Tim Tebow has responded to negative attention surrounding an upcoming speaking engagement at a controversial church by cancelling his appearance.
Through a statement on Twitter Thursday, Tebow announced he has cancelled his plans to speak at the First Baptist Church of Dallas due to “new information” that has been brought to his attention.
The statement reads:
“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. 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!”
Pastor of the church, Dr. Robert Jeffress – who has publicly spoken out against Jews, Catholics, Muslims and homosexuals – confirmed Tebow’s appearance to 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny Wednesday, saying the quarterback would be speaking to his congregation in April as part of a month-long celebration of a $130 million extension to the church.
“That’s something Tim has to decide for himself,” Jeffress said of public outcry that Tebow should cancel the engagement. “Those of us who are Christians believe that our allegiance is first of all to God, and not to man, and I think most Americans are tolerant enough of people to recognize that they can enjoy a sports figure and not have to agree with every belief that he has personally.”
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