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Tim Tebow has opted out of a speaking engagement that was scheduled for April at the First Baptist Church of Dallas, he announced on Twitter.
On Thursday, the Jets quarterback said he was cancelling his appearance at the church after the controversial views from lead pastor, Robert Jeffress, came to light.
Tebow wrote, “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.”
He added, “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!”
According to The N.Y. Daily News, Jeffress’ outspoken views of Muslims, Jews, Mormons and homosexuals promoting “pedophilia” simply don’t coincide with Tebow’s beliefs. He has said "Catholics, Hindus, Buddhists and virtually everyone else" are cult members.
“I think as pastors we have a duty to preach ‘the whole counsel of God,’ and not just discuss those that are politically correct,” Jeffress has said. “It’s my role to speak clearly on the issues on which the Bible speaks clearly. It’s my role to preach what the Bible says, and that includes the controversial issues. The reason for this firestorm is not because the word of God has changed. It’s because society has changed.”