American Family Association Says Decision is Proof That Culture Wars Are Being Waged Both in and out of Churches
Just two days after World Vision made the controversial announcement that it
would open its hiring to gay Christians in legal same-sex marriages, the
worldwide Christian charity reversed the decision after widespread backlash.
American Family Association said that the decision and the
subsequent reversal is an example of the daily cultural wars waged in America
and around the world.
“The reversal of World Vision’s decision came fewer than 48 hours
after the organization’s announcement that it would begin hiring married
homosexuals to promote unity,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “World Vision
also stated that it still supported the traditional definition of marriage and
would not engage in the political marriage conversation, but the organization
put itself directly in the center of the debate by equating gay marriage with
natural marriage between one man and one woman.
“World Vision changed its position because it received an avalanche
of discontent from its supporters who sponsor children around the globe through
the organization. It’s still very disconcerting that one of the largest
Christian charities in the world made this kind of decision in the first place.
It goes to prove that the spiritual and cultural war on the great moral issues
of our time is being waged both within and without the church.”
Yesterday, World Vision president Richard Stearns stated: “...the World
Vision U.S. board publicly reversed its recent decision to change our
employment conduct policy. The board acknowledged they made a mistake and chose
to revert to our longstanding conduct policy requiring sexual abstinence for
all single employees and faithfulness within the biblical covenant of marriage
between a man and a woman.”
AFA is encouraging Christians to continue to pray for World
Vision as the charity rededicates itself to Biblical truth.
World Vision, based in the State of Washington where same-sex marriage is
legal, took in billions of dollars in revenue last year, helping to serve 100
million people in 100 countries. World Vision, which also fought for the
right of Christian organizations to hire and fire based on faith
statements, ranks among America’s top 10 charities.
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American Family Association (AFA) a non-profit 501(c3) organization
was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First
United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time. Since
1977, AFA has been on the frontlines of America’s culture war. The original
name of the ministry was National Federation for Decency but was changed to
American Family Association in 1988. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most
effective pro-family organizations in the country with more than one million
online supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry’s monthly magazine. In addition,
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per year. AFA uses all these means to communicate an outspoken, resolute,
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