“Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God.” —Bob Pierce, founder of World Vision
In a remarkably convoluted announcement this week, one of the largest humanitarian agencies in the world embraced homosexual marriage as normal and acceptable for its employees. The current president of World Vision’s U.S. operations, Richard Stearns, revealed that the board of directors was “overwhelmingly in favor” of “changing the employee conduct policy to allow someone in a same-sex marriage who is a professed believer in Jesus Christ to work for us.”
I, along with millions of Christians who believe God’s Word is the reliable standard revealing how we are to live, was shocked! It is difficult to comprehend how a group of Christian leaders could spend considerable time in discussions and prayer and make such an unbiblical decision. Did they just cave into the ever-increasing pressure from those who deny or change God’s Word into a lie? All believers will face similar fierce assaults on their faith and convictions.
Two days later, they reversed their decision. In a statement admitting “a mistake,” they vowed to return to their employment policy of enforcing “faithfulness within the biblical covenant of marriage between a man and a woman.”
If the initial announcement had come from UNICEF or Amnesty International, there would only be a collective yawn. But given that it came from a longstanding, reputable Christian organization with deep ties to evangelical speakers and entertainers, it came as quite a shock to many. Along with us, many leaders in the church voiced their opposition to the decision.
Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, wrote, “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.”
Bob Pierce left World Vision and founded Samaritan’s Purse in 1970. Franklin Graham, who was heavily influenced by Pierce and succeeded him as the head of Samaritan’s Purse, said, “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.”
I agreed with his assessment. Supernatural unity only occurs when we become one with the Father. It is not simply drawing a consensus among men. And it is certainly not drawing a consensus that defies God’s Word.
Source: Charisma News
James Robison is founder and president of LIFE Outreach International.