the State or any other human agency (Deut. 6:5-9; Eph. 6:4);
AND WHEREAS every Christian is commanded not to pass judgement upon others over disputable matters, but rather to honour personal religious convictions and individual liberty (including anything one understands to be unhealthy such as certain foods, smoking, drinking alcohol, or employing experimental drugs for treating illness) (Rom. 14:19; 1 Cor. 8:1-13);
AND WHEREAS Christ is our supreme King and Lord, and we are subject to his final authority alone in all matters of life, faith and conscience (Eph. 4:4-6; Col. 1:16-18); Christians recognize that they will one day stand before God to give an account for their lives and do therefore seek to exercise wisdom and discernment in all their decisions (2 Cor. 5:10; Rom. 12:2);
AND WHEREAS God created human beings and all the earth’s resources and called them to work and enjoy the fruit of their labour as a pre-political duty and right (prior to the existence of the state) and further clarifies this requirement by commanding people to work six days and rest on each sabbath in order to develop culture in obedience to God and provide for their families, thus freedom to work is an inalienable right that no person should be unjustly denied (Ex. 20:9; 1 Tim.5:8);
AND WHEREAS Christians are commanded to gather for worship and have done so weekly for centuries in recognition of Christ’s resurrection and are only restricted by Holy Scripture from participating due to unrepentant sin (Heb. 10:25; 1 Cor 14:1-40); (for Canadians) Christians and all Canadians are entitled to freedom of conscience and religion, expression, thought, opinion and belief, as fundamental freedoms in section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms;
WE THE UNDERSIGNED, representatives of various confessionally orthodox churches, denominations, organizations, and fellowships, ASSERT AND DECLARE that the following religious articles be honoured, maintained and protected in all the Provinces and Territories of the Dominion of Canada:
Article 1: That Christians shall remain free to decide for themselves whether to be vaccinated or unvaccinated, and shall maintain their bodily integrity by asserting their God-given freedom to decline participation in any medical experiment or vaccination program that violates their convictions and conscience before God.
Article 2: That Christian parents shall be afforded their divinely-inherited rights to decide whether their children shall be vaccinated or unvaccinated, that the State shall not interfere with this God-given right, and that their children shall not be subjects of discrimination, State-sponsored coercion, or stigma for their vaccination status.
Article 3: Christians shall remain free from any coercion to receive, administer, or promote any vaccine that was derived directly or indirectly from aborted human fetal cell lines.
Article 4: That Christians shall remain free to pursue gainful employment, work, and engage in commerce without discrimination, and be free to maintain their God-given and inherited liberty to decline vaccinations in keeping with their conscience.
Article 5: That Christians shall remain free to enter houses of worship without having to provide proof of vaccination.
Article 6: That Christian students and teachers shall remain free to teach and attend at educational institutions without providing proof of vaccination status.
In keeping with the Word of God we call upon all citizens, public officials, courts, medical institutions, businesses, corporations, places of worship and education, to honour the conscience and sincerely-held beliefs of Christians, and refrain from drafting or implementing policy or legislation that violate or disallow the long-established freedom to decline participation in vaccination or medical treatment.
This statement summarizes the deeply held conviction of the undersigned and of all those citizens who join us in signing this declaration:
– Rev. Dr. Aaron Rock
– Rev. Dr. Michael Thiessen
– Rev. Dr. Joe Boot
– Rev. Dr. Rick Baker
– James S. M. Kitchen, J.D.
– Pastor Timothy Stephens
– Pastor Trevor Stephens
– Pastor Riley Toews
– Pastor David Harness Jr.
– Pastor Steve Bainbridge
– Pastor Greg Armstrong
– Pastor Chris Eelman
– Constable Jonathan Coote
– Marty Elson
– Michael Slauenwhite
– Jonathan Meadows