Tuesday, February 19, 2013

NBC Slams Tim Tebow and First Baptist Church of Dallas' Pastor

NBC is publicly slamming both football player Tim Tebow and Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of the 11,000 member First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas. Again.

Both Tebow and Jeffress have been the target of public media and in every case it has been related to the public expression of their biblical beliefs and faith.

Here is NBC's latest attack and their view of the football player and the pastor.


Richard Chandler with NBC News says, "It seems that lately Tim Tebow has been making more speaking appearances in church than he has quarterback appearances in NFL games."

Chandler says, "Tebow has a speaking engagement on April 28 at First Baptist Dallas...That's the church led by pastor Robert Jeffress, a controversial evangelical Christian who has made quite a name for himself by referring to other religions as 'heretical' and that re-electing Obama would lead to the 'rise of the anti-christ'."

He then quotes from the far left Huffington Post, which quotes from the further left ThinkProgress:

"On the eve of the presidential election in November 2012, Jeffress warned his Dallas congregation that President Barack Obama’s re-election would 'lead to the rise of the Antichrist,' according to The Christian Post.

Jeffress also gained notoriety for his statements about the gay community. According to ThinkProgress, during the same speech where he endorsed Rick Perry in 2011, Jeffress told a crowd at the high-profile Values Voters Summit that gays should not be allowed in the military because 'Seventy percent of the gay population' has AIDS."

Then he mocks Tebow with this, "Is Tebow’s appearance at First Baptist Dallas an ipso facto endorsement of Jeffress’ views? Not necessarily. He could be there to debate him. Or perhaps it’s a secular arts and crafts presentation. Look, work with me here, OK?"

"I prefer to think of Tebow," he says, "as someone who saw the word 'megachurch' and got excited about speaking to a lot of like-minded people, and just forgot to do his due diligence on the guy in charge. Remember Tim, Google can be your friend."

Here's the problem with all this, especially from a major "news" organization.

First, Chandler quotes the Huffington Post, which quotes ThinkProgress, which quotes Pastor Jeffress out of context.

The church released a statement on Sunday which clarifies what the church and the pastor actually believe. And what the pastor said.

Recent media reports regarding an appearance by New York Jets’ Quarterback Tim Tebow at First Baptist Church of Dallas have grossly misrepresented past comments made by First Baptist’s pastor, Dr. Robert Jeffress, specifically related to issues of homosexuality and AIDS as well as Judaism.

While Dr. Jeffress did attend the Voter’s Values Summit in 2011, he did so in order to introduce then-presidential candidate, Governor Rick Perry. In an interview following the event, Dr. Jeffress responded to a question about homosexuals within the military during which he referred to a quote by Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, who at their 2008 national conference said, “70 percent of the people in this country living with HIV being gay or bi (sexual), we cannot deny that HIV is a gay disease.”

Dr. Jeffress mentioned this quote in his answer, which he clearly attributed to Foreman. Further, statements about Judaism allegedly attributed to Dr. Jeffress in recent media reporters are patently false.

Dr. Jeffress is committed to preaching the bold biblical truth of God’s Word. He has regularly stated the mainstream Evangelical Christian belief that Christ is the only way a person can escape Hell and that God’s provision of salvation is necessary for everyone, as found in John 14:6. Dr. Jeffress leads First Baptist under the mandates of Scripture and teaches its members to share God’s truth at all costs, even when it requires going against the mainstream, popular view.

We are saddened that this truth can no longer be communicated without being reported as “hate speech.”

Pastor Jeffress was quoting a leader in the homosexual community in regard to AIDS being " a gay disease."

This is how the media perpetuates lies, shapes opinion in the culture and advances a social agenda.

Todd Starnes at FOX News says, "Sing Oldham, a spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention, said the NBC story was evidence that 'it’s open season on those who profess personal faith in Jesus Christ and pattern their lives by biblical morality'.”

“Evangelical Christians are treated with contempt and targeted for ridicule,” Oldham told Fox News. “This should come as no surprise. Jesus said, ‘The world will hate you because of My Name.’”

