26 March 2014

World Vision Reverses Recent Policy Change Regarding 'Gay Christians' in Same-Sex Marriages

Christianity Today reports:
Two days after announcing it would hire Christians who are in same-sex marriages, World Vision U.S. has reversed its decision.

"The last couple of days have been very painful," organization president Rich Stearns told reporters this evening. "We feel pain and a broken heart for the confusion we caused for many friends who saw this policy change as a strong reversal of World Vision's commitment to biblical authority, which it was not intended to be."

World Vision's letter regarding this rapid reversal reads in part:
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.

Since World Vision's announcement earlier this week, many Christian leaders and other voices were raised in denunciation of the policy change and many Christians withdrew—or threatened to withdraw—their support from the self-proclaimed Christian ministry.

Further Reading
Is It Sin to Experience Same-Sex Attraction?
Scared Millennials, 'Churchy' Phrases and Authority
What God Says About His Word

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