Jeffress: Vaccine issue controversial but it will save lives

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

COVID vaccine shotA little more than a year ago American pastors were scrambling to continue some form of a church service when congregations were staying home during the early months of the pandemic. Now, many pastors are facing the issue of vaccinations.

Dr. Robert Jeffress, who leads First Baptist Church in Dallas, tells One News Now there is no right or wrong answer for pastors who are faced with the topic among a divided congregation. 

“I think every pastor has to decide for himself,” he says. “If pastors feel conflicted, torn, despairing about preaching on the vaccine, or making comments, they shouldn't do it.”

There is so much controversy over the mRNA vaccine that even suggesting what is a controversial topic --- and what is not --- can lead to heated disagreement over side effects, effectiveness, and fatality numbers, for example.

More recently, the American public has witnessed the issue of “vaccine passports” divide people over air travel, reporting to work every day, and attending sporting sports, and even attending church in the state of Washington.

Jeffress

Back in March, evangelist Franklin Graham encouraged fellow Evangelicals to get in line for the vaccine shot, and he was both praised and booed on social media for his stance.

He compared it to the New Testament story of the Good Samaritan.

Jeffress was also among the well-known evangelical names who took a pro-vaccine stance in early March in appearances on Fox News and CBN.

Within the walls of First Baptist Church, Jeffress says the issue had to be addressed for good reason.

“We've seen far too many of our members die from COVID,” he shares, “and I felt like the most reasonable and quickest path to normalcy at our church was to get as many people vaccinated as possible.”

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