“Tebowing” — Kneeling to God or Bowing to Man?

From ClashDaily.com, By / 28 February  2013 –

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“He explained to me that because of things going on  in his personal life and his professional career – that he really needed to  avoid controversy right now.  We are disappointed.” –  Dr. Jeffress, Pastor of First Baptist Church, Dallas; speaking of his phone call with Tim Tebow.

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“As to the abuses I meet with, I number them among my honors.  One cannot  behave so as to obtain the esteem of the wise and the good without drawing on  oneself at the same time the envy and malice of the foolish and wicked, and the  latter is testimony of the former.  The best men have always had their share of  this treatment, and the more of it in proportion to their different and greater  degree of merit.  A man, therefore, has some reason to be ashamed of himself  when he meets with none of it.” – Benjamin Franklin

I prefer the Tebow that knelt to God no matter what anyone thought, than  the one that kneels to expediency and the demands of the alphabet mafia. – The Parson

EVEN BARNABAS:

My mother used to say that it’s safer to praise dead men because those still  around are so prone to disappoint.  On the day that I released a column praising  Tim Tebow, he bows to the PC thought police and throws the First Baptist Church  of Dallas and their pastor under the bus.  The column still holds up as to the nefarious motivation of his detractors, but I’m  disappointed that Tebow dissembled and proved my mother’s wisdom.

But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he  was to be blamed. For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the  Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing  them which were of the circumcision. And the other Jews dissembled likewise with  him; insomuch that even Barnabas was carried away with their  dissimulation.

– Paul from his epistle to the Galatians

I saw one columnist rebuked for comparing Tebow’s actions to Peter’s denial  of Christ.  I think that comparison is a bit over the top by any standard but I  do believe that Tebow has erred in the manner of Peter in Antioch.  Peter failed  in front of the Antioch church as Tebow has with the Dallas church.   Peter  refused to fellowship with certain brothers based on lies and the fear of those  who pressured him and Tebow has done the same.  Peter led good people like  Barnabas astray and so has Tebow.  Peter committed a public sin and therefore  was publicly and rightly rebuked by the Apostle Paul.  Tebow has done the same;  even using Twitter as his crutch.  He is to be blamed.

If Tim Tebow were to fail in his Christian walk, it would have been better  that he failed in the backseat of a convertible with Kate Upton than by  slandering a man of God and his faithful followers. He may have lost his  virginity to fornication but he wouldn’t have lost his integrity to the bullies  of pink rage, and even worse – slandered a faithful steward and his flock.

I wonder if the super-Christians who are running to his defense would be so  ready to do so if he had climbed out of that ’53 Desoto Hemi, wiping the Carl’s  Jr. sauce from his lips?  Not likely!  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not justifying  fornication, yet this is a graver sin.  He hasn’t just compromised his own  testimony while kneeling to the Gaystapo; he has compromised that of a faithful  brother and a historic church.   Tebow has aided and abetted in the media’s  arson of the First Baptist Church of Dallas.

As Adrian Rogers put it,

Now, there are all kinds of sins, there are moral sins of the flesh,  temperamental sins of the disposition, ethical sins of conduct, spiritual sins  of pride, social sins of bigotry and prejudice, but the greatest sin, the sin of  all sins, believe it or not, is none of these, but it is the sin of omission.  Very frankly, all of these other sins come about because of the sin of omission.  Because you see, the sin of omission is failing to do what you ought to do.    Very clearly, with emphasis, I want to tell you, it’s a greater sin to  fail to do what you ought to do than to do what you ought not to do, because if  you’re doing what you ought to do, you can’t be doing what you ought not to  do.

“Therefore to him that knows to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17).

COMMODE FIDELIS: I’ve grown weary of shiny happy  Christians – what Thomas Paine would’ve called “sunshine patriots.”  Jesus  Christ spoke of the disciple that was worthy of him – the person that is willing  to forsake worldly good, to follow him.  To let the dead bury their dead, to  follow him.  That servant that is willing to be hated by one’s own family; to be  alienated from parents, children, spouse, country, even blood, to follow him.   Willing to be driven out, to beg in the streets if need be.  Willing to gather  and worship in the city gutters even the city morgue.

