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Tebow

Not too recently, a scandal concerning Tim Tebow who made arrangements to speak on April 28, 2013 at the big 11,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas (formerly pastored by the well-known expository preacher W.A. Criswell).  That church is now being pastored by Pastor Robert Jeffress (disclaimer: I do not know every thing about Pastor Jeffress’ view on Catholicism, but I just watched a video and heard him say that the “Pope is a Christian man.”  That is a big concern to me and seems like a compromise on his part.  Therefore I cannot give a public endorsement to him.  I wonder what W.A. Criswell would say if he heard that).  For some reason, the media found out about the church where Teabow will be speaking at.  They did their research and found out that the church is not suitable to their relativistic cultural taste.  And guess what? They did not like it because their cultural standards are being pricked on because Pastor Jeffress messages appear to be intolerant of others.  Gregg Doyel, a national columnist critisized Tebow by saying,

Agreeing to speak at intolerant church is Teabow’s greatest sin” (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/21726884/agreeing-to-speak-at-intolerant-church-is-tebows-greatest-sin).

While the criticism of Tebow continued, Tebow during that time, changed his mind about speaking at First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas.  People are speculating that Tebow’s refusal to speak at the church is due to the media’s negative caricature of Pastor Jeffress’ message against sin (i.e. homosexuality, Islam, Mormonism, etc.).  Tebow also commented in his Twitter during this scandal by saying,

While I was looking forward to sharing a message of hope and Christ’s unconditional love with the faithful members of the historic… First Baptist Church of Dallas in April, due to new information that has been brought to my attention, I have decided to cancel my …upcoming appearance. I will continue to use the platform God has blessed me with to bring Faith, Hope and Love to all those…

By implication, “it appears” Tebow stepped down from the anticpated event to speak at the church because his PR or market value maybe marred.  It has also been said that Tebow may speak at the church in the future, but that is still yet to be revealed.  What do you guys think?  Is this Tebow’s greatest fumble, as Dr. Albert Mohler puts it?  May we pray for Tebow and may we learn from this scandal because soon, as Dr. Mohler said:

Soon, the ball will be thrown to each of us.”

If it is true that Tebow declined to speak at First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas  because his image maybe tarred, then I do believe it will “probably” be Tebow’s “greatest fumble.”  But will depend on what his reasons are.  If I had the opportunity to speak to him, I would encourage this brother to not succumb to the pressure of the standards of the culture that are based on relativism.  I would exhort him to live all out for God’s glory and not worry about what the world says but worry about what God’s Word says.  Living a godly life will bring persecution.  1 Timothy 3:12 says, “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (NASB).

Until then, I will look forward to see whether Tim Tebow will bounce back from this issue and I hope that the perceived fumble will be recovered. Also, it is difficult to know what is going on in Tebow’s mind.  It could very well be that he decided not to go because this pastor “seemed” to compromise on the biblical view on Catholicism.  But that is my logical guess.  So perhaps the greatest fumble could be on Pastor Jeffress when he stated that the pope is a Christian man; and saying that “there will be millions of Catholics who are going to be in heaven because of their faith in Christ.”

Here are some good links to follow concerning this issue:

1) Dr. Jeffress Responds to Tebow Controversy.  Here are videos concerning Dr. Jeffress’ rebuttal against the media’s unbiblical views.

2) Message 2, Feet Firmly Planted in Midair. “Most students entering college today believe that truth is relative, that what is true for you may not be true for me. In this message, Dr. Steven Lawson looks at the influence relativism has had on our culture and explores the consequences. He will explain the absurd and self-defeating nature of relativism and remind us of God’s call to stand for the unchanging absolute truth of His Word.”

3) Tebow’s Big Fumble.  This is an article by Dr. Albert Mohler, from Christianity Today, concerning Tim Tebow’s refusal to speak at Pastor Jeffress’ church.

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