Over 100 Fully Vaccinated People in Washington State Test Positive for COVID-19

EMT Lenny Fernandez prepares a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccination drive for essential food processing workers at Rose & Shore, Inc., in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 17, 2021. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

March 31, 2021 Updated: March 31, 2021

More than 100 people in Washington state have tested positive for COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated, authorities said March 30.

Epidemiologists have found evidence of 102 so-called breakthrough cases since Feb. 1. That number represents 0.01 percent of people in the state who have been fully vaccinated against the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes COVID-19.

The CCP virus is also known as SARS-CoV-2.

Eight of the patients required hospitalization and two, both over 80 years old with underlying health issues, died. All contracted the virus more than two weeks after being fully vaccinated.

Fully vaccinated refers to people receiving both doses of the vaccines produced by Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech. A third option, from Johnson & Johnson, is a single dose.

According to the Washington State Department of Health, further investigation is needed to identify patterns among people who contracted the virus after vaccination.

The cases are confirmed with a positive test. Investigators then work to determine details on what happened.

“It is important to remember that every vaccine on the market right now prevents severe disease and death in most cases. People should still get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible, and encourage friends, loved ones, and co-workers to do the same,” Umair Shah, the state’s secretary of health, said in a statement.

“Finding evidence of vaccine breakthrough cases reminds us that, even if you have been vaccinated, you still need to wear a mask, practice socially distancing, and wash your hands to prevent spreading COVID-19 to others who have not been vaccinated.”

According to U.S. drug regulators, Pfizer’s vaccine is 95 percent effective in preventing infection of the CCP virus. Moderna’s was shown in a clinical trial to be 94.1 percent effective, while Johnson & Johnson’s was 66.9 percent effective. The percentages are for two weeks after the final vaccination.

Other states have seen infections among people who were fully vaccinated.

Officials in Idaho told reporters last week that breakthrough cases have been recorded, although the number was fewer than 100. South Carolina authorities said this week that 134 such cases have been identified throughout the state. Dozens of patients in Florida have contracted the CCP virus more than 14 days after being fully vaccinated.

The Minnesota Department of Health is among the health departments issuing advisories about breakthrough cases.

In the March 2 release, state officials told health workers that they are “investigating COVID-19 infections (symptomatic and asymptomatic) among people who are appropriately vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine, also called vaccine breakthrough cases.”

The probe will help both Minnesota health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “understand to what extent sub-optimal primary immune responses among specific groups, waning immunity, vaccine compromise, and viral mutations or variants may impact susceptibility to COVID-19 infection after vaccination,” the alert stated.

“Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from vaccine breakthrough cases is unknown and therefore isolation (separation from others) is recommended until 10 days have passed since symptom onset (or test date for asymptomatic cases), symptoms are improving, and the patient has been afebrile for at least 24 hours, without fever-reducing medication.”

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‘Objective Evidence’ of God: Prominent Thinker Explains the Modern Christian’s Need for Apologetics

Samantha Kamman, The Western JournalMarch 31, 2021

When confronted with challenges to their beliefs, some Christians cannot present an argument that goes beyond their personal relationship with God.

While no one can deny the sincerity of one’s feelings, individual testimony is rarely sufficient to persuade a skeptic — or even a genuine inquirer — about the truth of Christianity.

Without objective evidence of Christianity’s validity, it can be almost impossible to share the gospel in a culture that considers theology to be neither truthful nor consistent with human reason. In this regard, apologetics can be one of the most effective tools for people of faith to have in their arsenal.

The Benefits of Apologetics
In an email to The Western Journal, Catholic author and apologist Trent Horn emphasized why Christians need apologetics. Contrary to popular belief, Horn pointed out that apologetics is more than learning how to refute nonbelievers’ arguments.

“First, apologetics can help strengthen a believer’s faith and provide additional evidence to help them know Christianity is true,” he wrote. “It can also help to quell doubts that can arise after facing a seemingly insurmountable objection to the faith by showing the objection has a plausible reply.”

Horn said that another advantage to studying apologetics is that it helps believers present “more persuasive” arguments when confronted with challenges. While he agreed that personal testimonies are “very important” to the Christian faith, the scholar also noted that Christianity is more than an individual’s experience.

The apologist went on to say that if Christians only cite their relationship with God as evidence of their theological claims, then it is easy for a modern society to accuse them of merely espousing “other people’s truths.”

“Christianity isn’t true ‘for me’, it’s true for everyone because it is a fact that God exists and he became man in the person of Jesus Christ,” Horn wrote. “But in order to establish this is true for everyone, we must marshal objective evidence or evidence that anyone can examine for himself.”

“And apologetics contains one of the best ways to present the objective philosophical, scientific, and historical evidence for God’s actions in salvation history,” he added.

According to Horn, apologetics matches this description more than the “subjective evidence” for Christianity found in things like “private prayer.” While the apologist noted that prayer could be “persuasive,” any revelations that come from it are often limited to individuals with “immediate access” to such experiences.

