Christianity Today reports that World Vision is reversing its two-day-old decision to hire "gay Christians" who were legally married.
Matt Barber, vice president of Liberty Counsel Action and founder of Barbwire.com, says World Vision faced huge pressure from Christians and Christian leaders:
"It's good to see the Body of Christ at work and World Vision respond to discipline because that's what happened here - they stepped out of line with the Holy Scriptures. In fact, they ran directly afoul of the biblical admonition against partnering with sin and defending sin and facilitating sin."
He encourages Christians to be forgiving as World Vision begins to rebuild its tarnished image.
In a letter to the charity's supporters, World Vision president Richard Stearns states:
"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."
Read the letter in full here.
Stearns acknowledges the "pain and confusion" the policy change caused among supporters who saw it as a reversal of World Vision's strong commitment to biblical authority.
"We ask that you understand that this was never the board's intent .... 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."
He adds that World Vision will continue to affirm that all people, regardless of sexual orientation, 'are created by God and are to be loved and treated with dignity and respect."