If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. - James 1:5-8 (ESV)
There is an old American adage that people should always "stay in their lane." For example, when my car breaks down I am probably not seeking the advice of a hairdresser on the best options to fix it. Likewise, I am not seeking out my mechanic to cut my hair. The problem with Facebook and social media is it has fostered generations of people who are comfortable speaking out of their ignorance as if experts on the subject matter they clearly do not understand. Facebook is indeed the land without lanes, which allows people to speak as if authoritative, blissfully unconcerned whether they are actually correct or not. While we might expect this behavior from the world, it is becoming all too clear that heretical, dominionist forces within the church are pushing pastors far outside their lanes and rendering them exposed to the world as gleeful idiots instead of focusing on the days we live in as an imperative to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love gospel-preaching pastors and I know those that are true to their calling will take no offense in my pointing out that their lane is scripture. If I want to know what God is saying through a tough portion of God's word, I would run to my pastor. As much as I love my pastor however I would not seek him out to fix my car, cut my hair or give me medical advice about a worldwide pandemic. The church is so infested with NAR theology however that recently 101 Ohio pastors wrote a letter to the President of the United States displaying their rank ignorance and arrogance - two things the world will not miss. Let us reason once more through this recent absurdity, linked above.
"Dear President Biden, On September 9th, your office issued sweeping executive orders mandating all employees of the executive branch of the federal government and all contractors of the federal government be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 or potentially face termination. This action was taken by your office to combat a virus with an overall 99.74% survival rate. (1) In addition, your office instructed the Department of Labor to issue an emergency rule mandating employers with 100 or more employees to ensure they be fully vaccinated or provide a negative test for COVID-19 at least once a week. It is our understanding this new rule would reportedly affect two-thirds of the U.S. workforce and carry a $14,000 fine for each violation. (2) As clergymen from one hundred and one (101) diverse congregations across North Central Ohio, we would like to note that this unnecessary mandate by your office is in sharp contrast to the statement you made as President-elect on December 4th, 2020 when you stated you would not impose a national vaccine mandate. (3)" - 101 Ohio Pastors
This is why ignorant people should keep quiet unless they want everyone to see how ignorant they are. Let's start with the unseemly atrocity of a pastor downplaying the deaths of nearly five million people. Does it really matter what the "survival rate" is? Maybe to a politician or bureaucrat but to a pastor? A pastor I assume who claims to be "pro-life?" Exactly how many people need to die in order for this "man of God" to seem vaguely concerned about it? This is why people are not returning to church. COVID exposed the church as not caring one bit about them. What these 101 idiots also overlook is that 99% of the current hospitalizations and deaths from COVID are from the unvaccinated people! It is not the place of pastors to declare what presidential mandates are unnecessary. It only makes them seem stupid and uncaring. This is the end result of purpose driven church training. Pastors today, caught up in idolizing this country, no longer measure decisions in terms of the cause of the gospel.
"Ironically, several months prior, on October 7th, 2020 your Vice President Kamala Harris stated she would not take a COVID-19 vaccine if ordered by the President of the United States. (4) This is a clear double standard. The Bible says in James 1:8, "For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways." This pattern of insincerity continues when in your September 9th announcement, you publicly stated to our Constitutional Republic: "This (federal mandate) is not about freedom or personal choice." (5) On the very same day, Vice President Kamala Harris publicly stated the polar-opposite when meeting with the abortion industry saying: "When people are able to make choices without government interference for themselves in terms of the well-being of themselves and their family, we are a strong democracy." (6) Sadly, human tissue from pre-born infant victims of abortion has been used for the manufacturing of the COVID-19 vaccines. (7) In other words Mr. President, your Administration believes the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness do not come from our Creator GOD but rather from a federal government which does not know its right hand from its left. Your Administration's politicization of the truth is profound. Because of this hypocrisy and lack of dignity for persons created in the image of GOD, whether born or unborn, as leading clergymen of one hundred and one (101) diverse congregations across North Central Ohio, we reject a federal vaccine mandate that interferes with individual autonomy. We think it is immoral for persons to be forced to take unproven COVID-19 experimental vaccinations associated with nearly fifteen thousand deaths (8), 1.5 million reports of adverse events, (9) at least one hundred thousand breakthrough COVID infections in vaccinated persons, (10) and that may alter their own DNA. (11) We believe the Bible when it says in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, "Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God"" - 101 Ohio Pastors
A word here about their footnotes. In nearly every citation the source is an extreme right-wing political operation instead of unbiased news. For example, Gateway Pundit and American Front-Line Doctors are political operatives of the Republican Party and are not taken serious by anyone who has not already drunk the anti-vaccine Kool-Aid. Even the more serious sounding citations, such as the blip here casually mentioned about the vaccine altering our DNA is fallacious. Don't take my word for it, read what the researchers said in the very report cited: