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Hey there, I'm Sunny Shell, a wretch saved by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ the Lord. I'm married to the most incredible man on earth, who loves Jesus more than he loves me, and we have two precious adult sons.

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World Vision's Worldly Vision Is Not New


Since yesterday, March 24, 2014 there's been much media buzz about World Vision and their "new" state of apostasy. World Vision announced they will now employ and provide marital benefits for those involved in same sex marriages. I put the word new in quotes because World Vision's apostasy isn't new. Their departure from Christ's vision to come to earth in order to seek and save the lost was abandoned a couple of years ago, at least from what I could find in my research. If you have other information, I welcome correction.

As of January 2012, World Vision has partnered with the well-known and popular heretic, Joel Osteen. You can read an article about it here: Federal Way Mirror Pastors Share Stage With Joel Osteen and/or watch a YouTube video here: Joel Osteen and World Vision Partnership.

Anyone who understands the true Gospel of Jesus Christ realizes that Joel Osteen is nothing but a big bad wolf in flamboyant sheep's clothing. Osteen has confessed multiple times that though he personally believes Christ is the only way to Heaven, he doesn't believe Christ is the only way to Heaven for everyone. Yes, Mr. Osteen says that Hindus, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, etc. can go to Heaven if they sincerely believe in a god; any god, that is, of their own choosing. But don't take my word for it. Watch and listen to this charlatan during an interview with Larry King: Joel Osteen Denies Exclusivity of Christ for Salvation.

In November 2013, World Vision stepped further down the road of apostasy by partnering with New Agers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. World Vision is one of the sponsors of "The Bible | Son of God Tour 2014" (based on their production of the heretical and blasphemous NOT "The Bible" miniseries) and subsequent big screen blasphemy with their "Son of God" movie that intoxicated viewers with a fake jesus who deluged them with a false gospel.

(I'll share more on this ostentatious "bible" tour in another article. The focus of this piece is on World Vision's worldly vision.)

This brings us to yesterday, where World Vision didn't just take another step towards apostasy, but is now fully immersed in the cesspool of heterodoxy.

According to Christianity Today, World Vision's U.S. president Richard Stearns described this policy change as one that's "symbolic not of compromise but of [Christian] unity." In this same article, Stearns further expresses, "We're not caving to some kind of pressure. We're not on some slippery slope. There is no lawsuit threatening us. There is no employee group lobbying us. This is not us compromising. It is us deferring to the authority of churches and denominations on theological issues. We're an operational arm of the global church, we're not a theological arm of the church."

I completely disagree with Stearns first statement, but partially agree with his last. World Vision is not a church, but they are supposed to be a Christian organization, run by Christians and founded on biblical principles. Which means they have no excuse before God Almighty for their clear choice to disobey His commands which are not difficult to understand nor obey since He put the Spirit of Christ in us (1 Jn 5:3-5).

Though this is disturbing news, as many Christians have already shared, it shouldn't be shocking or even surprising news. As a matter of fact, one might even say, it's welcomed news. And that "one" would be me. Sound crazy? Well, I might be, but it won't be the first time someone told me my thinking was a bit off kilter. And frankly, I'm okay with that. As long as my line of thinking is in accord with Scripture, I'm not really concerned about how alien my thought processes might be to the world (Rom 12:2, 1 Cor 2:14).

I'm not shocked, disturbed or even a bit surprised by this news because these happenings have already been recorded in a mighty, holy and infallible book—the Bible.

"But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance  of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at the knowledge of truth."
~2 Timothy 3:1-7 (ESV)

If the evidence of nation rising against nation, the increase of natural disasters, pestilence, the influx of deadly diseases and the ever-increasing moral decay of our world hasn't alerted you that we're most certainly in the last days, then let the continual news about professing Christians and Christian organizations falling away from the faith convince you...just as it has been written.

"And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And the Gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come... For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.

