The Hole in World Vision’s Gospel

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Richard Stearns, president of World Vision USA and the author of "The Hole in Our Gospel"
Richard Stearns, president of World Vision and the author of “The Hole in Our Gospel”

Russell Moore, president of the ERLC, reacts to the stunning announcement that the Christian relief agency World Vision USA will hire professing Christians who engage in homosexual behavior as long as they are in a legally sanctioned same-sex “marriage,” even though World Vision does not see this as a “compromise” and thinks they are remaining morally neutral on this issue:

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 as the church has held for 2000 years is true, then refusing a call to repentance is unspeakably cruel and, in fact, devilish.

The devil works in two ways: by deception (“You shall not surely die” Gen. 3) and by accusation (“the accuser of the brethren” Rev 12).

For some people, the devil wishes to assure that there’s no need for repentance, for others that there’s no hope for mercy.

Some people are deceived into thinking they are too good for the gospel while others are accused into thinking they’re too bad for the gospel.

The gospel of Jesus Christ tears down both strategies.

The gospel clearly calls us to repentance, even when that repentance is hated by the outside world.

And the gospel clearly calls us to mercy by faith in the blood of Christ, even when we can’t believe that we’d ever be received.

We empower darkness when we refuse to warn of judgment.

We empower the darkness when we refuse to offer forgiveness through the blood of the cross.

We’re entering an era where we will see who the evangelicals really are, and by that I mean those who believe in the gospel itself, in all of its truth and all of its grace. And many will shrink back. There are no riots if the gospel you’re preaching doesn’t threaten the silversmiths of the Temple of Artemis. And there are no clucking tongues if the gospel you’re preaching isn’t offered to tax collectors and temple prostitutes.

Donor bases come and go. But the gospel of Jesus Christ stands forever.

World Vision is a good thing to have, unless the world is all you can see.

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