Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse, issued a scathing rebuke of World Vision, during an appearance the Family Research Council’s Washington Watch radio program.
“It’s obvious World Vision doesn’t believe in the Bible,” said Graham. “I am sickened and heartbroken.”
Graham was reacting to World Vision’s announced that they would begin hiring employees in same-sex marriages. The new policy was first reported by Christianity Today.
World Vision President Richard Stearns says the board of the Christian group has prayed about the issue for years. They made the change hoping to avoid a divisive fight that would distract from service to the poor. Stearns says all employees must still sign a statement of faith and remain abstinent outside of marriage.
Graham, the president of Samaritan’s Purse, also released a statement denouncing what he called World Vision’s “ungodly” decision.
“I was shocked today to hear of World Vision’s decision to hire employees in same-sex marriages. The Bible is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman. My dear friend, Bob Pierce, the founder of World Vision and Samaritan’s Purse, would be heartbroken. He was an evangelist who believed in the inspired Word of God. World Vision maintains that their decision is based on unifying the church – which I find offensive – as if supporting sin and sinful behavior can unite the church. From the Old Testament to the New Testament, the Scriptures consistently teach that marriage is between a man and woman and any other marriage relationship is sin.”
With reporting from Associated Press