The congregation of the First Baptist Church of Dallas gave their pastor a standing ovation as he began to deliver the Sunday morning sermon – a sign of affirmation for Dr. Robert Jeffress – a man under siege from the national media and gay marriage activists.
Jeffress and the church have been accused of promoting hate speech and anti-Semitism simply for believing that marriage should be between one man and one woman and that salvation through Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven.
In the midst of the controversy, NFL quarterback Tim Tebow backed out of an upcoming speaking engagement at the church — allegedly over “new information” he received. It’s unclear what information to which Tebow was referring.
Ironically, Tebow is a member of the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Fla. — a congregation that holds the same beliefs on marriage and salvation that the church in Dallas holds.
Tebow’s decision to bow out brought cheers and praise from national gay rights organizations as well as liberal journalists.
To a cheeering audience of several thousand, Jeffress thanked the congregation for their support and vowed to continue preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ no matter the cost.
“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.”