The bad news: Most Christian leaders will respond to World Vision's open embrace of unrepentant sin with a resounding silence. The good news: There are a few voices crying out in the wilderness for World Vision to confess and repent. It's a short list, but we are encouraged. (And no, we don't list them to endorse. These are the ones who spoke up.)
The shift announced yesterday by World Vision points to disaster. We can only pray that there is yet time for World Vision to rethink this matter, correct their course, stand without compromise on the authority of Scripture, and point the way for evangelical Christians to follow once again.
Ken Ham, Answers in Genesis:
Franklin Graham (Thumbs up for being first):
(NOTE: Stand Up For The Truth has now removed this post, for being too harsh.)
Trevin Wax, managing editor of The Gospel Coalition's blog at LifeWay Christian Resources:
No matter what you think about this decision, I hope you feel a sense of grief…for the children. This is a story of deep and lasting significance, because there are children's lives at stake in how we respond. Children will suffer as Evangelicals lose trust in and withdraw support from World Vision in the future. It will take time for evangelicals to start new organizations that maintain historic Christian concepts of sin, faith and repentance.
(It's) A tragic development for the cause of Christ, because it trivialises perdition — and therefore, the cross. I pray they will repent and turn back to their more faithful roots.
Russell D. Moore, president of the Southern Baptists' Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission:
At stake is the gospel of Jesus Christ. If sexual activity outside of a biblical definition of marriage is morally neutral, then, yes, we should avoid making an issue of it. If, though, what the Bible clearly teaches and what the church has held for 2000 years is true, then refusing to call for repentance is unspeakably cruel and, in fact, devilish.