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Church leaders denounce charity's decision to hire married gays

Tuesday - 3/25/2014, 9:59pm  ET

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Leaders of the Assemblies of God and the Southern Baptist Convention are denouncing World Vision's announcement that it will start hiring Christians in same-sex marriages.

The Rev. George Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, calls World Vision's decision "a fundamental shift away from a normative biblical understanding of marriage." Wood adds that Assemblies of God churches and members should begin shifting their support to other charities.

World Vision President Rich Stearns said it's not endorsing same-sex marriage, but has "chosen to defer to the authority of local churches" on the issue.

But the Southern Baptists' public policy chief, the Rev. Russell Moore, writes that if what the Bible teaches is true, "then refusing to call for repentance is unspeakably cruel and, in fact, devilish."

World Vision is currently sponsoring the national concert tour by the Christian band Casting Crowns.

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277-v-34-(Steve Coleman, AP religion editor)--Leaders of the Assemblies of God and the Southern Baptist Convention are denouncing World Vision's announcement that it will start hiring Christians who are in same-sex marriages. AP Religion Editor Steve Coleman reports. (25 Mar 2014)

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