NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Tim Tebow is known for saying all the right things.
Dr. Robert Jeffress, the controversial pastor of a Dallas megachurch, has made headlines for his comments on gays, other religions and President Barack Obama.
Shortly the twain shall meet. Tebow is scheduled to speak at First Baptist Dallas’ morning services on Sunday, April 28, according to the church’s website.
Tebow, well known for his strong Christian beliefs, has made the rounds professing his faith over the past year. He drew a crowd of about 15,000 to an outdoor Easter Sunday service in Georgetown, Tex., in 2012.
On Father’s Day, the quarterback appeared with Shadow Mountain Community Church Pastor David Jeremiah at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. More than 25,000 people were on hand to witness the chat with Tebow, who urged men everywhere to “get in the game” of Christianity. He recently spoke at Impact Church in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Feb. 3.
The hubbub about his visit to First Baptist Dallas isn’t about Tebow or his beliefs. It’s about the man who heads the megachurch, his past comments, and surprise that the PR-minded player would be on the schedule.
According to the New York Daily News, Jeffress has delivered more than a couple controversial remarks in recent years, saying gays shouldn’t be allowed in the military because “70 percent” have AIDS; Islam, Mormonism and Judaism came “from the pit of hell”; Obama’s reelection “would lead to a rise of the Antichrist”; and gay activists have been attempting to conceal “the link between homosexuality and pedophilia.”
“Tebow’s planned message to the First Baptist Church’s congregation was unclear Thursday night,” the Daily News reported. “He could not immediately be reached for comment.”
First Baptist Dallas will open its new $130-million campus on March 31. Tebow “will join us as we conclude our month of grand opening events,” the church said on its website.
The Jets are expected to part ways with Tebow this offseason if they can’t find a trading partner for the 25-year-old.
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