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The Apostasy of World Vision

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Shortly after I broke the news on my radio broadcast and on social media, Christianity Today confirmed the report: World Vision has decided to embrace homosexual “marriage” among its employees and to recognize practicing homosexual employees who profess faith in Jesus as true Christians.

This is a betrayal of the gospel, a betrayal of the Lord, a betrayal of the family, and a betrayal of the countless thousands of Christians who have put their trust in World Vision as a legitimate Christian organization.

In no way does it contribute to “building a better world for children” – one of the fundamental goals of World Vision. In fact, it does the opposite.

Last June, World Vision U.S president Richard Stearns stated that, “No one ever died of gay marriage,” thereby trivializing the importance of the issue, as if it contrasted with the organization’s mission of providing tangible relief to suffering humanity.

Today, he went much further, claiming that this radical, unbiblical move is actually a “very narrow policy change” that should be viewed as “symbolic not of compromise but of [Christian] unity.”

What? World Vision redefines the nature of marriage – the most fundamental institution of society, ordained by God in Genesis 2 as the lifelong union of a man and a woman and reaffirmed by Jesus as such in Matthew 19 – and ignores the explicit and repeated condemnation of homosexual practice throughout the Scriptures and then claims it is a “very narrow policy change”?

What? World Vision mocks the sentiments, convictions, and sensibilities of countless thousands of its Christian constituents, rejects the historic testimony of virtually all branches of Christianity, decides to take a terribly controversial stand on the most socially divisive issue of the day, and then claims that this is “symbolic not of compromise but of [Christian] unity”?

With all respect to the massive amount of good that Richard Stearns and World Vision have done in helping the poor and needy for many years now, his words strain Christian credulity.

Stearns stated, “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. 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.”

No slippery slope? No compromise? By sanctioning homosexual relationships, World Vision is “deferring to the authority of churches and denominations on theological issues”?

Worst of all, World Vision did not make this decision under duress or pressure, making their decision all the more inexcusable.

Stearns said, “It’s been heartbreaking to watch this issue rip through the church. It’s tearing churches apart, tearing denominations apart, tearing Christian colleges apart, and even tearing families apart. Our board felt we cannot jump into the fight on one side or another on this issue. We’ve got to focus on our mission. We are determined to find unity in our diversity.”

Is this not the height of self-deception? Does World Vision not realize that they have just exponentially increased that “tearing apart” of believers? Do they actually think that this divisive, destructive policy change will unite Christians around serving the poor? Does their board, which overwhelmingly approved the policy, actually feel that they have not “jump[ed] into the fight on one side or another on this issue”? It would be like saying, “Because politics can be so divisive and we don’t want to get into the fight, we’ll just vote for the Democrats.”

Anonymous sources informed me about this coming change two weeks ago, telling me how the convictions of committed Christians within World Vision were scorned when the new policy was announced. This is the way to find “unity in our diversity”? (One family activist suggested to me that the organization be renamed World DiVision.)

The fact is that World Vision claims to be a Christian organization, with phrases like this on its website: “World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization . . . . Motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ . . . .” As Stearns reiterated, “World Vision is committed to our Christian identity. We are absolutely resolute about every employee being followers of Jesus Christ. We are not wavering on that.”

Well, if claiming that two men can “marry” and their sexual acts be holy in God’s sight is not “wavering,” then words have no meaning.

That’s why listeners to my radio show who supported World Vision called in today to express their shock, feeling deeply betrayed.

One caller said that he and his wife recently decided to sponsor a child through World Vision after being introduced to them at a Christian concert in New York City which featured Casting Crowns. Now he was flabbergasted to hear that they were recognizing “gay Christianity” and same-sex “marriage” among their employees.

According to the World Vision website, their first Core Value is that “We Are Christian,” even stating: “We proclaim together, ‘Jesus lived, died, and rose again. Jesus is Lord.’  We desire him to be central in our individual and corporate life.”

