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Dallas megachurch leader: Tebow’s home church believes ‘exactly what we do about homosexuality’

Feb 21, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT

Former Florida Gators quarterback Tebow waves as he stands on the sidelines before the Gators play against the Louisville Cardinals in the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl NCAA football game in New Orleans Reuters

Earlier we told you about Tim Tebow’s withdrawal from a speaking date at First Baptist Dallas, the 11,000-member megachurch headed by pastor Robert Jeffress, who has been criticized for his views on homosexuality, Islam, Catholicism and Mormonism. Jeffress said that he talked with Tebow by phone on Wednesday night, and earlier today had this to say to CNN on the cancellation:

“This in no way is going to diminish what our church is teaching about salvation being available to all through faith in Jesus Christ,” Jeffress said.

Jeffress pointed out that Tebow is a member of the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, a fellow SBC church.

“They certainly believe what we do, that salvation is through Christ alone, and about homosexuality. Tim confirmed that to me last night, that they believe exactly what we do about homosexuality.”

That Tebow has been outspoken about his religious faith is of course no secret. But his specific views on homosexuality and other religions have pretty much been shrouded in mystery, and that’s to his credit, I suppose. Tebow has always been a positive, up-with-people kind of guy, using religion to prop people up, not tear them down. But could it be that Jeffress has just outed Tebow’s real views on homosexuality?

More from Jeffress’ statement to CNN:

“Tim called me last night and explained to me that because of some things going on in his personal life and his career he needed to steer clear of controversy right now, but that at some other date he would like to come and speak at our church,” Jeffress told CNN by phone from Dallas. “Tim has to do what Tim thinks is best for him right now.”

It should be emphasized that no first-hand account exists of Tebow criticizing homosexuality. And in fact, according to the Bible, Jesus was silent about the issue as well.

More Jeffress, to CNN:

“I think Tim is going to discover that no matter how hard you try to hide from controversy, if you stand for the simple truths of the Bible, like faith in Christ, necessary for salvation, and sex (being acceptable only) between a man and a woman in marriage, you can’t avoid controversy. That’s something Tim needs to discover on his own. We in no way want to impugn him. He’s a great man of God who sincerely loves the Lord.”

  1. myopinionisrighterthanyours - Feb 21, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    I hope Tim has no intentions of ever speaking at this “church.” The minister is sort of right in one thing, though. Most churches share his close minded view of homosexuality. Most just do it without the hate speech or the outright lying about AIDS statistics. If Tim does speak here, as another commenter point out on the initial story, he may as well book at Westboro Baptist as well.

    • katra2logic - Feb 21, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      I would say most church ‘hierarchies’ have a problem with homosexuality. That is logical as gays have far less children than heteros, therefore less future members for the church. (More believers are ‘bred’ than ‘converted’). Also, gays make a convenient scapegoat should you need one.

      I find the average church goer to be a lot less stressed about whether someone is gay or not.

    • swmocardsfan - Feb 25, 2013 at 8:57 PM

      Leviticus 18:22. “You shall not lie with with a male as one lies with a female. It is an abomination.” Now…I am not on here to start some huge religious debate, but a LOT of churches share this view on homosexuality simply because we follow the Bible. And when something is specifically called out, pretty sure it was called out for a reason. Does this mean I support cults like Westboro Baptist, absolutely not. They are radical people who have given other Christians a bad name. And as for saying “Jesus was silent about the issue”, a lot was done in the Old Testament before Christ was ever born, but just because “Jesus didn’t say it” doesn’t mean the entire first half of the greatest book ever written just gets tossed out.

      • katra2logic - Feb 25, 2013 at 9:23 PM

        I am not an expert in this subject but it seems to me that Jesus says that he is the new way and over rules previous old testament statements. Pre-Jesus, old testament, it is an ‘eye for an eye’ (revenge), Post-Jesus, new Testament, it is ‘Turn the other cheek’, (forgiveness). Being Christian is literally ‘follower of Christ’. It also means the old testament was superseded by the teachings of Christ.

  2. jimguida - Feb 21, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    >>according to the Bible, Jesus was silent about (homosexuality) as well. <<

    "Ehh, the Bible says a lot of things." – Chief Clancy Wiggums