Stearns said World Vision's board has faced a new question in recent years: "What do we do about someone who applies for a job at World Vision who is in a legal same-sex marriage that may have been sanctioned and performed by their church? We've chosen not to make that a condition of employment at World Vision.
And the change has been painful to watch.
Though sexual abstinence outside of marriage is still policy, marriage is no longer defined as between a man and a woman. Add your voice! A World Vision spokesperson said Stearns was traveling and not available for an interview. Delivery: Weekdays. Stearns claims the new policy is rooted in the fact that World Vision is a parachurch and is multi-denominational.
But he stressed the decision is not driven by theology.
World Vision maintains that their decision world vision same sex marriage in Olathe based on unifying the church — which I find offensive — as if supporting sin and sinful behavior can unite the church. In many ways, the issue harkens back to other hot-button issues, many of them related to sex and gender.
Wilson is Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches. The organization states that abstinence outside of marriage remains a rule. Denouncing World Vision's decision to allow people who are in a legal same-sex marriages to be employed at the nonprofit organization, Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, said that World Vision's policy change "cannot be construed as anything but an endorsement of same-sex marriage.
Faithful America, an online Christian community focused on social justice, had gathered 16, signatures calling for Fuller and John Park, another Google employee who sits on the World Vision board, to step down. Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost's next chapter.
Thank you for taking the time to fill out your congregational surveys in worship — we had nearly 7, returned. The agency had announced Monday that its board had prayed for years about whether to hire Christians in same-sex marriages as churches took different stands on recognizing gay relationships.
Some prominent evangelical leaders condemned the decision, and several thousand donors cancelled their child sponsorships over the new policy. Stearns acknowledges this, but wants observers to understand why World Vision is voluntarily changing its own policy.
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