Friday, February 22, 2013

Tim Tebow Cancels First Baptist Church

Associated Press is reporting that Tim Tebow called Pastor Jeffress and told him he needed to avoid controversy right now "for personal and professional reasons."

Tebow posted this on Facebook and Twitter: "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. 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!"

Prior to the cancellation, homosexual activist bloggers and some mainstream reporters and sports writers were publicly challenging Tebow's decision to appear at the 11,000 member Dallas First Baptist Church, labeling Pastor Jeffress as a "controversial evangelical Christian."

Why are they calling Pastor Jeffress controversial?

He told "The Fan" radio program 106.7, "We have been mischaracterized and misquoted as being a hate-spewing church. For us to simply say that Jesus Christ offers salvation to anyone who believes in him, and that sex should be between a man and woman in marriage, that that should be considered hate speech, I don't understand that. It really shows you not that the Word of God has changed, but society has changed."

So, did Tebow cave to the homosexual activists pressure?

How does Pastor Jeffress and the church feel about his decision?

What message does this send from the evangelical community to those who seek to redefine morality, replace biblical truth with relativism, secularize America and re-make the culture?

And what should biblical Christians take from this episode?


Tebow is receiving high praise from the homosexual community for making the right decision.

Pastor Jeffress told FOX News that Tim "felt pressured" and "people are going to have to make up their own mind about whether he caved to pressure from homosexual activists."

One source told Fox, "His decision basically validates the unfair attacks being made on First Baptist Church Dallas."

Ultimately, this is an issue that can only be fully known and reconciled between Tim Tebow and God.

Perhaps the church should not rely so heavily upon celebrities to deliver the message.

However, this speaks to the bigger national controversy this issue has generated. And that's why I bring it up today.

The event has clarified that fundamental biblical teaching such as; faith in Jesus Christ alone will save an individual; there is no other way in which people can come to God except through Jesus Christ; and that sex should only be between a man and a woman in a marriage relationship. This is now becoming "hate speech" and will not be tolerated by the secular progressives. And legislation is being incrementally put in place to enforce that view and punish those who do not hold that view.

These and other similar beliefs are historical Christian beliefs held for more than 2000 years.

Those who hold these beliefs are becoming increasingly labeled as haters, bigots, anti-Semitic, and in the case of abortion, anti-women.

So, what does it all mean?

Denny Burk, a cultural commentator and professor at Boyce College in Louisville, Ken., said Tebow’s decision is a significant event for the nation’s Christian community and could serve as a troubling bellwether.

“This moment will appear to many as another marker of Christianity’s cultural marginalization,” he wrote on his website. “In the broad tolerance of views in our public discourse, who’s in and who’s out? What voices are allowed in the cacophony that is American democracy? Which voices should be excluded? Christian voices have long been a part of the din but moments like these make it seem like those days are coming to an end.”

Do you agree?

It is certain the pressure is mounting to silence the biblical Christian's public voice.

Remember when the owner of Chick-fil-A said he believed marriage is between one man and one woman? The fury of Hell came against him and his business.

Remember when Brad Pitt's mother said she believed marriage was between one man and one woman? She instantly became national news because of her personal Christian beliefs. Brad Pitt was threatened by homosexual Hollywood insiders who told him his mother needed to keep her beliefs to herself because they had given Brad his career.

Remember the Sweet Cakes by Melissa (Gresham, OR) story a couple of weeks ago? They declined to cater a cake to a homosexual "wedding" because of their Christian beliefs. They are still being picketed and harassed.

Hobby Lobby is immersed in ongoing litigation because they are pro-life and refuse to comply with the Obamacare mandate.

The Stormans family in Olympia.

This morning, the Washington State House of Representatives are voting on a bill that will force insurance policies that cover birth costs to also cover abortion costs.

Those who seek to secularize America while silencing Christians are proceeding in 3 ways:

  • Silencing Christians through "Intimidation."
  • Silencing Christians through "Litigation."
  • Silencing Christians through "Legislation."

In the Old Testament book of Jeremiah (2: 11-13), the question is asked, "Has a nation changed its gods?" Desolation is predicted because the people have committed two evils:

1. They have forsaken God--the fountain of living waters.

2. They have hewn cisterns---broken cisterns that can hold no water.

God help us.

16 comments:

  1. From Grants Pass, OR This is an explosive issue, but the importance here is not to condemn Tim for his decision. As part of the family of God, we need to support his decision trusting that he is being guided by the Lord in this matter. Who knows what Tim believes God would have him do in this matter? Are we going to let those outside the Christian camp divide us? God Forbid. And our thoughts, our plans quite honestly are not God's thoughts or plans, so let's not try to impose these into this situation....just let God show us what His plan is in this case, that He might be glorified in all things.

