Christian Today magazine reported today in an interviewed with World Vision USA president Rich Stearns that their decision was not motivated by theology. Stearns was quoted as saying, “I want to be clear that we have not endorsed same-sex marriage, but we have chosen to defer to the authority of local churches on the issue.” Many Christian leaders are remarking on this ‘tragic development’ as stated by John Piper, pastor and theologian.
Franklin Graham, son of world renowned evangelist Billy Graham, is said to be “shocked by World Vision’s decision and described it as ‘ungodly’ when he appeared on a Family Research Council radio program.” He went as far as saying, “It is obvious World Vision doesn’t believe in the Bible.”
Stearns went on to say that their organization employs people from over 50 denominations. This includes the Episcopal and Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, both which are known to accept and perform same-sex marriages. World Vision also employs both Christians and non-Christians and have ‘won court cases allowing them to discriminate on the basis of religion, requiring employees to sign a declaration of faith.’
Surprisingly in a Huffington Post article, Stearns said that the board was ‘overwhelmingly in favor’ of this decision and he is quoted as saying in a letter to their employees, "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.” This statement however clearly goes against the Scripture in the Holy Bible in reference to the Biblical definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman and clearly condemns homosexuality as a sin.
Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptists’ Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission as well as other Christian figures have spoken against World Vision’s new policy. Moore said, “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, devilish.” He went on to say, “We empower darkness when we refuse to warn of judgment.”
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