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Feb. 15, 2020: Woke SBC, Moody Bible Institute, controversial prayer

Feb. 15, 2020: Woke SBC, Moody Bible Institute, controversial prayer

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020:

Here are the latest headlines, brought to you by The Christian Post.

— Conservative Baptist Network launched amid 'woke' trend in SBC

Amid growing concern that the nation's largest Protestant denomination is increasingly "woke" and drifting from biblical orthodoxy, a new network has formed to emphasize evangelism and the sufficiency of Scripture within the Southern Baptist Convention.

The Conservative Baptist Network, which was launched on Friday, describes itself as a grassroots effort to maintain the proclamation of the Gospel at the center of SBC life. Those involved in the network's formation say their efforts are needed given the direction and perceived future of the Convention that many devout Southern Baptists find troubling.

— Pastor opens Virginia House with prayer opposing abortion, gay marriage

A Virginia pastor was condemned by Democratic state lawmakers for giving an opening prayer before the House of Delegates that warned of God's wrath and condemnation of abortion and same-sex marriage.

The Rev. Robert M. Grant Jr., senior pastor of The Father's Way Church of Warrenton, gave the invocation before the Democrat-controlled House on Tuesday morning.

Grant spoke about prison reform, abortion and same-sex marriage. It was the latter two that upset some Democratic lawmakers who walked out of the House chamber during the long prayer that was abruptly interrupted by Democratic House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn who banged banging her gavel to end the prayer.

— Moody Bible Institute to sell 10 acres to Chicago high-rise developer

Moody Bible Institute has entered into a preliminary agreement to sell off 10 acres north of the evangelical institution’s main campus in the Near North Side of Chicago to prominent high-rise developer JDL Development in a deal that is expected to bring thousands of new apartments to the area.

The sale price of the property is not known, but The Chicago Tribune estimates that the property’s sale could  top $200 million since it’s located near downtown Chicago.

— Sudan to hand over ex-president responsible for Darfur genocide, war crimes

The transitional government in Sudan has agreed to turn over former President Omar al-Bashir and two other ex-government officials responsible for genocide in Darfur to face prosecution at the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands.

Bashir, who’s now 76, led the East African nation from 1989 to 2019, and faces three counts of genocide, five counts of crimes against humanity, and two counts of war crimes against humanity committed in Darfur beginning in 2002. It’s been estimated that over as 300,000 people were killed in Darfur under his regime.

— 16,000 member megachurch in Singapore suspends gathering due to coronavirus

Starting this weekend, City Harvest Church, a controversial 16,000-member megachurch in Singapore, has suspended all physical meetings and will instead meet online as the global outbreak of the coronavirus surged to more than 64,000 cases Friday, according to numbers released by the Communist Party of China.

The number of coronavirus cases in Singapore has risen to at least 58. Singapore, a nation of just 5.7 million, has one of the highest number of coronavirus cases outside of China.

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