As a step toward healing and recovery, World Vision's leadership needs to go through a shakeup. That statement comes after the charity and government-supported operation capitulated on a policy decision that clearly went against the authority of God's Word.
World Vision president Richard Stearns earlier this week announced that after seven years of prayer, the board had voted to begin hiring "gay Christians" who married in states where it's legal. But 48 hours later, World Vision admitted it had made a "mistake" and reversed itself, saying it was never the board's intent to undermine the charity's commitment to biblical authority. (Read Stearn's statement here)
Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, believes the leaders at World Vision heard the outcry, loud and clear, from its constituents.
"World Vision got an avalanche of negative response from both their artists who support them and Christians who have children sponsored through them and just the general Christian public – and [as a result] they reversed course," says the AFA president. "In my opinion, they had no choice if they were going to survive."
Matt Barber, vice president of Liberty Counsel Action and founder of Barbwire.com, also believes 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," he explains. "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."
Barber encourages his fellow Christians to be forgiving of what he calls World Vision's "brief flirtation with sexual immorality and apostasy" on a highly contentious issue.
"Lord knows that not one of us is righteous and that we all fall short of the glory of God," the Christian columnist remarks. "We also encourage other Christian organizations and individuals to learn from World Vision's nearly disastrous mistake and to remain faithful to the absolute truth of God's Word as he remains faithful to us."
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, who had loudly criticized the initially change in World Vision's policy, applauded the reversal.
"World Vision's right decision, as articulated in their board letter, conveys a spirit of Christlikeness and humility in tone and content," Moore tweeted. "World Vision has done the right thing. Now, let's all work for a holistic gospel presence, addressing both temporal and eternal needs."
Wildmon concurs and believes World Vision needs to be given time to heal and recover from the damage done to its credibility, but also contends another step needs to be taken.
"I would say they don't have any choice but to relieve the chairman of the board of his duties and their president – all those who made this decision to equate homosexual 'marriage' with a man and a woman being married," he tells OneNewsNow. "They need to go and start over with a new board."
When the policy change was first made public, Stearns indicated while the board's vote was not unanimous, it was "overwhelmingly in favor" of it.
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