Last week, Football celebrity Tim Tebow backed out of speaking at the First Baptist Church in Dallas after public outcry over the odious positions of its lead pastor, Robert Jeffress. Not only did Jeffress claim that Tebow still intends to reschedule, but he used his sermon on Sunday to defend the very positions that led to the outcry:
JEFFRESS: You know, it is an amazing thing to me that a church is called anti-Semitic simply because we preach that everyone — Jew, Baptist, Catholic, Hindu, atheist — everyone must trust in Christ in order to go to Heaven. It’s amazing to me that we’re called anti-gay simply because we say sex ought to be between a man and a woman in marriage; somehow that’s construed to be anti-gay. [...]
The bad news is there is such a thing called sin, and the Bible says we are all guilty of it, and we are all headed for an eternity of separation from God. But it the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is it doesn’t matter who you are or what you have done. It doesn’t matter whether you were a Jew, a Baptist, a Catholic, a Muslim, a Hindu, a homosexual, an adulterer, a thief, or a cheat. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, you can be forgive of your sins if you trust in Jesus Christ as your savior. That’s not a message of hate; that’s a message of hope.
Alan Colmes interviewed Jeffress this week and called him out on some of his past comments. He explained,”When they’re quoting me, I’m speaking to my church, to my members, and of course you have to add the context to it.” For example, he explained that he didn’t call President Obama the Antichrist, he just said that Obama’s policies are paving the way for the Antichrist. Further, he said that he’s not hateful towards gays because he simply believes homosexuality is comparable to adultery and pre-marital sex.