Did Tebow cave in to pressure from gay activists?

When Tim Tebow announced that he would be speaking in April at the First Baptist Church of Dallas, one would have thought he’d said he was about to drown a litter of kittens.

CBS Sports went so far as to say that he was “about to make the biggest mistake of his life.”

Why? Because the church’s pastor, Robert Jeffress, believes in traditional marriage, and he’s very outspoken about it.

He’s also been labeled anti-Semitic and anti-gay. Not only does Jeffries vehemently deny these charges, but so does the church as well as other religious leaders.

Shortly after the CBS Sports article appeared, Fox News Radio commentator Todd Starnes tweeted, “CBS says if you attend a church that believes in traditional marriage – you are intolerant http://cbsprt.co/VriUOO “

Although Tebow continued to receive support for his plans to speak, he eventually bowed to media pressure.

“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 wrote in a series of tweets Thursday morning.

“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!”

The gay and lesbian community breathed a sigh of relief.

“He was smart to cancel,” wrote Wayne Self, according to Fox News. “Tebow has never been a serious theologian or moral arbiter, but instead a popular evangelical Christian. But being associated with such a virulently anti-gay pastor would only tarnish his image.” Self is a prominent blogger of LGBT issues.

This country was founded on the principle of religious freedom — it’s what first brought the Pilgrims to our shores. Religious freedom — and religious tolerance — forms the basis of the First Amendment.

As such, one’s religious principles and beliefs cannot be the subject of public debate — they’re personal to the individual.

Moreover there is no religion as virulently anti-gay — and intolerant in its beliefs — as Islam. I can’t help but wonder if Tebow would have created the furor he did had he announced he was about to speak at a mosque.

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  • Steve Leong

    PRAISE GOD for this man's courage, and insight. I never thought much of people who discriminate, condemn, and promote crucifixion towards their own Gay children, in the name of God. They pour obscene amounts of money and time into initiatives to stop Gay people from having equal rights, while there is starving, homelessness, and poverty in the world. I see that Tim Tebow can also see through their hypocrisy.

    This man not only is great with his physical and mental abilities. He is outstanding with his HEART!

    • Dan Shickle

      The CBS sports writer admitted on Dallas radio that he never once talked to Tebow and never once talked to the pastor of the First Baptist Church before writing his article. Hypocrisy reins when people repeat false accusations. In an excellent interview by the Dallas radio station all of the charges were addressed to the pastor and he answered them in a straight forward respectful manner indicating the misquotations and misrepresentations of the CBS author. Before one gives his own opinion he should at least avail himself of all of the fact from both sides. Excellent work by the Dallas radio sports tall show to ask the tough questions and as for the CBS reporter it shows his ineptness as a reporter. Much like all of the reporting done at Sandy Hook which later turned out to be mostly wrong. I say praise God for pastors like the First Baptist Church in Dallas that stand behind the Bible and teach its truth no matter what the opposition.

  • Gordon Gharis

    Tim Tebow made a mistake. He calls himself a Christian, and that's GOOD, but, he does not want to be seen as associating with a Pastor and a Church that preaches against Homosexuality. Tim, you have got to stand up stronger for your Beliefs and for GOD's Standards of what is Right and Wrong, Holy and Sinful, better than that. How would you last in the Great Tribulation if you're LEFT BEHIND. So many in the Church cave in themselves against the media and against the majority of the masses who believe that "Right and Wrong" is a matter of personal choice and likes and dislikes, rather that what GOD says is Right and Wrong. Homosexuality is a SIN. Pure and Simple. GOD loves you, Tim, please repent and stand up for what is Right. GOD is testing you, as HE does all of HIS children.

  • Pat

    Mr. Gharis, I do not recall seeing where it said exactly why Tim changed his mind. I think you and others should not speak before knowing all of the story. I would also go as far as to say, it's really none of your business why he chose to not speak at this church. It's between him and God.

  • KB Cook

    Rather than try to judge the heart of a professing Christian man, I choose to recognize that Almighty God alone is both sovereign and omniscient. Perhaps, in this case, the words of the Preacher of Ecclesiastes made sense to Mr. Tebow:

    1 There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—

    2 A time to give birth and a time to die;

    A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.

    3 A time to kill and a time to heal;

    A time to tear down and a time to build up.

    4 A time to weep and a time to laugh;

    A time to mourn and a time to dance.

    5 A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;

    A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.

    6 A time to search and a time to give up as lost;

    A time to keep and a time to throw away.

    7 A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;

    A time to be silent and a time to speak.

    8 A time to love and a time to hate;

    A time for war and a time for peace.

    Citation: New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Ec 3:1–8.

  • Mr Tony

    Personally, I believe Tim caved to the gay rights community, and it stinks to me. He was not asked to speak about gays, just what drove him to Jesus Christ. He should go and honor the church. The First Baptist of Dallas has been there for over 100 years.

  • http://yahoo Robert

    What would JESUS have done , Tim ?????

  • Gordon Gharis

    Tim is a VERY PUBLIC FIGURE. He has made his Christian Beliefs VERY PUBLIC. To whom much is given, much is required. I do hope that he did not "cave" because of any fear of back-lash by the Homosexual community, and for fear of being considered a "hater" by many for having giving his Testimony in a Church that preaches against Homosexuality. If there is a Godly reason for his change of mind, then, GREAT. But, if he did "cave" out of "fear of man", then, I'd urge him to acknowledge it's sinfulness and to repent before GOD, and man.

  • Gordon Gharis

    I just want to say, if Tim did cave out of fear and for the wrong reasons, that, GOD still loves Tim and wants him to acknowledge that the fear of man is a sin, and that he must repent of it. Again, as I replied above, if Tim bowed out for a truly Godly reason, then, GOOD, and may GOD continue to Bless him. But, we cannot sit on the fence when it comes to these Hot-Button issues of today's society, and try to, somehow, be "neutral". It can't happen. All Christians must stand up for what is Good and Right, and, at the same time, stand up against what is Sinful and Evil. YES.