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March 27, 2014
World Vision Reverses Decision to Hire Employees in ‘Same-Sex’ Marriages
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, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio banner. 

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