Wikipedia defines blasphemy as “the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for a religious deity or the irreverence towards religious or holy persons or things.” Wikipedia also shares this information on Tebow that was the subject of many news reports over the past months:
“Tebow appeared on the September 2012 cover of GQ magazine on its “NFL 2012 kickoff issue”. The featured article inside was titled “Have You Accepted Tim Tebow as Your QB and Sunday Savior?”. The accompanying photoshoot inside by Mark Seliger became subject of controversy after critics blasted the pictorial for portraying Tebow in shirtless pose reminiscent of the crucifixion of Jesus. Huffington Post reported: “In the black-and-white “Sexy Jesus” photo, Tebow poses shirtless with his arms outstretched and legs crossed. His side-turned face is tilted slightly downward, painted with a forlorn expression.”
The utter disrespect and insult that Tebow paid to Jesus Christ as he posed on the cover of a sultry magazine, and especially in the form of Jesus’ horrific death, is frankly sickening. By textbook definition, it is also blasphemous.
How is this any different from the blasphemous artwork featuring Obama in the same type of pose a few years ago?
And why do I even have to use words like “textbook definition” and ask how it is any different from Obama’s blasphemy? Are there actually Christians so spiritually blind that they would attempt to defend Tebow? Yes. Is there an outcry from believers? No.
Some time ago, I actually warned other believers about exalting Tebow when I noticed he was becoming an American “idol” and I warned of his general lack of discretion, how he would pose with girls in bikinis, his willingness to partner with underwear companies on advertising campaigns, and other signs of immaturity. Most believers ignored my warnings and continued exalting him. At the time, a married woman and professed follower of Jesus Christ even stated that she finally had a reason to watch the Denver Broncos. At that time, I’m sure some even chuckled over my warnings; however, my analysis and warning, though unheeded, has now finally been realized.
This reprobate new generation of “christians” treat Jesus with less respect than their own parents (and we won’t even broach the subject of how they treat parents today). Today’s “new christian” has crafted their “jesus” to mirror their own depravity. Their “jesus” is a hippie, a proponent of rock ‘n’ roll and sodomy, and can be treated however they feel like treating “him”. This image of “jesus” is not the Jesus of the Bible, but an idol of their own crafting.
These idolatrous new “christians” craft their own sermons on grace which twist the Scripture until they are able to fool themselves into believing that their “jesus” is the Jesus of the Bible. When Jesus was on earth, he stated that He and His Father are one. This means that Jesus is the same GOD who in the Old Testament drowned the world for their sins with a global flood and who burned men alive for their perverted lifestyles in Sodom until there was only white ash left. Has Jesus changed?
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.” – Hebrews 13:8
They craft their “jesus” into a man who enjoys the same bawdy behavior that they do. So what happens on Judgment Day when their “jesus” turns out to be a totally different one from the Jesus in the Bible?
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 7:21
What type of generation will live on this planet when the False Christ of the prophetic Books of Daniel and Revelation appears? A generation like unto our own? A generation who already have their own false christ crafted out in their mind and just need him to appear, so they can rock together with their own preferred “messiah”? To further exacerbate his recent blasphemous behavior, Tim Tebow is now said to have turned down a speaking engagement at a large historical Baptist church in Dallas.
Why? According to most articles that I’ve read and a Fox News article, it is because he has chosen to censure this particular church due to their stand against sodomy and their naming of false religions such as Mormonism, Catholicism and Islam. Was Tebow a fake? Was his “christ” the same as the Bible’s Christ? Why are people so quick to accept the profession of any celebrity who “isn’t ashamed of Jesus”?
Why do most of these new “christians” seem to enjoy the same morals, occult music, blasphemy, and beliefs as non-believers, while calling themselves “christians”? Family Policy is even speaking out against Tebow’s recent behavior. The reactions to Tebow’s “new direction” also show that many Christians have finally seen through this “celebrity christian”.
Why has Tim Tebow fallen? I have a better question. Why do believers exalt a man like Tebow? The Bible clearly warns against giving positions of leadership to elders who are a novice. While Tebow was not an elder, I believe the principle still applies in many ways to Tebow who was used as an example to others by pastors who asked him to speak to their congregations all across the United States and the world.
“Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.”
Everyday there are many men who take a stand for Jesus Christ. Why was Tebow exalted to celebrity status for the same? Is this “man worship” a form of idolatry? Why are these modern “christians” so focused on their modern-day “Roman arenas” and their modern-day “gladiators”? Why all their admiration of rock idols who make obscene and Satanic hand gestures? Why all the adoration for actors who strip nude in Hollywood?
The article at this link promotes Tebow as a great guy who is against abortion while also attempting to paint him as a great guy for not standing against the sodomites and their agenda. This article at this link shows how Tebow is attempting to redress his image while marginalizing Dr. Jeffress (whether intended or not) by showing how Liberty University, who also is for Biblical marriage, is having Tebow to speak. However, as you will see in this video, Dr. Jeffress has the full support of men such as Mike Huckabee and other GOD-fearing men and pastors behind him and he states that men don’t need to wimp out (i.e. Tebow) when things get controversial. Today, many would say that pastors who speak out against sexual perversion are guilty of “hate” speech, but bear in mind that Truth is hate to those who hate the Truth. I don’t like assuming things or implicating an innocent person, but some facts are hard to ignore logically speaking. While, in my mind, there is absolutely no question that anyone posing as “Jesus on the cross” is blasphemous and inappropriate due to the logical facts presented, I will be the first to delete this article or print a retraction if Tim Tebow were to present some logical explanation that would suddenly explain all his various actions or if I find out that all of these various articles from conservatives, liberals, and Christians are all somehow a lie or twisted; however, let’s logically look at the facts.
Some would say that Tebow wasn’t aware of what he was doing in posing for the camera. Did he not know that he cancelled with the Dallas, TX church too? And was the Southern Baptist pastor of that historical church too harsh when he called Tebow a wimp for cancelling due to the church’s stand against perversion and false doctrine? I know people idolize Tebow, but I think we should give that pastor some benefit of the doubt … and give Tebow some credit for being smart enough to know what he was doing shirtless in front of a camera. If he was somehow tricked into taking off his shirt and posing like Jesus, then he should sue GQ magazine for libel or start a blog and explain his actions or talk to the press which hound him. If it were me, I’d be devastated and would be talking non-stop about this. I would do everything in my power to set the record straight about such blasphemy.
Some tried to say it was so long ago (six years ago), including Tebow, so they don’t think he should be accountable for something he did “that long ago”. Really? When asked about that pose, he said he didn’t know what he was doing. Really? In fact, he claims he didn’t even know he was on the front of GQ magazine. Wow. Is that even legal or possible? Is the same individual who trademarked “Tebowing“ going to pretend he wasn’t savvy enough to make a buck off GQ magazine’s use of his photo and without his permission?
The thing about being worshiped as an idol is that someone like Tebow can do all he’s done, but then if in a couple of weeks he decides his fans think he “went too far”, he can just tell him that he didn’t know what he was doing or tell everyone the pastor in TX is a bit extreme or imply such by going to a different venue like Lilberty University … and his fans will believe every word. It’s time people stopped cheering for Tebow and started cheering for Dr. Robert Jeffress who took a courageous stand for Jesus Christ after Tebow rudely cancelled or ‘wimped out’ as Dr. Jeffress would say. Without question, we should not exalt any man upon a pedestal. I think every one of us should be given the benefit of the doubt, but when the facts keep stacking up against a person as they have against Tebow, why is it that he seems to get a “pass”? Would you get the same “pass”?
- What if Tebow had chosen to honor the sabbath day and keep it holy as other godly athletes have done … such as Eric Liddell (subject of the movie “Chariots of Fire”)? How would such a decision have changed his life? Liddell died on the mission field, but his honors will be great in heaven. Tebow’s faith is sketchy.
- What if Tebow had kept his shirt on? Even Adam and Eve realized they were still naked while wearing fig leaves, and didn’t GOD have to clothe them with long animal skin garments (Hebrew kĕthoneth)?
- Shouldn’t the photographer have had Tebow strike a different pose? Such as pretending to kiss Jesus on the cheek … just like Judas Iscariot did?