The American branch of World Vision, a Christian relief mission, has announced it is now going to accept staff members who are in same-sex unions. World Vision will retain, however, a policy of abstinence from sexual activity for staff who are not married.
among the single? Why hang on to this particular biblical standard when
turning so dramatically and blasphemously aside from others?
The change was explained to Christianity Today by Richard Stearns, president of World Vision's American branch (whose annual salary, by the way, is over $400,000).
Stearns insisted that it is only the American branch making this
move...a move in which its governing board was "overwhelmingly in
However, the international organization (one of
America's largest charities with over a billion dollars a year take)
isn’t protesting the move at all and thus seems not only willing to
embrace the new policy, but probably will shift its own in that
direction soon. After all, the international part of the organization
has long ago made its own “marriages” with worldliness, most
disgustingly by partnering with abortionists.
I have, by the way, reported on these cave-ins by World Vision before.
And that after correspondence with the organization itself. So, this
isn't mere rumor. World Vision is deliberately moving away from orthodox
That's bad enough in my book and I
will never give another dollar to an organization so willfully
indifferent to the clear teaching of Scripture.
there are still other bothersome things about World Vision. Statements
and policies that are "decidedly supportive of the Palestinian cause and
condemnatory of Israel." A belief that justice is served through
socialism and a coercive redistribution of wealth. A rating by Charity
Navigator that is not the highest. Attitudes of arrogant denial and
of wanting to foist it's style of political-correctness on other
Says Stearns, "I
want to reassure you that we are not sliding down some slippery slope
of compromise, nor are we diminishing the authority of Scripture in our
work. We have always affirmed traditional marriage as a God-ordained
institution. Nothing in our work around the world with children and
families will change. We are the same World Vision you have always
You've got to be kidding. His words do
not come close to matching his actions. Furthermore, "Stearns asserts
that the 'very narrow policy change' should be viewed by others as
'symbolic not of compromise but of [Christian] unity.' He even hopes it
will inspire unity elsewhere among Christians."
explains that the decision to allow same-sex partners as staff in World
Vision "makes our policy more consistent with our practice on other
divisive issues." And, "It's been heartbreaking to watch this issue rip
through the church. It's tearing churches apart, tearing denominations
apart, tearing Christian colleges apart, and even tearing families
apart. Our board felt we cannot jump into the fight on one side or
another on this issue. We've got to focus on our mission. We are
determined to find unity in our diversity."
is also not about compromising the authority of Scripture. People can
say, 'Scripture is very clear on this issue,' and my answer is, 'Well
ask all the theologians and denominations that disagree with that
statement.' The church is divided on this issue. And we are not the
local church. We are an operational organization uniting Christians
around a common mission to serve the poor in the name of Christ."
Stearns and World Vision have made a devastating compromise with the postmodern world
and, even worse, they are wrapping it in a false and preposterous piety
in order to make it palatable to other Christians. This is shameful,
cowardly and menacing.
In response to World Vision’s
policy change, Russell D. Moore, the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, writes,
“At stake is the gospel of Jesus Christ. If sexual activity outside of a
biblical definition of marriage is morally neutral, then, yes, we
should avoid making an issue of it. If, though, what the Bible clearly
teaches and what the church has held for 2000 years is true, then
refusing to call for repentance is unspeakably cruel and, in fact,
"There’s an entire corps of people out there who make
their living off of evangelicals but who are wanting to 'evolve' on the
sexuality issue without alienating their base. I don’t mind people
switching sides and standing up for things that they believe in. But
just be honest about what you want to do. Don’t say 'Hath God said?' and
then tell us you’re doing it to advance the gospel and the unity of the
"Donor bases come and go. But the gospel of Jesus Christ stands forever.
‘World Vision’ is a good thing to have, unless the world is all you can see.”
Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, also shared his disappointment and opposition to World Vision's move.
"I was shocked today to hear of World Vision's decision to hire employees in same-sex marriages. The Bible is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman. My dear friend, Bob Pierce, the founder of World Vision and Samaritan's Purse, would be heartbroken. He was an evangelist who believed in the inspired Word of God. 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. From the Old Testament to the New Testament, the Scriptures consistently teach that marriage is between a man and woman and any other marriage relationship is sin."