The pastor at a Dallas church appeared to throw a jab at Tim Tebow recently for reneging on a promise to speak to the congregation in April.
Tebow scheduled an appearance at the First Baptist Church in Dallas on April 28, but he cancelled the appearance last week because of "new information that has been brought to my attention." First Baptist, and specifically pastor Robert Jeffress, has been the center of some controversy recently.
On Feb. 21 Tebow sent out the following message in a series of tweets to his followers:
"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!"
In a sermon that was posted online and titled "Dr. Jeffress Responds to Tebow Controversy", Jeffress appears to take a swipe at Tebow for canceling his appearance. After thanking people who have stood by him amid the controversy, Jeffress goes for an indirect shot at Tebow.
"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. "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 talk 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."
The full sermon can be seen here, and below is the section in which Jeffress appears to criticize Tebow.
Last April 15,000 people showed up to Celebration Church in Georgetown, Texas to hear Tebow discuss his faith.