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Boycott: Evangelicals react to World Vision decision to hire people in gay ‘marriages’
LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Ben Johnson

Posted on 03/25/2014 1:55:25 PM PDT by Morgana

FEDERAL WAY, WA, March 25, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The nearly billion-dollar Christian charity World Vision has reversed its longstanding policy, announcing that it will begin hiring homosexuals in same-sex “marriages” to work for their ministry.

World Vision U.S. President Richard Stearns told Christianity Today on Monday that his board was “overwhelmingly in favor” of the change, though not unanimous.

World Vision, based in the state of Washington, employs more than 1,100 people from more than 50 denominations, some of which now perform same-sex “marriage” ceremonies. “Same-sex marriage has only been a huge issue in the church in the last decade or so,” he said. “There used to be much more unity among churches on this issue, and that's changed."

Employees must still believe the organization's statement of faith and remain chaste before marriage or faithful within “marriage.” The new policy will have no impact on World Vision affiliates in 100 countries around the globe.

The U.S. policy does not mean the group is endorsing gay “marriage,” Stearns said, adding that the group continues to “affirm and support” traditional marriage.

Instead, Stearns couched the new policy in terms of creating Christian “unity” by not focusing on what he considered non-essential issues. “We're an operational arm of the global church, we're not a theological arm of the church,” he said.

The announcement created an immediate backlash among the charity's largely evangelical Christian donor base.

“World Vision maintains that their decision is based on unifying the church – which I find offensive – as if supporting sin and sinful behavior can unite the church,” said Franklin Graham, the president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and leader of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

“My dear friend, Bob Pierce, the founder of World Vision and Samaritan’s Purse, would be heartbroken,” Graham said. “He was an evangelist who believed in the inspired Word of God.” Franklin Graham

Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, said, “World Vision has abandoned the warning of Paul and compromised the integrity of a ministry financially supported by Christians who regard Scripture as the final authority on the issue.”

“Christians who support World Vision should stop, as should all of the artists and authors who raise money for them,” he emphasized. “There are many other organizations that sponsor children around the world who remain true to the Gospel."

Stearns likened the divide between Christians to controversies over the proper baptismal method, saying eliminating this theological issue would help focus the organization's efforts to promote Christianity. "I know the Evil One would like nothing better than for World Vision to be hobbled and divided on this issue, so that we lose our focus on the Great Commandment and the Great Commission,” he said.

"I think we've got a very persuasive series of reasons for why we're doing this,” he added.

But Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, called his rationale “pathetically inadequate.”

“It is ridiculous to argue that World Vision is not taking sides on the issue,” he wrote. “Willingly recognizing same-sex marriage and validating openly homosexual employees in their homosexuality is a grave and tragic act that confirms sinners in their sin” and “will mislead the world about the reality of sin and the urgent need of salvation.”

Russell D. Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination, agreed.

“If sexual activity outside of a biblical definition of marriage is morally neutral, then, yes, we should avoid making an issue of it,” he said. “If, though, what the Bible clearly teaches and what the church has held for 2,000 years is true, then refusing to call for repentance is unspeakably cruel and, in fact, devilish.”

"We’re entering an era where we will see who the evangelicals really are, and by that I mean those who believe in the gospel itself, in all of its truth and all of its grace,” he added. “And many will shrink back.”

He said, "Donor bases come and go. But the Gospel of Jesus Christ stands forever.”

Contact:

World Vision, Inc. 34834 Weyerhaeuser Way South Federal Way, WA 98001 1-888-511.6443 1-253-815-1000 info@worldvision.org


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda; worldvision

1 posted on 03/25/2014 1:55:25 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana

Stunning. It will be interesting to see how my church handles this.


2 posted on 03/25/2014 1:59:17 PM PDT by dragonblustar ( Psalm 103, Psalm 37:7, Ephesians 6:12)
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To: dragonblustar

It will be interesting to see how any of the churches handle this.


3 posted on 03/25/2014 2:00:10 PM PDT by Morgana (Wagglebee please come home we miss you!)
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To: Morgana
The nearly billion-dollar $100 million dollar Christian charity World Vision

There, fixed it!

