Pastor Marshall Mitchell of Salem Baptist Church in Abington, Pennsylvania, got his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in December. He believes it’s his spiritual duty to his congregation and community to take precautions to avoid the coronavirus.

The president of the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest evangelical denomination, posted a photo on Facebook last week of him getting the COVID-19 vaccine. It drew more than 1,100 comments – many of them voicing admiration for the Rev. J.D. Greear, and many others assailing him.

Some of the critics wondered if worshippers would now need “vaccine passports” to enter The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina, where Greear is pastor. Others depicted the vaccines as satanic or unsafe, or suggested Greear was complicit in government propaganda.

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The seat belt comparison is pretty weak. The main focus by a any Christian Pastor or church should be to preach the salvation Gospel. We need to be as discerning as possible concerning any distraction keeping us from that. The true concern isn't whether you have received a vaccine that really hasn't been fully proven out yet, rather your acceptance and trust in Jesus Christ who never failed or will fail. Hebrews 4:15

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