I’ve attached a template of a religious exemption for the covid vaccine based on the biblical principle of sins of conscience. If you are unsure what sins of conscience are, please watch the below video.
Additionally, I detail sins of conscience in relation to the mandatory vaccine in this video below:
This religious medical exemption template should only be used if you personally feel it is sin for you to receive the vaccine. This template should not be used verbatim, but should instead be used as a guide to help you biblical explain what sins of conscience are, and how it is sin for you to personally receive the vaccine. This template is not legal or medical advice, and use of the template is at the sole discretion of the individual. On Point Preparedness LLC has no liability on use or misuse of this template.
Religious Exemption Template:
I’m writing to request a religious exemption from (company) for the COVID vaccine. I have been a Christian since (beginning timeframe) I am well versed with the scriptures and can articulate through them why this directive is in contradiction to my faith. The following letter has been composed with all sincerity and prayer.
My Background as a Christian (Provide short detail about your faith. It should state your church, church activities, or other details which prove you have a legitimate Christian faith.)
The Law of Christ, Convictions of the Holy Spirit and Conscience:
Within the faith, God tells Christians that we are to use the sacred scriptures (Romans 15:4) paired with convictions of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8) and our conscience (1 Corinthians 8 & 10, Romans 14 and others) to make decisions that are not sinful. Speaking of our conscience in relation to sin, the bible states in 1 Corinthians 8 & 10, Romans 14 and other chapters that what is sin to one person may not be sin for another. Similarly, regarding the COVID vaccine, there are many Christians who have taken the vaccine and it is not sinful per their conscience. However, to other Christians (such as myself), it is sinful, and that disposition is influenced by their faith and life circumstances.
Regarding sins of conscience,1 Corinthians 8 & 10, Romans 14 use food within various examples. One example is this: Jews converting to Christianity had led a life following the Mosaic law of the old testament which stated that they could not eat unclean meats (pig, shellfish, etc.). We see that this is similar to Islam and Halal requirements as they likewise cannot eat pork. However, with the advent of Christ, he did away with the prior law (Hebrews 8:13) and made all things clean and available to eat. Some Jews or Muslims who accept Christ may still be hesitant about eating unclean meats because of how they were raised prior, and therefore continue to avoid it as it is sin for them. Even though God has made all meats clean, the bible instructs that we are not to force any kind of food on them and respect their decisions of what is sin to them.
Romans 14 is an example: Romans 14:20 – Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats.
A similar and easier to understand circumstance is regarding alcohol. Jesus did drink wine with his apostles (Luke 7:34) and therefore alcohol is not inherently sinful if we stay sober minded (2 Timothy 4:5). However, for a person who is a recovering alcoholic, one drop of alcohol is sinful and is to be avoided. For myself or another who has no alcoholic addictions, it is not sinful for me to have a glass of wine with dinner. So, this is another example of how something like alcohol can be sin for one person but not for another. Note, there is also a caveat that I do not make my brother stumble as Romans 14:20 states. In practice, I would never drink alcohol in front of others who may have an addiction as I may inadvertently cause them to desire alcohol and fall into their old sinful habits. Net, hopefully the scriptures are clear with how the conscience of a believer guided by the holy spirit, is individualized integrated to our faith. I hope the scriptures also show that forcing an individual to do something against their conscience is a stumbling block to that person and in fact causes them to transgress their faith with God and commit sin. This is the case regarding the COVID mandate and my personal faith in God which I will detail in the next section.
My Faith, Convictions of the Holy Spirit and Personal Conscience: (If you have personal examples of why this vaccine is sin to you, state them here. Personally, I have been harmed by immune therapies in the past and therefore those events have shaped my conscience. As I went through mental, emotional and bodily harm from those treatments, in addition to the financial ramifications of medical treatments, I have a legitimate reason to believe any further injections that manipulate my immune system are sin).
The decision to receive the shot gives me extreme anxiety, fear, and other ill thoughts. Comparatively, characteristics of making a godly decision in line with the fruit of the holy spirit is detailed in Galatians 5:22-23:
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
As anxiety, fear and other emotions are not fruit of the Holy spirit, receiving the shot is biblically against my faith and conscience as I see it as sin. To keep myself from sin, and receive God’s direction in life, I pray and ask God’s council on all major decisions. I have asked God for direction regarding the current COVID vaccine requirement and the Holy Spirit has moved on my heart and conscience that I should not accept it and trust in Him. If I were to go against this moving of the Holy Spirit, I would be sinning and jeopardizing my relationship with God by violating my conscience.
To conclude this section, Romans 2:15-16 summarizes how important it is for a Christian to follow Holy Spirit convictions on our conscience. Our conscience will accuse or excuse us before God when we meet him at our judgement. Neglecting the strong conviction I have from the Holy Spirit on this matter will accuse me before my God, and I pray that (the company), in accordance with its values, does not create a stumbling block on my faith regarding this matter.
Romans 2:15-16 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel , God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
Loving One Another as Yourself and Protection from the Virus:
I would like to finish by providing my thoughts on upholding the following biblical principle as it comes to other’ s safety at the workplace.
John 13:34 – A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you al so are to love one another.
My faith instructs me that I care as much for others that I work with as I care about my own body. I believe in the social distancing guidelines and masking requirements at our facilities and willingly comply with them. Additionally, I believe the weekly testing through this religious exemption provides further assurance to the company and other employees that I do not pose a risk to others. All these things considered; I do believe I am upholding the biblical command of protecting others’ health in the workplace