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Tim Tebow pulls out of speaking at Dallas church
February 21st, 2013
10:40 AM ET

Tim Tebow pulls out of speaking at Dallas church

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - NFL quarterback Tim Tebow has canceled an appearance at a controversial Dallas-area church. The outspoken Christian quarterback was scheduled to speak at First Baptist Church on April 28.

The church is led by Robert Jeffress, who has been widely criticized for views against homosexuality, Islam and Mormonism. Tebow, announcing his decision Thursday on Twitter, said that he was canceling his appearance “due to new information that has been brought to my attention.”

Tebow’s statement appeared over a series of four tweets on the social media site.

“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!” he wrote to his Twitter followers.

Tebow was scheduled to speak at the 11,000-member Dallas church as part of a monthlong celebration of the megachurch’s completion of a new building campaign, a $130 million dollar project that encompasses five blocks of the downtown.

“Tim called me last night and explained to me that because of some things going on in his personal life and his career he needed to steer clear of controversy right now, but that at some other date he would like to come and speak at our church,” Jeffress told CNN by phone from Dallas.  “Tim has to do what Tim thinks is best for him right now.”

The First Baptist Church of Dallas is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention.  Jeffress, who has been in its pulpit since 2007, is no stranger to controversy.

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After introducing Texas Gov. Rick Perry at the Values Voter Summit in Washington in October 2011, Jeffress told reporters he believed Mormonism was a cult, expressing a personal position and one held by his denomination.  The move was seen as a particular slight to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a lifelong Mormon.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, while acknowledging sharp theological differences with the Southern Baptist Convention, bristles at the term cult and says it is inaccurate.

Jeffress has also drawn fire for his comments about homosexuality, Judiasm and Catholicism.

“This in no way is going to diminish what our church is teaching about salvation being available to all through faith in Jesus Christ,” Jeffress said.

Jeffress pointed out that Tebow is a member of the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, a fellow SBC church.

“They certainly believe what we do, that salvation is through Christ alone, and about homosexuality.  Tim confirmed that to me last night, that they believe exactly what we do about homosexuality.”

Tebow and Jeffress differ dramatically in how they present their faith.  Tebow in talking about his faith has used much softer language, while Jeffress has no trouble going after less popular and culturally sensitive issues in Christianity.

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“I believe that homosexuality is a sin just like adultery is a sin, just like I believe premarital sex is a sin, because it’s a deviation from God’s standard,” Jeffress said.

“God’s plan for sex is that is should be between a man and a woman in a marriage relationship and any deviation from that is wrong.”

While he believes any sex outside a heterosexual marriage is wrong, he adds, “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.”

Jeffress said he thinks there is a genetic disposition toward homosexuality, a stance on sexual orientation taken by many theologically conservative Christians and one scorned as scientifically flawed by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Jeffress said he is sure there are gay members in his church.  “We don’t ask all the gay members to stand up, but I’m sure that there are people who are gay in our church simply because of the letters I have received,” he said.  “We have people who’ve committed adultery and who lie and who steal, but that doesn’t mean they’re not welcome to come to our church.”

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As for comments about Mormons, Jews and Catholics, he is quick to point out that he believes “no one goes to hell in a group.”

“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.”

The controversy surrounding Tebow’s appearance won’t dampen the church’s plans, Jeffress said. He said Tebow, while escaping the spotlight now over his beliefs, will continue to face controversy.

“I think Tim is going to discover that no matter how hard you try to hide from controversy, if you stand for the simple truths of the Bible, like faith in Christ, necessary for salvation, and sex (being acceptable only) between a man and a woman in marriage, you can't avoid controversy.  That’s something Tim needs to discover on his own.  We in no way want to impugn him.  He’s a great man of God who sincerely loves the Lord.”

- CNN Belief Blog

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soundoff (2,828 Responses)
  1. Evan

    Why can't we all get along and reconcile science with faith?

    March 5, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
  2. God Almighty

    I've never had anything to do with this goofball.

    March 5, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
  3. The Anti-Atheist

    Atheists stink!

    March 4, 2013 at 12:19 pm |
    • David in NC

      Wow! The clarity of your logic is undeniable. Forget facts and reality, I now believe in your sky fairy..

      March 4, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
    • Science

      To simple forThe Anti-Atheist/creationist to figure out......

      Earth's timeline works better than the bible's....

      Time for fairy in the sky to get the hell out of the way.

