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Al Mohler: “Tebow’s Big Fumble”

Wow! While most were supportive, some were angered by my inclusion of the word “compromise” in the title of the post imagesCAP0YIWSregarding Tebow’s recent announcement that he would not follow through with his speaking engagement at First Baptist Church in Dallas.  However,  I am comforted by the insight of Dr. Al Mohler in his recent coverage of the controversy.

Did Tebow actually compromise on serious convictional issues in scripture about the  “Exclusivity of Christ” and  “homosexuality?” I am inclined to think so.

Read Mohler before you decide. He documents the kind of  pressure  applied to Tebow to withdraw from his speaking engagement as revealed in the articles extracts below.

Remember, it is always wrong to be “lovingly winsome” if it means portraying  biblical truth as “hatefully offensive”.

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“…controversy quickly shifted to secular outrage that Tebow would agree to speak to a church known for such beliefs.

Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports warned, “Tim Tebow is about to make the biggest mistake of his life” by speaking at “a hateful Baptist preacher’s church.” Doyel described Jeffress as “an evangelical cretin” guilty of serial hate speech. Of course, Doyel engaged in hateful and slanderous speech of his own by associating Jeffress with the truly hateful Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas. Jeffress “isn’t as bad as Westboro,” Doyel admitted, “But he comes close. Too close.”

Other sportswriters piled on. Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post offered his own warning to Tebow: “After a season on the sidelines, the ball’s in your hands, Timmy. Better not fumble this one.”

…Writing at The Huffington Post, Paul Brandeis Raushenbush made it clear the controversy wasn’t just a matter of Jeffress’s tone, conceding, “while Dr. Jeffress has a tendency not to sugarcoat his feelings,” he is nonetheless voicing what evangelical Christians “have been saying for a long time.” The central scandal here is the belief that Jesus is the only Savior and that homosexual behavior is sin. In terms of the larger public debate, it is the issue of homosexuality that has predominated the larger public debate… “

Evangelical Christians are now called upon to think strategically about what it means to speak truthfully and lovingly to a society that increasingly sees us as the moral outlaws.”

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2013/february-web-only/tebows-big-fumble.html?utm_source=ctweekly-html&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_term=9682733&utm_content=157598634&utm_campaign=2013

 

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Tim Tebow The Compromiser?

imagesI have personally been a huge fan of Tim Tebow as an athlete but more importantly, as a  Christ confessor. However, it appears he now is descending into the  hollow core abyss of becoming compromised. Seems he covets high-profile popularity over the Christ like virtue of being persecuted for righteousness sake.

Tebow recently  cancelled  a commitment to speak at First Baptist Church, Dallas and did so based upon the false premise of “unconditional Love”. Meaning, he believes that the Pastor of the influential Church should never have taken a convictional stand against the evils of our day. This may very well be the beginning of the end for ole Tim. Covetousness cannot be sanctified in the name of un-principled love. And First Baptist is no hate group. Pastor Jeffress is in fact my new hero.

We may be watching Tim Tebow fall  into the ranks of Rob Bell, Brian McClaren Tony Campollo, and Tony Jones. And a sad tragedy it is.

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“After opposition arose against First Baptist, Dallas, TX and pastor Robert Jeffress for what were called “controversial” stands against homosexuals, Muslims, Mormons, and other groups, Tim Tebow, who was scheduled to speak there, has just cancelled his appearance in a series of tweets.

@TimTebow: “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!Sent Feb 21, 09:09 AM”

https://www.change.org/petitions/tim-tebow-please-don-t-speak-at-first-baptist-dallas

http://sbcvoices.com/under-pressure-tim-tebow-cancels-first-baptist-dallas-tx-appearance-by-alan-cross/

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2013 in antinomian, convictional, GOOOFY, homosexuality

 

“Wimpy Pastors Produce Wimpy Christians”

robert-jeffress-coverDr. Robert Jeffress is the senior pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas. Dr. Jeffress has been  honored  with the Daniel Award for his steadfast commitment and boldness in proclaiming the uncompromising Word of God.

The following statements are extracts from an interview Jeffress did with  Bill O’Reilly on Fox News.

Now here is an SBC minister that I can follow:

“I think one reason is a lot of Christian leaders have the wrong idea about Jesus,” Jeffress replied when asked the question. “They see Jesus as this little, wimpy guy who walked around plucking daisies and eating birdseed and saying nice things, but never doing anything controversial. The fact is, Jesus did confront his culture with truth — and he ended up being crucified because of it.”

“Wimpy pastors produce wimpy Christians — and that is why we are losing this culture war,” he emphasized.

“I believe it’s time for pastors to say, You know, I don’t care about controversy, I don’t care whether I’m going to lose church members, I don’t care about building a big church. I’m going to stand for truth regardless of what happens.”

http://www.onenewsnow.com/church/2012/12/13/pastor-%E2%80%98wimpy%E2%80%99-won%E2%80%99t-cut-it-in-culture-war

http://www.firstdallas.org/explore-first/our-pastor-and-staff/

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2013 in character, convictional, Integrity

 

Be Strong In Your Manliness!

Most wives absolutely long for their husband to fulfill the Apostle Paul’s imperative in 1 Corinthians 16: 13 to  be strong in the strength of Christ centered manliness. Thanks Mark for bringing this song to my attention today. Awesome!

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Posted by on August 30, 2011 in character, convictional, marriage, Video

 

Speak With Conviction and Passion!

 Ambiguity wrapped in pseudo humility is  the new “preaching” virtue. Moral clarity,passionate certitude and propositional truth are christianly out of vogue. The doctrine of   “sacramental personality” has so permeated the church,  ministers intentionally avoid the  evidentiary nature of  speaking from the source of Holy Spirit power accompanied by deep conviction. [1 thess 1:5]

Teampyro nailed it back in ’09 and this video I saw over at Resurgence puts it in perspective  for today!

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“The visible church is overrun with bad preachers and weak-willed people who are convinced that the very epitome of humility is never to state anything with too much conviction.”

“Everything nowadays is supposed to be carefully qualified with lots of ambiguous expressions and weasel-words like ‘perhaps,’ or ‘possibly,’ or ‘It seems to me . . . ’ or ‘maybe.’ Everything (including the gospel itself) gets prefaced with, ‘I could be wrong, but to the best of my knowledge this seems reasonable—although I know other people see it differently, so I don’t want to be dogmatic.’

http://antagoniz.com/2009/11/09/convictional-certitude/

http://teampyro.blogspot.com/

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2011 in convictional, quotes, Video

 

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