World Vision Reversed It’s Decision

Christianity Today is reporting that World Vision has reversed it’s decision to hire Christians in same-sex marriages.  I applaud their courage as they are about to face another backlash.  I fear this one may be far more intense than the first.  I was wrong in my doubts about their commitment to Jesus Christ and his Word as their guiding authority.  I gladly stand corrected.

Below is a statement released by World Vision.

 

Dear Friends,

Today, the World Vision U.S. board publicly reversed its recent decision to change our employment conduct policy. The board acknowledged they made a mistake and chose to revert to our longstanding conduct policy requiring sexual abstinence for all single employees and faithfulness within the Biblical covenant of marriage between a man and a woman.

We are writing to you our trusted partners and Christian leaders who have come to us in the spirit of Matthew 18 to express your concern in love and conviction. You share our desire to come together in the Body of Christ around our mission to serve the poorest of the poor. We have listened to you and want to say thank you and to humbly ask for your forgiveness.

In our board’s effort to unite around the church’s shared mission to serve the poor in the name of Christ, we failed to be consistent with World Vision U.S.’s commitment to the traditional understanding of Biblical marriage and our own Statement of Faith, which says, “We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.” And we also failed to seek enough counsel from our own Christian partners. As a result, we made a change to our conduct policy that was not consistent with our Statement of Faith and our commitment to the sanctity of marriage.

We are brokenhearted over the pain and confusion we have caused many of our friends, who saw this decision as a reversal of our strong commitment to Biblical authority. We ask that you understand that this was never the board’s intent. We are asking for your continued support. We commit to you that we will continue to listen to the wise counsel of Christian brothers and sisters, and we will reach out to key partners in the weeks ahead.

While World Vision U.S. stands firmly on the biblical view of marriage, we strongly affirm that all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, are created by God and are to be loved and treated with dignity and respect.

Please know that World Vision continues to serve all people in our ministry around the world. We pray that you will continue to join with us in our mission to be “an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.

Sincerely in Christ,

Richard Stearns, President

Jim Beré, Chairman of the World Vision U.S. Board

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3 responses to “World Vision Reversed It’s Decision

  • abundantlife

    Reblogged this on ABUNDANT LIFE LIVING and commented:
    Jude 1:25 ” …to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”
    Thank you, GOD in heaven, for the swift repentance and change of decision of the World Vision Board of Directors. We pray for you to move in a mighty way in their hearts that they will uphold and honor Your Word at all costs, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

  • daisy

    What most christians miss in the gay issue is this when you have chosen the homosexual lifestyle its a choice like anyother it does not mean you have become evil. The thing is the bible says that people who choose that lifestyle do it because they do not have God in their minds so he that is God gives th up to a peverse spirit meaning homosexuality is a pervesion according to the bible. Now if you say yoi are a christian shouldn’t you obey all rules given by God. And the issue with homosexuality is this if you believe its natural then its hard to say anything else

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