Jeffress said that kind of reporting is why Americans don’t trust journalists.

He said it’s clear the news organizations have no understanding of mainstream evangelical Christian beliefs.

“What I have said about homosexuality going against God’s standard for human sexuality – and about Christ being the only provision for salvation – these are not radical ideas,” he said. “These have been a part of historic Christian faith for 2,000 years.”

Indeed they are not radical ideas. They are directly based on biblical teaching integral to living out the Christian faith. Jesus Himself said He is the only way to God.

This is the latest example of the effort to marginalize biblical teaching and evangelical beliefs as radical, unacceptable hate speech. And to normalize the most deviant sexual behavior.

This is the path that is being established every time we pass so-called "equality" legislation. There are then corresponding assumptions and supporting laws enacted that further challenge traditional Christian teaching and label it as "hate speech."

It is also a further assault on a professional football player who has done nothing more that exercise his right to freedom of religious expression by publicly sharing his faith in God.

Some Christians have publicly condemned Tebow for being "too public" with his faith? Should Christians simply shrink and only express their biblical beliefs in private meetings in a building some where?

Is this following the teaching of Christ, who Himself said we are to take His message into the whole world?

We need to re-read the red print in the New Testament, then have some honest discussion.

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.

26 comments:

  1. The left wing NBC is doing everything possible to destroy American culture and religion. STOP watching any NBC program.

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    1. NBC is only reflecting what really goes on in society which includes prejudices and hate towards gays and any other group not considered equal to mainstream society

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  2. ...just forgot to do his due diligence on the guy in charge.

    Well, naturally. I sure wouldn't visit a church without making sure ahead of time that every opinion the pastor held mirrored my own precisely. Who would?

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    1. Actually, it doesn't matter what his opinion is. The question is, is he rightly following Scripture? That's the due diligence we need to use, unfortunately many are lax at being Bereans, who searched the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

      If the pastor reflects Christ, then that's where we should be, you will know a tree by it's fruit.

      Thank, Gary for the info! This stuff comes as no surprise, huh?

      Craig in Lacey

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    2. Joel,

      I hope your remark is just an excellent example of sarcasm. Pretty witty. Who would grow were it not for an honest discussion.

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  3. Finally, American Evangelical Christians are being challenged with the Great Commission...in our own backyard.

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  4. Is anyone else out there tired of "Biblical beliefs" being defined as Republican, anti-somebody, anti-other-religions political stances?

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    1. Is anyone out there tired of biblical beliefs being defined as hateful, moronic, opiate for the masses, etc and on and on.

      God is so gracious that He is still waiting for the sin ner to come to Him

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    2. Ephesians 2:5 - made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.

      We sinners are 'dead' in our transgressions, and 'dead' sinners can't come to God. God comes to us through the Holy Spirit by hearing the Word and only after our hearts have been opened by the Holy Spirit can we believe.

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  5. I'm tired of atheists trying to push their religion on everyone all the time. Why do they have the right to push no belief on those who have a belief?

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  6. RE: "It is also a further assault on a professional football player who has done nothing more that exercise his right to freedom of religious expression by publicly sharing his faith in God."

    Every one of us has a right to state our beliefs. But freedom of religious expression does not mean we are free from reactions to it.

    So what's happening here? It used to be acceptable to make ridiculous claims about gay people and, for the most part, people went along with it. But now, this supportive audience is shrinking ever so quickly, and people like Tebow, the preacher, and Gary are left whining over the negative reactions to their words.

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    1. It's not okay ever to ridicule gays or any other group just because of religious or personal beliefs

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  7. I have nothing but complete respect for Dr Jeffress if I lived closer I would attend his church, he speaks Biblical truth just how Christians are supposed to whether its popular or not. Not a football fan but Go Tim Tebow! He has a right to his beliefs and he is not afraid to show it. All this politicallly correct stuff is a huge problem for our country,, we must end this before we become like Stalin Russia, or Hitler's Germany.