Let it be stated plainly to the leadership and board of directors of World Vision U.S.: The Lord Jesus is no longer central in the corporate life of your organization. You have denied his lordship by your actions.

Remarkably, Stearns claimed that World Vision’s moral standards have not changed, explaining that they still required “abstinence outside of marriage, and fidelity within marriage” for their employees. So, just redefine your terms, and poof! Sin disappears.

This would be similar to saying that World Vision still requires sexual purity, except that fornication is now considered pure, or that they still require marital fidelity, except that adultery is now considered fidelity.

The fact is that no matter how much two men or two women love each other, their union is not marriage in God’s sight – nor will it ever be – and their sexual relations, even if totally monogamous, remain sinful in his eyes.

Now is the time for every church that works with World Vision, every Christian musician and artist that partners with World Vision, and every believer that supports World Vision to inform them that they have made a terrible choice and that they will no longer have your support.

And then, without missing a beat, partner together with other fine Christian, humanitarian organizations like Samaritan’s Purse or Food for the Hungry, and continue your compassionate giving.

And for every child who will fall through the cracks because of World Vision’s betrayal of its Christian principles, I say to Richard Stearns and those who made this decision together: You will have to answer to God.

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  • Mark_Shepard

    Remarkably, Stearns claimed that World Vision’s moral standards have not changed, explaining that they still required “abstinence outside of marriage, and
    fidelity within marriage” for their employees. So, just redefine your terms, and poof! Sin disappears.

    And don’t you suppose that this is one of the main objectives of redefining marriage – to make what God says is sin, what is clearly an act against His creation, no longer sin … it is pretending sin away. But of course as much as we may pretend something, it is still pretend. Humanity has an incredible capacity of self-delusion and Christians are not exempt. That is why it is so important that the Word of God be our source and not, as Richard Stearns says ” the authority of churches and denominations.” How can entities that disagree be any source of authority?

    This entire debate, like all others, comes down to is God supreme or is man supreme. Sadly Richard Stearns and the majority of WV board members have embrace the “man is supreme” delusion, we each have our own truth, which is the same as saying there is no truth, no fixed rights, no rationale for liberty. Might makes right. As simple and clear as this logic is, many will choose to not understand this, because understanding demands you stand up against a very hostile enemy of truth and who wants to be in those cross-hairs?

    • Martin Rizley

      “Pretending sin away”– what a perfect description of the game of ‘charades’ our culture is playing in its rebellion against God! Nowhere is the ‘charade’ more patent than in the transgender movement– where men who dress up as women ‘pretend’ to have changed the gender they were assigned at birth by God. But no game of dress up, nor even acts of bodily mutilation, can replace God-ordained reality or erase the objective fact that one was assigned a gender at birth that can be discerned by the simple act of looking at one’s naked body in the mirror! We need to call our fellow human beings to depart from the “virtual reality” of sinful pretend lifestyles they have created for themselves– including the pretend lifestyles of transgenderism and so-called same-sex marriage– into the “real reality” of life as God designed it to be lived. That design includes God’s moral will for our sexual lives, a design we cannot escape ultimately, since we have been made in the image of God and have been placed in a God-created moral universe from which there is no exit.

    • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

      And the mistake you make is believing that your truth is God’s truth. Have you even considered that God may not be on your side in this one?

      • Mark_Shepard

        Just so you know, I have read your comments on other posts and agree with some of your points. I appreciate you expressing your point of view. As for God being on my side, I assure you I do not have any desire for that. I am but a man. I make mistakes. Just like you and every other person, I have my own sin-nature and the desires that go with that. My desire to be on God’s side and I fully understand that is a process. But that process will fail if I cannot submit to His created order and ways. There are times things are not clear and I suppose if it was that important to God, He would have made it clear. This is not one of those cases and clearly you have studied enough to know that, so I will not go down through what is so clear that only willful ignorance or blindness could bring about an argument against what God has created. Neither are a good option. I sincerely pray you will seek the only true God so that you are no longer compelled to argue and argue and argue against what is plain to understand. I pray you embrace God’s design for you and by His grace are able to rise above your particular struggles. Relax and let God be God and you be His wonderful creation.

        • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

          Mark, seriously, that was one of the most eloquent and kind disagreements I have ever read. Thank you, sincerely, for couching your disagreement in kindness. I wish more on this board would do the same.

          I also appreciate that you see the goal of every Christian (including myself) is to be on God’s side and not demand God to be on ours.

          My point is, based on current events, and where God is blessing, that many on the anti-gay side may be completely wrong on God’s stance on this.

          They pull verses from the same chapters that say eating shellfish is a sin and claim they are applicable today. When Christians cherry-pick verses to refute others, I believe it angers God.

          World Vision is a good company doing good things. Articles like this only serve Satan by causing Christians to turn their backs on opportunities to serve others and help those in need.

          I do have struggles, but not in my sexuality. And yes, I am a sinner like yourself and all of us. But God showed me a while back that He loves me and does not want me to “change what cannot be changed” in order to be His child. Sin is a choice. Being gay is not.

          I’ll say it again: only Satan gets the glory with articles like this.

          • pearl87

            How sad it is that you can answer the post by Mark Shepard, who does indeed respond to you with humility and grace, by essentially saying, “You are kind and fair, but my sexual depravity is simply off-limits to God. Therefore, please refrain from telling me that I can do wrong in this regard.”
            Mark Shepard was indeed correct when he stated that, “only willful ignorance or blindness could bring about an argument against what God has created.”
            It is not right for any of us to twist reality into the shape desired by our sinful nature. I pray that you will see that before the end.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            I’m saved. I know where I’m going. That’s not up for debate. The only thing in question is your sense of self-righteousness being used by Satan to justify discrimination and bigotry. I pray that you will see that before the end.

          • LouiseCA

            And I pray that you will seek the Holy Spirit and ask Him to reveal the truth the you. Ask with an honest heart for true discernment.
            You can be a friend to homosexuals without enabling them to remain that way.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            I’m safe. The Holy Spirit resides within me. But I will pray for you.

          • ricky

            Current events per se have nothing to do with God’s will or His Word. For if everyone is doing wrong, it’s still wrong, and if no one is doing right then right is still right. Judges and justices fabricating rights are doing so based on a secular humanist/anti-God worldview, nothing more. They were appointed by presidents who are secular humanists working contrary to God’s will.
            We are not “anti-gay.” We are for God’s Word and his plan for family and marriage.
            And speaking of Satan, he loves to play in churches and ministries and wreak havoc … which is what he is doing with WV.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            Ricky, you are so wrong. God’s will and His Word are completely relevant to current times. To say differently is wrong. Case in point: Jesus said the greatest commandment is what? Let me hear it! That’s right: love. And yet, not one bit of that article focused on how World Vision was expressing the active LOVE that Christ demanded. And your post seems pretty devoid of it as well.

          • LouiseCA

            I can tell you really mean well by your viewpoint and stated opinions.

            But nevertheless, meaning well does no one any good if it enables them to continue down the wrong path. Jesus said He is the same yesterday, today and forever. James 1:17 says there is no shadow of turning with God.

            If it certain Scriptures seem contradictory to you, the problem is not in the Scriptures, it’s in you. There is clarification for every word, every point of Scripture available if one does indepth study of the Scripture and seeks the fullness of the Holy Spirit to illuminate the truth to them.

            I believe you are sincere. And I pray that you will do these things. Because telling someone that they were born the way they are and there is no hope for them to change is doing them a horrible disservice. If I was caught in a particular sin and a committed Christian failed to warn me, although in the short term I might consider them a friend, one day, when I stood before God with my head hanging down, I would not thank that person who did not warn me. Not at all.
            Sometimes people don’t tell others the truth because they are either intimidated or jealous.

            Truth can be painful. But lies are worse.

            Proverbs 27:6

            King James Version (KJV)

            6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            So by your own words you agree with me that scripture is not clear without deep research and interpretation?