Give me the catacomb Christian that will follow him and that will leave their  bloody footprints in the mud so that we could follow behind.  I’ll take Dr.  Jeffress over a mere poser any day.  If the good Pastor made any mistake it was  in trying to hire a “celebrity” Christian to come speak in his church.  If there  is one good that has come out of this event it is to open a dialogue about the  church’s foolish infatuation with celebrity.

How easy to don a verse on your Facebook wall or even your eye black.  How  easy to duck in and out of church on a Sunday or a Wednesday, tune in to K-LOVE;  run the AWANA circle or blow a whistle “for Christ.”  How easy to pose as one  praying, until the rains come – then the sheep scatter and the house falls.  If  this paltry level of adversity is all that is required for Tebow to put light  under a bushel and tail between his legs, then both he and his supporters  haven’t hit spiritual puberty yet.

GROUPIES:

Whether it’s Tebow, Obama, Britney Spears or Ron Paul: groupies by any other  name still live on their knees.  It’s understandable when the darkness covers  for every objectionable act of their idols, but the body of Christ should have a  higher standard than James Carville and MSNBC.  There is only one celebrity  worthy of worship and it’s not a young, bewildered backup quarterback.

The two most distressing things that have come out of Tebow’s wavering are  the unfair slander heaped upon Dr. Jeffress and his assembly, and the deplorable  validation of the whole event by the Tebow apologists. Todd Starnes whose  articles have chronicled this whole exchange was on American Family  Radio and both guest and host admitted to having been “savaged” by the  Tebow brigades in texts, tweets and emails for simply challenging his decision.   I imagine that some of the same people that liked, shared and commented on my  column that praised Tebow will chime in on this one with rebuke and vitriol.  So  be it.

To all of those mealy mouthed “Christians” out there who kvetch and moan at  the mindless apologists who carry water for Bill and Hillary Clinton, for the  Obama’s and for all things progressive – “Stifle Edith!” You are as pitiful as  the Obama Zombies in your pathetic defense of Tim Tebow’s failure.  How is the  young man supposed to learn and grow in his Christian Faith if brothers and  sisters in Christ run to him and encourage him in his error?

Yes, I’m judging Tebow’s actions; I’m called to as his brother.  How is the  body supposed to know when to exhort, edify or rebuke if they can’t discern  between faith and failure?  And before you tell me that I can’t judge Tebow till  I trip in his cleats; have you thought about the real victims in this?  What if  that was your church that was compared to the Westboro hags; your children in  that Sunday school?  What if that was your Pastor?   Have you seen the tears of  that Pastor’s wife and kids?  Christ has put them in a bottle, how about  you?

JOHN MARK:

And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark. But  Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from  Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work. And the contention was so sharp  between them, that they departed asunder one from the other” … Paul before the  2nd missionary journey

“Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: For Demas hath forsaken me, having  loved this present world … Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with  thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.” – Paul in his last weeks of  life, reconciled to John Mark

If I could speak directly to Tim Tebow I would say “You were the main  participant in the smearing of a good man; a Christian brother.  You didn’t just  hold Pastor Jeffress while the PC bullies beat him; you smeared him and then  passed by on the Jericho road to go to your next “service.”  This is beneath  you, Tim.  This is not the man that your parents raised you to be or that God  has called you to be.  The decision that you made was the choice that the world  wanted you to take and that all the agents of darkness are now celebrating.”

My prayer for brother Tebow is that he repents of his sin; that he seeks the  forgiveness of those he has wronged and that he is reconciled to Dr. Jeffress  and that fine assembly in Dallas.  Maybe he could apologize to the thousands  upon thousands of fans who stood guard of his reputation and suffered the slings  and arrows of defending him while he was the object of derision and mockery.   Ultimately his sin was not against the good pastor or the Dallas assembly or  even his faithful fans, but against his Lord and Savior.  May the grief of the  Holy Spirit be turned to “well pleasing” acceptance and may Tim Tebow turn this  to the Glory of God.  He can start by heeding the words of the man he aided in  slandering:

“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.    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.” – Dr. Robert  Jeffress

Hear the full response of Dr. Jeffress to the Tebow controversy here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=lzpJHIhH6Hc

Read more:  http://clashdaily.com/2013/02/tebowing-kneeling-to-god-or-bowing-to-man/#ixzz2MDienIgx

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