Vaccine Exemption for Nazarenes

Way back in April 2019, several months before Covid-19 was even identified, the International Nazarene Beit Din was led by the Ruach HaKodesh to pass an Official Declaration Concerning Vaccines, which reads:

The Torah commands, ונשמרתם מאד לנפשותיכם “Guard your selves/lives carefully” (Deut. 4:15a) This Biblical commandment requires one to be very vigilant in caring for one’s nefesh (life/self), and to refrain from any action that may put his life or health in danger. Additionally, many vaccines contain unkosher substances. The benefits and risks of vaccination are a much-debated matter in medical and scientific circles. Although one may follow the opinion of most doctors and choose to vaccinate his/herself and his or her children, the individual who has done his or her own research has the obligation to act according to his or her own knowledge. If one’s research has led him or her to understand that the risks of vaccination outweigh its benefits, and especially when his or her view is supported by many medical doctors and researchers, the commandment of ונשמרתם מאד לנפשותיכם “Guard your selves/lives carefully” (Deut. 4:15a) obligates that person to shield himself/herself and his or her children from vaccines. Moreover, such an individual would also be bound to refuse such a vaccination due to its unkosher content. This is even more true when a parent has reasons to believe that his or her children are sensitive to vaccines. To act otherwise would be a transgression of the above Torah commandment.

We absolutely believe that this vaccine falls into this category, whereby a Nazarene should fulfill the commandment to “guard your life carefully” by refusing this vaccine

Now the federal government is intent upon a vaccine mandate. This runs contrary to the first amendment as well as our own Official Declaration concerning Abortion (cells from aborted fetus’ were used in making or testing the vaccine) and our Official Declaration on Freedom of Religion which states in part:

We as Nazarenes claim the right of worshiping Elohim according to the dictates of our own conscience. No secular government ought, in any case whatever, to control or interfere with the rights of conscience in matters of religion, and no preference should ever be given by secular law to any religious society or mode of worship. But it should be the duty of secular governments to pass such laws as may be necessary to protect the free exercise of religion and should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….

Thomas Jefferson said, “Freedom of religion is the most inalienable and sacred of all human rights.” He also stated famously in the U.S. Declaration of Independence “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.” The rights we claim here-in are inalienable rights. These rights were not granted by secular governments nor are they gifts from them, they were endowed  upon us by our Creator and secular Governments may only respect them, or infringe  upon them….

Religious freedom that embraces the right to believe but allows “regulation” to limit the right to act, is no real religious freedom at all. For example the secular government that says that one can believe in their own mind whatever religion of doctrine they want, but the government claims the right to regulate what they  actually do, can effectively infringe on the free exercise of religion.  Exercise by nature is the right to act, not just the right to believe. 

If you are a Nazarene and are in need of a religious exemption letter, hit me up!

Rabbi James Scott Trimm
Rabbi General Worldwide Nazarene Assembly of Elohim
Nasi (President) International Nazarene Beit Din

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