COVID and Vaccines

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Sunday Worship Gathering 9:30 Sunday Fellowship 10:45am

by: Jeff Poppinga

10/01/2021

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As we prepare for Sunday, I would like to say a few things about COVID. First, there is an uptick in cases around our area so if you have some symptoms please join us online for a Sunday. Second, I want to say something about the vaccines. I have heard some extreme statements regarding the vaccines. One pastor I heard declared that if you get vaccinated then you have denied the faith. Yet another pastor I read declared that if you do not get vaccinated then you have no love for your neighbor. And not too long ago the church received an anonymous letter that contained a warning that the vaccine is of the devil and is being used to kill and control people. What is a person to do? Let me state clearly that our response to the vaccine does not invalidate or validate our faith in Christ. Please seek the Lord, do some honest research, make an informed decision, encourage others to do the same, and treat one another with dignity and respect--even those who choose differently. Third, let us be reminded that death is coming to all of us; it is appointed for us to die once (see Heb 9:27). I know that might sound gloomy but it is true. Each of us has our days numbered (see Ps 139:16). The wages of sin is death (see Rom 6:23). Even the best vaccines (which have prevented many untimely deaths over the years) cannot offer us eternal life. The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus; he is our only hope (see Rom 6:23). Fourth, the Bible tells us that "whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life" (1 John 5:12). Jesus is the resurrection and the life! Whoever believes in him, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die (see John 11:25-26). After Jesus has said this to Martha, he asked her, "Do you believe this?" This is the ultimate question. Jesus is the dividing line between life everlasting and everlasting death. "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him" (John 3:36). Whether you receive the COVID vaccine or not, you will still face death and judgment so the more important question is whether you or another has received Jesus Christ.

Glory and Praise to God

Grace and Peace to you,

PJ

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As we prepare for Sunday, I would like to say a few things about COVID. First, there is an uptick in cases around our area so if you have some symptoms please join us online for a Sunday. Second, I want to say something about the vaccines. I have heard some extreme statements regarding the vaccines. One pastor I heard declared that if you get vaccinated then you have denied the faith. Yet another pastor I read declared that if you do not get vaccinated then you have no love for your neighbor. And not too long ago the church received an anonymous letter that contained a warning that the vaccine is of the devil and is being used to kill and control people. What is a person to do? Let me state clearly that our response to the vaccine does not invalidate or validate our faith in Christ. Please seek the Lord, do some honest research, make an informed decision, encourage others to do the same, and treat one another with dignity and respect--even those who choose differently. Third, let us be reminded that death is coming to all of us; it is appointed for us to die once (see Heb 9:27). I know that might sound gloomy but it is true. Each of us has our days numbered (see Ps 139:16). The wages of sin is death (see Rom 6:23). Even the best vaccines (which have prevented many untimely deaths over the years) cannot offer us eternal life. The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus; he is our only hope (see Rom 6:23). Fourth, the Bible tells us that "whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life" (1 John 5:12). Jesus is the resurrection and the life! Whoever believes in him, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die (see John 11:25-26). After Jesus has said this to Martha, he asked her, "Do you believe this?" This is the ultimate question. Jesus is the dividing line between life everlasting and everlasting death. "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him" (John 3:36). Whether you receive the COVID vaccine or not, you will still face death and judgment so the more important question is whether you or another has received Jesus Christ.

Glory and Praise to God

Grace and Peace to you,

PJ

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