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World Vision reverses gay hiring decision
Baptist Press ^ | Mar 26, 2014 | Staff

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 community’s 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."


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: alreadyposted; homosexualagenda; oldnews; ssm; worldvision; worldvisionreversal

1 posted on 03/27/2014 11:25:02 AM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58

I don’t know much about World Vision but could this “reversal” be about money (donations) possibly drying up?


2 posted on 03/27/2014 11:27:32 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (God is not the author of confusion. 1 Cor 13: 33)
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To: Graybeard58

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.


3 posted on 03/27/2014 11:29:22 AM PDT by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: Graybeard58
I don’t know much about World Vision but could this “reversal” be about money (donations) possibly drying up?

Probably. But WV was off my list years ago. Others can do much more with much less.
4 posted on 03/27/2014 11:29:54 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Graybeard58

Cave cave cave ..

Wish all libs and lgbt would go into the cave and then seal it for eternity


5 posted on 03/27/2014 11:30:07 AM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: Graybeard58

Too late WV.

You already showed your hand.


6 posted on 03/27/2014 11:30:47 AM PDT by TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed (Yahuah Yahusha)
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To: Graybeard58

#TooLittleTooLate


7 posted on 03/27/2014 11:35:14 AM PDT by DesScorp
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To: Graybeard58

Another sell-out Christian organization that will get $0.00 from me.


8 posted on 03/27/2014 11:36:04 AM PDT by attiladhun2 (The Free World has a new leader--his name is Benjamin Netanyahu)
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To: Graybeard58

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.)


9 posted on 03/27/2014 11:41:25 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Graybeard58

‘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.


10 posted on 03/27/2014 11:43:01 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: Graybeard58

Whoever pushed this needs to be fired.


11 posted on 03/27/2014 11:43:47 AM PDT by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed

Dittos.


12 posted on 03/27/2014 11:49:06 AM PDT by JohnnyP
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To: Resettozero

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?


13 posted on 03/27/2014 11:52:31 AM PDT by PA BOOKENDS
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To: Graybeard58
...and was made without adequate counsel...

Unreal

14 posted on 03/27/2014 11:55:24 AM PDT by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood.)
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To: Graybeard58

They need to reveal which board members and executives drove the decision. And they need to get them out of the company.


15 posted on 03/27/2014 11:56:58 AM PDT by DannyTN ( .)
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To: Graybeard58

Too late for me! It’s Samaritan’s Purse from now on when there is an international tragedy.


16 posted on 03/27/2014 11:59:08 AM PDT by 2nd Amendment (Proud member of the 48% . . giver not a taker)
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To: DesScorp

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.


17 posted on 03/27/2014 11:59:21 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Graybeard58

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.

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/03/20/3107984/world-vision-trims-workforce-as.html


18 posted on 03/27/2014 11:59:48 AM PDT by BeadCounter (morning glory evening grace)
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To: BeadCounter

It could be wished that the Boy Scouts listened as well as World Vision did. What a crowd of unforgiving crabs.


19 posted on 03/27/2014 12:00:53 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: PA BOOKENDS

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.


20 posted on 03/27/2014 12:02:02 PM PDT by Wicket (1 Peter 3:15 , Romans 5:5-8)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

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.


21 posted on 03/27/2014 12:02:45 PM PDT by BeadCounter (morning glory evening grace)
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To: hondact200

Yep. Even in earthly terms, they just played their cards as wrong as they possibly could have.


22 posted on 03/27/2014 12:04:28 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: PA BOOKENDS

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.


23 posted on 03/27/2014 12:04:37 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Wicket

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.


24 posted on 03/27/2014 12:08:27 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Graybeard58
Okay....the following was from a pastor. This pastor is conservative, a firearms owner, and preaches Christ and Him crucified.

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?

25 posted on 03/27/2014 12:11:18 PM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Graybeard58
Hiring married gay Christians....

There has never been such an animal.

26 posted on 03/27/2014 12:14:04 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: hoagy62

In this specific case, I choose “not donate.”


27 posted on 03/27/2014 12:23:00 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood.)
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To: hondact200

“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.”


So what was the boards intent...........................


28 posted on 03/27/2014 12:23:31 PM PDT by PeterPrinciple
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To: hoagy62
Simply, do I or do I NOT donate to his cause?

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.

29 posted on 03/27/2014 12:25:15 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great -- until it happens to YOU..)
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To: BeadCounter; HiTech RedNeck

Forgiveness is called for, but restoration requires a few more answers and substantial corrective action.


30 posted on 03/27/2014 12:25:44 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Migraine

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.


31 posted on 03/27/2014 12:32:42 PM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Graybeard58

>>”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.


32 posted on 03/27/2014 12:33:27 PM PDT by BlueYonder
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To: Genoa

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.


33 posted on 03/27/2014 12:52:07 PM PDT by BeadCounter (morning glory evening grace)
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To: BeadCounter

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.


34 posted on 03/27/2014 12:52:24 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: Graybeard58

Be nice if they made the decision because it was the right one, not because Christians stopped giving to them.


35 posted on 03/27/2014 12:55:50 PM PDT by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: DennisR

“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.


36 posted on 03/27/2014 1:03:09 PM PDT by bestintxas (Every time a RINO bites the dust a founding father gets his wings.)
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To: BeadCounter

Check along the Potomac River.


37 posted on 03/27/2014 1:10:07 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Graybeard58

It is money. “Come and for money you shall be forgiven your sins.”-The New Testament


38 posted on 03/27/2014 1:12:08 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

Huh?? Where did you find that?


39 posted on 03/27/2014 1:21:29 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Genoa

I confused the sources of the statement. My bad.


40 posted on 03/27/2014 1:33:56 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
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.

You let me off the hook with your first four words, since I'm one of the deemed-righteous in Christ. But as for the rest of your comment...huh?
41 posted on 03/27/2014 2:05:03 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: 2nd Amendment
Too late for me! It’s Samaritan’s Purse from now on when there is an international tragedy.

Good choice!

42 posted on 03/27/2014 2:26:57 PM PDT by BwanaNdege
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To: Graybeard58

I say, yes!!


43 posted on 03/27/2014 4:07:08 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

“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”.


44 posted on 03/27/2014 5:34:26 PM PDT by DesScorp
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To: DesScorp

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.


45 posted on 03/28/2014 10:31:36 PM PDT by adm5 (AMERICA HAS ONLY GOD AND THE SECOND AMENDMENT LEFT TO SAVE THE REPUBLIC. by: LibLieSlayer 3/18/10)
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