… First Baptist Church of Dallas in April, due to new information that has been brought to my attention, I have decided to cancel my…
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) February 21, 2013
Tim Tebow, better known as far and away the most famous backup quarterback in the NFL, was set to make a speaking appearance at the First Baptist Church in Dallas.
Because the church is christening a new, $130 million campus and Tebow was set to be the big celebrity face of the grand unveiling.
We’re not even going to get into all the starving children, not in Africa, but right here in America that money could have fed. Instead, we’re going to get into the church’s pastor, Dr. Robert Jeffress, and his blatant racism, antisemitism and anti-gay words and actions.
This from the Dallas Morning News:
But in America’s ongoing cultural wars, Tebow’s very public faith and Jeffress’ strict-constructionist views on salvation and Christianity have generated enormous amounts of controversy.
Jeffress has been outspoken against homosexuality, said Islam and Mormonism are “heresy from the pit of hell” and tied Catholicism to “a Babylonian mystery religion” that corrupted the early Christian church.
Neither man makes any apology.
“I think as pastors we have a duty to preach ‘the whole counsel of God,’ and not just discuss those that are politically correct,” Jeffress said. “It’s my role to speak clearly on the issues on which the Bible speaks clearly. It’s my role to preach what the Bible says, and that includes the controversial issues.
We’re a sports website, not a religious one, so instead of ripping Jeffress’ unabashedly ignorant, thoughtless remarks, we’re going to keep things simple.
Mr. Tebow wised up, and removed himself from what would most assuredly been an absolute firestorm.
Hopefully, he is taking the extra time to work on his passing mechanics.
h/t: Busted Coverage