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Evangelical Football Star Tim Tebow of Denver Broncos Targeted for His Faith?
Christian Post ^ | 08/13/2011 | By Anugrah Kumar

Posted on 08/14/2011 8:08:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has come under attack from sports analysts for being vocal about the role his Christian faith plays in his National Football League career.

Before his second professional season has even begun, naysayers are questioning his confidence that relies on his Christian beliefs.

CBSSports.com national columnist Gregg Doyel recently analyzed Tebow’s interview with Denver Post and said the way he equated his love for God in heaven with tangible rewards on earth amounted to blasphemy. The interview was prompted by reports that Tebow might not begin the season as Denver’s starting quarterback.

Doyel’s analysis angered Tebow’s fans. “Dude, your article bothers me. You know dang well that you painted Tebow as a religious nut-job,” complained one Daniel Liebman. Doyel Friday responded to what he described as “hate mails” from “Tebow fanatics.”

“I didn’t paint him as a religious nut-job. Tebow’s the one holding the brush. I just hung his art on the wall and asked you folks to take a look,” the columnist said.

“Your article on Christian faith is extremely offensive,” wrote another fan, Chance Jones. “I have forwarded my thoughts to many individuals at CBS Sports and will no longer be a customer.” Doyel listed the responses sent by Tebow’s fans followed by a statement defending his analysis.

While Tebow is not known to have responded to criticism, he posted “Joshua 1:19” on his Facebook page Friday. The verse, which reads, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go,” alluded to the charge.

Debi Albritton, a fan commented, saying, “Your faith and your continued show of faith even against all the naysayers is a testament to all Christians. May God bless you and continue to strengthen you against all the adversity you receive!”

Doyel’s article juxtaposed views that suggest “Tebow will never be a good NFL quarterback,” with his confidence in God for his success. “He doesn’t believe it. Which is fine… But check out the reason why he doesn’t believe it,” the sports columnist continued.

Then Doyel quoted Tebow as saying, “Others who say I won’t make it are wrong. They don’t know what I’m capable of and what’s inside me. My family and my friends have been bothered by what’s gone on, and I tell them to pay no attention to it. I’m relying as always on my faith.”

“He’ll make it in this league – for the Bible tells him so,” Doyel remarked. “From the outside it looks like Tebow equates his love for God in heaven with tangible rewards here on earth. And that’s more than wrong. It’s blasphemy.” However, Doyel claimed he had nothing against Tebow or his God and that he considered him the nicest person he had ever met.

Collin Hansen, editorial director of The Gospel Coalition, in a blog Friday, commented on the controversy involving Doyel and Tebow.

“I’m not sure if Doyel knows what blasphemy is, or the seriousness of the charge he’s leveling against Tebow,” Hansen commented. “Tebow could be saying he relies on his faith to withstand criticism and pressure, not that he finds assurance in his future as a starting quarterback because God loves him.”

However, Doyel agrees Tebow’s life has been “grandiose.”

“He was the best high school player in America. The best college player in America, and one of the most accomplished players – one Heisman, two national titles – in history. A first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos in 2010.”

At college in Florida, Tebow frequently wore biblical verses on his eye black. In the 2009 Bowl Championship Series, he wore “John 3:16” on his eye paint, reportedly causing 92 million people to search the verse on Google. Later, Tebow switched to “Proverbs 3:5-6,” again causing 3.43 million searches of the verse together with “Tim Tebow.”


TOPICS: Current Events; Evangelical Christian; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: evangelical; football; tebow; timtebow

1 posted on 08/14/2011 8:09:01 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Has “pearls before swine” ever been more aptly illustrated?


2 posted on 08/14/2011 8:13:39 AM PDT by don-o (Abolish FReepathons. Be a monthly donor.)
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To: SeekAndFind

>>>>>>I didn’t paint him as a religious nut-job.

liberal progressives are nut jobs.


3 posted on 08/14/2011 8:17:36 AM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: SeekAndFind

a jackass like this reproter might look at another beliving QB - Kurt Warner, he did OK as a man with faith who came back again and again.


4 posted on 08/14/2011 8:19:06 AM PDT by q_an_a (a)
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To: don-o
Personally, I think a lot of the criticism of Tebow is justified. Not so much the criticism of his faith, but the criticism of the way his religious presence seems to have completely masked his lack of talent as an NFL quarterback.

The Denver Broncos didn't draft him in the first round a couple of years ago to be the team minister . . . they drafted him to be their future starting quarterback. And that just ain't happening, folks.

5 posted on 08/14/2011 8:20:37 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: SeekAndFind; 4everontheRight; ABG(anybody but Gore); Abbeville Conservative; akorahil; albee; ...
I think most of the criticism of Teebow has been fair. However, I think he will get better.
6 posted on 08/14/2011 8:20:37 AM PDT by Perdogg (0bama got 0sama?? Really, was 0sama on the golf course?)
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To: SeekAndFind
“He’ll make it in this league – for the Bible tells him so,” Doyel remarked. “From the outside it looks like Tebow equates his love for God in heaven with tangible rewards here on earth. And that’s more than wrong. It’s blasphemy.”

