Skip to comments.Boycott: Evangelicals react to World Vision decision to hire people in gay ‘marriages’
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 Samaritans Purse and leader of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
My dear friend, Bob Pierce, the founder of World Vision and Samaritans 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.
"Were 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.
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Stunning. It will be interesting to see how my church handles this.
It will be interesting to see how any of the churches handle this.
There, fixed it!
They called it a neutral position? Is that a joke?
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!”
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.
It's just like the Boy Scouts and Hollywood going this way. They all loose membership and money in major ways.
I donate to EWTN, and I’m not a Catholic. I know that they would never support this nonsense.
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.............
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.
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.
Follow the money.
I just wonder if they were pressured by the Obama administration, as in, make this change or else no federal funds.
I know! I feel like a heel blowing past them, but I do. I truly despise the manipulating scum using them as unwitting catspaws.
thx. we already give to that one. we know they are great.
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
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