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Tim Tebow Ripped by Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church of Dallas

February 28th, 2013 at 11:33 AM
By Donald Lappe

Tim Tebow just can't win these days. After originally agreeing to speak at the First Baptist Church of Dallas, someone got in the New York Jets quarterback's ear about some of the past statements from Pastor Robert Jeffress. Not looking for that kind of attention, Tim Tebow announced that he was cancelling the appearance on his Twitter account. Robert Jeffress has since called out Tim Tebow for "wimping out," even if he didn't mention him by name. 

Tim Tebow agreed to speak at the First Baptist Church of Dallas, obviously seeing the large congregation as an opportunity to speak to a massive group of people interested in him and his beliefs. When it was brought to his attention that the church's senior pastor, Robert Jeffress, had made some past comments that in turn upset people about the scheduled appearance, he dropped out. Tim Tebow cited "new information" being the reason for his cancelling the speaking appearance.

Robert Jeffress, never one to mince words, has since fired back. The video above was posted to the First Baptist Church of Dallas YouTube account. The relevant part (Go to 7:20):

"I am grateful for men of God like these who are willing to stand up and act like men rather than wimping out when it gets a little controversial and an inconvenient thing to stand for the truth. God bless men like that."

Faith continues to be a hot issue in our culture and Tim Tebow, as hard as he may try, cannot separate it from his football career. He isn't one to be overbearing out of respect for his teammates, but even when he engages in something off the field it is dissected. Not wanting to alienate NFL teams further, or perhaps truly just finding out about the past comments from Robert Jeffress, Tim Tebow removed himself from a potentially inflammatory public appearance. And was subsequently ripped by the pastor, though not mentioned by name.

You can't please everybody. Sometimes, you can't please anybody.


Tags: 2013 NFL Draft, First Baptist Church of Dallas, Football, New York, New York Jets, NFL, Robert Jeffress, Tim Tebow, Twitter, YouTube

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