First Baptist Blames Tebow's No-Show on the Media's "Lies and Misrepresentations"

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As Tim Tebow's decision to cancel his Easter Sunday appearance at First Baptist continues to reverberate, the church and its pastor, Robert Jeffress, have gone on the offensive.

In a radio interview with the American Family Association, Jeffress says he and Tebow "had a very pleasant conversation. He explained to me that for personal and professional reasons, he felt like he need to lay low right now and avoid controversy."

As for the furor that made Tebow feel that way, that's all based "really on lies and misrepresentations" of the secular media.

First Baptist itself issued a press release, doubling down on what Jeffress said on-air:

We are saddened that Mr. Tebow felt pressure to back out of his long-planned commitment to First Baptist Dallas from numerous New York and national sports and news media who grossly misrepresented past comments made by our pastor, Dr. Robert Jeffress, specifically related to issues of homosexuality and AIDS, as well as Judaism. As a Christian pastor, Dr. Jeffress takes a biblical approach to moral and social issues, closely following his duty to preach 'the whole counsel of God,' and not just address issues that are politically correct. First Baptist is a church built on the truth of Scripture, even though at times that approach can be perceived as controversial or counter to the prevailing winds of culture.The reason for the recent media firestorm is not because the Word of God has changed, but because society has changed.More important, contrary to editorializing in the media, Dr. Jeffress shares a message of hope, not hate; salvation, not judgment; and a Gospel of God's love, grace and new beginnings available to all.

It's true that Jeffress' views on, for example, homosexuality (that it's a sin, but one that Christians should be compassionate about) are more nuanced than recent headlines would lead people to believe. But it's also true that Jeffress has made a career of saying flagrantly offensive things, then basking in the outrage he gins up.

So Tebow's decision not to visit First Baptist could be seen as karma or divine intervention. Or it could just be Tebow making a smart, reputation-preserving decision.

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CHINA
CHINA

TEBOW NO LIKE GOOD! KIM JONG IL BEST!

jesus
jesus

I am saddened that many churches and people are manipulating my teachings to promote their own careers. Furthermore, I never had press agents.  

tagkev1
tagkev1

im sure some people go to fbc to actually learn about jesus

MisterMean
MisterMean

Time to tax the churches.   No better reason than Jeffress.

garlandsucks
garlandsucks

I went to FBC east campus and attended a few sermons with jeffress and criswell presiding, I also remember the exact minute I realized it was all bullshit, when I was told that billions of Chinese folks are going to Hell, even the ones that lived in small villages and never even heard word one about Jesus.

nammer
nammer

Those people have no shame...they should be embarrassed that they spent $130 million on a new building instead of maybe using that $130 million to give poor people job training, build affordable housing for people in need, help people who don't have insurance with hospital bills.  They are sociopaths who hide behind their interpretation of the Bible to preach hate and to line their own pockets.  They disgust me

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Jeffress dehumanizes millions of people because of their religion or sexual orientation.  It's very clear to me who the hate monger is. 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

How does anyone let a powdered dandy like Jeffress tell them anything about sexuality?  IF that dude were a pussy loving Lothario, he's still a little faggot.   I suspect there aren't many fathers saying to their boys, why can't you be a man like the the good pastor?   No offense to gays, bi-sexuals, or anyone who's attracted to whomever. 

fistofsouth
fistofsouth

So will all of you please point out the Mainstream Christian Faith that advocates homosexuality and claims that everyone NOT a Christian is going to Heaven?  Yep didn't think so.  OK let's try this; save your outrage for religious leaders that actually take action and harm others and don't worry about overly conservative blowhards; they're all chicken-hawks anyway.

Will
Will

I had no idea this psycho was loose around town, much less downtown. It's ok for them to be out in the burbs, but I didn't know they had infiltrated downtown. Sad. The largest influx of people into downtown on weekends will be these nuts. Not park goers or shoppers or strollers.

ssore
ssore

"Numerous New York and national sports and news media who grossly misrepresented past comments made by our pastor"  New York code word for Jew? Nice press release... 