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  8. If you do a quick combined search for "Tebow" and "Jeffress", you'll easily find many, many more than just NBC/Chandler that are concerned and dissappointed with Tim's decision to speak at Jeffress' church.

    Simply put, which of these two individuals is truly the more "Christ-like"? The answer is pretty obvious to most.

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    1. You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free. It is not about NBC/Chandler or Tim T. It is all about the truth of God's Word and our right to share Jesus with others

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    2. It's not clear to me which one you think is being more Christ-like. It sounds like you are implying that Jeffress is not, because he doesn't "love others" like he should... If that's what you meant, sorry but I don't agree; Tebow caved, plain and simple...

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  9. God will not be mocked. Just watch, something really suprising and really bad is going to happen to that reporter very soon. God will not be denied his revenge.

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    1. So, is god going to seek revenge on Tebow now?

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  10. So much has been said, all having merit. And worth thinking about. Several years ago when I started writing articles on the Internet, I was not surprised by what those outside the Christian Camp thought about my evangelical, Biblically based articles. It is those who profess to be Christians who seem to have problems with my lack of tolerance for beliefs that run sharply contrary to Scripture that was an eye-opener to me. The harvest is white here in the USA.
    From Grants Pass OR

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  11. The fact that the statement that the (re)election of a black president would usher in the anti-Christ did not receive any correction, misrepresentation or denial sheds true light on this pastor, his parishioners and the view of many white American so-called Christians. President Obama has openly stated he believes in Jesus Christ, the Bible, the Holy Spirit and God's Word. I disagree w/President Obama's view/interpretation of Scripture regarding gay marriage and one that I continue to pray for him about, as I'm sure all you other "Christians" are! After all, (he) President Obama is our brother in Christ. As oppose to some Evangelicals, i.e. Jeffress, Billy Graham and the like, would rather support a man in Mitt Romney that openly professes to be apart of a religion that believes the Word of God is NOT infallible, since Mormons use the Book of Miriah, believes Lucifer is the brother of Jesus, baptizes in the name of the dead, NOT the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, wears secret underwear and who's founder was a drunkard repeatedly thrown in jail. Yes, of course! That's the man we should make President of these United States!! Let's have Barabas. Let's have Saul of the Old Testament since we (Children of Israel) want a king! Truthfully speaking majority of white America wants any face other than a black one in the highest position in the land.

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  12. Considering the days in which we live, We must seize every opportunity we can to proclaim Biblical truths especially concerning eternal salvation through Jesus Christ. Tebow would have a voice for eternity and would still be "quoted" but now he is allowing the "pressures" of the world to make him reconsider whether Jesus is LORD of his life or not. Is he conforming to the world or what?

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  13. Tebow should seize the opportunity to lift up Christ. The liberal media will not leave him alone. They will see this as a victory. He must now examine his motives whether Christ is LORD of his life in this or not. All of us be careful not to let the world dictate to us...Be not conformed to this world (Rom.12:1,2).

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  14. What else can you expect from the evil main stream media. They hate all things that are good. This kind of media is ruining our precious nation.

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  15. Read the lists in Revelation 21 and 22 that list the qualities of those headed for the lake of fire. If you think you have never done anything that could put you on that list, you might want to think again. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in bringing us to true repentance is our only hope. I mistakenly checked thumbs down, then I read pastor Jeffress' gracious response and realized I needed to think again and reserve judgment.

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  16. I am wondering why homosexuals, who comprise a very tiny portion of our population, can expect tolerance for their views and yet turn around and completely bully and silence the views and values of the 95% of the population. The homosexuals only have their newfound acceptance because of the tolerance of non-homosexuals and even the Christians. Why can't they return the favor to those who differ with them? I think they need to practice what they preach. And by the way we have known some homosexual couples that are tolerant and loving without trying to silence us when they found out we didn't agree with their lifestyle. WE had a nice relationship with our neighbors who were lesbians. Without all the drama and forcing us to agree with them,thank you very much.

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  17. Everyone should just try to get along, in spite of whether you agree with another's beliefs or sexual orientation. We are all human beings.

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