4 posted on 03/25/2014 2:00:15 PM PDT by Tonytitan
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To: Morgana

They called it a neutral position? Is that a joke?


5 posted on 03/25/2014 2:05:36 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: dragonblustar

yep- stunning-

the ELCA, Episcopalians,- now this-

Do a google search on “ supposed Christian churches”
that welcome sodomite behavior- dozens of them!

and they claim they are Baptist- Catholic- Pentecostal!

hope everyone knows where their “tithing money goes!”


6 posted on 03/25/2014 2:08:25 PM PDT by mj1234
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To: Morgana

Just called my wife to stop donations to World Vision she has been making for several years.

Anyone know best alternative organization that has similar mission? am sure they would be grateful for our money.


7 posted on 03/25/2014 2:10:56 PM PDT by bestintxas (Every time a RINO bites the dust a founding father gets his wings.)
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To: Morgana
World Vision just lost a World of Donations.

It's just like the Boy Scouts and Hollywood going this way. They all loose membership and money in major ways.

8 posted on 03/25/2014 2:15:07 PM PDT by sr4402
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To: bestintxas
Compassion International
9 posted on 03/25/2014 2:24:05 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Morgana

I donate to EWTN, and I’m not a Catholic. I know that they would never support this nonsense.


10 posted on 03/25/2014 2:25:03 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: Morgana

“Same-sex marriage has only been a huge issue in the church in the last decade.

Unfortunately that is incorrect.
It is about the Church saying one group of sinners can keep on sinning and that is okay with God but other sinners must repent and deny their sins to be in the Church.
Homosexuality is a sin and a disease that is destroying society. Hopefully the Church will wise up and follow God’s Word and not mans word.............


11 posted on 03/25/2014 2:33:41 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: sr4402

I feel sad for the little girls trying to sell Girl Scout cookies. It doesn’t appear they’re getting much business. The mothers need to wake up and see what they’re children are being taught.


12 posted on 03/25/2014 2:35:14 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: bestintxas

Samaritans Purse is a great org started by Billy & Franklin Graham. This is obamas arch enemy. Graham was uninvited to the national prayer breakfast because he ticked off obama.

http://www.examiner.com/article/franklin-graham-uninvited-from-pentagon-prayer-breakfast


13 posted on 03/25/2014 2:39:40 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: bestintxas

Samaritan’s Purse!


14 posted on 03/25/2014 2:45:00 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: Morgana

Follow the money.


15 posted on 03/25/2014 3:14:13 PM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: stars & stripes forever

I’m out.

I just wonder if they were pressured by the Obama administration, as in, make this change or else no federal funds.


16 posted on 03/25/2014 3:39:46 PM PDT by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: VerySadAmerican

I know! I feel like a heel blowing past them, but I do. I truly despise the manipulating scum using them as unwitting catspaws.


17 posted on 03/25/2014 3:42:59 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: Morgana
Am giving $125 this month to Samaritan's Purse...our charity spending in March is focusing on NOT SUPPORTING World Vision!
18 posted on 03/25/2014 3:57:03 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: dragonblustar
The U.S. policy does not mean the group is endorsing gay “marriage,” Stearns said...


19 posted on 03/25/2014 4:00:25 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

LOL


20 posted on 03/25/2014 4:02:07 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Linda Frances

thx. we already give to that one. we know they are great.


21 posted on 03/25/2014 5:26:21 PM PDT by bestintxas (Every time a RINO bites the dust a founding father gets his wings.)
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To: Morgana

Just this minute ended 25 years of sponsorship to world vision, on top of that I put permanent stop payment on my bank account in case they try to take 1st of the month payment out

I spoke in a live chat with a employee, they tried to suggest they had no choice, I went to world Vision facebook page as well, they said basically same to others I read

I cancelled via on line account, I suspect they will ask me to send a handwritten letter via snail mail to cancel? At any rate the permanent stop payment will take care of this

Why now?? Was it to show they disapprove with Hobby Lobby?

Franklin Graham is the Christian man I admire most, he said there are other alternatives to World Vision

I am going to today give same monthly amount to Samaritans purse


22 posted on 03/26/2014 8:39:21 AM PDT by Friendofgeorge (Sarah Palin 2016 OR BUST)
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