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    1. I spoke with God this morning and he said he thought Tim was making mistake, but there was nothing he could do about it.

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    2. I appreciate your comment. We do need to support one another. We must pray for Courage for Mr Tebow, as the brave will enter the Kingdom of God.

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  2. " Are we going to let those outside the Christian camp divide us?"

    From Tebow's decision, it's clear that they already have.

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  3. I am appalled at Tim Tebow's decision.

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  4. I just listened to you on the radio. It was excellent. Keep up the good work. Thank you for your sensitivity concerning Tim Tebow. They will try to use this to divide the Christian community. You spoke on this issue with wisdom and discernment this morning. God bless you Gary. Keep talking.

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  5. Gary, I heard your radio program this morning on my cell phone. It was terrific. I would encourage everyone to get the app. I wish those who only read the blog this morning could have heard your additional comments on the radio about Dietrich Bonhoeffer. They were very inspiring and challenging. Blessings.

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  6. God tells us satan will wax greater and greater and Jesus' return comes closer. Why should we be surprised by his upsurge? I am responsible for what I do; Tim Tebow is responsible for his decisions as well. I'm sorry that he felt his career would be jeopardized by speaking at this church, but I refuse to judge him for that decision. However, I am also sorry that it gives the homosexual community a sense of accomplishment by Tebow's decision.

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  7. Tim will pay for rejecting God's Word! His NFL career is over.

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  8. No matter what happens, Tim Tibow or no Tim Tibow, God's plans will not be thwarted. He works and uses both the good and the bad. Look what happened to "Haman"and Esther.
    We need people like Pastor Jeffres, Brad Pitt's Mom, the Stormans, the CEO of Chick-fil-A, and Melissa in Oregon. You'd be surprised at how many people who refuse to deny their Lord exist.

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    1. Amen! Your post is correct and bibically sound. God's will be done.

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  9. GARY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR BALANCED AND WISE APPROACH TO THIS. GOD BLESS YOU.

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  10. Mr Tebow must walk through fire and Trust God that as he steps out in Faith that God will part the way as He did for Moses when he crossed the Red Sea to lead the Hebrews to freedom. Let the opposition build.... the victory ahead for the Kingdom of The Most High God and the Glory due God's Name will be all the sweetier.

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    1. We are to be the salt. We are to be Christ voice, hands, and feet here on earth. We are to proclaim the gospel not to blend in with our culture. If christians do not stand up for Gods word then who will?

      Bonnie in Yelm

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  11. CALLING ON THE NAME OF THE LORD?

    What is the meaning of calling on the name of the Lord? Many assume that believing in Jesus and saying a form of a sinner's prayer constitutes, calling on the name of the Lord. The problem with that theory is none of the conversions under the New Covenant support that assumption. Not one time is anyone ever told to believe and say the sinner's prayer in order to be saved.

    The apostle Peter on the Day of Pentecost quoted the prophet Joel, Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." (NKJV)

    The apostle Peter preached the first gospel sermon under the New Covenant. Peter did not tell the 3000 converts to believe and say the sinner's prayer.

    Peter preached the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. He preached Jesus as both Lord and Christ. When they heard this they asked Peter and the rest of the brethren what they should do?(Acts 2:22-37) Peter told them what to do. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(NKJV)

    How did the 3000 on the Day of Pentecost call on the name of the Lord and become saved?
    1. They believed that Jesus was both Lord and Christ.
    2. They believed that God raised Jesus from the grave.
    3. They repented. Repentance is a change of heart. Repentance means to be converted so that God may forgive your sins. Repentance is to make the intellectual commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God. (Acts 3:19, Acts 2:38)
    4. They were immersed in water (baptized) so that their sins could be forgiven.

    How did the 3000 on the Day of Pentecost not call on the name of the Lord?
    1. They did not say a sinner's prayer.
    2. Not one person was asked to pray for forgiveness.
    3. Not one single man was told to be baptized as a testimony of his faith.
    4. No one was told that water baptism was a just an act of obedience.
    5. No one was informed they were saved the very minute they believed.
    6. Not one person was told that water baptism was not essential for the forgiveness of sins.
    7. Not one person was told to be baptized so they could join a denominational church.

    Jesus said he that believes and is baptized shall be saved. (Mark 16"16) Jesus did not say he who believes and says a sinner's prayer shall be saved.


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