The Presbyterian Church in America has approved Lifeline Children’s Services as its “preferred adoption and orphan care ministry” because of its “commitment to the sanctity of life” and not Bethany Christian Services, who recently announced that ‘he would offer his services to LGBT couples.
At its 48th annual convention in St. Louis, Missouri, this week, the CPA General Assembly passed a resolution in support of Lifeline “because of its national presence, global reach and unwavering commitment to the sanctity of life and its mission to provide alternatives to abortion, through adoption.
The resolution directs the PCA’s outreach arm, the North American Mission, to “explore the opportunity to endorse Lifeline Children’s Services as a resource for PCA churches,” the denomination said in a statement. .
“We are honored to continue a formal partnership with the denomination of the Presbyterian Church in America,” said Herbie Newell, president of Lifeline Children’s Services.
Newell noted that churches and ministries in the APC network are “unabashedly rooted in the scriptures and their teachings on the sanctity of life and the dignity of orphans and vulnerable children.”
“At Lifeline, we look forward to working more with PCA churches and all Bible believing churches across America to serve children and mothers and share the gospel with them,” Newell added.
Lifeline’s approval comes three months after Michigan-based Bethany Group, which is the nation’s largest Protestant adoption and fostering agency, announced it would begin placing children with adults who are identify as LGBT.
In a statement to the Christian Post at the time, Nathan Bult, senior vice president of the historically evangelical organization, said faith in Jesus is at the “core” of their mission, “but they” were not claiming a position. on the various doctrinal questions on which Christians may disagree.
“We recognize that doctrinal discussions are important, but our only job is to determine whether a family can provide a safe and stable environment for children,” Bult said. “Unlike many other child and family welfare organizations, Bethany is committed to partnering with churches to find as many families as possible for vulnerable children, and we seek to place children in safe and secure homes. families who share our mission. “
He added, “We believe Christians of diverse beliefs can unite around our mission to demonstrate the love and compassion of Jesus. It’s an ambitious mission, and we can only accomplish it together.
Bethany’s latest move has been met with disappointment by evangelical and Christian leaders.
Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, said at the time that in choosing to open its services to LGBT couples, Bethany decided to “meet the demands of moral revolutionaries.”
Last January, Bethany said she would end international adoptions soon and instead focus on supporting children in their home communities.
“Our decision to phase out international adoption is not a criticism of the program, but a reflection of our desire to serve children in their own communities,” said Kristi Gleason, vice president of services at the time. worldwide at Bethany Christian Services.
Gleason noted that international adoptions in the United States have grown from nearly 30,000 children in 2004 to just over 4,000 in 2018.