InterVarsity upholds Christian teaching on marriage and sexuality after staffers' negative reaction

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA said it will uphold its Christian teaching on marriage and sexuality despite some of their staffers' negative reaction to the beliefs.

(Wikimedia Commons/Scribe51)The opening plenary session at Urbana 12, InterVarsity's 2012 Student Missions Conference, in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. December 27, 2012.

Earlier this month, Time published a report about InterVarsity announcing a process for "involuntary terminations" for employees who come forward to disagree with the Christian group's views on human sexuality and marriage. The magazine said the group will begin firing staffers who do so starting Nov. 11.

Time said the staffers who verbally affirm their disagreement with the Christian group's stance on marriage and sexuality are given two weeks before the said termination. In response to the announcement, about a dozen InterVarsity employees who disagreed with InterVarsity's stance compiled stories about their feelings of being unsafe in view of the new policy.

The report had prompted some religious leaders to write to InterVarsity about reversing its policy. However, BreakPoint co-host John Stonestreet said Time "completely misreported" the issue.

In a piece penned for Catholic News Service, Stonestreet explained that InterVarsity's announcement did not come out of nowhere because the group had started an 18-month process of relaying their beliefs to the staff and was merely clarifying these long-held beliefs.

In addition, Stonestreet said InterVarsity spent four years studying the subject of human sexuality and the Bible before coming up with a 20-page position paper on homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and other issues. InterVarsity only sought to clarify its position on these issues while at the same time provide their disagreeing staff with ample time "to seek out better-fitting ministry opportunities."

Moreover, Stonestreet pointed out that the paper was given to staff in March 2015 and not just recently, as what was reported. As expected, some of the employees who did not align with InterVarsity's position on the given issues were upset.

Stonestreet called out Time's report about InterVarsity, saying the Christian group actually welcomes LGBTQ individuals into its fellowships. The group expects its members to affirm and love all kinds of individuals because they are made in God's image, but they must also affirm InterVarsity's biblical teaching on sexuality and marriage.