“Indeed, some people like myself who do not often feel God’s presence very deeply in subjective experiences like prayer can be moved closer to a knowledge of God through all of the objective evidence of his existence and miraculous actions through Christian history.”

Despite the potential advantages of learning apologetics, Christians should be careful not to lose themselves in the thrall of winning debates over persuading people.

“I think there are some people who see ‘winning the argument’ as an end in itself instead of as a means to bring someone into a relationship with Jesus Christ,” Horn wrote. “But our goal should be to win arguments by being ‘winsome’, or by being gracious while humbly offering substantive answers.”

One of the ways the apologist said that Christians could convince others is to graciously persuade them of the “bad news” associated with their “non-Christian worldview.”

“Specifically, the ‘bad news is that it is false and cannot meet their deepest desires as human beings made to spend eternity with God,” he wrote. “Apologetics can help us show them this is the case as well as remove obstacles to embracing the Gospel in the form of refuting various intellectual objections to it.”

Sharing the Truth with Grace
According to Ephesians 4:15, one of the duties of a Christian involves “speaking the truth in love.” To Horn, the best way for an apologist to live out this commandment is through dialogue.

The apologist went on to say that this may involve asking people to explain their beliefs and why they think their understanding of the topic is true.

“Through gracious questioning, we can help a person see flaws in his worldview and then offer our own Christian worldview in its place,” Horn wrote. “But this approach also involves finding common ground to show the person is not as from the truth as he might think and genuinely listening to the person’s concerns.”

“By asking questions, listening, and finding common ground a Christian can very effectively ‘speak the truth in love while sharing his faith.”

This article appeared originally in The Western Journal.

 

 

Prophecy: The Lord Says, ‘In April, You Will Be Astounded’

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Beloved, are you ready for the Lord to move suddenly with good things in April? If so, you will be encouraged by what the Lord showed me today!

This is the prophetic word the Lord gave me for April 2021:

“I am pouring out My Spirit of freedom on you. In April, you will have a tremendous desire to be free from all shackles that bind you.

“This desire is from Me. Do what you can to get free, and trust Me to do the rest. Ask Me daily to free you from debt and from any imprisonment in your mind.

“There are things I planned for you before your birth that I will be pouring out on you in April.

“These are special things. It is true that I wrote all of your daily works in My books before the foundation of the world, but I am referring to special things here. There are special things that will come as a result of a kairos moment in April, things that will propel you forward into the bright and glorious future I have in store for you.

“Ask Me now to send My creative works to you from the four winds of heaven, and I will.”

My Spirit Will Blow on You

“You will be refreshed; springtime will come to your soul even as it comes to My earth. My Spirit is even now renewing and refreshing your soul, but the fullness of this work will be a process. By the end of April, you will feel completely rejuvenated again if you will cooperate with My Spirit.”

A Special Present Bestowed

“Look for it, and watch for it; it was created the year you were born, even though it will be a surprise to you. Things are coming full-circle to you, and you will be blessed and astounded! I say to you again, you will be astounded in April!”

Shielded From the Rebellion of Those Who Rise Against You

“The enemy has planned two attacks against you in April, but pray now for the devourer to be rebuked on your behalf. Pray now that the plans of the enemy would come to nothing, and I will step in and intervene on your behalf.”

Clearly See My Plans for You

“Even to your old age I will carry you, but you have been feeling lately like I have abandoned you. However, I say to you today: Far be it from Me to do such a thing! Abandoning you is not in Me! I am holy, pure, just and true, and I will remain faithful and true to you. It is who I am!

“In April, your life will shine again. The doldrums will be far from you; you will get your energy back! And with your energy will come a vision of your future.

“You have been seeing things so darkly, but indeed I say to you that in April you will see gold again! You will see clearly! Confusion and obscurity will be far from you; you will arise and shine into the morning of your life!”

Blessed in Your Doing

“Your work will be blessed; your business will be blessed; your business will prosper. Trust Me at all times with the things that concern you, for I am perfecting them all!

“I am with you to comfort you. Do not be afraid or dismayed, for I the Lord Your God am with you wherever you go. Go out in confidence, knowing that the Lord of hosts is on your side. Call upon Me as the Lord of hosts, and I will be with you in trouble. You shall come out shining like gold!

“Prepare for April; in April, you will be astounded,” says the Lord!

Beloved, are you ready to be astounded? If so, print this article off or write down the prayer points, and pray over them faithfully starting now and throughout the month of April!

Jamie Rohrbaugh is an author, speaker and presence-seeker whose heart is for the local church. Called to intercession and prophetic ministry, her passion is to see sons and daughters transformed by the love of Abba Father. Jamie blogs for a global readership at fromhispresence.com, where she writes about prayer, personal revival and the supernatural lifestyle, and she has written for various ministry outlets. She holds a master’s in biblical studies from Berea Seminary and is a grateful member of the Redbud Writers Guild. Jamie serves as a domestic missionary in Chattanooga, Tennessee.