      Peace

      March 5, 2013 at 7:37 am |
    • Laurie in Spokane

      That's soooo funny. I imagine athiests take as many baths as any one else. They just don't think the water was blessed by anything. OH! You mean er stink figuratively because of our logical, non-belief in something that has been entirely created by the mind of men to make this world more bearable. Why didn't you just SAY that!

      March 7, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
  4. Lady Spring

    There seems to be a misconception among the atheists. They firmly believe that Christians are uneducated and know nothing about science. I am college educated, with two degrees – not in Folklore, not in Theology, not in English, not in Sociology, but in Biological Sciences. I graduated from a university and not from some online program.

    Perhaps the image of a toothless hillbilly comes to mind of an atheist when they think of a Christian. Well, fair enough, because when I think of they typical atheist, I think of an aging white guy with a receding hairline and a beer belly.

    March 4, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
    • Maximus

      Huh? I don't know where you got either of your ideas. Atheists know that Christians are not just hillbillies, we just think that you're only one step away from atheism yourself since you've rejected all the possible gods except one. Of course, you rejected all the others after careful research and consideration of all the possibilities, right?

      March 4, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
    • sam stone

      Lady Spring: And you have a misconception about atheists believe.

      March 5, 2013 at 6:22 am |
    • EnjaySea

      That, Lady Spring, was a straw man argument.

      But you did tear that man down, for what it's worth.

      March 5, 2013 at 11:55 am |
    • visitor

      Every Christian I have met has just as nice teeth as anyone else. Must be God's Tooth Grace rather than, you know, Dentists.

      They do tend to be very judgmental and make up stuff about other people's thoughts. With that,you fall right in line.

      March 10, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
  5. jehovah

    Atheists are parasites set fire to everything they own, get them used to the flames..

    March 4, 2013 at 9:12 am |
    • sam stone

      still on your knees, wishing for jeebus to fill your mouth with his savior gooey goodness?

      March 5, 2013 at 6:33 am |
  6. Banjo Ferret

    Tebow pulls out. This made Tim the Destroyer of Worlds chuckle. But seriously folks, Tebow needs to repent and accept Ferretianism as the one true religion if he is to secure his purple energy bubble to paradise. Repent! (banjoferret d c)

    March 4, 2013 at 8:21 am |
  7. William Hudson

    You are correct, o. However, Sam sees your faith as conjecture, clarity sees it as circular reasoning and EnjaySea sees it as food for gullible people. But I'm sure that not one of them has actually read God's Word with an open mind and heart in an attempt to disprove it. They are only repeating the usual agnostic cliches without investing time attempting to prove their points. They only post foolish insults and end up proving their own conjecture, circular reasoning and seemingly gullible nature, a nature that would rather believe a lie than the Gospel Truth. I say, seemingly, because I believe each of these people, at a point in their lives, has known the Witness of the Holy Spirit but have rejected that Spirit. If they look at the magnificent complexities of nature and our universe and not understand that there is a Creator/Designer, then they are only confirming an extreme lack of human logic at the very least and disingenuousness at most. The only thing standing between a non-believer's understanding and eternal life with their Creator is his own arrogant pride. The Truth is that God came into the world in the Person of His Son, Jesus Christ, walked among us, showed us how to live and then did an amazing thing. He suffered and died on Calvary's Cross. He took the sins of us all upon himself and then rose from the dead giving the believer victory over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and sits at the Right Hand of the Father now interceding for all who receive Him as their Savior and their Lord. This cannot, in human terms, be proven to the scoffers any more than they can disprove it. However, if they will put aside human pride, read God's Word with an open mind and heart and ask God to speak to their hearts, no proof will be necessary–because the Holy Spirit whom Christ sent will provide them that which they so desperately seek in life.

    March 3, 2013 at 8:11 pm |
    • Science

      William Hudson

      What is that please do tell ?

      Monring o little knowledge

      March 4, 2013 at 7:23 am |
    • John Brown

      William Hudson – Boy, you sure hit all the typical Christian talking points in your post. The most glaring is the one about how those who've read the Bible but still don't believe weren't reading it with an open mind.

      I would suggest to you that most people who bother to read the Bible are doing so to see if there's something there that resonates for them. But it's time for you to take your blinders off and realize that for a great many people, there was simply nothing there that was persuasive or compelling.

      Now, how many holy texts of other religions have you read with the same open mind that you suggest people should read yours?

