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Tim Tebow

CANCELS Speech

at Controversial Church

2/21/2013 7:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Tim Tebow has officially yanked himself from a speaking engagement at a church in Dallas ... after reports surfaced that he'd be sharing the pulpit with a preacher who has denounced Jews and gays.

Tebow was slated to speak at the First Baptist Church of Dallas in April ... but moments ago, the NFL star tweeted:

 "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."

He continued, "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!"

Tebow made no specific references to the preacher who has made the homophobic and anti-Semitic statements -- Dr. Robert Jeffress -- but it's pretty obvious Tebow realized the negative PR implications of being photographed next to the guy.

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Christopher R    

Why? Because he hasn't learned to read yet?
Too late, Tim. Your damage has been DONE.

518 days ago
17.

K-Town69    

Although I can appreciate the values espoused by Tebow, because I really think he works hard to live a Christian life, but I honestly believe his cancellation of his appearance demonstrates he is not as mature as I thought in his walk as Christian. Don't get me wrong, I am proud of him standing tall for what he believes, but his walk should be a progression. Him attending the church would have been a great opportunity to preach on God's love. His light is suppose to shine in the dark places. Who knows....perhaps with his commitment and the power of God, they could have transformed the thinking of the pastor by renewing his mind with the word of God.

He shouldn't let the media, the world, or comments deter him or persuade him from being used as a light in dark a place. That's exactly what the Lord did. He purposely chose environments that needed his presence, love, teachings, and compassion. It's called illumination. Canceling his appearance, means he was only going for the pastor and not necessarily for the people. Sometimes people don't know what they don't know....especially if they have not been exposed to accurate teachings. He could have persuaded others to renounce intolerance, and embrace inclusion. He missed a great opportunity. The Lord, Himself said, "The healed has no need of a physician, but only those who are sick." Translation: Why only go to places that already know how to love and embrace people. Go to those who don't know and shine your light. That's where you are most effective and can make a difference.

518 days ago
18.

tgrfan42069    

tv producers can make shows about it,politicians can say it,many can believe it.but being gay is not normal nor is it natural.monkeys throw poo at people does that mean its normal for humans to do that as well?

518 days ago
19.

jonto    

What a completely rediculous analogy.

518 days ago
20.

e33    

religion poisons everything

518 days ago
21.

Dino     

Jesus came to this world & never ever taught anyone to hate others. I have respect for this guy now. Spread love not Hate !

518 days ago
22.

LISA    

That was a good decision, but TMZ is making it sound like it just a PR moe. Maybe Tebow just doesn't want to share the pulpit with the hateful preacher because of his personal morals and values?

518 days ago
23.

Lee    

I don't trust people who go around spouting about what good christians they are but I believe that Tebow is not that kind of Christian. He seems to be a fair, truthful and honest man with good intentions. He practices what the christians preach (but pretty much ignore except on Sunday morning). Ghandi once said that he didn't particularly like christions because they were so unlike Christ who he liked very much. Tebow is proving that not all christians fall under that description. I saw on a church board once that "you have been put here to testify, not to judge". That describes Tebow.

518 days ago
24.

Randy Morrison    

THANK YOU TIM!!! I am gay and a fan of yours (have read your book) and certainly know we don't agree on EVERYTHING, but your God is not about HATRED, and you are THE MAN for making this stand!!!

518 days ago
25.

Javadude54    

Good for him.

518 days ago
26.

user007    

Tebow only cancelled after being informed he would be asked to throw a football through a tire while on stage. :)

518 days ago
27.

Larry    

I guess Tebow doesn't have the balls to show up and present an argument against what this other moron was saying.

518 days ago
28.

Larry    

Why doesn't TT go and present an argument against what the other moron is saying? Maybe not smart or courageous enough?

518 days ago
29.

snowboardchick    

He really should show up and express his message of love. Then denounce all the horrific things that so called church does.

518 days ago
30.

Obbop    

The well-indoctrinated lad was likely exposed from an early age by those intending to fill his mind with religious teachings.

Get them while they are young and it is so much easier to indoctrinate them.

Disagree with me and I and my invisible, unprovable creator being will meet you and your invisible, unprovable creator at the bike racks after school and commence some might smiting.

518 days ago
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