Mandatory Medical Procedures
Let’s lay down a Biblical foundation before we look at mandatory medical procedures.
- I Peter 2:13 “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;”
- Acts 5:29 “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”
The same Peter who God inspired to pen “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man” is the same Peter who God emboldened to declare, “We ought to obey God rather than men.” There is a balance in obedience to our leaders.
#1 – We are commanded by God to obey “every ordinance of man.”
#2 – We obey every ordinance of man “for the Lord’s sake.” Our eyes are always upon the One Who “ordained” authority (Rom. 13). We obey men because we obey God.
#3 – Through Christ, believers are free and our citizenship is now in heaven. Yet, we submit to man’s orders because we are now God’s servants.
- I Peter 2:16 “As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.”
#4 – Anything, including any “ordinance of man”, that transgresses God’s law is sin.
- I John 3:4 “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”
#5 – Therefore, any law of man that causes believers to disobey any law of God would be sin, and the same Peter that wrote obedience to man’s laws also stated “We ought to obey God rather than men.”
#6 – There are many examples in the Bible of strong, courageous believers who disobeyed human authorities so they wouldn’t disobey their Heavenly Authority: Daniel; Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah (Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego); Jeremiah; the wise men; our own Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
#7 – On the other hand, when God’s people forsake God’s laws in order to assimilate with the laws and cultures around them, they ultimately forsake God entirely: Lot; the many Jewish children taken into captivity with Daniel who simply ate the food and drank the wine given to them who are never mentioned as standing for the Lord; the other Jewish captives who did not stand with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
Okay, so now with our Biblical foundation, you should get a clearer idea of what to do with mandatory medical practices.
#1 – If a medical practice does not violate God’s law, you are “free” as a servant of God to “submit yourselves to every ordinance of man.”
#2 – However, if man’s laws transgress God’s laws, you cannot sin and submit to them. For example, in Ex. 1:16 Pharaoh commanded the midwives to kill all of the Jewish male babies born. Murder is sin. Had they obeyed, Moses would never have been born. Aborting/murdering babies is sin. To apply this truth to medicine: using aborted/murdered fetal cells in vaccinations is sin. Many vaccinations are cultured on the cells of murdered/aborted babies. It is therefore sin for believers to knowingly receive these vaccinations. Are there believers who will take vaccinations with aborted fetal cells? Yes. But remember that only Daniel and his 3 friends thought it important enough not to sin in Dan. 1 by refusing the king’s food and wine given to them. Will most take the aborted fetal cell vaccinations? Probably. But the broad road leads to destruction (Mt. 7:13).
In conclusion, as we constantly repeat in our ministry and on this website, God’s Word must lead us in all we do including medical practices. If man’s medical laws contradict God’s law, “we ought to obey God rather than men.”