Religious exemptions from wearing COVID-19 masks/face coverings are allowed by health officials for my constitutionally secured right to religious freedom.
By Arthur J. Hirsch
Statement: My Bible-based religious beliefs morally prevent me from wearing a COVID-19 mask/face covering. (Nothing more needs to be said.)
“We ought to obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29
Constitution protects religious rights
Tennessee Constitution, Article I – Declaration of Rights, Section 3 Freedom of worship
That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own conscience. . . that no human authority can, in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience.
1. The Bible is divinely inspired, eternal word of God
Ps. 119:89 “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.” (King James Version – KJV) )
[This document is written for people who might find shelter in God and in His precepts. It is available as a downloadable document you can print onto two pages as a one-sheet brochure, that those who don’t know God may read of His provision for them, yearn for His favor, and seek protection from wrongdoing and lawless oppression by men in claiming a connection with Him. — David Tulis]
1 Peter 1:25 “But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” (KJV)
Proverbs 30:25 “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.” (KJV)
Psalm 12:6 “The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” (KJV)
Psalm 18:30 “As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.” (KJV)
2. Jesus’ command to live by God’s word
Matthew 4:4 “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (KJV)
3. I am created in God’s image and likeness
Genesis 1:26-28 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over
every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (KJV)
4. Jesus is my creator and Redeemer/Saviour
John 1:2, 3 “ All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”(KJV)
5. I am a child of God
John 1:12 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (KJV)
1 John 3:1 “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.” (KJV)
1 John 3:2 “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”
5. My body is God’s temple
1 Corinthians 6:19 “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?” (KJV)
1 Corinthians 3:17 “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” (KJV)
* Mask wearing is well known to be ineffective in protecting me from coronavirus and has been declared harmful to my health by OSHA and other authorities.
6. Christ’s representative
Colossians 3:17 “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” (KJV)
7. Command to prove all things
1 Thess. 5:21 “Prove all things, hold fast that which is good.”
* All COVID-19 mandates, including mask wearing, are proven to be for control of the masses – not for health – and for initiation rituals into the demonic occult. They are directly contrary to God’s Holy Scripture, the constitution, the Declaration of Independence, natural law, and law of nations, statutory law, and are not to be obeyed for conscience sake and belief in the supreme authority of God’s word, the Bible. “We ought to obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29
➤ Masks are worn in the Bible record only for shame, condemnation to death, prostitution/harlotry, for the disease of leprosy, and for wicked judges..
➤ COVID-19 is a demonic, pre-planned, patented bioweapon, with mild seasonal flu-like symptoms, not highly contagious as alleged, and is a media driven lie used to destroy humanity.
➤ COVID-19 mandates may be ignored and not obeyed because they are contrary to scripture, which enjoins us to live by faith in God’s word and power, assemble/worship together, visit the sick and widows in their affliction (e.g. hospitals, nursing homes), visit those in prison, feed and clothe the needy, witness for Christ by doing good works, be hospitable, be diligent in our work/business, teach and preach the gospel of salvation to the world, provide for our families needs, comfort the sorrowful, encourage the weak, have faith in God’s protection against pestilence and plagues (Ps. 91), communicate with and exhort each other, etc.
9. Bible text of condemnation relative to wicked laws
Isaiah 5:20 “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (KJV)
Isaiah 10:1 “Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed;” (KJV)
Micah 2:1 “Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.” (KJV)
Micah 3:1-3 “Is it not for you to know judgment? Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones; Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.” (KJV)
Isaiah 3:15 “What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord God of hosts.” (KJV)
10. Biblical prohibitions
Exodus 23: 1, 2, 7 “Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. . . Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment. . . Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.” (KJV)
1 Thessalonians 5:22 “Abstain from all appearances of evil.” (KJV)
I cannot wear a COVID-19 mask or abide by other employer, governor or CDC mandates for the following reasons:
➤ Mask wearing is an evil, demonic occult initiation ritual and is contrary to the truth of God’s word and the principles and practice of righteousness and godliness required of the children of God;
➤ Mask wearing is harmful to my health for which I am responsible to maintain as unto Jesus, my Creator and Saviour (my body is the temple of God) No one can rightfully impose on me occult practices/religion under the pretense of virus protection and threaten me with my job if I don’t comply, i.e., no one can lawfully force occult religious practices on employees as condition for employment. This is evil, demonic, unbiblical and unconstitutional.
➤ Mask wearing is identity theft. My face is my personal identity and is essential to the performance of my duty to my God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, to do good works, care for my family, and to share with others the gospel of salvation through repentance of sins, and belief in the atoning blood of Christ on the cross to cleanse us from all sin and to give us eternal life.
THEREFORE, for religious reasons I refuse to wear a COVID-19 mask.
“We ought to obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29
Power texts to remember
Jesus said, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say; The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Hebrews 13:5, 6
“Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9 (KJV)
“Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.” Isaiah 26:4 9 (KJV)
“Because I live , ye shall live also.” John 14:19 (KJV)