      March 4, 2013 at 9:26 am |
    • David in NC

      Proof. We need proof, not the hallucinations rattling about in your head or ancient texts that were made up hundreds of years after the supposed events.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
    • sam stone

      free people do not need a savior. you apparently think you do, so you are not free. you are a slave to a iron age comic book tale. why should we listen to you, boy?

      March 5, 2013 at 6:41 am |
    • End Religion

      I'm sure that not one of you has actually read FSM's Word with an open mind and heart in an attempt to disprove it. They are only repeating the usual agnostic cliches without investing time attempting to prove their points. They only post foolish insults and end up proving their own conjecture, circular reasoning and seemingly gullible nature, a nature that would rather believe a lie than the FSM Gospel Truth. I say, seemingly, because I believe each of these people, at a point in their lives, has known the Witness of the Holy Spaghedeity but have rejected that Spirit. If they look at the magnificent complexities of nature and our universe and not understand that there is a Creator/Designer, then they are only confirming an extreme lack of human logic at the very least and disingenuousness at most. The only thing standing between a non-believer's understanding and eternal life with their Creator is his own arrogant pride. The Truth is that the Flying Spaghetti Monster came into the world in the Person of His Son, Jesus Christ, walked among us, showed us how to live and then did an amazing thing. He suffered and boiled in Calvary's Colander. He took the sins of us all upon himself and then rose from the dead giving the believer victory over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and sits at the Right Noodle of the Father now interceding for all who receive Him as their Savior and their Lord. This cannot, in human terms, be proven to the scoffers any more than they can disprove it. However, if they will put aside human pride, read FSM's Word with an open mind and heart and ask FSM to speak to their hearts, no proof will be necessary–because the Holy Noodle with which FSM touched them will provide them that which they so desperately seek in life.

      March 5, 2013 at 7:29 am |
  8. Cat Holic

    Tebow has strong faith, but faith in big future earning$$$ trumps everything !

    March 2, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
  9. Inspirational

    You could count on a perfect Christian
    To always be gentle and humble,
    To be immune to sin,
    And never, ever stumble.

    He’d study and remember
    All of God’s commands;
    He’d be trustworthy, moral and honest;
    You’d know just where he stands.

    With others, she’d be in harmony;
    She’d never lose her cool;
    Forgiving and forgetting,
    Following the Golden Rule.

    He’d surrender his life to God,
    Full of joy and peace,
    Free of stress and worry…
    Perfect, pure release.

    She’d lift up everyone,
    Full of sweet compassion,
    Free of worldly wants,
    Ignoring worldly fashion.

    But we can’t ever be perfect,
    So we always need to pray
    For the strength to do our best
    To love God and obey.

    Joanna Fuchs

    March 1, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • Science

      Better inspiration for life.........

      Icy Cosmic Start for Amino Acids and DNA Ingredients

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130228113436.htm

      25,000 light years from EARTH No god(s) required

      Peade

      March 2, 2013 at 4:36 am |
    • Science

      Oops than the fairy in the sky.

      Paece

      March 2, 2013 at 6:10 am |
    • Jesus is a Myth

      I'd like to Fuchs Joanna.

      March 4, 2013 at 4:03 am |
  10. Inspirational

    You could count on a perfect Christian
    To always be gentle and humble,
    To be immune to sin,
    And never, ever stumble.
    He’d study and remember
    All of God’s commands;
    He’d be trustworthy, moral and honest;
    You’d know just where he stands.
    With others, she’d be in harmony;
    She’d never lose her cool;
    Forgiving and forgetting,
    Following the Golden Rule.
    He’d surrender his life to God,
    Full of joy and peace,
    Free of stress and worry…
    Perfect, pure release.
    She’d lift up everyone,
    Full of sweet compassion,
    Free of worldly wants,
    Ignoring worldly fashion.
    But we can’t ever be perfect,
    So we always need to pray
    For the strength to do our best
    To love God and obey.

    By Joanna Fuchs

    March 1, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
    • Ted

      So, Inspi,you admit that your perfect being made beings that were badly flawed. Uh huh.

      Look, I hear there's some Florida real estate newly for sale. It offers some deep relief and would be an exciting opportunity to plunge into. Sounds like it would be perfect for you.

