In a series of tweets on his Twitter account (@TimTebow), Tim Tebow has announced on Twitter that he will no longer appear at First Baptist Church of Dallas in April, a scheduled visit that attracted national attention.
“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.” Tebow announced in over four tweets. “I will continue to use the platform God has blessed me with to bring Faith, Hope and Love to all those needing a brighter day. Thank you for all of your love and support. God Bless!”
As was written Monday in The Dallas Morning News, Tebow was to appear April 28 at the Dallas church led by Dr. Robert Jeffress as part of First Baptist’s monthlong celebration of the $130 million expansion and renovation of its downtown campus.
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.
“The reason for this firestorm is not because the word of God has changed. It’s because society has changed.”
Tebow was in Dallas on Monday, speaking at the GameChanger Coaches Leadership Summit at American Airlines Center.