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World Vision quickly backs away from plan to hire gay married staff members

'It was never the intention of the Board to undermine our firm commitment to the authority of the Scripture'
World Vision America president Richard_Stearns
Photo by World Vision

The US branch of international poverty ministry World Vision appears to have quickly changed its mind about allowing the hiring of Christians who are in same-sex marriages.

It was less than two days ago that World Vision America president Richard Stearns (pictured) said in an interview with Christianity Today that such a change in policy would be taking place.

But World Magazine reported today that the organization's board was reversing its decision due to backlash.

Board member Stephen Hayner, president of Columbia Theological Seminary, said in an email to the magazine: 'The Board of World Vision is just concluding a meeting and will be releasing a statement shortly reversing the decision that was made. It was never the intention of the Board to undermine our firm commitment to the authority of the Scripture.'

UPDATE: The board issued this statement late Wednesday (26 March): 'The board acknowledged it made a mistake and chose to revert to our longstanding policy requiring sexual abstinence for all single employees and faithfulness within the Biblical covenant of marriage between one man and one woman. … We are brokenhearted over the pain and confusion we have caused many of our friends, who saw this decision as a reversal of our strong commitment to Biblical authority.'

Stearns had earlier said the Evangelical Christian humanitarian aid, development, and advocacy organization wanted to make its policy on gay married employees 'more consistent with our practice on other divisive issues.'

'It also allows us to treat all of our employees the same way: abstinence outside of marriage, and fidelity within marriage,’ he said of the original decision.

Stearns made clear that the move was not an endorsement of same-sex marriage nor was the organization reacting to any lawsuits or peer pressure.

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@ Bob Pattinson: Here in the United States of America, the majority of LGBTQ's are Christian. Over here, the silent majority of church going Christians are in favor of full equality for ALL. When Proposition 8 was on the ballot here in California, it was the churches that were instrumental in organizing and participating in the rallies and demonstrations AGAINST the proposal.

By siding with the vocal fundamentalists, you are doing a great disservice to our cause by attacking our greatest supporters.

"14 I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean." NIV

The verse above is from the 14th Chapter of Romans which deals with disputable matters and how Christians are supposed to support each other and avoid what are matters of individual conscience. Clearly, World Vision and its supporters are divided on this disputable issue. (NOTE: God is not divided, mankind's understanding is.)

Considering the 'Good' this NGO is doing in the world fighting poverty, I would like to think they did what was best to continue their mission work, and not just chasing the mammon.