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Texas preacher uses pulpit to bully Tebow for “wimping out”

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Whether Tim Tebow was taking the high road or simply the expedient one, the controversial Texas preacher who Tebow canceled on fired back during his latest sermon.

Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, used his pulpit to bully Tebow (though not by name) Sunday for canceling an appearance.

“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,” Jeffress said, via USA Today. “God bless men like that.

“There are some people who would say ‘God’s given me a different ministry. God has called me to go preach about the love of God. I’m not called to preach about sin and controversial things. I’ve been called to preach about the love of God. And they’re sincere when they say that. But they are sincerely wrong. The fact is you cannot talk about the love of God. The love of God has no meaning whatsoever unless you understand the judgment of God that all of us deserve.”

Jeffress has made a name for himself (and built quite a big building for $130 million) with his out-there stances against Mormons, Muslims, Jews, Catholics and homosexuals — essentially everyone who is not a straight Protestant.

Tebow, whether he’d say so or not, didn’t want to attach his name to one even more polarizing than his own.

While I’d argue that Tebow could have done more good by going to a place where hate has been preached and offering a message of grace and inclusion than by simply turning the other cheek, he at least tried to do it politely.

And now, Jeffress is plain-and-simple baiting Tebow for his own promotion and self-congratulation, which doesn’t strike one as a terribly Christ-like way to behave.

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49 Responses to “Texas preacher uses pulpit to bully Tebow for “wimping out””
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Feb 27, 2013 1:13 PM

    False prophets…

  2. keylimelight says: Feb 27, 2013 1:14 PM

    Yeah, belittling others marks you as a modern day “man of god.”

    This so-called pastor is exactly what’s wrong with religion today.

  3. 4thqtrsaint says: Feb 27, 2013 1:15 PM

    Don’t get me started on these guys. Tebow did the right thing.

  4. jimmy53 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:15 PM

    Tebow shouldn’t have agreed to speak there in the first place. Do your research…

  5. tannethrill says: Feb 27, 2013 1:19 PM

    Reach of a story, who cares?

  6. minnesotablizzard says: Feb 27, 2013 1:20 PM

    I would say having a $130 million dollar mega church isn’t very Christ-like either. Preaching hate for any type of person isn’t either. This guy and anyone that can’t see through the BS are pathetic.

  7. pgear says: Feb 27, 2013 1:20 PM

    Sounded to me like he was talking about Joel Osteen.

  8. melikefootball says: Feb 27, 2013 1:36 PM

    Alright! I was getting worried we had not heard one of those great segments on Tebow, thought maybe he had gone away far away.

  9. jcmeyer10 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:36 PM

    Aren’t these types of fellows supposed to turn the other cheek?

  10. flipola says: Feb 27, 2013 1:36 PM

    Surprising that the “love of god” involves such hate.

  11. mjkelly77 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:40 PM

    It sounds like the Reverend Robert Jeffress is a preacher of divisiveness and a hatemonger.

  12. thestatsishere says: Feb 27, 2013 1:43 PM

    I’m usually very proud to be a Texan, but not right now. This guy needs to leave Tebow alone.

  13. bobby2478 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:45 PM

    Agree 100%, this preacher is what’s wrong with religion today. They want to scare people with “God’s Judgement” and get you to do whatever they want to do. It’s nothing more then a form of control.

    I personally believe Tebow is a genuinely good person. I may not agree with him on everything, but he doesn’t appear to be a false prophet like the leader of this church or other leaders so spend their whole lives preaching how everyone who doesn’t do exactly what they say is going to hell, and use “God” as justification.

    Tebow did the right thing here by staying away.

  14. reed20fence says: Feb 27, 2013 1:49 PM

    I’m not a big Tebow fan, but as a member of one of those other faiths that this preacher bashes, I appreciate very much Tebow’s sensability.

  15. thegregwitul says: Feb 27, 2013 1:59 PM

    Please don’t give this clown attention. This is a man who uses the name of God to advocate hate. It’s disgusting and disgraceful and even Tim Tebow knew to stay away.

    It’s 2013 and still so many people are ignorant and close minded. Sad.

  16. albertmn says: Feb 27, 2013 2:05 PM

    Too many Christians don’t act very Christian. And, I am Christian, so I’m not someone just ripping Christians.

    Too many also misinterpret the First Amendment to believe that they have the freedom to practice their religion, but that it does not extend to anyone else’s religion (or choice to not have a religion).

  17. wisconsinhillfolk says: Feb 27, 2013 2:11 PM

    You folks are full of it. Tebow believes exactly the same things this lowlife believes.

  18. luckyarmpit says: Feb 27, 2013 2:20 PM

    Couldn’t agree more. Too many people use “Christianity” and “religion” as justification for their bigotry and intolerance towards something different than themselves. I’m with ya Tebow; you did the smart thing by staying away. Just ignore the guy.

