Skip to comments.World Vision reverses gay hiring decision
Posted on 03/27/2014 11:25:02 AM PDT by Graybeard58
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (BP) -- World Vision U.S. is reverting to its longstanding conduct policy of requiring faithfulness within the biblical covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, expressing regret with an earlier decision to hire legally married gay Christians.
World Vision U.S. President Richard Stearns and board chairman Jim Bere announced in a letter the reversal today (March 26), just two days after drawing ire from the Christian community by saying World Vision would begin hiring legally married gays.
"Today, the World Vision U.S. board publicly reversed its recent decision to change our employment conduct policy," they said in the letter. "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."
"We are brokenhearted over the pain and confusion we have caused many of our friends, who saw this decision as a reversal of our strong commitment to Biblical authority," the board reported. "We ask that you understand that this was never the board's intent."
Hiring married gay Christians would have broken with the ministry's commitment to biblically traditional marriage, and was made without adequate counsel with ministry partners, World Vision said.
"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,' the letter said. "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."
World Vision confirmed its commitment to the biblical view of marriage and asked for the Christian communitys continued support.
"We are asking for your continued support. 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," the letter said. "While World Vision U.S. stands firmly on the biblical view of marriage, we strongly affirm that all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, are created by God and are to be loved and treated with dignity and respect."
I don’t know much about World Vision but could this “reversal” be about money (donations) possibly drying up?
to late Worldly Vision, you showed your true colors. Just in it for the money not serving Christ crucified. Homosexuality is an abonimation to God. World Vision sold out to a worldly vision.
Cave cave cave ..
Wish all libs and lgbt would go into the cave and then seal it for eternity
Too late WV.
You already showed your hand.
Another sell-out Christian organization that will get $0.00 from me.
I want to know: Will the federal government let them off the hook for continuing to use a biblical hiring policy, or will they have to replace the big percentage of their income (17 percent) that they get from government grants? (That’s what this was mostly about.)
‘Never Mind!’ they said. This may end up like the Organization to fight breast cancer went through when they wanted to get rid of Planned Parenthood as a main beneficary of their collected money. Some women never ‘forgave’ them for it. Some remarks or proposals once stated, cannot be retracted, because one’s true opinion is now known.
Whoever pushed this needs to be fired.
It’s rattling around in the back of my brain that some years ago (5? 10?)WV adnitted that in some parts of the world (read Muslim) they could not conduct their ministry using the name of Jesus. They therefore omitted His name.
Does this ring a bell with anyone or am I confused?
They need to reveal which board members and executives drove the decision. And they need to get them out of the company.
Too late for me! It’s Samaritan’s Purse from now on when there is an international tragedy.
You self righteous folks might do well to remember that Satan at one of your blind spots could have you with your spiritual pants down right quick!
You aren’t doing God any favors.
I’ve posted this a dozen times in other threads, their 2011 financial statements: http://www.worldvision.org/resources.nsf/Main/annual-review-2011-resources/$FILE/ar2011-audited-financial-statement.pdf page 3, Public Cash and Food Commodity Grants. So this sounds like it could be the government and corporations.
This article points to problems WV has had with expenses and grants, layoffs, etc.
It could be wished that the Boy Scouts listened as well as World Vision did. What a crowd of unforgiving crabs.
You are not confused. I’ve been a WV sponsor of a little girl in Costa Rica who is now 20. Mr. Stearns spoke at Women of Faith(4 years or so ago), and I began the sponsorship of a little boy from Africa then.
Everything I send had to specifically not mention Jesus. About that time I started thinking about not doing WV - if you look at their literature, it emphasizes “social justice” - a long way from the vision of the Christian founders of WV. So, I’m going to continue my funding of my two sponsored children for a couple of months and have asked WV to terminate my sponsorship as of June 1.
I have 0 confidence that they regret their stance other than for financial interest and continuing to attract the support of Bible believing Christians, without believing the same.
I sort of agree but didn’t want to come out and say it. There’s about a half dozen threads on World Vision. We are called also to forgive others.
