World Vision USA to Allow Employees to Enter Into Same-Sex ‘Marriages’

StearnsFEDERAL WAY, Wash. — One of America’s largest Christian charities announced on Monday that it has altered its employee handbook to allow staff members to enter into same-sex ‘marriages’ as long as they profess to be Christians.

World Vision, a Washington-based organization that has been assisting the poor and orphaned worldwide for over 60 years, stated that it decided to change its policy to bring “unity” among Christians. President Richard Stearns told Christianity Today that he wants to avoid the division over homosexuality that has been “tearing churches apart.”

“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 stated. “It also allows us to treat all of our employees the same way: abstinence outside of marriage, and fidelity within marriage.”

Stearns denied that he was under any pressure to make the policy change, and asserted that the organization was not caving into the homosexual agenda by allowing employees to enter into same-sex “marriages.”

“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,” he stated. “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.”

However, some have expressed great disappointment in the decision, regardless of Stearns’ contentions that he is not compromising his faith. Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality wrote in a press release on Tuesday that World Vision has actually caused division and confusion through its policy change.

“World Vision now puts hundreds of thousands of biblically faithful and compassionate Christians in a bind: they want to keep supporting poor children through World Vision sponsorships, but they do not want to give their money to a charity that actively undermines God’s Word through its policies,” he explained. “Many Christians will abandon World Vision and children will suffer.”

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LaBarbera stated that the policy is also harmful to World Vision employees.

“World Vision does a great spiritual disservice to its ‘gay married’ employees. By implying that unrepentant, practicing homosexuals can be faithful servants of Jesus Christ while living openly in grave sexual sin and mocking true marriage, World Vision becomes an impediment to their repentance before God,” he said. “Salvation requires humbly acknowledging and turning away from sin, just as genuine marriage requires two people of the opposite sex joining to produce a natural family.”

He also asserted that instead of avoiding the discussion over homosexual “marriage,” World Vision has now fueled the fire for the furtherance of the homosexual agenda.

“By recognizing homosexual ‘marriages’ in its hiring practices and treating them like actual marriages, World Vision has not only entered the debate over this issue but greatly advanced the LGBT agenda by lending ‘Christian’ credibility to ‘gay’ activists’ misleading ‘marriage equality’ propaganda,” LaBarbera stated. “World Vision also undermines religious liberty by signaling that immoral laws that defy God’s law are more binding than Scripture—unilaterally throwing up the white flag of surrender on freedom of conscience.”

World Vision was founded in 1950 by Bob Pierce and estimates assisting over 70 million people worldwide each year. As previously reported, according to the latest report available, Stearns makes over $379,000 a year as president of the organization.

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  • Jay

    Wow, and way cool.

    A Christian group that regards freedom for their employees above their desire to make choices for their employees!

    I have an idea, let’s get all the people together right now who would condemn every LGBT person completely to hell right now. And let them go into a big stadium and accuse these people of being sinners beyond any potential grace and mercy. And then let them be kept in the stadium until the Lord himself weighs in on the issue.

    • God has already weighed in on this issue. All you have to do is read the bible. Same sex marriage is a sin, plain and simple.

      • Jay

        …and all sinners deserve to die, and we all shall die as our life runs it’s natural course CMarshall, and we all have sinned and fell short of the glory of God.

        So who are we to tell the Lord whom to have mercy on or not.

        Are any of us better than the criminal facing his just death sentence hanging next to the Lord that was promised the Kingdom? Because if you think that any of us are better than he was you prolly have a religious attitude problem, jus’ sayin’.

  • Solomon Jewel

    Well done Richard Stearns. Our church has held 2 weddings in which both couples were (and still are) women. Surprisingly enough, not one of the four, nor the Pastor, have yet to be incinerated.

    • Max

      Your church is apostate, and your pastor and his misled congregation will be judged by God when they die.

    • Webb

      Except that the organization you are part of isn’t a true Christian church.

    • Tim

      You are spiritually ignorant and obviously delight in mocking the true children of God, as Jesus predicted.

      Of course these unrepentant homosexuals will be incinerated, but God says that won’t happen until the end of the age. God’s word tells us WHY he does not incinerate sinners on earth right now. Read Jesus’s words in Matthew 13: 24-30, and 36-43 if you don’t want to be ignorant. Beware: once you know the truth, you are held accountable by God.

  • Apostasy is all around us now. Those Christians who want to be light and salt in our dying culture need to understand how the world has re-defined basics like love. This war will only by won if Christians get off their butts, equip themselves, and be faithful witnesses to those around them. As it is now, we have brigades of Christian soldiers, ill-equipped and untrained, sitting at home while they hope that their officers will win the battle. Real warfare is the opposite. [Any hope of changing this? Not much, which tells you that judgement is very near. Greater nations than ours have fallen.]

  • Blaise Carie

    We can only just be humble in the midst of someone who is furthering the LGTB’s agenda. We can accuse all we want, but Jesus Christ didn’t tell us how to be humble, rather He showed us. I know it is loving to preach out against homosexuality according to some scripture but have we sat down with other homosexual people, had a friendship with them, shared our life with them, and loved them to repentance? I know there is a time and place for everything, but I just know that it would do me some good to be more humble on this issue knowing that God’s word is clear on this issue and having compassion on the ‘blind’ because I too was blind and still am in certain areas, I am sure. It is only but by the grace of God that I am saved, and I pray that all LGTB’s go to heaven. I really do, but I am obligated out of love to share the truth of scripture on this issue because it condemns people who behave in a homosexual way. God doesn’t make people homosexual or angry, or alcoholics. It is our choice, and anyone who uses these terms seem to be arrogantly ‘blaming’ God for making them this way instead of taking responsibility for their choices/ actions.

  • Webb

    Good grief! They aren’t a Christian charity and had better change their name in the interest of honesty. They are also ignorant. How can someone “profess to be Christian” while engaging in chronic life-long homosexual sodomy?

  • Andy

    A disgrace, you want to be gay married? And you want to be helping napping people. Do it outside if church.
    I don’t condemn anyone for making his choice but it’s it really so difficult to understand that you can’t have it all. When the adulterous woman was brought before jesus He nither do I condemn you go and sin no more” today the last part is too much omitted.but realise we did and do we well be held we beyer do what is right. Now it’s obvious why christ will judge the church first, because we have stayed from the gospel

  • Nelson

    1 Cor 6:9-10
    Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.

  • Karate Kathleen

    What I would ask Mr. Stearns is how far will he keep moving the line to make it so everyone’s happy & gets along? where will he say OK, this is too far from Gods way as stated in the bible? No. You can be half in and half out. Remember the words of Jesus in the book of Revelation “I would that you would be either hot or cold. Because you are lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth.”

    There are ONLY 2 roads in life to choose from: God’s way or the Devils way. We don’t get to choose the rules, only which road we will take, and it has to be one or the other. So which road will you choose?

  • Semalign

    May be World Vision Has lost the Vision and it is terrible to hear. I am not surprised much because I know here in my country, Ethiopia, that they are not only religiously but also ethnically biased organization.They have no Equal Chance for All principle in recruitment. You send your documents through mail and only those selected will be called. But the reasons for not being selected….not told.They are good for Nothing,…….I hate them.