Tim Tebow spoke at an Easter service last year in Texas. (William Philpott / AP)

Last week, Tim Tebow canceled an appearance at Dallas’s First Baptist Church, whose pastor has been criticized for controversial comments.

In his sermon Sunday, Dr. Robert Jeffress spoke of attracting media attention last week and, without naming the New York Jets quarterback, praised “men of God who are willing to stand up and act like men rather than wimping out when it gets a little controversial.”

The church made Jeffress’s roughly 10-minute sermon available on YouTube.

Jeffress told his congregation:

“I am grateful for men of God like these who are willing to stand up and act like men rather than wimping out when it gets a little controversial and an inconvenient thing to stand for the truth. God bless men like that.”

“There are some people who would say ‘God’s given me a different ministry. God has called me to go preach about the love of God. I’m not called to preach about sin and controversial things. I’ve been called to preach about the love of God.’ And they’re sincere when they say that. But they are sincerely wrong. The fact is you cannot talk about the love of God. The love of God has no meaning whatsoever unless you understand the judgment of God that all of us deserve.”

Tebow had been scheduled to speak April 28 at the church, talking, as he often does, in general, personal terms about his faith. Last Easter, he addressed about 15,000 people at Celebration Church in Georgetown, Texas.

Last Thursday, though, he bowed out, telling his over 2 million followers in a series of tweets: “While I was looking forward to sharing a message of hope and Christ’s unconditional love with the faithful members of the historic First Baptist Church of Dallas in April, due to new information that has been brought to my attention, I have decided to cancel my upcoming appearance. 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!”

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Tebow to speak at Dallas church

Tebow cancels appearance