"The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
~Matthew 24:10-14, 24;
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 (ESV)

Being in the last days is not bad news. On the contrary, it's good news for all who long for the Day of Christ. But we musn't be selfish and rejoice only for ourselves within the safety of our Christian bubbles. No, the joy of seeing our Lord Jesus face to face ought to compel us all the more to be sober-minded and alert about the the lost and dying world we live in.

As holy and dearly loved children of the Most High God, we ought to daily put on the full armor of God, desire the necessary pains of sanctification and have compassion for those who don't believe, as well as for those who profess they believe, but their acts prove their hearts are far from Him (Is 29:13).

Pray for opportunities and share the Gospel while we still have time (Is 55:6-7). Don't know how to share the Gospel biblically and effectively? No problem, just visit my friends at Living Waters where you'll find a host of resources and practical, everyday ways to share the Gospel.

Rather than allow this news of World Vision's apostasy cause you to become angry or discouraged, use this news as a catalyst for you to be a student of the Word and a laborer in the field, so that on the Day of Christ you'll have no reason to be ashamed when you appear before His judgment seat (2 Cor 5:9-10).

"as it is my full expectation that I will not be ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.

"And now, little children, abide in Him [Christ], so that when He appears we may have confidence and not shrink from Him in shame at His coming."
~Philippians 1:20, 1 John 2:28 (ESV)

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17 comments:

  1. Thank you for writing this. I was surprised by and disappointed in World Vision's stance, but what has been the most disheartening for me is the critical and negative opinions of those who applaud and support World Vision under the guise of being "tolerant" and "open-minded". Those of us who are appalled at the blatant disregard of Biblical standards are branded as unloving, intolerant, homophobic, etc. It is very discouraging and intimidating to me because I have friends and people in my family who are pro same sex marriages and what they perceive as "equality". They consider people like me who want to be faithful to God and His Word to be too narrow-minded and legalistic.

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  2. I find nothing wrong with their stance. I applaud them. Let's not strain out a gnat only to swallow out a camel. If gay people want to do good works in the name of Christ, those who are receiving are still being blessed. Let's lift up and encourage all brothers and sisters in The Lord, even if we don't fully agree. We need to realize that people faithfully exegete the scriptures and come up with a different interpretation. We have not always been on the right side of history. It is not always about being right; it is about doing right by others.
    Blessings to you!
    Robert Lofgren
    Micah 6:8

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  3. I find nothing wrong with their stance. I applaud them. Let's not strain out a gnat only to swallow out a camel. If gay people want to do good works in the name of Christ, those who are receiving are still being blessed. Let's lift up and encourage all brothers and sisters in The Lord, even if we don't fully agree. We need to realize that people faithfully exegete the scriptures and come up with a different interpretation. We have not always been on the right side of history. It is not always about being right; it is about doing right by others.
    Blessings to you!
    Robert Lofgren
    Micah 6:8

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  4. Hi there precious sister Helen, I'm so sorry to hear of your heartache. I understand what it's like to stand firm in God's Word, even against those closest to you. But it is worth it all for the One who saved us from eternal damnation and sustains us by His grace during our short sojourn on earth. Be encouraged sweet Helen that the Lord is well pleased with you and that you're doing a beautiful thing in the sight of Christ (Mk 14:6).


    I always correct people when they tell me I'm close-minded. I tell them I'm actually narrow-minded because I believe there's only One Way to God and only One Way to live...in Christ and for Christ. I hope this encourages you to take narrow-mindedness as a compliment, because it is. ♥

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  5. I'm sorry Robert, but that's a bad analogy. When Jesus said that to the Pharisees (straining out a gnat) He wasn't talking about them obeying God's commandments because they weren't. He was talking about them blatantly DISobeying God's commandments and giving honor to their own human, extra-biblical traditions (Matt 23:23-24).

    Also, as far as gays wanting to do good. That's an impossibility for only God is good and God said that without faith in Christ, none of us can please Him (Heb 11:6), that is, do good. A bad tree bears bad fruit and a good tree bears good fruit. Jesus said a bad tree cannot bear good fruit (Matt 12:33-36).

