by Dr. D ~ February 26th, 2013
So Tim Tebow unfortunately caved in the midst of a media frenzy over his scheduled appearance before First Baptist Church of Dallas? Well, First Baptist pastor Dr. Robert Jeffress is not slinking into the night and neither is his congregation (which is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention just like Tebow’s home church).
The ironic thing is that what ever could be said about the Dallas congregation could also substantially be claimed against First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida where Tebow goes to church. In fact here’s a quote from Tebow’s pastor Mac Brunson concerning the controversy:
… “There is clearly a bias in this country when it comes to evangelical Christianity.”…
“There would not be a wisp of difference between the theology of FBC Dallas and FBC Jacksonville. We do believe in marriage between one man and one woman just as we see in Genesis, reiterated in the New Testament and what every culture for 8,000 years of recorded history has demonstrated. While holding up the standard of God’s Word we love all people because God in Christ has loved us. The forgiveness of God in Christ is available to all.”
Now here’s Pastor Jeffress in his opening statement (See video above) before his congregation on Sunday which received a standing ovation. From Todd Starnes, Fox News:
“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done — you can be forgiven of your sins if you trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior,” he told the church. “That’s not a message of hate — that’s a message of hope.”
Jeffress said he experienced a moment of personal revival during the controversy of the past week.
“As long as I am the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas — we are not going to kneel before the altar of political correctness and convenience,” he declared. “We’re going to stand up and boldly proclaim the grace of God and the truth of God without compromise — so help me God that is my commitment.”
So there you have it, a declaration from both Tebow’s pastor and from Dallas’ Pastor Jeffress that they intend to continue preaching the truth from the Bible regardless of political correctness or popular convention. Both pastors contend that they are teaching a Gospel of hope and love and not a message of hate like some in the media claim.
Like I have said before- what ever might be said against these pastors and churches could also be claimed against nearly every Bible-believing Evangelical/Pentecostal/Charismatic church in America. *Top