Seth Udinski, FISM News
Bethany Christian Services, the most influential evangelical adoption agency in the United States, announced Monday that it will now provide adoption services to LGBTQ couples. Established in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the ministry has been helping children find homes in faithful Christian households for nearly eight decades. Previously, if a gay couple wanted to use Bethany to adopt, the ministry would have kindly referred them to another agency, based on its conviction of the truth of biblical marriage. Bethany has now abandoned that conviction.
According to Nate Bult, Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs at Bethany, the agency has already been working with LGBTQ couples for several years. Chris Pulasky, Bethany’s President and Chief Executive, defended the decision as an act of inclusiveness and Christian love. He said in a message to his employees,
We will now offer services with the love and compassion of Jesus to the many types of families who exist in our world today. We’re taking an ‘all hands on deck’ approach where all are welcome.
Unfortunately, the “all are welcome” approach has caused Bethany to blatantly sacrifice Biblical truth on the altar of cultural relevance. This decision has understandably upset many who hold to a Biblical stance of marriage between one man and one woman. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, said in response,
I am disappointed in this decision, as are many. This move will harm already existing efforts to enable faith-based orphan care ministries to serve the vulnerable without capitulating on core Christian convictions.
Bethany Christian Services claims to remain faithful to their Christian foundation. It will be fascinating to observe how faithful this organization can be now that it has openly accepted Biblical unfaithfulness.