A Rocklin, California pastor who held in-person services throughout the state’s initial lockdown period last year says he has been approached by “hundreds” of people who feel that private and public vaccine requirements compromise their faith.
Pastor Greg Farrington of Destiny Church in Rocklin began offering the exemptions to those who feel “morally compromised” by such requirements on August 15.
“I think he’s a fireball. He believes in what he preaches,” one woman who attended his services that day said, according to ABC 10. “For us who choose not to [receive a COVID vaccine], we put our faith in the lord, and Jesus is the great physician for us.”
“Let us make our decision, OK?” said another, who visited the church to pick up an exemption form. “If we think that those risks outweigh the benefit, then we should decide for ourselves, not the government.”
This is Farrington’s reasoning as well.
“Our nation was founded on freedom of religion,” he said on Sunday, “People have the right to choose, if they feel morally compromised.”
In December, Farrington was criticized after several members of his congregation tested positive for COVID-19 as he had refused to resort to virtual services and left the decision up to his church members to decide if they wanted to fellowship in person.
“We are going to have people who, unfortunately, die of COVID, but it’s such a small percent,” he told the news station at the time. “People are getting sick, but they’re recovering from this sickness.”
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