      March 2, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
  11. NoNeed4aGUN

    I appreciate the late Christopher Hitchens' approach to the supercilious exercise of trying to have a reasoned, meaningful discussion about religion and its (largely negative) influence on the advancement of our modern society. He would get past it all by granting the silly trappings of Christian folklore (historical Jesus, virgin birth, crucifixion + resurrection, ascension, etc..) and then engage the interlocutor; only to find that the reasoning still didn’t hold any water. So in that vein, I would say to those who proselytize on this thread that if your version of God exists (rather than the other 100 nuanced versions found within your denomination/culture/geography) you will have to face Him on your Judgment day. In this case, you will not have the benefit of a preceptor or priest to defend your actions and your superficial, self-serving understanding of your so-called faith will hold no sway. You will be left to admit that it was merely vanity and the fear of an agonizing, fiery, flesh-melting, eternal tortuous, never-relenting death that informed your belief in The Book; Hitchens would liken this to a kind of Spiritual Blackmail. Perhaps more likely, in the context of the USA, is that a fear of being outcast, ostracized by your parochial peer group is what pushes you to follow the herd blindly. And by any metric, that is no faith at all.

    March 1, 2013 at 9:52 am |
    • Karen

      Painful to be right when there are so many deluded idiots, isn't it.

      March 1, 2013 at 10:20 am |
    • stopthestupidity2012

      Sounds like a self righteous, self informed rant if I ever heard one. Xtian Faith may seem self serving for some. But the irony in that is their very purported faith condemns that. Christianity on a theological plane doesn't leave much room for a self serving faith. It is to serve God, duh. And as Jesus said, the greatest commandment is to love God and love others. To live that out generally isn't going to be self serving. But I'm assuming you probably don't need a lesson in basic Christian theology. Despite your comments indicating otherwise. Sounds more like you've got a line to tow and group to belong to yourself.

      March 5, 2013 at 1:42 am |
    • NoNeed4aGUN

      stopthestupity2012: thank you for your response. I must say that is it is powerfully ironic and revelatory to be deemed "self-righteous" by someone who contends that they KNOW the origin of all creation, humanity's purpose and the answer to all ethical/moral questions from a mere book written hundred years after a purported Jesus dude -of which evidence is scant to non-existent- walked the earth, then translated from Hebrew to Aramaic to Greek to Latin and many more in between and after before culminating in the Vulgate, and surely was never edited nor changed to fit the cultural climate nor the expedient agenda of those entrusted to protect it and on which their entire legitimacy and power were based...let's just consider that for a second...

      March 6, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
    • NoNeed4aGUN

      stopthestupidity2012: but the point is that you entirely missed the point. I do not have an agenda that I am peddling and then trying to squeeze and distort the facts to fit into a narrow viewpoint. To suggest otherwise is a lazy attempt to evade the substance of my post or to avoid applying any serious scholarship to the discussion. My entire comment was about letting go of all the silliness and using your innate logic to look at this question with fresh eyes. If you believe in a Heaven and Hell and that your actions in life dictate your destination in the afterlife then you will be called to judgment before God. The fact that I can dismantle Christians' misinformed basis for their beliefs, in a matter of minutes, with only cursory knowledge, portends what the omniscient, all powerful God -who not only sees everything you do publically and privately, but also can access (through holy telepathy) your true thoughts and real motivations, would smote you on sight. You see, I take these questions on spirituality and reality much more seriously than those believers who claim to have dedicated their lives to it; I don't stop questioning when I get to an answer that I like and makes me feel good. If you’d care, I’d be happy to demonstrate how simple this can be; simply provide me with a brief description of the particular brand of Christian dogma you ascribe to.

      March 6, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
  12. Steve

    Jesus Christ gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of God the Father....Galatians 1:4 Have you been rescued from this evil age, or will you share in its condemnation? Recieve Jesus as your Lord and Savior and you will pass from death unto life. God bless

    February 27, 2013 at 10:55 pm |
    • Religion is

      Superstition

      That's totally absurd. No sane person could possibly believe this nonsense. Unless you're totally biblewashed beyond recovery.

      February 28, 2013 at 12:59 am |
    • Science

      Education also works Steve

      Peace

      February 28, 2013 at 5:00 am |
    • sam stone

      how is this an evil age? because we do not comply with the beliefs of iron age sheep molesters?

      February 28, 2013 at 9:11 am |
    • sam stone

      Also, Steve, isn't god the one who set up this entrapment to begin with?

      February 28, 2013 at 9:13 am |
    • EnjaySea

      I don't believe that Jesus "gave himself for our sins". From what I can tell in the gospels, he made the established Jewish leaders of Jerusalem angry and they had him excecuted. That has everything to do with the end of that man's life, and nothing to do with my life 2,000 years later.

