Tim Tebow cancels appearance at controversial Dallas church

Tim Tebow has canceled an appearance at a controversial Dallas church because of “new information that has been brought to my attention.”

In a series of tweets to his over 2 million followers, Tebow said: “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!”

Tebow had been scheduled to deliver two sermons April 28 at the church, whose leader has, according to the Dallas Morning News, spoken out against homosexuality, called Islam and Mormonism “heresy from the pit of hell” and linked Catholicism to “a Babylonian mystery religion” that corrupted the early Christian church.

Dr. Robert Jeffress had told the Morning News that Tebow, whose appearance was to coincide with the church’s expansion and renovation, would “share his story, the difference Jesus Christ has made in his life.”

Tebow typically speaks in general, personal terms on his faith during the offseason. Last Easter, he addressed about 15,000 people at Celebration Church in Georgetown, Texas. In his upcoming appearance, though, CBS Sports’ Gregg Doyel writes that Tebow is “about to make the biggest mistake of his life.”

Meanwhile, Tebow’s long-range future is less certain. The New York Jets reportedly will be shopping his services at the NFL Scouting Combine, which begins today in Indianapolis.