          • TJefferson44

            Let me begin by saying that most people who read the Scriptures have never ever seriously studied, “searched” (to quote Jesus) and “rightly” divided them (to quote Paul). To quote Old Testament scriptures so as to poke fun at revealed new testament truth only shows a fundamental ignorance of scriptural understanding. So it becomes almost like trying to reason as an educated adult with an adolescent about life. It doesn’t produce anything good since the adolescents have it “all figured out”.

            Be that as it may, let me just say that taking a verse or two about “love” and thinking that one knows what that means (because surely we “know” what love means, right?), proves nothing but our ignorance. It is God who gives meaning to life, reality and to truth. It is God, who is love, not us, who defines what love is. I think it is safe to say that we surely cannot love MORE than God does (although I don’t doubt there would be some poor soul out there who, I’m sure, would disagree).

            It was God’s love demonstrated through the Person of Jesus Christ who called those steeped in hypocrisy, hypocrites! It was the same Jesus, who in his strong condemnation of sin, said, “I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not ….indeed I will cast her into a sickbed … unless they repent … I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts.” (Rev. 2:21-23) Wow, the most Loving Person of all can do those things?

            Point? The God of love is also Just (as the judge of the whole earth). Love warns of God’s impending judgment on sin. Jesus called the Pharisees hypocrites, not because of “hate” (as misinformed people say today) but because he loved them and wanted them to know the peril of where they stood and their need for repentance.

            Love, therefore, is not an emotional feeling, but a virtue that has another’s real concern in mind. God tells us the truth, we may call it hate, but we would be wrong precisely because don’t know what true love is. Hence, the deceitfulness in the human heart’s penchant in calling evil good, and good evil and calling darkness light and light darkness. (Isa. 5:20)

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            Translated: “God says I can hate and discriminate as long as I say I’m doing it out of love.” That is the oldest excuse for bigotry and discrimination around. You can try to justify hate by twisting it into some weird “tough love” but in the end, Jesus would not condemn World Vision for their decision.

          • Mark_Shepard

            How do you know that God does not want you to change? As I stated above a couple minutes ago, sexual acts are a choice. They are for everyone, you included. You may always have this struggle, but that does not mean you should give in to it. Paul writes about his thorn in the flesh. He did not advocating to giving in to what was contrary to God’s word.

            However, be very careful because there could be something else in play here. In Romans 1, Paul writes that, ” … God gave them up to vile passions. …” If we are persistent about wanting to go contrary to God’s ways, He may give us just what we are asking. And his giving us over, has the sense of a little push, could very well feel like you finally got His approval. However, that is clearly not the case.

            This is not just a NT concept. Israel begged and begged for a king, so they could be like the nations around them. Finally God gave them a king. That does not mean having a king was God’s perfect will for them, but He gave them their king and all that goes along with a system where man is supreme.

            God is consistent. If He were not, nothing would be certain. So if we feel a push, and most especially if we feel it is by God, to go a way that is contrary to God’s ways, then we better take that very seriously. Being given over to passions and desires that are contrary to God’s ways is a very dangerous road to head down.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            I’ll answer your first question and that will probably also answer the rest of your post:

            You asked, “How do you know that God does not want you to change?”

            I did not come out of the closet until I was a senior adult. I was married to a woman and have kids. When I was a teen, I was saved at a coliseum-sized revival in my home town. And just so you know, by saved, I mean “acknowledged my sin nature, repented of it, and accepted the free gift of Christ and the Holy Spirit in my life.”

            My earliest attractions and memories of attractions have always been for men. I have never been attracted to women.

            I did not want to be gay, though. No one did back then. I prayed gallons of teenage tears asking God to heal me and give me feelings for women. I even tried reparative therapy from Exodus International (it was legal back then), but the stress of that experience and the feelings failure led me to consider suicide many times.

            I finally convinced myself that my best choice was to get married to a woman, like God wanted. I told myself over and over that I was a straight man with same sex attractions. And that lie worked for a while. A good while. After all, my wife and I had kids.

