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(RNS) The $1 billion relief agency has struggled since an earlier about-face on same-sex marriage, but recent moves signal a shift toward shoring up its evangelical base.

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  1. “Most telling: World Vision is asking board members to formally affirm a statement that marriage is between a man and a woman.”

    Shamed into submission by the gatekeepers. Sad, but unsurprising.

    • Yes – kudos for not loving all of God’s creations!

      That is God’s Word – to love thy neighbor as long as they are of a certain orientation.

      Oh, wait…..

      Yeah, I’m pretty sure God wants to us to all love each other and not to spread, foster, and encourage hate.

  2. HELEN GRACE QUIMBY

    AS A LONG TIME SUPPORTER OF WORLD VISION…IT IS HEART BREAKING THAT THIS ISSUE SHOULD EVEN COME UP…I BELIEVED IT WAS A CHRISTIAN MINISTRY…THUS..I HAVE TO ASK, WHERE DOES THE BIBLE STAND ON THIS ISSUE…? KNOWING WHAT IT SAYS I AM GRIEVED THAT WORLD VISION DID NOT TAKE A FIRM STAND TO BEGIN WITH…THIS IS THE FIRST I HAVE HEARD ABOUT THIS AND WILL NOW KEEP AN EYE ON WHERE THEY STAND…THERE ARE MANY ORGANIZATIONS THAT DO SIMILAR MINISTRIES…WHO STAND FIRM ON THE WORD OF GOD…

  3. I support World Vision’s position that marriage should be between one man and one woman. Thank you, “World Vision” for taking that stand. I believe that is the teaching of God’s Word.

    • What stand?

      They caved into pressure from those who thought their views of gays employed by the charity were more important than contributing to help starving children.

      More evidence that Christian morality is just a euphemism for “might makes right”

        • Whatever works to soothe your guilty conscience. The fact that you found the charity’s employment policy more important than the lives directly affected by its work, on it’s receiving end,shows the conditional side to your compassion. Towing an ideological line was more important than their good works.

          Your version of Christ lacks anything admirable. It’s rather petty and small minded. If you think it’s so important, so be it. Just don’t expect me to take you seriously the next time you talk about the Christian spirit of charity. Obviously to you, it has a lot of strings attached.

          • Larry…Ones Christian spirit of charity (as you put it) has nothing to do with ones thoughts on the issue of same-sex marriage and what World Vision is now doing as disseminated by this article.

            You seem to care more about the issue of same-sex marriage, what World Vision has done revolving around that issue and slamming folks because they don’t see things the same way you do!

            Reading Comprehension is becoming an art and a chore for those who read these comments…because many don’t say exactly what they mean and some end up slamming folks for things that they seem not to understand.

            Let me put this in as clear a way as possible . . . One can easily see that World Vision is clearly a Christian Organization, if one reads their Core Values! I could not find their latest Policy for employees…but from what I did read, I think it is safe to assume their Core Values apply to the employees too. Also, as the Core Values are worded, I could easily see those from almost any Christian denomination becoming a member of World Vision. As to their position on same-sex marriage…the Bible is the authority for this Organization. Any position taken on any issue, if one has substantial Biblical chapter & verse to stand on, one can be assured they stand on sure footing in the eyes of the Board of World Vision!

            That being said…same-sex marriage, homosexuality, promiscuity and consensual sex out of wedlock…is all considered sin!

  4. It’s hypocritical that when Mozilla hired Brandon Eich, they bashed gay rights activists for protesting Mozilla and complained about free speech. Yet the Religious Right bigots had no problem boycotting World Vision when they tried supporting gays. As usual, the Religious Right believes only they have the right have to do something but they don’t believe liberals and gays have the same protest rights.

  5. i have sponsored a child for many years and frowned on its decision to accept gay marriage thank goodness Christian’s stood up! GOD is our Leader and his word RULES! Gay marriage is wrong according to scripture stop trying to pressure us into accepting the world view. May the lord JESUS word continue to spread till his coming AMEN

  6. Well the World Vision is doing a great job standing on the Word of God. If you support same sex relationships and marriages, then you are not following God’s Word, you’re going against it. We do not like or support what the sinners do (and that goes for all sins,) but the Bible clearly tells us to love everyone, even enough to try to convert them. If any Pastor of a church or minister, preacher or teacher wants to support same sex relationships or marriages, needs to say that they will not follow God any more, get out of the church, make a new bible, and follow another god. Sadly for them, there is no other god, but the God I know will not support their sinful ways, and will be in danger of hell fire.