Is anyone really shocked to find an unbeliever thinking and acting like an unbeliever?

7 posted on 08/14/2011 8:20:57 AM PDT by GiovannaNicoletta ("....in the last days, mockers will come with their mocking...." (2 Peter 3:3))
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To: SeekAndFind

He has the wrong skin color to receive religious tolerance from the paparazzi press.


8 posted on 08/14/2011 8:29:38 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Regulation is government control of capital, and government control of capital is socialism.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The first step in this controversy is to teach these intolerant, uneducated folks 2nd grade English. The difference of

FREEDOM OF RELIGION

VERSUS

FREEDOM FROM RELIGION.

Of equals choice.

FROM equals dictatorial!

Tebow is okay ALTHOUGH he lost to the Cowboys! Hoo Hah!

9 posted on 08/14/2011 8:41:13 AM PDT by Young Werther ("Quae cum ita sunt" Since these things are so!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
He has the wrong skin color to receive religious tolerance from the paparazzi press.

Bingo! The girlymen in the "sports media" wouldn't dare say this crap if Tebow was "black" or "brown". I don't know which are worse, the girlymen who cover politics or the girlymen who cover sports. I do know that they are all loud-mouthed freaks who can't make it doing a real job.

10 posted on 08/14/2011 8:43:50 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Americans need to wean their government off of its dependence on foreign money.)
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To: SeekAndFind; stylecouncilor; windcliff; I Drive Too Fast

Joshua 1:19 bump....


11 posted on 08/14/2011 8:52:44 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: GiovannaNicoletta
If this columnist had said “He'll make it in this league - for the Koran tells him so” people would be crying and pleading for his resignation.
12 posted on 08/14/2011 9:04:38 AM PDT by DCrockett53
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To: DCrockett53

I’m sure the Muzzie NFL guys had a great time at Baraq’s Ramalamadingdong late night grub in.


13 posted on 08/14/2011 9:09:45 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: SeekAndFind

That bottom-feeder Rick Reilly (spit) at ESPN has been all over Tebow’s case recently...he is so politically correct he squeaks when he walks...Reilly’s screeds are nausea-inducing.


14 posted on 08/14/2011 9:11:09 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Buncha trash. That said, either Mr. Tebow will play well, or he won’t, and that’s the only thing that matters in his occupation.


15 posted on 08/14/2011 9:12:17 AM PDT by Tax-chick (The Commie Plot Theory of Everything. Give it a try - you'll be surprised how often it makes sense.)
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To: SeekAndFind

One of the BEST NFL coaches ever, Joe Gibbs, whom I personally know is a devout Evangelical Christian.


16 posted on 08/14/2011 9:21:23 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: Alberta's Child

Tebow has led teams to championships at every level he has plated, at after three games at the NFL level you have determined he lacks talent.

From everything I have seen from this kid, he has proven that he is a leader; sadly, it took a lot of guts for him to openly profess his faith, in a world where liberal agnostic and atheistic scum dominate the media. There efforts have been consistent and unrelenting primarily because of his beliefs and willingness to discuss them... compare and contrast the scum in the media’s comments regarding Jamarcus Russell, that is, if you can find them.


17 posted on 08/14/2011 9:21:47 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
I don't know if that is true. Reggie White took a ton of bad press for being a spiritual athlete.
18 posted on 08/14/2011 9:23:24 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: Common Sense 101

Tebow has led teams to championships at every level he has played, and after three games at the NFL level you have determined he lacks talent.

From everything I have seen from this kid, he has proven that he is a leader; sadly, it took a lot of guts for him to openly profess his faith, in a world where liberal agnostic and atheistic scum dominate the media. There efforts have been consistent and unrelenting primarily because of his beliefs and willingness to discuss them... compare and contrast the scum in the media’s comments regarding Jamarcus Russell, that is, if you can find them.


19 posted on 08/14/2011 9:23:34 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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20 posted on 08/14/2011 9:31:16 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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note to Tim: just tell ‘em you are Muslim, then the press will be afraid of you and won’t bother you anymore.


21 posted on 08/14/2011 9:39:32 AM PDT by isom35
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To: SeekAndFind
OMGoodness not this guy again... To give credit where it's due my team lost a NC to this guy's UF team in his Junior season...

Lotsa good examples of good sane young Christian gentlemen playing QB in the NFL... Kurt Warner... Sam Bradford... Colt McCoy... Kitna...

Not a single one of them have ever been seen in a screaming blue-faced spitting rage against their own teammates when the scoreboard was against them, or invited themselves into the defense team's huddle for a "pep talk" before a kickoff.

Let him try that with his teammates in the NFL and he just might get what would help him most to become a truly decent guy... non-surgical removal of a couple of personality traits.

22 posted on 08/14/2011 9:39:55 AM PDT by OKSooner (When someone tells you who they are, believe them.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Why do I think Doyel has yet to pen a column about moslem players. Some who, because of Ramadan, refuse to eat from sunup to sun down.

