A new effort by Southern Baptists to emphasize Gospel-based evangelism and scriptural sufficiency launched Friday, in what its founders have said is a response to the increasingly "woke" focus of Southern Baptist leadership.
The Conservative Baptist Network is touted as a grassroots effort to move away from a progressive-slanted social justice focus. Brad Jurkovich, a spokesman for the effort, criticized churches and religious leaders who he said were "twisting what God's word in saying about things like human sexuality, biblical racial reconciliation, and socialistic justice."
Rod Martin, an affiliate with the new network, cited the "enormous media push in the direction of the left" which "bleeds over into the church:"
"Do we need to take a stand against sex abuse? Absolutely. Do we need to take a stand against racism wherever we find it? One hundred percent. I'm completely there," he said. "But at the point at which we start becoming some other denomination ... if I want to go be an Episcopalian or a Presbyterian I'll go be one."
The network does not constitute a new denomination, its members say. One member of the initiative said that he hopes it helps Christians "stay engaged and take the gospel to the nations."