NFL quarterback Tim Tebow was slated to speak at the First Baptist Church in Dallas but after all the negative press, he cancelled his speaking engagement. Now, the controversial pastor of the church claims that Tebow agrees with his teachings and his stance that “gay is not okay.”
Pastor Robert Jeffress insists that Tebow only cancelled his speech because he was trying to avoid controversy. Jeffress stated that he did not cancel because he disagreed with the church.
On Thursday, Tim Tebow 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.”
Pastor Robert Jeffress told the Daily Beast that Tebow got in contact with him several times to reassure the church that he was only cancelling because with his precarious spot in the NFL he couldn’t afford any bad press.
The Daily Beast quoted Jeffress as saying, “Tim is a member of a Southern Baptist Church, the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Fla., that believes exactly what we believe about those issues, and Tim affirmed that that is what their church believes. So I think Tim was probably speaking the truth when he said it wasn’t the belief of our church, it was the controversy surrounding his appearance.”
“He said that because of professional and personal reasons he needed to stay away from the controversy right now, so he would not be able to come. But he also voiced that he would like to come at some future date in our church.”
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