Should You Take the COVID-19 Vaccine?

American Pastors Network President Sam Rohrer Has Significant Considerations for American Christians to Ponder

January 5, 2021

PHILADELPHIA — “Should I take the Covid-19 vaccine?” This is the question every American is considering as we enter 2021. As followers of Christ, our decision in this important matter should include prayer. Like the Bereans in Acts 17:11, Americans desire to be “fair-minded” and to search “the Scriptures daily” when we hear new information.

The Honorable Sam Rohrer, president of the American Pastors Network (, says, “Unfortunately, being ‘fair-minded’ is increasingly considered unpopular in response to the vaccine. For example, some Catholic and evangelical groups are proclaiming the vaccine as ‘an answer to prayer’— as well as ‘an act of compassion’ – we can take to help others. Further, millions of dollars are being spent in publicity campaigns to convince Americans to take the vaccine.”

Rohrer recommends that if Americans take a closer look at the facts of the current vaccines, several significant concerns for Christians will be revealed. Among these are the following five considerations:

  1. Health Implications. In a recent nationwide radio interview Rohrer conducted with Dr. Dolores Cahill from Ireland, she addressed many noteworthy points. Among them included the “failures of previous vaccines using mRNA, and the lack of long-term testing during Operation Warp Speed, as well as numerous serious side effects among those who have already taken the vaccine.”

Further, those who are pregnant, nursing mothers, the elderly, those with allergies or compromised immune systems and other segments of the population are being told not to take the vaccine. Why? Significant studies have not been conducted among these populations and results thus far indicate a potential for serious adverse reactions.

Further, there are warnings for any woman of childbearing age regarding possible concerns with fertility due to the vaccine. There is simply far too little current research in Operation Warp Speed’s work to properly safeguard against many conditions.

  • Ethical Implications. In contrast with the view that taking the vaccine is an act of compassion, we must clearly define what is intended by compassion. It is not compassionate to take a vaccine that could harm your body. It is certainly not compassionate to persuade other people to take a vaccine that has many known side effects and for which even the vaccine manufacturer’s themselves highlight as unknown.
  • Constitutional Implications. As Americans, we deeply cherish our freedoms noted in the Declaration of Independence that include, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

In addition, our Constitution guards against a totalitarian government that can force actions upon its people, such as taking a vaccine still in its infancy. According to the Fifth Amendment, no American can “be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” There must be no forced Covid-19 vaccinations in our nation, as well as a guarding of the freedoms of those who choose not to do so.

  • Spiritual Implications. In addition to promoting acceptance of the vaccine, a growing number of voices are calling for apps that show proof of vaccination for various actions. For example, those who refuse to take the vaccine could be told they cannot travel on an airplane or cruise ship, travel internationally, or even visit a loved one in a hospital. In addition, a missionary may not be able to travel to another nation to serve without taking the vaccine.

Imagine a scenario not long from now when a pastor will not be able to visit one of his own members in the hospital unless he shows proof of vaccination. The same will apply to a new grandparent who wants to visit his or her newborn grandchild in the hospital. This is soon becoming a reality.

  • Prophetic Implications. While unbelievers do not consider this realm, prophecy is a vital part of the Christian faith. The increased global controls, growing use of digital currency, contact tracing, and apps to limit travel, buying, and selling based on taking a vaccination, all foreshadow actions predicted of the Antichrist in Scripture.

“As we look at these five areas of health, ethics, the Constitution, faith, and prophecy, what can we conclude?” asked Rohrer. “At the very least, we should be cautious and carefully evaluate the personal decision of whether to take the vaccine.

“In addition, we must apply the freedoms and faith protections of the many Americans who refuse to take a vaccination. Our Constitution and religious freedoms must protect our citizens from restrictions regarding financial transactions, travel, business, education, and other aspects of life.

“It is ultimately your personal decision whether to take the vaccine, but it is God’s will for you to carefully evaluate the decision you make. Do not merely listen to the propaganda of our society. Seek to hear from God through prayer and His Word, carefully examining the information as we seek to honor God with our body (1 Corinthians 6:19) and with our lives (Colossians 3:17).”

Sam Rohrer, as well as his co-hosts and guests, explore these and other compelling topics on APN’s popular and live daily radio program, “Stand in the Gap Today.” Rohrer also hosts the daily short radio feature, “Stand in the Gap Minute; “best of” shows from the week are broadcast on “Stand in the Gap Weekend.” Likewise, “Stand in the Gap TV” considers complex and divisive cultural issues from a biblical worldview perspective.

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