Bethany Christian Services, the largest Protestant adoption and foster agency in the United States, announced it will now be offering its services to LGBT couples.
This move avoids lawsuits and government demands for Obamacare.
Bethany will begin placing children in LGBT families nationwide immediately.
They still say faith in Jesus is at the “core of their mission,” but they are “not claiming a position on the various doctrinal issues about which Christians may disagree.”
“We acknowledge that discussions about doctrine are important, but our sole job is to determine if a family can provide a safe, stable environment for children. Unlike many other child and family welfare organizations, Bethany is committed to partnering with churches to find as many families for vulnerable children as possible, and we seek to place children with families that share our mission.”
“For us to carry out our mission, we are building a broad coalition of Christians – finding families and resources for children in the greatest need. The people we serve deserve to know they are worthy of being safe, loved and connected. The need is great, so we are taking an ‘all hands on deck’ approach.”
This is a major shift for Bethany. Their stated purpose is demonstrating the “love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting children, empowering youth, and strengthening families through quality social services.”
Bethany facilitated 3,406 foster placements and 1,123 adoptions in 2019 and has offices in 32 states. The group says it abides by Matthew 25:40: “I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, you did it to me.”
Most Christians were disappointed and disturbed.
Southern Baptist leader Al Mohler said:
“The moral revolutionaries are now demanding that every single individual in this society, every single institution, every single school, every single religious denomination, every single adoption and foster care agency must pivot…In this case, that means capitulation, it means absolute surrender to the demands of the LGBTQ community, and now we’re just talking about generalizing the political left in the United States,” he said.
“We are now seeing a head-on collision between organizations like Bethany Christian Services that had been very committed to a Christian understanding of marriage and the family and human sexuality and gender…and the government.”
“Christians have to understand: If you’re redefining marriage, if you’re redefining parent and family, you are redefining civilization,” he said.
Jim Daly, head of Focus on the Family, tweeted:
“No government should tell any ministry how to run their ministry, let alone violate deeply held biblical principles.”
Daniel Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, said: “Children need a dad and a mom in a healthy, biblical home. God’s word is clear.”
This move will harm already existing efforts to enable faith-based orphan care ministries to serve the vulnerable without capitulating on core Christian convictions and giving into the LGBT agenda.
Bethany previously referred LGBT prospective foster and adoptive parents to other agencies, after a legal battle in Michigan.
This is another example of Christians not standing firm and compromising so as to avoid government lawsuits and coercion.
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