A major Christian charity regarded as one of the largest relief organizations in America has made a decision that one source believes has destroyed its credibility.
World Vision announced on Monday it is making what it described as a “very narrow policy change” allowing the charity to employ homosexuals who claim to be Christians and are married in states where same-sex “marriage” is legal. The policy change, according to World Vision, is “symbolic not of compromise but of [Christian] unity” – and its leader is hopeful the move will inspire unity elsewhere among Christians.
Matt Barber, a regular columnist for OneNewsNow, vice president of Liberty Counsel Action, and founder of BarbWire.com, doesn’t expect organizations that adhere to biblical truth to follow suit.
“When faced with a choice to either go with the path of least resistance and embrace the lie of the world and the lie of the father of lies – versus embracing the truth of Christ and the truth of scripture and standing firm on the Word of Life, World Vision has chosen to take the path of least resistance,” he tells OneNewsNow.
Richard Stearns, president of the billion-dollar charity, told Christianity Today: “We are an operational arm of the global church, we’re not a theological arm of the church.” Yet Barber argues both arms are to operate on the basis of scripture.
“Just because you say you’re not an official wing of the church or that you’re a para-Christian organization does not release you from the command to adhere to biblical truth and biblical reality as it pertains to sexual morality,” he maintains. “So that is a cop-out – and anyone with a clear understanding of scripture can recognize it as such.”
The Christian columnist believes anyone who claims to be Christian is expected to follow God’s Word, not the world. World Vision, he says, has made it clear where its loyalties lie.
“This very dramatic, counter-biblical, apostate move by World Vision shows where they stand,” he concludes. “They have destroyed their credibility as a Christian organization with one fell swoop – and it’s heart-wrenching.”
Barber also suggests World Vision is setting up an artificial distinction by saying it will maintain a policy of abstinence outside marriage regardless, but then hire people who are committing a sin that, according to scripture, is an abomination to God.
More reaction ...
"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 .... 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."
- Franklin Graham, President and CEO
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
"The worst aspect of the World Vision U.S. policy shift is the fact that it will mislead the world about the reality of sin and the urgent need of salvation. Willingly recognizing same-sex marriage and validating openly homosexual employees in their homosexuality is a grave and tragic act that confirms sinners in their sin – and that is an act that violates the gospel of Christ."
- Dr. Albert Mohler Jr., President
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"The first chapter of Romans is very clear [on the definition of marriage]. World Vision has abandoned the warning of Paul and compromised the integrity of a minsitry supported by Christians who regard Scripture as the final authority on the issue. Christians who support World Vision should stop as should all of the artists and authors who raise money for them. There are many other organizations that sponsor children around the world who remain true to the gospel."
- Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association
"I don't understand how an organization that holds itself out as a Christian ministry [can do this]. I mean, would they do the same thing for someone who is living in open adultery? Why are there special provisions made for homosexuality? I don't know if it's out of the pressure of political correctness or what, but I think it all goes back to scripture. It's very clear what scripture has to say [about homosexuality] – and if Jesus is Lord of our lives, then we have got to live by what His Word says .... I think it's extremely clear on these issues."
- Tony Perkins, President
Family Research Council