World Vision is a Christian charity that helps starving children around the globe.
The respected charity caused a firestorm yesterday when it announced that it would hire gay Christians in same-sex marriages, which is legal in Washington State, where World Vision is located.
“I want to reassure you that we are not sliding down some slippery slope of compromise, nor are we diminishing the authority of Scripture in our work,” World Vision head Richard Stearns wrote in a statement, noted the Seattle Times. “We are the same World Vision you have always believed in. The board and I wanted to prevent this divisive issue from tearing World Vision apart and potentially crippling our ability to accomplish our vital kingdom mission of living and serving the poorest of the poor in the name of Christ."
However, this announcement was met with scorn by numerous conservative Christian leaders and commentators.
“This very dramatic, counter-biblical, apostate move by World Vision shows where they stand,” Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber told OneNewsNow. “They have destroyed their credibility as a Christian organization with one fell swoop, and it’s heart-wrenching.”
Rev. Franklin Graham, who is the son of Billy Graham, said, “It’s obvious World Vision doesn’t believe in the Bible. I am sickened and heartbroken," noted FoxNews.com.
Al Mohler, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, wrote on his website, "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."
Christian talk show host Linda Harvey tweeted, "World Division says 'yes' to sin-based 'marriage.' Time to donate elsewhere."