      Or were you just writing new bumper stickers? Christians are real good with the one-liners...

      February 28, 2013 at 11:51 am |
    • sam stone

      "Christians are real good with the one-liners..."

      Take my savior, please

      February 28, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
    • Greg J

      while galations is not one of the Gospels, it is part of the New testiment and it reads :
      galations 1:4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,
      This is beautifully spoken.

      In the Gospels, it shows a story of a man, Jesus, or more acurrately Yashua (Joshua) who made the Jewish Leaders angry by saying that He is the messiah and that He is going to give Himeslf for our sins, and deliver us from the evil of this age according to the will of the father. This angered the Jewish leaders because in doing this, he was saying He is God and that is blasphemy and a capitol punishment. That is unless its true. He also angered the Jewish leaders by telling them tthat they are opressing the people and killing the ones sent to them as true prophets. He spoke the truth unapologeticaly.

      Long story short, he did give Himself as a proxy for the sins I did and the ones you did, so we are saved from eternal punishment, and so that we can be saved from, well, basically, us

      March 1, 2013 at 9:01 am |
    • Steve

      Sam, from reading your posts here and elsewhere, it seems to me that you are resisting God and His Son and His Holy Spirit. In so doing, you find yourself without peace and without hope. Whats going on deep down inside you? Do you really believe that you can go it alone? I think you know better than that. Why resist God? What will that get you? You can't fight God my friend.

      March 1, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
    • Ted

      Steve, apart from the sheer idiocy and inconsistency of your god fables, how's that evidence thing coming along? Still nothing? Thought so.

      March 2, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
    • Bob

      So Greg, how come your "omnipotent" sky fairy couldn't do the saving thing without having his son killed? And how could that be any kind of "sacrifice", when a god could just pop up a replacement son with less than a snap of his fingers?

      Pretty pathetic "god" you've made for yourself there...

      March 2, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
    • frankb2910

      Let me get this straight so I understand. God sent his son here to be tortured and executed so that he could be a scape goat and suffer so that i could be forgiven for the sin that somebody else committed. Oh yeah. Now I get it. It makes perfect sense.

      March 2, 2013 at 11:28 pm |
    • Steve

      Frank, He died for our sins, all of our sins. We have all sinned. Apart from His atonement there is no hope for mankind. God makes the rules. Wheather or not we like them or agree with them has nothing to do with His rules being enforced. The law does not have compassion on those who break it. We are all condmned, becuase we all have broken His laws. He, in His great love, sent His own Son to pay the punishment for our sins. That is awesome! If we reject such an incredible expression of God's grace, then we cetainly deserve what we get.

      March 4, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
    • sam stone

      steve: he knew we would sin. we had no choice. so, your god is a vindictive little pr1ck

      March 5, 2013 at 9:18 am |
  13. o

    The Truth

    February 27, 2013 at 7:54 pm |
  14. CrossCountry

    Good morning – have I missed much?

    February 27, 2013 at 11:53 am |
  15. Bob

    Chad-Rachel, who will you be today?

    February 27, 2013 at 10:36 am |
  16. o

    Science is studying the things God made, but they have forgotten God in the text books. They are going to be in big trouble.

    February 27, 2013 at 7:51 am |
    • sam stone

      lots of conjecture there, o.

      February 27, 2013 at 8:09 am |
    • clarity

      I have to assume the little o stands for circular reasoning.

      February 27, 2013 at 8:10 am |
    • o

      I see things how they are, not how you want them to be

      February 27, 2013 at 7:45 pm |
    • Doobs

      What is it that you see?

      February 27, 2013 at 7:48 pm |
    • sam stone

      no, o, you see the as YOU want them to be

      February 28, 2013 at 5:00 am |
    • EnjaySea

      Nothing leads me to believe in a god, so I don't agree with you that science books study things that "he" created.

      And if by being in trouble, you mean that we need to worry about being barbequed for eternity if we don't believe in this creature, then I reject that as nothing more than an idle threat, intended to scare the gullible into loyalty. I'm not gullible, so it doesn't work on me.

      February 28, 2013 at 11:55 am |
    • o

      Big trouble

      March 1, 2013 at 12:11 am |
  17. John

    I will not use the word slothing, if you do not do it.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:37 am |
    • Dippy

      Great comment, John. Right to the point! (whatever the fuck it was.)

