Statement on Recent Actions by World Vision

ThomRainerI am encouraged to see World Vision has reversed course on its policy of hiring employees in same-sex marriages.

I was grieved to hear some at World Vision considered a change to the definition of marriage as a simple disagreement among denominations. It is not.

The fact is that there has been a consensus on marriage among Christians for 2,000 years, yet this moment has revealed fractures on the issue–and they are not encouraging, particularly when we see them coming from self-identified evangelical Christians.

LifeWay stands with those who hold to biblical marriage, and our publishing and relationships will always reflect that eternal truth. Furthermore, I believe castigating those who stand for the Bible’s teaching on marriage is not helpful and shows a lack of biblical discernment.

I encourage Christians to care for the least of these, partner with organizations that will do so in biblically faithful ways, and stand for truth at the same time.

Dr. Thom S. Rainer
President and CEO
LifeWay Christian Resources