Numerous are the errors. This reads like a rant that a bunch of guys in their 20s would have at about 3 in the morning. (I.E., the kind of rant I used to have quite frequently.)
oftentimes churches have defaulted to almost reflexively acquiescing
Almost reflexively acquiescing. Nailed it.
The reasons given for following such policies and mandating them in the local church are not typically justified by a well-rounded and systematic understanding of the whole counsel of Scripture on authority
Not typically. Meaning what? That there are those who have a Biblically justified reason for following orders? Are they leaving room here for brothers who disagree with them not being “mouthpieces for government health agencies”? Not likely. Just sloppy writing.
the Christian may choose to obey some unjust commands…because compliance with the command is done under duress, because compliance is expedient, or because compliance is rendered in an exaggerated fashion
Choice - the true god of this age. Their writing decries their allegiance. It is the same as everyone else today. And the reasons we can choose to obey unjust commands? Duress, expediency, or mockery. Never just obedience to authority.
WE DENY that the only reason one may lawfully disobey an authority is if they are commanded to sin by that authority.
Stated but never expanded. What exactly might we “choose” to disobey? Anything we consider unjust? Anything that isn’t expedient? Anything that isn’t under duress? Anything that isn’t mockery? Ah, there’s the problem. Jaywalking is only a crime if I decide it is. I’m free. Long haired, hippy people need not apply.
WE AFFIRM that individuals are free to restrict their own movement about society to this end should they deem it wise to do so. They may not lawfully demand that civil government employ force on their behalf to restrict the liberty of others.
I suppose context might be cited, but this could easily mean you can’t file for a restraining order. It’s like one guy just riffed and ranted and they wrote everything down and no one said “hey, you know, this maybe doesn’t sound right.”
WE AFFIRM that a biblically faithful view of the civil government sphere as well as the ecclesiastical government sphere provides no lawful jurisdiction for civil magistrates or ecclesiastical authorities to mandate or in any way coerce individuals to inject substances into themselves or their children or cover their mouths, noses, face, or any combination thereof, with masks.
“It’s not about masks!!!” they scream. Then they quietly say, it’s about the masks.
They may regard the wearing of masks as bearing false witness
If they are so worried about violations of the 9th commandment then they’d better don the masks because almost everywhere it now says “please wear a mask if you are not fully vaccinated.” Bit of a catch 22 for the folks who say wearing one is lying about being sick - now not wearing one is explicitly lying about not being vaccinated. I suppose their consciences are ok with that lie.
the ecclesiastical office does not hold jurisdiction over personal or familial health decisions.
My body, my choice again. What about counsel and warnings given about end of life decisions? What about talking about STDs and abortion and sex changes and…No jurisdiction. Keep your mouths shut, pastors.
WE AFFIRM that maintaining personal health and personal health decisions, including decisions about which medical interventions to adopt or forego, are the role and jurisdiction of each individual and their family.
For the last time, pastors be quiet.
WE DENY that parents are guilty of neglect or abuse if they choose to forego a given medical intervention such as a medical procedure or vaccine due to the fact that they are not convinced of the short and long term risk profile or effectiveness of the action.
Might want to rethink this one. They try to qualify it in the next one by saying that the “faith healing” churches don’t get a free pass, but neglect and injury are not exclusive to those communities. Many people are unconvinced of certain medical procedures - that doesn’t mean they aren’t committing real harm on those under their care.
we encourage you to find a community where medical liberty is understood and practiced.
Medical liberty. The mother of all the liberties.