  19. fordwuzanazi says: Feb 27, 2013 2:22 PM

    “This so-called pastor is exactly what’s wrong with religion today.”
    The idiots who buy what this guy and those like him are selling and then vehemently defend these guys are whats wrong with not just religion but this country today.

  20. pkrlvr says: Feb 27, 2013 2:30 PM

    Cant wait til the people of this country evolve beyond their primitive beliefs…..

  21. sodaknick says: Feb 27, 2013 2:32 PM

    Jeffress may preach about Jesus, but these are the kind of self-righteous religious jerks that He routinely railed on throughout the New Testament.

  22. fwippel says: Feb 27, 2013 2:43 PM

    Sounds like the author has been to this church, with him claiming that the place preaches hate.

    Of course, if the author hasn’t been to this church, I’m at a loss to undestand how he is qualified to speak about what is preached there.

  23. iamapatsfan says: Feb 27, 2013 2:43 PM

    fordwuzanazi says:
    Feb 27, 2013 2:22 PM
    “This so-called pastor is exactly what’s wrong with religion today.”
    The idiots who buy what this guy and those like him are selling and then vehemently defend these guys are whats wrong with not just religion but this country today.

    Exactly on both counts. The pastor saying what he’s saying isn’t tolerance or love, which is what Christianity is supposed to be about. And the people that follow his vitriol is what makes it continue. At the end of the day, its people being afraid of something different. Rather than accepting the differences of others, they turn to hate through ignorance.

  24. antneejay2 says: Feb 27, 2013 2:45 PM

    This con man weasel Jeffress has got to have a lot of suckers on the line to be able to afford a building worth 130 mil. It’s the kind of thing that makes me tend to lose
    faith in humanity.

  25. weizdumm says: Feb 27, 2013 2:52 PM

    $130 million dollar church…. How many starving children could that have fed? How much medicine could it have bought for sick children?

    I don’t see how spending that much money on a building is at all christian. An adequate, humble building with the basics and the rest of the millions used for helping those in need does.

    As to the topic….Tebow missed a golden oppurtunity to earn a lot of respect by not only declining the invitation, but to also speak out against what this church stands for.

  26. jwm24 says: Feb 27, 2013 2:57 PM

    Why is it ok for a sports complex, a University, a business, etc, etc to have big expensive buildings but not a church? The Man did create the whole universe. . is it wrong to spend money to spread His message?

  27. bobby2478 says: Feb 27, 2013 3:00 PM

    “It’s 2013 and still so many people are ignorant and close minded. Sad.”

    Unfortunately, welcome to the human condition. There will always be people who lack any form of empathy or understanding of others. They care about themselves and themselves only. They simply don’t care and often times have sincere hatred for anyone who isn’t EXACTLY like them.

    It’s sad indeed, but it’s always been that way and I don’t see it changing anytime soon unfortunately.

  28. eightysixisback says: Feb 27, 2013 3:01 PM

    wisconsinhillfolk says:
    You folks are full of it. Tebow believes exactly the same things this lowlife believes.

    I get really tired of tebow and i do not believe or care for his religous beliefs at all. A lot of what he believes i find ridiculous actually. I couldn’t care less what you or jeffres or tebow believes, what i have a problem with is when people try to preach to all the rest of us who don’t share their beliefs. Tebow is allowed to believe whatever he wants. they have just as much right to believe those things as i do to believe they are idiots for believing that. i just don’t want to hear about it. I have to give tebow credit for once for actually keeping his beliefs to himself.

  29. weizdumm says: Feb 27, 2013 3:04 PM

    It is at least worth mentioning that just because Tebow decided not to attend, does not mean his views are any different from this Jeffers guy.

    He does have a brand to protect and potential endorcement money to make. Both would be hurt by attending such a controversical church.

    It doesn’t mean his views are the same as Jeffers either but in my opinion his decision to decline the invitation also should have come with an explanation as to why.

    As it stands, we are left wondering if this was a calculated decision made by his handlers who are looking after him financially or if he declined the visit because he doesn’t agree with what is being preached at this church.

  30. bobby2478 says: Feb 27, 2013 3:05 PM

    “This con man weasel Jeffress has got to have a lot of suckers on the line to be able to afford a building worth 130 mil. It’s the kind of thing that makes me tend to lose
    faith in humanity.”

    You got it exactly right. Clowns like Jeffress somehow manage to brainwash their followers into thinking they are the 2nd coming of Christ, and that they should give 10% of their earnings to the church, simply so the church can build a $130 million building and leaders of the church get to milk it for all they can.

  31. eightysixisback says: Feb 27, 2013 3:05 PM

    fwippel says:
    Feb 27, 2013 2:43 PM
    Sounds like the author has been to this church, with him claiming that the place preaches hate.

    Of course, if the author hasn’t been to this church, I’m at a loss to undestand how he is qualified to speak about what is preached there.

    Ummm . . . that jeffress idiot has publicly made his beliefs pretty clear many times. Pretty sure you could just google the guy’s name or the name of the church and be told exactly “what is preached there.”

