Our older site Biblical Discernment Ministries contains an archive of information about one of World Vision’s previous leaders Ted Engstrom showing a pattern in their leadership going back decades with ecumenism and compromise. So why were many shocked or surprised that World Vision should suddenly announce an inclusive policy for homosexual marriage? I believe this decision was years perhaps decades in the making and their reversal is laughable.
Why I am saying the decision by World Vision and reversal a day later is laughable? Look at their history, their willingness to join with 50+ denominations and social gospel makes them more a hindrance to God’s truth. My friend and brother in Christ Pastor Ken Silva, of Apprising Ministries recently said regarding the World Vision announcement (source),
“If one affirms that same-sex sexual relations, even within a so-called marriage, is not a sin of sexual immorality then you aren’t going to offer the Gospel of repentance and forgiveness of sins in Jesus’ name to those practicing homosexual relations. You will deny them their only way to be saved out of that deviant life.”
Perhaps someone at World Vision got Pastor Silva’s message or one like it leading to the reversal to equate same-sex marriage with Biblical marriage? Well that may be a reach but there was certainly a firestorm against World Vision and that I found that refreshing! Now that the decision is reversed will we see some changes in World Vision leadership, with resignations or some sign they have repented?
According to their leader Richard Stearns who said in Christianity Today on 3/24/14 regarding the initial decision to equate same-sex marriage with traditional,
“World Vision’s board was not unanimous, acknowledged Stearns, but was “overwhelmingly in favor” of the change.”
World Vision’s board had a majority in favor! I for one will be amazed if we see any changes in leadership as they continue to march to the beat of their ecumenical and homosexual friendly leadership. Stearns went on to say in the decision for same-sex marriage,
“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 makes our policy more consistent with our practice on other divisive issues,” he said. “It also allows us to treat all of our employees the same way: abstinence outside of marriage, and fidelity within marriage.”
Stearns took pains to emphasize what World Vision is not communicating by the policy change. “It’s easy to read a lot more into this decision than is really there,” he said. “This is not an endorsement of same-sex marriage. We have decided we are not going to get into that debate. Nor is this a rejection of traditional marriage, which we affirm and support.”
“We’re not caving to some kind of pressure. We’re not on some slippery slope. There is no lawsuit threatening us. There is no employee group lobbying us,” said Stearns. “This is not us compromising. It is us deferring to the authority of churches and denominations on theological issues. We’re an operational arm of the global church, we’re not a theological arm of the church.
“This is simply a decision about whether or not you are eligible for employment at World Vision U.S. based on this single issue, and nothing more.”
So my readers know the above quote is direct with the March 24, 2014 Christianity Today article. What Stearns and others like him miss is ANY acceptance of same-sex marriage is a rejection of traditional marriage.
My opinion is Stearns’ spin on this “single issue” is very much theological, political and is indeed a slippery slope that World(ly) Vision has been on since its start.
My prayer is this fiasco reveals enough of how that financial support ends for World(ly) Vision and goes to Bible believing, Gospel preaching Christian charities – starting with their local churches.