World Vision decided this week to Hire Gay Christians in same-sex marriages “World Vision: Why We’re Hiring Gay Christians in Same-Sex Marriages” and in a matter of two days they reversed their decision “World Vision Reverses Decision To Hire Christians in Same-Sex Marriages.”
Not only do I think that the articles are worth your while to read, these articles point to a greater concern in Church denominations/independents across the USA. We need to be informed so we are better equipped to pray.
This seemingly overnight back-and-forth turn of events with World Vision points to a growing division in the broader evangelical church about the biblical standards of sexual morality.
I’m interested to know your thoughts around what you think happened with World Vision and your thoughts on the greater growing divide in the Church concerning biblical standards of sexual morality?
NOTE: Here is a portion of the response from the Assemblies of God General Council sent to all its ministers across the nation. I believe this influenced World Vision, in part, in making their reversed decision.
“In an interview with Christianity Today, World Vision President Richard Stearns characterized the move as a “very narrow policy change,” which he hoped would be “symbolic not of compromise but of [Christian] unity.” He further stated: “This is not an endorsement of same-sex marriage. We have decided we are not going to get into that debate. Nor is this a rejection of traditional marriage, which we affirm and support.”
Recognizing legally valid same-sex marriages is not a narrow policy change. It is a fundamental shift away from a normative biblical understanding of marriage as the lifelong union of a man and a woman. Far from promoting Christian unity, the policy change enlists World Vision on the liberal Protestant side of the same-sex marriage debate as opposed to that of Pentecostal and evangelical churches in the U.S., not to mention Pentecostal and evangelical churches worldwide. And the policy change cannot be construed as anything but an endorsement of same-sex marriage. World Vision requires its employees to practice sexual abstinence outside of marriage. If it now permits its employees to enter legally valid same-sex marriages, then it has explicitly taken a position opposite of Scripture.”
Question: Your thoughts and prayer points?