    And how do we know they aren't saved? Because God said so. He said ANYone who habitually lives in sin (and sexual immorality of any kind) and calls evil good and good evil is NOT saved (1 Cor 6:9-11, Is 5:20).

    And it's not about doing right by others, it's about doing right by God alone (1 John 5:3-5).

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  6. I am so glad that you spoke about this. We have supported World Vision for years and I no longer feel that we can continue. This news was very disappointing to me, but as you stated we are in the last days and should expect such behavior. I am so discouraged that people cannot stand for the truth. I pray that God will give me the strength to stand for Him as long as He allows me to be here. Thanks again Sunny for your commitment to the truth of the Scriptures. You are a light in a dark world.

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  7. Thank you for your encouragement precious sister Susan. I'm blessed by your love for God's Word over all the sins that are becoming increasingly acceptable in our world and sadly, even within evangelical churches. We must pray.

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  8. See. Even you from this long drawn explanition did only use Gods Holy Word. But you added to it. So you must be in the wrong as well. When we tell people about Christ from your point if view we should not mention our own story. Because hey we added to Gods Word. Yes Holy Scripture should not be touched because it is truly Gods word. This movie was not Holy Scripture.

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  9. The issue is the movie that is distorting the truth of the scripture and what God has said in his word this is what Satan does Satan also is an accuser of the brethren. The warning is not to add to God's words or take away from them so as to distort what God is saying. It doesn't mean that we can't use our own words to communicate that would be ridiculous. It just means we are not to say God said something that he did not say that would make us a false teacher or false prophet this is what God warns us against.
    The issue is the movie that is distorting the truth of the scripture and what God has said in his word this is what Satan does Satan also is an accuser of the brethren. The warning is not to add to God's words or take away from them so as to distort what God is saying. It doesn't mean that we can't use our own words to communicate that would be ridiculous. It just means we are not to say God said something that he did not say that would make us a false teacher or false prophet this is what God warns us against.

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  10. The sad part about all this is Roma Downey and her crew at Lightworkers Media (a New Age term and philosophy) are now taking "The Bible | Son of God" Bible Study tour around our country with at least 2 cities already sold out. How sad it is that we live in a time where so many individual Christians and large Christian organizations are supporting and endorsing such apostasy.

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  11. Thank you. For speaking the truth re this movie it needs to be exposed for the deception that it is

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  12. What a wonderful review

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  13. At least this movie is better than Noah. It's a great tool to get your non-believers friends to even believe that Jesus is true. However, I believe we Christians still have to open the bible and show them the reason Jesus came and get them to repentance. I like how the movie portray Jesus, cool, calm, passionate, yet firm.

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  14. Guess so far, "Passion of Christ (2004)", "Jesus of Nazareth (1977)" and "The
    Visual Bible: The Gospel of John (2003)" movies, produced in the past,
    to be quite close to the gospel, with some "poetic license" to it. Have
    you watch the latter two before?

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  15. Anthony Townsend PS MovadoApril 19, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    I have been reading the comments as well as the review and although the movie has embellished a lot it was very entertaining . Seeing how the Bible itself has been translated numerous times and it is believed that things / words tend to loose something/ meaning during and or because of this proces. Am I as a Christian to believe that what is written is false, has lost something from the original language? With that being said, of course not. I believe people place to much emphasis on the words. God is love and love is a spirit. It is the spirit that leads people ( believers and unbelievers) to Christ and the promise of forgiveness and eternal life. Jesus is the good shepard and and tends to his flock as he sees fit, who are we to judge how he chooses to proclaim his word? Who are we to decide what is right or wrong? We are nothing except what he allows us and creates us to be. If you look for perfection in anything that is of man you seek a falsehood. Learn to see God as the all knowing God that he is, for surely he knows better than you and I how to proclaim his word and if any movie, book, song, poem, picture or anything else puts any man, woman or child on the path to righteousness than it can only be of God and we should dare not question or judge.

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