Mandatory Vaccination Guide
Harvest Outreach Ministry is a 501(C)(3)
religious exempt organization that does not support nor condone "mandatory" vaccination as it goes against our basic tenants of faith and beliefs.
Disclaimer: If one chooses to take the COVID-19 vaccine, it is perfectly reasonable to make that decision. With careful research and analyzing the projections regarding mandatory vaccinations happening within employment, college enrollment, and many other institutions, as a church we desire that our communities hold to their God-given right to either deny or reject any suggestion to get vaccinated for sake of free will. Regardless of any disagreements with our stance on the matter, we will not reject nor discount anyone who chooses or does not choose to get vaccinated.
1. We believe that any law that infringes on our freedoms to choose go against our beliefs and against the constitution of the United States as established by our founding fathers. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” (First Amendment)
2. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit as specified in our doctrines accordance to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God and your are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
3. The United States declared independence from Great Britain in 1776 to secure for all Americans their unalienable rights. These rights include, but are not limited to, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. (Anything that is made mandatory by infringing on our unalienable rights, to life, liberty (Right to choose), and the pursuit of happiness, (Not be obligated to do anything that goes against our religious beliefs), goes in direct violation of our declaration of independence!
4. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1). There are no long-term studies concerning the current vaccines that are being mandated, nor can the government, CDC, or pharmaceutical companies guarantee our health freedoms from long term harmful consequences due to these experimental vaccines. These current vaccines have not been FDA approved, other than for emergency use only. No government can create a law that obligates people to take part in these current experimental studies outside of their free will as is noted and upheld by the US courts concerning the Nuremberg Trials of 1946.
5. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964, individuals have the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of religion. As part of their religious beliefs, many individuals object to vaccines. Employers are required to accommodate religious observances and practices, unless doing so imposes an undue hardship on the business. Religion is very broadly defined and encompasses not only organized religions, but also your personal informed beliefs as an individual. Religion under the law can also encompass non-theistic and moral beliefs. In Chenzira v. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. 2012 U.S. Dist. Lexis 182139 (S.D. Ohio, 2012), the court recognized that veganism, in some circumstances, may constitute a sincerely held religious belief. That court exempted an employee from a flu shot requirement. Once an employer determines that a true religious exemption exists, that employer must make an accommodation for the employee and not force them to take a vaccine that is against their personal beliefs. Such accommodations may include reducing a mask requirement, modifying work duties to comply with social distancing, adjusting an employee’s schedule, or allow an employee work from home.
6. Key to HOM members and congregants. According to the law if your personal beliefs and faith goes against taking the vaccines you qualify under the religious exemption. However, it must be in direct relations to your personal faith reasons and not because of health concerns only. If your employer is mandating you to take the vaccine all you are required, is to inform that based on your personal faith and religious belief you cannot take the vaccine period. You do not have to give them your church constitution or prove to them that this is your personal belief! Them forcing you to prove your faith is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
7. HOM is a ministry that will not obligate nor mandate it’s member(s) to take or not take the vaccine as every member has their own freedom to choose. At HOM we will never violate your free will to choose whether to take the vaccines or not. However, we strongly feel that the government nor educational institutions have the right to impose their will on the people by making these experimental vaccines mandatory. (These are not FDA approved vaccines and as such are experimental). (All the law requires is that based on your personal conviction and belief you refuse to take these vaccines)!
8. If you feel your rights have been violated please consult a legal attorney and fight for your freedoms and rights as given to you by God.
9. This document is not a legal document, but can be used as a simple guide to help Christians make their own personal decision as we are all dealing with both COVID-19 confusion and scarcity.
10. Employers have tried to navigate through the religious exemptions Americans have been granted by the laws of the Federal government. You cannot be obligated to take a vaccine you do not feel the need to accept, based on the context of your faith and religion. Many of the mandates given by colleges and employers have not been challenged before the Supreme Court, but can be noted and labeled as unconstitutional or constitutional at the highest court of the land. Also, remember that under the HIPPA law you are not required to speak about your health with anyone outside of your primary doctor and your medical service providers. No employer or educational institution has the right to obligate you to reveal your medical private information.