  7. does disciplining your child or telling them bullying or stealing is wrong mean you don’t love your child? its ignorant and silly for people to compare christians holding to biblical values as being unloving to people who live in sin, whether homosexuality, idolatry or any other sin. we hold onto God’s standard for us and for all people because we in fact do love them.

  8. So shameful that they talk about how these employees:

    “be members of a local church, affirm a statement of faith and/or affirm the Apostles’ Creed and sign a conduct policy that includes abstinence outside of marriage.”

    What faith is that they’re talking about? Surely not the faith of the Bible. Abstinence outside of marriage? We’re talking about homosexuality in the marriage here. You don’t even have to venture outside of the “marriage” to commit sins here.

    hypocritical.

    A Christian organization claiming to uphold the gospel, but it’s all lies. They don’t even live up to the faith they preach, and expect their testimony to change people.

    Who are you to carry the message to people that they need to be saved from their sins, when you yourself are living in hypocrisy and contrary to the Word you claim to live by?

    And to point the blame on believers who withdraw their support because they have discerned this to be against God’s Word and their values and…

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    […] Testing evangelical boundaries didn’t work well for World Vision earlier this year when it decided and then reversed its position on same-sex employees. The new marriage equality group is already facing challenges from evangelical institutions. An ad it placed with Christianity Today, World and Relevant magazines was rejected by all three evangelical mainstays. […]

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    […] Testing evangelical boundaries didn’t work well for World Vision earlier this year when it decided and then reversed its position on same-sex employees. The new marriage equality group is already facing challenges from evangelical institutions. An ad it placed with Christianity Today, World and Relevant magazines was rejected by all three evangelical mainstays. […]

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    […] Testing evangelical boundaries didn’t work well for World Vision earlier this year when it decided and then reversed its position on same-sex employees. The new marriage equality group is already facing challenges from evangelical institutions. An ad it placed with Christianity Today, World and Relevant magazines was rejected by all three evangelical mainstays. […]

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    […] Testing evangelical boundaries didn’t work well for World Vision earlier this year when it decided and then reversed its position on same-sex employees. The new marriage equality group is already facing challenges from evangelical institutions. An ad it placed with Christianity Today, World and Relevant magazines was rejected by all three evangelical mainstays. […]

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    […] Testing evangelical boundaries didn’t work well for World Vision earlier this year when it decided and then reversed its position on same-sex employees. The new marriage equality group is already facing challenges from evangelical institutions. An ad it placed with Christianity Today, World and Relevant magazines was rejected by all three evangelical mainstays. […]

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    […] Testing evangelical boundaries didn’t work well for World Vision earlier this year when it decided and then reversed its position on same-sex employees. The new marriage equality group is already facing challenges from evangelical institutions. An ad it placed with Christianity Today, World and Relevant magazines was rejected by all three evangelical mainstays. […]

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    […] Testing evangelical boundaries didn’t work well for World Vision earlier this year when it decided and then reversed its position on same-sex employees. The new marriage equality group is already facing challenges from evangelical institutions. An ad it placed with Christianity Today, World and Relevant magazines was rejected by all three evangelical mainstays. […]

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    […] Testing evangelical boundaries didn’t work well for World Vision earlier this year when it decided and then reversed its position on same-sex employees. The new marriage equality group is already facing challenges from evangelical institutions. An ad it placed with Christianity Today, World and Relevant magazines was rejected by all three evangelical mainstays. […]

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    […] Testing evangelical boundaries didn’t work well for World Vision earlier this year when it decided and then reversed its position on same-sex employees. The new marriage equality group is already facing challenges from evangelical institutions. An ad it placed with Christianity Today, World and Relevant magazines was rejected by all three evangelical mainstays. […]

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