It was story built for the front page “backup quarterback speaks at a traditional Baptist church”. Wait… that wasn’t the headline. At least that’s what the headline should have stated if Gregg Doyel had been straight forward on His CBS blog. Instead his headline read something like Tim Tebow, the Quarterback we have been waiting to fail, is scheduled to speak at an anti Mormon, anti Jewish, anti Homosexual and anti everything church. Oh yes, and somewhere in the article both Tebow and Pastor Jeffress are accused of hating puppies, stealing kindergartners lunch money and being related to Adolf Hitler. In this article First Baptist Church of Dallas was made to look like Westboro Baptist Church.
Let’s get the facts down. First Baptist is neither anti Jewish nor anti Homosexual. It’s primary mission is not to spew hate towards groups that it doesn’t agree with. Just a guess but there are probably many Jewish Christians that are members of FBC Dallas. First Baptist Church exists to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to the community Dallas and the world. In this it has specific distinctives that are common to many churches. It believes that one cannot be saved by birth, nationality, works or anything other than the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. FBC Dallas believes that sin, falling short of the glory of God, will lead to the judgment of God. It is a church driven by grace, the understanding that we all sin and are whole heartedly dependent on God’s mercy. FBC Dallas is no different from any church that holds to the historic beliefs, practices, and faith which have been held since Christ came to this earth.
- Judiaism leads people to an eternity of separation from God.
- Catholics, Hindus, Buddhists and Mormons are members of cults.
- Homosexuality is a sin that brings the judgment of God.
- Regarding the accusation that those outside of Christ being a cult: “no one goes to hell in a group.” and “I’m not the one who decides who goes to heaven and hell. God does that. God has already given us the criteria for what it takes to go to heaven when you die. Jesus said in John 14:6, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life, and no man comes to the father except through me.’ When I quote that verse I like to remind people that Jesus who said that was not a Southern Baptist evangelist but a Jewish rabbi. Yet as a Jewish rabbi he said there is one way to heaven, and that is through faith in me.”
- In regards to homosexuality: “I never single out homosexuality as the only sin or the unpardonable sin. I think homosexuality, just like adultery, can be forgiven if we ask God for forgiveness.”