By Aaron Humes: In a letter jointly signed by the presidents of the National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) and Belize Association of Evangelical Churches (BAEC) released today, they inform Prime Minister John Briceño that they were effectively blindsided by an announcement that attendance at churches must only be for vaccinated persons.
Pastors Victor Hernandez and Lloyd Stanford say that during a meeting with evangelical leaders held on October 6, the discussion centered around opening churches at 50 percent of building capacity as before, with wearing of masks, social distancing and hand sanitizing and that pastors would be responsible for applying COVID protocols in church.
So imagine the churches’ surprise that the Prime Minister publicly stipulated subsequently that entrants to church must be vaccinated, no exemptions.
“Had that important conversation come up, we would have not supported that move,” the pastors write, adding, “It goes against the very core calling of the Church to tell people that they cannot join Church meetings. The Church must be open to all who come to seek God and willing to abide by basic protocols. We would like to discuss this with you first before such a policy goes into effect. We do desire your success, as well as the success of our nation. We anticipate that vaccine mandates imposed upon the Church will not achieve that goal.”
The associations promise to pray until they can get a meeting with the P.M.