Cross Pointe Church Statement of Religious Exemption to Mandatory Medical Procedures
The members of Cross Pointe Church are committed to the doctrinal standards of our church constitution, our statement of faith, and the supremacy of the Holy Scriptures. Because of this, we affirm our religion’s principles of liberty of conscience as expressed in our confession of faith, which is the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 (see section 17, entitled Religious Liberty). We are committed to honoring and preserving human life from conception to natural death and teach that individuals and families bear full responsibility for making medical and healthcare decisions in the fear of the Lord. We also affirm that an individual’s conscience is a gift from God and is answerable to God alone who is Lord of the conscience.
The Scriptures teach that any act a person believes to be sin is in fact sin for that person, whether it is intrinsically sinful or not. “For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin” (Rom. 14:23). Our church confession of faith states that “Civil government being ordained of God, it is the duty of Christians to render loyal obedience thereto in all things not contrary to the revealed will of God” (Baptist Faith and Message 2000, article 17. Religious Liberty). However, to participate or to encourage others to participate in something that conflicts with the sincerely held convictions of their conscience, would not proceed from faith, and, therefore, is a sin as defined by the Holy Scriptures (Romans 14:23).
We believe that mandatory medical procedures do not conform to that which is lawful, i.e. that which conforms to the eternal law of God. These mandates fall outside the jurisdiction of the divinely instituted authority of the state or employer. Therefore, we believe that individuals are under no moral obligation to comply with such mandates. Furthermore, these mandates fall outside the jurisdiction of the government according to the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
Therefore, we state our unequivocal support for the right to refuse, on the basis of religious conviction, mandatory medical procedures (including vaccinations), whether ordered by a branch of civil government, an employer, or any other institution to which an individual is subject or dependent. In addition, the Holy Scriptures teach Christians that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19). Stewardship of our bodies before God necessitates being free to make decisions about health and medical treatments according to Scriptural principles, the light of nature, and the dictates of individual conscience. Therefore, the refusal to obey mandatory medical procedures may also be based on an individual’s sincere belief that his or her (or his or her child’s) life, health, welfare, or ethical integrity is potentially endangered by such procedures.
We affirm that our Christian religion protects the liberty of individuals and families to refuse any medical procedure or product based on sincerely held concerns for known or unknown side effects, experimental or emergency uses, potential involvement in aborted fetal cell lines whether in development or testing or medical and/or political corruption or coercion.
Therefore, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we uphold the rights and responsibilities of the members of Cross Pointe Church to make responsible medical decisions for themselves and their families, including their right to refuse vaccinations or gene therapies on religious grounds. And we hereby call upon all authorities: political, governmental, organizational, or otherwise, to respect these deeply and sincerely held religious convictions by upholding this religious liberty and/or providing religious exemptions as requested.
On Behalf of the Elder Board of Cross Pointe Church of Cambridge, MN.
Dr. Randy Westerberg, Senior Pastor
Cubby Westerberg, Associate Pastor
Rollie Splittstoser, Head Elder
Scott LaRowe, Elder
Nick Wolcyn, Elder
Matt Semler, Elder
Jared Johnson, Elder