ChrisDangerShow
ChrisDangerShow

FBD has ceased to be a church since Criswell left the pulpit. Jeffers is nothing but a blowhard for the ultra-right teabag crowd. He's more concerned about his legacy than the churches..

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

"First Baptist is a church built on the truth of Scripture."

"Truth" is a pretty big word, especially with regard to religious preferences.

Greg
Greg

Maybe they can book Josh Hamilton.

James080
James080 topcommenter

Joseph Goebbels would be so proud of FBD.....

garlandsucks
garlandsucks

@shwhitley Went a few times as a kid, zero dark faces, the most arrogant pompous self serving bullshit spouting forth from the pullpit, lavish gifts given to elder statesmen, protesters outside.....yep FBC is awesome

bill.holston1
bill.holston1

@scottindallas scott, with respect, do you really need to use that word? Sorry, I hate to read these epithets. you can make your point without it. 

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@fistofsouth 

But he's just so, so... so smarmy and condescending.


I generally don't really care that most people believe that their truth is the ultimate truth. I'm glad that many people are uplifted and comforted by their particular faith - even as I wonder how they can embrace that ephemeral commodity. However, most people, most religious leaders, even, are content to revel in their own spirituality without using their truth (as it were) to publicly condemn the life choices of others.


It's arrogant and it's boorish to tell the world at large that your Jesus doesn't hate Jewish people, but that he'd kindly accept them into eternal life if they'd only accept Christ as their Lord and Savior.


So, if Jerffress wants to maintain his high profile and spout on and on about his exclusive little club, he's going to court a lot of public backlash. He eats it up, in fact.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@fistofsouth Preachin' hatred to a bunch of small minded hillbillies is akin to smokin' at a gas station.

Until your religious freaks quit spewin' hate and blaming the world's problems on gay people and abortion, I don't want to hear a word about how wonderful bejeebus is.

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

@ssore Yeah, they've got a lot of those devil-worshiping Catholic wops up there too.

Bobtex
Bobtex

@ChrisDangerShow Criswell was no less full of hate than Jeffress--just ask any Black or Jewish person who lived here during his reign as the Pope of First Babtist.  The difference between them is like the difference between po-ta-to and po-tah-to (with apologies to the Gershwins, who,according to these righteous Babtists, are either in Hell, or well on their way).

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@bill.holston1@scottindallasThe word means anything from a cigarette to a terrible epithet.  I appreciate the very vicious etymology of the word.  I stand by my use of it.  I wouldn't use it lightly, but as it's a word there's a use for it.  Again, I DID NOT use it in it's worst context.  No, the same point cannot be made without.  That cocksucker is a flaming faggot

I have friends who are notorious queens, I would only call them cocksucking flaming faggots with the greatest love.  I don't mean those epithets that way when I refer to that dude.  It ain't Robert Zimmerman but it expresses the contempt I hold for this guy.

While some on principles baptized
To strict party platforms ties
Social clubs in drag disguise
Outsiders they can freely criticize
Tell nothing except who to idolize
And then say God Bless him.

Old lady judges, watch people in pairs
Limited in sex, they dare
To push fake morals, insult and stare
While money doesn't talk, it swears
Obscenity, who really cares
Propaganda, all is phony.

While them that defend what they cannot see
With a killer's pride, security
It blows the minds most bitterly
For them that think death's honesty
Won't fall upon them naturally
Life sometimes
Must get lonely.

My eyes collide head-on with stuffed graveyards
False gods, I scuff
At pettiness which plays so rough
Walk upside-down inside handcuffs
Kick my legs to crash it off
Say okay, I have had enough
What else can you show me ?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@MontemaloneI've seen his "flock" leaving after services.  They are middle to upper class white Anglos, which makes them all the more dangerous than hillbillies.

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