Media Alliance/Getty Images Christian Media, a major Christian media network with more than 200 Christian websites, has become an official conference partner of the Southern Baptist Convention, according to documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The documents obtained from the Southern Baptists Union indicate that the network is joining forces with the Christian Broadcasting Network and its sister network, Christian Television Network.
Christian Media is affiliated with the Southern Methodist Convention.
The Southern Baptist Commission announced that it would not endorse Christian Media’s plans for the conference.
“We appreciate and appreciate the opportunity to be able to bring Christian media into a larger and more inclusive church,” said Jeff Johnson, president of the SBCS.
In its announcement, the Southern Conference said it has “agreed to partner with Christian Media to offer a multi-day conference of faith and family.”
“We recognize that the conference will include Christian ministries, including ministry from churches that have expressed their opposition to LGBT issues, including Christian ministries with which we have had significant disagreements,” the SBS said.
According to the Southern Coalition for Marriage, more than two-thirds of Americans support marriage equality.
However, the network has also attracted controversy.
In June, Southern Baptist leaders released a letter in which they warned that they had concerns about the Christian Media Network’s efforts to promote the gospel through media and education.
A recent Southern Baptist Ethics Committee investigation found that Christian Media had misrepresented its “biblical roots” to the SBI.
The Ethics Committee, which is chaired by a Baptist, recommended that the Southern Broadcasting Network cease its association with the network.
At the time, Southern Broadcasting said it was committed to “working collaboratively with the SBA on all aspects of broadcasting,” according to a statement from the network’s parent company, Liberty Broadcasting Network.
In response to the Ethics Committee report, the SBN’s president, Robert Jeffress, said in a statement, “The Southern Baptist Conference has always been an independent, nonpartisan, and non-partisan organization that values diversity and welcomes people of all faiths and backgrounds.”
In May, the group announced that the organization was “engaging with a number of media companies to explore options for bringing their brands to the Baptist Conference and other Christian institutions.”
According a press release issued by the Southern Broadcast Network, the alliance will help to build a broader and more diverse audience for the Southern Church.”
The Southern Broadcasting Networks’ announcement comes as more than 150 Southern Baptist ministers have signed a letter to Southern Baptist President Dr. Jerry Falwell urging him to withdraw the Southern Christian Leadership Conference from the SBM.
On May 22, the BSA’s Ethics Committee approved a formal complaint against the Southern Media Network for violating ethics code.
Falwell has been vocal in his opposition to same-sex marriage and gay rights in recent years.
“I am going to say to my children, ‘If you love another man, love your neighbor as yourself.’ “
I am not going to allow that to happen in my church,” he added.
“I am going to say to my children, ‘If you love another man, love your neighbor as yourself.’
And I will say to any young person that thinks they can do better, I will tell them, ‘Do it in your home, do it in the home of your parents.'”
Falston’s statement also noted that “it has become clear to me that the evangelical community has lost faith in the Southern Bishops.”