Church Leaders: Don’t Get Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine, It Was Made With Aborted Baby Cells

Church leaders across the U.S. are advising people to avoid the new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine because of its connection to abortion and opt for more ethical alternatives.

MICAIAH BILGER   MAR 4, 2021   |   10:56AM    WASHINGTON, DC

Monsignor Gregory Gordon of Las Vegas, Nevada, also expressed “moral concerns” about the use of cell lines created from aborted babies in the new vaccine, NBC 3 News reports.

“Vaccines should be ethically made, where there’s no link at all to cell lines from aborted fetuses,” Gordon said in a statement. “If one has a choice, it’s better to choose those vaccines that are less linked to what we would consider to be a moral evil.”

According to research by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, Johnson & Johnson used cell lines created from aborted babies in the design and development, production and confirmatory lab tests to create the vaccine. No cells from aborted babies are in the actual vaccine.

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Fetal cell lines are cells taken from an aborted baby and multiplied in a lab “into many cells of the same kind,” the research group explained. “These can be grown indefinitely and further multiplied, creating lines of cells that are sometimes used for science experiments.”

In the case of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the cell line was created from a baby who was aborted in 1985, the Spokesman-Review reports.

Many also have advised against the vaccine from AstraZeneca because it also used a cell line created from an aborted baby’s kidney in development, production and testing.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine “is morally unacceptable, especially in light of better vaccine options,” Bishop Michael Sheridan of the Diocese of Colorado Springs said in a statement. “While the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines performed some tests on aborted fetal cells, they are both morally permissible based on their more remote cooperation with the evil of abortion.”

All currently available COVID-19 vaccines have some connection to aborted babies – some more than others. The Charlotte Lozier Institute identified several that are being developed ethically without cell lines derived from aborted babies, but they are not available yet.

Pro-lifers and religious leaders have conflicting opinions about the coronavirus vaccines.

In the case of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, cell lines created from an aborted baby were used in “the animal-phase testing,” but they were not used in the development or production of the vaccines. Because the connection to abortion is small, many say the vaccines are acceptable, especially when no alternative is available. However, others argue that any connection to abortion, even a remote one, makes a vaccine unethical.

Vaccines can be and are produced with ethical materials, including pluripotent stem cells and tissue from placentas, umbilical cords and amniotic fluid. In 2018, the Trump administration created a $20 million grant to invest in these ethical research alternatives.

Last year, the Charlotte Lozier Institute identified 17 research groups that were conducting ethical coronavirus vaccine experiments while five that were not. The five using cell lines created from aborted babies in their research include the University of Oxford (AstraZeneca), Johnson & Johnson and the University of Pittsburgh.

Irreducible Elements of the Gospel

The gospel is the great nonnegotiable of Christian truth. We aren’t allowed to add to, subtract from, embellish, or rejigger the sacred message of how sinful men can be reconciled to a holy God.

That’s why the apostle Paul reserved his sternest warning for anyone who would dare to mess with the message: “If any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed” (Galatians 1:9).

The preacher is left with one option when it comes to faithful gospel proclamation—and it’s not an elusive option reserved for scholars. Paul expected his audience to be able to clearly differentiate between the one true gospel and all the other pretenders. It is an expectation implicitly placed upon all believers. With that in mind, we recently asked John MacArthur to identify and explain the essential truths of saving faith—the irreducible elements of the gospel.

Our destinies hinge on the unshakable nature of those truths. Any variation in just one of them and the hope of eternal life completely collapses.  

If you present a different god than the God of Scripture, you are effectively calling people to idolatry. If you preach another Christ you do not have the Lord; you have a liar or a lunatic. If salvation by grace through faith alone is corrupted with even the smallest amount of works-righteousness, “Christ will be of no benefit to you” (Galatians 5:2). If we don’t repent from our former sinful ways, we will perish (Luke 13:3,5).

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