            After many, many years, I realized that my label of “straight guy with same sex attraction” was just a sham. I was not straight, nor have I ever been straight. I was mistaking extreme friendship with romantic love.

            My wife knew it, but didn’t know what to do. And while I don’t ever think of my kids as a mistake, I do know that I sinned against God and my wife by marrying her. The divorce was painful for everyone involved, but was the only fair thing I could do for my wife: release her.

            I am now in an amazing relationship with my boyfriend. And I’ve discovered what true love is. Everything people describe is true! The Butterflies, the silly looks, laughing at every joke. I truly love him and we have been together for many years.

            During all that time, God never left me. And I didn’t leave him, although it felt like it at times (the suicide attempts).

            My boyfriend and I attend a Bible-believing, salvation-preaching church who accepts us for what we are: sinners like every other Christian needing fellowship and support.

            I have never had true spiritual peace until I accepted who God made me to be. God has blessed my business beyond imagination. And he has led me to volunteer in numerous ministries seeking to reach the lost.

            So, to answer your question, “Yes, God wants me to change.” He wants me to become more like Christ every day. He wants me to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the needy, the voice of Jesus to the downtrodden, and the messenger of His message of love, forgiveness, and salvation.

          • Mark_Shepard

            Thank you, also sincerely, for your reply. Your story is heart-breaking in many ways, and it is valuable for those of us who have not experienced your particular struggle to get a better understanding of what you have been through. And you and I both know that you are not alone. The fall has created nothing but heart-break after heart-break and in numerous ways and so many people find themselves having to carry an almost unbearable situation.

            My family has alcoholism in its history. It killed my grandfather in his forties, busted up marriages and left some in the next generation in an absolute mess. As a result I have made the choice not to drink. I don’t even entertain the idea. Perhaps it would be no problem, but it just is not worth it to find out.

            Is it possible to accept that we have a fallen nature, while at the same time doing our best to not yield to that part of our nature? I believe so. I fully admit that I cannot imagine being in your particular situation, but at the end of the day, God is consistent or chaos reigns. God also promises His grace is sufficient for whatever we encounter. God does not say He will take our struggles away, just that He will carry us through them and give us all we need to resist engaging in acts that are contrary to His ways, no matter how difficult that may be. Whether it be alcoholism, an unquenchable thirst for power, a strong bent to lie, a sexual desire outside marriage, we need God’s grace and strength to not yield to these very real aspects of or nature. Clearly different people struggle with different things and the level of difficult is certainly not equal, just like the level of heart-ache is not the same for everyone. But again God promises to provide what we need to follow His ways.

            In the context of a strong desire toward sin, is your situation any different than if a married person fosters a relationship outside his or her marriage to get something that he or she was yearning for, but was not getting in his or her marriage? Surely the desire is just as strong. However, sexual oneness, as presented in the Bible, is reserved for marriage and God has made it clear that marriage is to be a lifetime commitment between one man and one woman.

            I am fully aware that the Bible records polygamy, but nowhere does it record God telling anyone to join together in marriage where it is not one man and one woman. I am also aware that God permitted divorce, but that was because of hardened hearts, not part of God’s will.

            Clearly there are intense desires are outside of marriage, and I do not doubt that yielding to those desires can feel very good and even like a perfect match, but believers are still called to, with God’s grace and help, guard against those yearnings taking control of our behavior.

            Jesus in the New Testament did not make keeping the law any easier as He pushed the issue to where we let our minds go. Perhaps the core issue is where we find our satisfaction and fulfillment in life. Can we find that in Christ alone?

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            Thank you for the compassion I felt in your post. Seriously. I wish you could climb in my heart and know how God has worked. But unfortunately, I guess, we will have to wait until we meet in Heaven. I won’t use the rest of this post to disagree or debate with you as I don’t want to detract from my heartfelt thank you (once again) for the love I felt in your message. God Bless.

      • ricky

        God’s Truth is clearly and plainly written. There are no gray areas on this matter. It is cut and dried.

        • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

          Actually, on this issue, it is not. Thanks for playing, though.

          • LouiseCA

            Yes it is. It couldn’t be any clearer.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            Ok, let’s talk gray. Do you believe od meant for us to follow every spiritual mandate in Leviticus, or just some of them? Be careful…..

          • Annette

            Don’t pull that card. There are some rituals and laws that were in place ONLY before Christ came to Earth. In the New Testament it is made clear which things still apply and which things no longer did (eg. animal sacrifices to atone for sins). Furthermore, the New Testament also condemns homosexual practice. Jesus said “For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh” (Matthew 19:5).

            See also Romans 1:26-27-
            For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            But don’t you pull that card as well. You are using the “new covenant” wipes away the old laws argument – which I believe by the way. I believe the laws of the Old Testament are superceded by Christ’s sacrifice. So, let’s not use any more Old Testament references on this issue.

            Let’s focus on the New Testament. Since you reference Paul in your Romans scripture, I will reference him as well in his letter to the Corinthians. Specifically 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 (NIV)

            “Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says.35 If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.”

            This verse is very clear, but every Christian today ignores it, saying it no longer applies. Do they not believe the Bible? Was Paul wrong? Or…., is it no longer applicable to our culture, like your verse in Romans?

            If you want to play the “New Testament Inerrency Game,” I’m ready.

          • Mark_Shepard

            And games is what you are playing, life and death games. Surely if you truly wanted to understand what you site, you would look at the particulars of that situation. Was it a letter to a specific church dealing with a specific problem? It does not take a lot of digging to get the answers.

            The statements on homosexuality are not concerning a particular situation, but clearly the act itself. Homosexual acts clearly go against God’s design. It is extremely unhealthy in many respects and that is very well documented. I have two dead cousins from that choice. And it is a choice, just like having any type of sexual activity. We cannot just follow the passions of our fallen nature, without creating all sorts of havoc.

            God’s laws are not to limit us, but to help us flourish.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            Not playing games. Look back at every post I’ve made. Unlike many on this board, I back up my statements with Scripture and researchable fact. If you have SPECIFIC verses of the Bible you want to discuss, I’m ready, but stop vomiting out your vague assertions based on tradition. Its lazy.

          • Mark_Shepard

            BTW, you are the person who called it games. Please read your post. Pulling a verse out here and there you can likely make the Bible say almost anything you want. Proper interpretation yield consistency. The verse I referenced was the one you sighted. That is why I did not think I needed to reference it. My point was simply that that was a letter to a specific church addressing a particular issue in that church. Otherwise, surely it would have been presented differently. I am surprised you did not discover this in your research. Just so you know I certainly did not intend it to be vague, but hopefully this helps make my point clearer for you. If not, please explain what is vague.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            Don’t you see that this is the problem? You write off, literally, the verses you disagree with by saying they were only applicable to a certain group of people. So, basically, you’re saying that God changed His mind on the whole “women should be quiet in church.” Don’t get me wrong, I agree that that particular “rule” is no longer relevant and that God’s intention for that rule is no longer needed.

            Let’s be clear. You can’t say that the “Bible is clear about homosexuality” but requires intense research to discern meaning on verses you disagree with.

            Just as the “New Covenant” did away with many of the Levitical laws (including homosexuality), God continues working today, and so his laws evolve as the needs of his people evolve. I am not claiming that God changes his mind or made any mistakes. not at all. But some of the “rules” that existed back then no longer apply. Of that we both agree.

          • Mark_Shepard

            It is not that I disagree with those verses. They do not affect me at all. But it really does not take intense research to discern what I presented, and you have to know that. Paul told Timothy to drink a little wine. Was that for Timothy or for everyone? Again, it does not take a lot of research to discern that.

            You also must have read Romans 1, which is in the New Testament and makes it as clear as it is in the OT that homosexuality is against God’s ways.