  32. jwm24 says: Feb 27, 2013 3:10 PM

    Saying it’s wrong is not the same thing as hate!!!

  33. gatorprof says: Feb 27, 2013 3:11 PM

    Jeffries is an idiot on many levels and isn’t preaching the Gospel. If he was, he would be humbled by the sin in his own heart.

    As for Florio, nice not so subtle dig on Tebow…”Tebow, whether he’d say so or not, didn’t want to attach his name to one even more polarizing than his own.”

    How do you know that Tebow’s church is polarizing?

    It was a smart move by Tebow, but haters hate, the mockers mock regardless.

    The funny thing is 99.99999% of the people doing this haven’t achieved the success athletically that he has and/or have they given back and served their fellow man as much as he has.

  34. weizdumm says: Feb 27, 2013 3:20 PM

    in response to jwm24′s comment
    “Why is it ok for a sports complex, a University, a business, etc, etc to have big expensive buildings but not a church? The Man did create the whole universe. . is it wrong to spend money to spread His message?”

    Because sports complexes, universities, businesses, etc, are not not based on a book that is dead set against such things as a $130 million dollar building.

  35. nagaswan says: Feb 27, 2013 3:27 PM

    gatorprof you misread, Tebows name is polarizing, not his church

  36. Gentlemen of Sport says: Feb 27, 2013 3:28 PM

    God IS love… how can you be a preacher and not talk about God’s central distinguishing characteristic?

  37. vilelabyrinth says: Feb 27, 2013 3:48 PM

    cowards using religion as a cover for their bigotry.

  38. gatorprof says: Feb 27, 2013 3:48 PM

    nagaswan…o.k., my bad. Upon the reread, I see it. Thanks.

  39. woski767 says: Feb 27, 2013 3:58 PM

    @weizdumm
    Where in the Bible does it say a church can’t build a building for it’s congregation? It doesn’t!! If you are going to criticize the Bible I suggest you know it.

    Also about your comment about feeding the poor and medicine. Judas Iscariot said something similar to Jesus. How did that work out for Judas?

  40. hatesycophants says: Feb 27, 2013 4:08 PM

    “At the center of Yeshua’s message is the concept that amassing wealth (possessions) is inherently wrong. You remember the allegory of the rich man and the eye of the needle, right? You have read, I’m sure, that he told his followers to sell or give away everything they owned and spread the word, right? As an academician and historian, I understand the written form and delivery of the message by those who had zero contact with Yeshua was intended to keep poor people poor. As a so-called Christian, however, this is a concept you should understand and agree with.”

  41. omniusprime says: Feb 27, 2013 4:09 PM

    Robert Jeffress is a prophet of hate and ignorance, he has a really weird sense of revisionist history that he tries to impose on everyone else. This clown is the preacher Glenn Beck always had on his show preaching a pathetic revisionist history of our country.

    While I will always hate Tiny Tim Teblow at least he did the right thing in the end by bowing out of the talk. It does not absolve Tiny Tim of the crime of agreeing initially to speak for this preacher of hate and stupidity.

    A shame that any space was wasted on either Tiny Tim Teblow initially accepting to talk for the preacher of hate Robert Jeffress or about Jeffress spewing his hate after being spurned by Tiny Tim.

    The world would be so much more wonderful if there was no religion, especially religions like Judaism, Christianity and Islam which ironically are merely variations of the same lame theme of the same false god.

  42. woski767 says: Feb 27, 2013 4:15 PM

    How is it that someone that believes in God and The Bible is a bigot due to their “ignorance”, but the same people are ignorant of what the Bible says.

  43. jwm24 says: Feb 27, 2013 4:37 PM

    “The world would be so much more wonderful if there was no religion, especially religions like Judaism, Christianity and Islam which ironically are merely variations of the same lame theme of the same false god.”

    They are nothing alike. This country was founded on Christianity, although we all try to pretend it wasn’t. I pray that someday you will discover the love God has for you and the forgiveness and acceptance He will offer.

  44. i, flounder says: Feb 27, 2013 4:48 PM

    this mega preacher or tebow, who’s the first to be caught coming back from the caribbean with a waxed young man carrying his luggage?

  45. micknangold says: Feb 27, 2013 4:53 PM

    This has nothing to do with football.

  46. jdeboef says: Feb 27, 2013 5:51 PM

    @micknangold:

    Best comment I’ve read thus far. Keep up the good work.

  47. ytownjoe says: Feb 27, 2013 10:36 PM

    How in the world did Tebow get mixed up with a guy like this?

  48. raiderapologist says: Feb 27, 2013 11:00 PM

    Religion has its place. It keeps the poor from killing the rich.

  49. antneejay2 says: Feb 28, 2013 9:54 AM

    “How is it that someone that believes in God and The Bible is a bigot due to their “ignorance”, but the same people are ignorant of what the Bible says.”

    …or more accurately, what you say it says, which happens to be what you want it to say.

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