Thursday, March 27, 2014

Fractured Unity

This past week, World Vision (an evangelical ministry dedicated to bring assistance to impoverished people in Third World countries) announced its decision to consider job applicants who are in legal same sex marriages for positions in its US offices. In an interview with Christianity Today, World Vision's president, Richard Stearns, defended the decision by pointing out that some denominations now accept same sex marriage as valid. Therefore, in an effort to promote unity and redirect their focus back on their mission of providing humanitarian relief, their governing board voted to accept people in same sex marriages as being eligible for employment.

Yesterday, after many of those who sponsored children through World Vision withdrew their support, World Vision reversed the decision. According to a subsequent report in Christianity Today, the organization recognized that, in attempting to promote unity, they actually created great division by deviating from Scripture's mandate  of heterosexual marriage.

My purpose just now isn't to speculate on whether or not money motivated World Vision's change of policy. I sincerely pray that they repented in honest submission to Biblical teaching. Of course, it all begs the question of why they violated that Biblical teaching in the first place. What sort of Christian "unity" necessitates the bending of God's Word in order to accommodate a growing trend in more liberal groups of professing Christians?

True Christian unity gravitates toward sound Biblical teaching, not popular consensus. Sadly, World Vision appears to have made both their initial decision and its subsequent reversal by putting its proverbial moistened finger to the wind to see which way it blows. But even more sadly, an increasing number of church governing boards have fallen into the same method for determining their understanding of God's Word.

This practice elevates human subjectivity over Scriptural authority. Human consensus often distorts truth through the grid of political correctness when it ought to recognize God's Word as the measuring rod for truth. When Christians bow to the New Testament as our "rule of faith and practice," particularly when doing so flies in the face of popular opinion, we actually move into true unity with each other and with the Lord by willingly submitting to His authority.

11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. ~~Ephesians 4:11-16 (ESV)

1 comment:

  1. AMEN! Well put! I read the first day's article by the WV president followed by the retraction, ugh! I am so sorry for the children and poor who will be affected, but I've read about the gay groups trying to make up the difference. Sadly, with the help of some of my missionary friends here I've realized WV is really not handing out stuff in Jesus' name anyway. I believe we need to be transparent and call a spade a spade...WV is a wonderful organization that does give tons of food and money to the poorest in the world. BUT if one wants to make sure Jesus is being preached along with that, there are other organizations to work with. This whole thing has made me pray more and fear how far everyone is from God's truth! We should all be seriously studying our Bibles all over the place! Heaven help us, we need to draw nearer to God! It's a scary world out there!


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