Yep. Even in earthly terms, they just played their cards as wrong as they possibly could have.
I do not remember why WV was marked off my list years ago. For me, things never seemed quite right with WV. Lots of organizations, such as WV, do good works in their own names and pocket much more than the change. I like to go where the Spirit leads, in terms of making donations.
It’s gotten looier than in the early 90’s then. I don’t remember such a stricture then when the fundie bible church I went to used World Vision sponsorships. It would have been considered a scandal.
This could be a turning point. Finally their pants went down in public in a way they could not ignore. They should be told to pull them up and buckle the belt of truth again. Telling your child that you desire Jesus to bless them (and similar messages, or sending bibles etc.) shouldn’t need to be out of bounds.
Here is your tough question for the day: Imagine, if you will, a slight twist to the Schindler's List story. As we all know, Schindler and the Nazis both benefited from doing business together. We also know that Schindler had a higher calling. Schindler was using his own power and money to save as many children as possible from the Nazi gas chambers. But here is the twist. Schindler is running low on funds. He comes knocking on your door, explains his plight and asks for a donation. From this meeting you know two things; 1. Schindler is doing business with the Nazis, 2. Schindler is attempting to save children's lives.
You are faced with this decision. Simply, do I or do I NOT donate to his cause?
There has never been such an animal.
In this specific case, I choose “not donate.”
“We are brokenhearted over the pain and confusion we have caused many of our friends, who saw this decision as a reversal of our strong commitment to Biblical authority,” the board reported. “We ask that you understand that this was never the board’s intent.”
Answer: you go to Romans 14, read it, and then become fully persuaded in your own mind on this particular issue. This is exactly what Romans 14 is addressing.
Forgiveness is called for, but restoration requires a few more answers and substantial corrective action.
Now, of course my pastor friend was trying to draw the parallel with World Vision.
Does he believe they screwed up? I don’t doubt it.
Now...here’s a twist in this story: The pastor’s oldest daughter’s husband WORKS at World Vision HQ.
>>”We are asking for your continued support...”<<
Finally, and in the last paragraph of the press release, they reveal the real reason for this change of heart. Money talked and WV listened.
They passed the offering plate and it came back empty.
In helping the poor, they are doing the Lord’s work, in fact, helping the poor, helping the least of our brothers is helping Christ (imho). This almost makes me wonder if the whole outfit, executive salaries and so on should be looked at closer so the whole World Vision will be under more scrutiny and one would wonder how they could make such a decision...
How? They were probably strong armed, we’ll have to see.
But that’s not the issue, really. The people in the organization who came out and publicly supported homo marriage will need to address that with God; it will be between Him and them.
We, as individuals, can choose to forgive those people while understanding there are consequences of sin which we can’t erase. Much as the pastor who commits adultery, World Vision has disqualified itself from being in its former position. They deliberately defied God’s word on sexual sin, while continuing to proclaim Christ.
We are not supposed to be tolerant of that kind of thing. Forgive personally, yes....continue to support, no.
Be nice if they made the decision because it was the right one, not because Christians stopped giving to them.
“Whoever pushed this needs to be fired.”
It is not the pushing people who need to be fired, it is those who approved it, the Board.
Anyone can try something but that is not the issue.
The issue is actually doing something, not simply trying.
Check along the Potomac River.
It is money. “Come and for money you shall be forgiven your sins.”-The New Testament
Huh?? Where did you find that?
I confused the sources of the statement. My bad.
I say, yes!!
“You self righteous folks might do well to remember that Satan at one of your blind spots could have you with your spiritual pants down right quick!”
You do realize that World Vision orgs outside of the US are busily trumpeting how homosexual-friendly they are, right? And that monies are pooled?
You forgive individuals. Not organizations. If you want to help needy kids, there are plenty of Christian orgs doing it that aren’t going soft on their principles to “get with the times”.
What church does World Vision President Mr. Stearns belong to, one wonders?
Ahh yes. Presbyterian USA located not far from Seattle Washington
It’s all making sense now.