            Laws change for real reasons. When Christ became the sacrificial lamb, there was not need to sacrifice lambs. They were only to point to Christ’s ultimate sacrifice.

            Leviticus was written for a tribal people. Many laws then were required because of their mobile status. For example, it was not practical to cart a prison from place to place.

            Some laws are also for the nation of Israel.

            If God wants to have a law for a period of time, or for a specific people, who am I to argue with Him. He is still consistent with Himself.

            Clearly homosexuality, like adultery, stealing and murder is sin in both testaments and never condoned in scripture. And clearly it goes against God’s physical design, which is why God does not want us doing it. The laws are for our benefit, not His.

            You never explained what you meant by vague in your earlier post. Was it just to create a diversion?

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            Here are your “vague assertions based on traditions” sentences I was referencing:

            “The statements on homosexuality are not concerning a particular situation, but clearly the act itself. Homosexual acts clearly go against God’s design. It is extremely unhealthy in many respects and that is very well documented.”

            You paint with a very wide brush using condescending words like “clearly go against God’s design”. God is NOT clear on these issues. To imply otherwise is ignorant and presumptious. I was just calling you on it. That’s all.

          • http://www.markshepard.us Mark Shepard

            OnlyMyHumble…, And if one things become clear from this exchange it is that man’s ideas are clearly not worthy of trust. Either one or both of us are wrong. I see your opinions as picking what suits your view and you see mine in the same way.

            That is why as our American culture has shifted from its embracing of ideas rooted in Biblical teaching to ideas based on man’s opinions we have created a huge mess, one that cannot be fixed without a cultural shift back to embracing Biblical teaching.

            http://barbwire.com/2014/03/18/can-turn-country-around-just-voting/

      • LouiseCA

        God already gave us His side. It’s up to us to believe His truth or try to twist it to say something other than it does.

        New International Version
        For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.

        • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

          I agree! Stop listening to these teachers! They are filling your head with Satan-Fueled hate towards Gods children!

          • Annette

            Believing what the Bible has to say about marriage has nothing to do with “Satan-Fueled hate”. Attacking people or killing them because you don’t like what they are doing, that is “Satan-Fueled hate”. Respectfully disagreeing with their lifestyle choices and telling them what the Bible has to say on the issue is not.

          • OnlyMyHumbleOpinion

            I agree completely with every word you said. I wish the Ugandans and other backward-thinking governments would get the message. Our disagreement lies with your interpretation of what the Bible says about marriage. We are both Christians, but have two interpretations.

        • Mike Kapotsy

          Unfortunately what these teachers want the world to believe is that this lifestyle is acceptable when clearly it does not align itself with the scriptures and furthermore ‘the time’ referred to in this reference is now. Also regarding Jesus’s command to love which someone mentioned, He also said to love the sinner and hate the sin.

    • polymath156

      Mark you have really hit the nail on the head. World Vision’s decision is not Solomonic but more akin to Judas. Judas was very “in touch” with what contemporary Jewish society wanted the messiah to be like, and when Jesus was not that way; well, to bad for Jesus.
      Thankfully, anyone who really wants to help poor children around the world can go to Samaritans Purse or Compassion International or any number of truly Biblically faith-based groups.

  • thisoldspouse

    Keith Green, an avid supporter of World Vision, must be spinning in his grave (or at least his body is.)

  • JPT

    The problem began when Christianity became a commercial enterprise propelled by the power of personality, underscored by mega-churches, and equating salvation with tithes and other forms of evangelical terrorism.

    There will always be those who come along to sell us what we can have for free.

    Your approval of repressive capitalism brought you temporary wealth but now your coffers are rapidly dwindling. With the advent of Pope Francis’ liberation theology, you will fall further from grace and you will be relegated to cannibalizing one anothers’ ministries.

    • LouiseCA

      Oh please.

