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October 17th, 2021

Religious Accommodation Letter (template for personal use)

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Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Religious Accommodation Request

We have noticed that many brethren in Canada and elsewhere are facing the loss of employment for their unwillingness to comply with recent vaccine mandates in the workplace.

Here in Canada the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) offers this advice:

“The religious objections held by individuals to specific vaccines will vary significantly. The Justice Centre does not have a standard template to address such individual beliefs. Canadian law grants protection to an individual’s personal religious beliefs which are sincerely held, regardless of whether those beliefs are adhered to by others or even by the faith community to which the individual belongs.

In order to establish the existence of a religious objection, it will be necessary for the individual to have specific religious beliefs which would be violated in a non-trivial way by receiving a particular vaccine. These beliefs must be sincerely held, and an individual’s pattern of conduct consistent with those beliefs will help to prove that they are sincerely held.

Once a religious objection to taking a vaccine is established, an employer has a duty to accommodate that religious belief up to the point of undue hardship. The extent to which an employer must accommodate an employee’s religious objection to taking a vaccine will be dependent on the specific circumstances of the employment.”

To help our brethren who may need support in writing a letter to establish a ‘religious objection,’ we have created a Religious Accommodation Request template that can be used and modified to suit individual circumstances.

Religious Accommodation Request – Template

 

August 28th, 2021

A Biblical View on Vaccination – Church of God Webcast

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A Biblical View on Vaccination – Church of God Webcast

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Vaccination was a concept introduced into Western medical history in the 1700’s in an effort to prevent lethal cases of smallpox. The application of vaccination in its many forms created numerous stories, both of success and disaster. The resulting debate over the safety and efficacy of vaccination has continued for 300 years.
But the history of smallpox goes back thousands of years.

“Smallpox plagued human populations for thousands of years. Researchers who examined the mummy of Egyptian pharaoh Ramses V (died 1157 BCE) observed scarring similar to that from smallpox on his remains.”

To gain a biblical perspective we can go back to an even earlier time period in biblical history to examine what the scriptures have to say on this topic of virulent communicable disease. The scriptures do not give us a definitive statement on “Thou shalt not vaccinate!” But they do provide us with the knowledge we need to make an informed decision based on sound biblical precepts. It is these precepts that will keep us safe, and help us maintain physical and spiritual wellbeing.

Knowing that the Egyptians suffered from these communicable disease plagues we can appreciate God’s instructions to Moses: More

July 12th, 2021

Your Roots Your Destiny — Solving the Mystery of the Lost Ten Tribes

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Introduction: Solving the Mystery of the Ten Lost Tribes

The ultimate promise that God made to Abraham and his descendants was that they would inherit the world and eternal life. This promise was accepted by Abraham in an attitude of complete and total trust that our cynical age finds extremely hard to even begin to understanding, much less emulate it.

Read the introduction: YRYD — Introduction Solving the Mystery of the Lost Ten Tribes


 


complete-set-printed-tribes-of-israelChapter 1: Beginnings

The story of Israel is the story of a single family that was chosen for divine service by the One who asserts that He created all humanity from one blood (cf. Acts 17:26). The Israelites were a people born by a series of divine miracles, as well as, circumstances common to the human condition. They were a “chosen” people, but in no way could they ever have been considered a “pet” people either in antiquity or now. After all, God is not a respecter of persons.

Read Chapter 1:  YRYD Chapter 1 — Beginnings More

April 6th, 2021

Vaccination History

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Is Vaccination Useless or Dangerous?

When it comes to the question of whether to accept a vaccination, or not, the scripture is not silent.
There are many principles in the bible that relate to our physical well-being.
If we are dealing with communicable disease God is quite explicit in commanding the quarantine of sick individuals within a community setting.
However, God is equally concerned about an individual’s responsibility to take action to preserve their own health.
One part of God’s wisdom is to avoid substances, whether food, drink, or drugs, that might have deleterious effects on the body and mind.
With this in mind, it is the responsibility of each individual to know the facts about what they eat, drink, or inject into their body.

As Christians we are the temple of God’s spirit and we have a command to avoid polluting God’s temple.

The negative effects of vaccination have been documented for over a hundred years:

Vaccine Peer Review — 1000 studies
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June 2nd, 2018

Truth Bytes – Psalms 7-8

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TRUTH BYTES — PSALMS 7-8

God Delivers the Just

Lord my God, in You I put my trust;
Save me from all those who persecute me;
And deliver me
Psalm 7:1-5

We can have confidence when we live faithfully. For then we can trust God will deliver us.

God Knows our Heart

Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end,
But establish the just;
For the righteous God tests the hearts and minds.
10 My defense is of God,
Who saves the upright in heart.
God is a just judge,
Psalm 7:9-11

We rely on God because, unlike false deities, he knows our heart and mind – our motivation.
He is just and cannot be bought, or bribed.

God Hates Injustice

God is a just judge,
And God is angry with the wicked every day.
12 If he does not turn back,
He will sharpen His sword;
He bends His bow and makes it ready.
13 He also prepares for Himself instruments of death;
He makes His arrows into fiery shafts.

Psalm 7:11-13

God remedies injustice. So don’t worry over the injustice that is outside of your control.

Delusion Begets Misery

 The wicked brings forth iniquity;
Yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood.
15 He made a pit and dug it out,
And has fallen into the ditch which he made.
16 His trouble shall return upon his own head,
And his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown.
Psalm 7:14-16

When people embrace a lie, they blame God for troubles that are merely cause and effect.

Just Dust — Without God

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?
Psalm 8:3-4

As physical beings we are insignificant.
But God has given us a grand purpose that is beyond our ability to grasp fully.

A Crown Demands Responsibility

For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honour.

You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet…
Psalm 8:5-8

You are crowned with glory and honour by God. Care for his creation.

September 23rd, 2017

Lessons from the Feast: What Really Matters

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Lessons from the Feast: What Really Matters

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    God Loves You (the most important lesson)
    In the months before my father died, I would go with my youngest son, JJ, who was 6 years old, and give Grandpa a big hug and a kiss before bed. This had been my nightly ritual from my earliest childhood. But, in his last months, my usually undemonstrative Dad , perhaps as a way of saying goodbye if that night were to be his last, said every evening, “Always remember I love you. ” It was something that has stuck with me…

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February 18th, 2017

Passover Controversy

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Passover Controversy
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A Personal take on the question of Passover observance – When, How, and Why?

There was a time in the early church when the Quarto-deciman/Passover controversy was front and centre in the minds of those who followed the scriptures, the scripturalists. They were having to defend their practice of keeping the New Covenant Passover on the 14th of Nisan and the 8 day Passover festival, instead of celebrating Easter. They were being accused of “Judaizing.” Yet Paul, the apostles to the gentiles, made in clear in scripture that the Corinthians were keeping unleavened bread/Passover and his only admonition was that they keep these Holy Days in the right spirit, for the right reasons, so as to profit from them spiritually speaking. Today in the churches of God there continues to be controversy, and it also stems from a negative attitude towards those perceived as “Judaizers.” Here are some notes from a recent discussion on this topic: More