      February 27, 2013 at 3:22 am |
    • End Religion

      John said: "slothing – to act like Tom and others on this blog"

      I thought from our conversation that the definition of slothing was "forcing other to multiply coins for God." Is that correct? Is there a term for "locking triangles onto a hairy sun"? Maybe use "frothing" for that?

      February 27, 2013 at 3:39 am |
    • John

      ER, that was before I looked it up, in the dictionary I'm writing. The final definition I came up with just now is:

      slothing – to spread spiritual or emotional apathy, neglecting what God has spoken, and being physically and emotionally inactive.

      February 27, 2013 at 3:54 am |
    • A Frayed Knot

      John,

      I think that Lee Hazlewood (and Nancy Sinatra) beat you to that style of word coining:

      "You keep lying, when you oughta be truthin'."

      -and-

      "You keep samin' when you oughta be changin'."

      ( from: These Boots Are Made for Walking)

      February 27, 2013 at 4:09 am |
    • End Religion

      John, lemme know when you get this dictionary published. I will buy one if it isn't too expensive.

      February 27, 2013 at 4:13 am |
    • John

      AFK and ER, if you ever believe anything during your lifetime, believe this: The New Testament

      I'm not kidding, it went down 2000 years ago... and it's on... don't listen to people slothing you, figure it out for yourself and avoid them, or miss out.

      February 27, 2013 at 5:32 am |
    • End Religion

      John, will your dictionary have pictures to help your audience?

      February 27, 2013 at 5:35 am |
    • John

      I can imagine it now, Noah's putting the arc together and he keeps telling them, and they're joking about...

      Look, ER, the black hair light is on... things are glowing... but you're not seeing it. Instead you're slothing yourself and others, and they're slothing you.

      The apathy will be your undoing... avoid it. Try to hype yourself up spiritually... do something to get the point across to yourself.

      February 27, 2013 at 5:41 am |
    • John

      "Black hair light" is correct in more ways than one... they were at 2X higher UV seeing it, black lights are 1.3X or so...

      I'm not joking, read the New Testament, believe it and re-read it... hurry... you won't listen though.

      February 27, 2013 at 5:49 am |
    • Science

      Good Morning John

      For your enjoyment !

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUliLKSJ4bQ&w=640&h=390]

      Fact = Evolution = Truth

      Peace

      February 27, 2013 at 6:00 am |
    • clarity

      I will not use the term PMS (Proselytizing Mindless Bullshit) if you don't do it.

      February 27, 2013 at 8:13 am |
  18. jill

    what is

    February 27, 2013 at 1:59 am |
    • Dippy

      Jill, do you have even the slightest clue as to how to use the reply function?

      February 27, 2013 at 2:21 am |
    • Jambo

      We taught her the other night, but she went to sleep and all she learned leaked out of her ear again.

      February 27, 2013 at 2:27 am |
    • Dippy

      Ear plugs would help, then?

      February 27, 2013 at 2:34 am |
  19. CrossCountry

    pastor Jeffress sure didn't have trouble collecting big money from the people in his church that supposedly are living in sin. They enabled his multi million dollar church to be built...that's why he wouldn't ask them to leave his church. C'mon now...its all politics not sincere religion.

    February 26, 2013 at 11:48 pm |
  20. End Religion

    Poor fictional John, so mired in superstition he can't enjoy the true incredibly awesome nature of the universe, but only the narrow hate-filled sliver of the world contained in his fiction.

    February 26, 2013 at 10:05 pm |
    • John

      Big deal, through God I have seen what one has seen, and have heard the chocolate speak.

      February 26, 2013 at 10:53 pm |
    • John

      Seriously ER, your claim is that I need to know the entire universe and from that, reject God. But you don't know what I've seen in my lifetime, I'm just one person telling you, but I know God is there through what he's said, and if you don't believe it, big deal, there is always chocolate to tell me life is sweet... and he made that too. It's all his stuff and I thank him for having me here to be part of it.

      February 27, 2013 at 12:09 am |
    • Jambo

      "I have heard the chocolate speak"

      Okay, so either he is even more psychotic than we imagine, or he is talking about farts.

      February 27, 2013 at 2:34 am |
    • End Religion

      John, if you've heard the chocolate speak then our Milky Way must seem very refreshing to you. One of my favorite movies is Willy Wonka with Gene Wilder; I wonder if it may also be yours?

      February 27, 2013 at 3:43 am |
    • John

      ER, yes, movies or pictures of chocolate, they're the best

      February 27, 2013 at 4:06 am |
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