  • Martin Rizley

    Mr. Brown, Thank you for the strong stand you have taken on one of the most defining issues of our day– defining in terms of distinguishing true Christianity from its apostate counterfeit. This is an issue directly related to the central command of our Lord Jesus Christ about loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and our neighbor as ourselves. For any professedly Christian organization to echo the moral confusion of our day regarding human sexuality is one of the most unloving things it can do. No matter how much food it gives to the poor, it is hating the poor if it serves up lies along with food, by holding up practicing homosexuals who work for their organization as ‘faithful Christian disciples.’ No one who rejects God’s revealed design for human sexuality and justifies the practice sodomy as in keeping with God’s holy and pure will for mankind can be a faithful follower of Christ. There is no room for debate on this issue from a Christian standpoint, any more than there was room for debate in Eden on the issue of whether or not God had said men would die for eating the forbidden fruit. To deny the objectively disordered nature of homosexual acts as a clear violation of God’s moral will for mankind is grossly unloving to a host of people. It is unloving to young people who are developing sexually and who depend on their adult teachers to communicate truth to them regarding God’s purpose for sex; it is unloving to practicing homosexuals themselves who have been ensnared by this vicious lifestyle through yielding to same-sex attractions and are on a road that will lead them to temporal and eternal death. What hatefulness toward our fellow human beings to mimic the serpent in Eden by responding to God’s clear witness regarding His design for sex by saying– “Did God really say?” World Vision’s decision deserves the strongest condemnation from the Christian community as a gross violation of God’s command to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. To waffle on issues about which the world needs clear instruction from the Christian community is an unloving– indeed, a hateful course of action to pursue.

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  • thisoldspouse

    These changes don’t come suddenly, without warning. Insidious small compromises in doctrine built up over years, perhaps decades, to allow this decision to happen.

  • JaQuann Washington

    A sad day and a self inflicted mortal wound.

    • thisoldspouse

      The Salvation Army has also done a Judas. Unconscionable compromise.

      I hope William Booth can’t see this.

      • LouiseCA

        I don’t think that’s accurate.

  • wmforr

    Quite clearly the leaders of World Vision are conscious soldiers enlisted in the Army of Satan. Their fate will be sealed when they perform the ritual in the Satanic Temple and kiss the posterior of the goat, if they haven’t already. Then they will join all of the whores, adulterers, Democrats, serial killers, liberals, baby killers and coffee-drinkers in their war on God’s Chosen.

    If they think they can win the Lord’s favor by saving children from starvation, they are sorely mistaken! The lives of impoverished children mean nothing to HIm compared to the details of the sexual activities of the heathen who believe differently from us.

    • pearl87

      Do you believe that Our Lord cares more for the body or the soul? I know your answer, do you?

    • LouiseCA

      I think that’s a little rough. Misguided, yes, outright devil worshippers, I don’t think so.

    • Annette

      I too disagree with World Vision’s decision, but wow… that was a little extreme.

  • ricky

    Unity and diversity. It seems Jesus said something about standing with Him and His Word, as opposed to waffling and not deciding whom one should serve. Those who do take a stand can expect division rather than unity:

    Matthew 10

    “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’[e] 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

    So WV has its “unity” but forfeits its stand with Christ. All loss, no gain.

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  • TJefferson44

    Just wondering if there was no pressure or lawsuit where this comes from. Then it dawned me, “the prince of the power of the air.” (Eph. 2) I just wonder what Stearn’s, or other approving board members’ sexual proclivities are? Redefine sin, and walla, no more guilt! Compromise of God’s word (truth) can only lead to great deception. To those who reject love of the Truth, God will send then “strong delusion” that they should believe a lie. (2Thess. 2:11). For me, it also brings in the question of whether these people are really the Lord’s sheep or wolves, pretending to be sheep. Helping the poor, after all, is not the evidence of eternal salvation.

  • JudgeRight

    World vision recanted of the new policy. Double busted. First, it became clear that they are wolves in sheep’s clothing, proclaiming to be Christian, but supporting satan’s agenda. Second, when they realized they will get hurt financially recanted, and proved that eh are all about money.

    Dr. Brown nailed them for the hypocrites they are. All true Christians should stop supporting these money mongers

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