Should You Be Forced To Take A Vaccine As A Christian?

There are a lot of people around the world being forced to take the COVID-19 vaccines. It has been mandated by the US government for their employees, including the military. It has been mandated by many hospitals for their employees. Businesses of all kinds are forcing their employees to take the vaccine or lose their job. New York city is saying soon you cannot even enter into businesses within New York city without proof you have been vaccinated.

I’m not going to be talking about how mandates forcing people to inject an experimental vaccine into their bodies may violate HIPPA. I’m not going to get into how Personal Health Information, like whether you were vaccinated or not, is private and therefore an employer may not have the right to have access to such information due to discrimination. The reason why I’m not going to get into that is because I am not a lawyer. I am a pastor. Therefore, I’m going to approach this from a biblical perspective. What does the Bible say about vaccines?

What Does The Bible Say?

The Bible says our body is sacred and holy unto God. It is set apart for the purposes of the Kingdom of God. Consider the following scriptures:

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 KJV Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

2 Corinthians 6:16 KJV And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

So God Himself dwells within us, within our bodies. Our body is a temple of God. It is to be considered special and dedicated unto the purposes of God and His Kingdom, not our earthly nation or kingdom.

Romans 12:1 KJV I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Notice our bodies are considered holy unto God. The word holy means set apart unto God’s purposes. So we cannot do whatever we want with our bodies if we are Christians. We must do as the Lord directs us if we have declared Jesus Christ is our Lord. That’s what lordship means – I am no longer the master of my own life, Jesus is. We are not the owners of our own bodies, Jesus is.

One verse that really stands out along these lines is this:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 KJV What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Not only is our body the temple of the Holy Ghost but we are not our own. We are not the lord of our own bodies, Jesus is. Government, employers, and family do not own our bodies – we don’t even own our bodies. Jesus does. We as Christians have been bought with a price, the most precious price – Jesus’ Blood at the cross.

What does that mean for you and me? We must seek God’s will concerning whether or not to take the vaccine. We will be held accountable to God whether or not we obeyed Him in this matter or not.

Some may argue that the Bible says to obey your government because they have been authorized by God (Romans 13:1-4).¬† ¬†However, they have been authorized by God to prevent crime and take taxes if you read the passage. They have not been authorized by God to force people to do things that are not related to crime and taxes. We know there is coming a day when the Mark of the Beast will be mandated by a world government. To take the Mark of the Beast is not only against the will of God it is a certainty of eternal damnation in a lake of fire for those that take it (Revelation 19:20). Therefore, when a government, employer, or any authority demands you disobey God, you must put God’s will and God’s Word first.

Acts 5:27-29 KJV And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, (28) Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name [Jesus]? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. (29) Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

Obey God first and foremost, not man.

Additional Scriptures

If you believe the vaccines is against God’s will for you, then you have Bible verses to stand on listed above. However, here are some more that you may consider on this subject:

Leviticus 17:14 KJV For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off. (Leviticus 17:11; Genesis 9:4; Deuteronomy 12:23)

The life of your body is your blood. Therefore, be careful what you put into your bloodstream.

Revelation 14:9-11 KJV And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, (10) The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: (11) And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

I am not saying the COVID-19 vaccine is the Mark of the Beast – it certainly is not. But what I am pointing out is that we must not take anything in or on our bodies without the Lord’s permission.

1 Corinthians 12:12 KJV For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. (Romans 12:4,5; Ephesians 5:30)

As a Christian, you are a member of Christ’s Body – the Church. We are all one body. Therefore, what you do not only affects you but it affects the Body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 7:4 KJV The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.

We as the Bride of Christ do not have power over our own bodies.

2 Corinthians 5:10 KJV For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

We will be judged by Jesus Christ for those things done in our bodies.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 KJV And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our bodies are to be preserved unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Mark 5:25-26 KJV And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, (Psalm 118:8)

Man’s help may not be help at all. It may only harm you. But the Lord is the Savior not only of your spirit but also your body.

Proverbs 14:12 KJV There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Don’t seek Truth from man; seek it from God and His Word.

Romans 12:2 KJV And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

This world is not our home. Prepare for eternity by being separate from this world’s system so that you can enter into your Master’s Kingdom.


I am not saying whether you should or should not the vaccine or any vaccine. I am saying examine these scriptures and pray about it for yourself. Find out what God is saying to you and do it.

Christians have the right to declare a religious exemption concerning what goes into their body. A Christian’s body is the Lord’s, not their own and certainly not the government’s or an employer’s. If you have signed an agreement when you signed on with your employer to allow for vaccines, like many in the military do, then you must make a choice whether or not to walk away if you feel God is saying not to take it. Stick with your convictions. An old saying says, “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.”