This practise can't be wise, nor can they be at full strength, in the middle of summer at training camp.

23 posted on 08/14/2011 9:49:45 AM PDT by Realman30 ("I've already made a donation to Haiti. It's called taxes". . . . El Rushbo.)
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To: Coldwater Creek
In Reggie White case, he had the audacity to disavow the practice of a man sleeping with another man.

The left wing crowd took him to task for those comments. Not because he was a Christian.

24 posted on 08/14/2011 9:54:44 AM PDT by Realman30 ("I've already made a donation to Haiti. It's called taxes". . . . El Rushbo.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Born-again Christians have been beheaded, burned alive,drawn and quartered and worse for their personal faith in Jesus Christ. Does anyone honestly think that Tim Tebow is afraid of reporters? Or the Libertarians who troll Free Republic pages, for that matter?


25 posted on 08/14/2011 10:15:30 AM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a U.S. Marine.)
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To: Perdogg

Yeah I get tired of the assumption of persecution. Anybody thinking Tebow is getting ripped because of his faith needs to explain why the exact same sports reporters loved Reggie White and love Tony Dungy. The fact is Tebow has issues with his mechanics, maybe they’ll get better, maybe they won’t but until somebody makes him a starter and he starts winning games it’s all legit criticism.


26 posted on 08/14/2011 10:43:47 AM PDT by discostu (keep on keeping on)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Really, because all these same guys were OK with Kurt Warner’s faith, and he’s the same color.


27 posted on 08/14/2011 10:48:25 AM PDT by discostu (keep on keeping on)
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To: Common Sense 101

We can tell there’s something wrong with how Tebow plays because he can’t manage to win the starting job from Kyle Orton. I mean really, Kyle Orton, it’s not like Tebow is stuck warming the bench behind a hall of famer, he’s stuck behind a guy with a 32-30 record, there’s gotta be something wrong there.


28 posted on 08/14/2011 10:55:20 AM PDT by discostu (keep on keeping on)
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To: Common Sense 101
I don't question Tebow's athletic abilities at all. My point is that he's not cut out to be an NFL quarterback -- or at least not an NFL quarterback who would warrant such a high draft selection.

There are dozens of similar cases in the last few decades involving phenomenal athletes who are top-caliber QBs at the high school and college level. But that's the one position where success at the college level has the least correlation to success in the NFL. Let's go back over the last 40 years and list all of the college QBs who won the Heisman Trophy:

1971 - Pat Sullivan (Auburn)
1984 - Doug Flutie (Boston College)
1986 - Vinnie Testaverde (Miami)
1989 - Andre Ware (Houston)
1990 - Ty Detmer (BYU)
1992 - Gino Torretta (Miami)
1993 - Charlie Ward (Florida State)
1996 - Danny Wuerffel (Florida)
2000 - Chris Weinke (Florida State)
2001 - Eric Crouch (Nebraska)
2002 - Carson Palmer (USC)
2003 - Jason White (Oklahoma)
2004 - Matt Leinart (USC)
2005 - Troy Smith (Ohio State)
2007 - Tim Tebow (Florida)
2008 - Sam Bradford (Oklahoma)

I've left 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton off this list because he hasn't appeared on an NFL roster for a single game yet. I've got nothing against Tim Tebow, but he's in very good company on that list -- among a whole bunch of players whose defining characteristic is that not only are there no NFL star QBs among them (Carson Palmer is the only one who comes close), but the vast majority of them have had no impact on their NFL teams even as long-term starters.

What's even more remarkable about that list is who isn't on it. You can go back over the last 30 years in the NFL, and you'll often find that the top QBs at any given time had not necessarily been top NCAA players or even top draft picks. Names like Dan Marino, Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Warren Moon, Steve Young, Brett Favre and Troy Aikman are conspicuously absent from this list.

With this kind of track record for uncertainty at the quarterback position, I find myself wondering why any NFL team would use a high draft pick on a QB.

29 posted on 08/14/2011 11:16:34 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Alberta's Child

I think Tebow brings intangibles.....in the end they’ll say, “All he does is win.”


30 posted on 08/14/2011 11:18:42 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m not a Christian but I recognize irrational “Sarah Palin” type of hatred when I see it.


31 posted on 08/14/2011 11:19:41 AM PDT by Invincibly Ignorant
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To: Alberta's Child

Bookmark on a winner!


32 posted on 08/14/2011 11:20:17 AM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: dfwgator

Dude, I will defend Knoxville until it gets real, but I’ll be damned that they slam Tebow. A remarkable man in his own right!


33 posted on 08/14/2011 11:23:58 AM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: dfwgator

I’m sure that’s the case. I’m just not sure how far “intangibles” can get you in the NFL. Doug Flutie may have gotten more mileage out of his “intangibles” than any QB I can remember, but even he was basically a journeyman who showed only flashes of dominance in a pretty unremarkable career.


34 posted on 08/14/2011 11:26:02 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: SeekAndFind

What would a God-hater like Doyel know about blasphemy? Those atheist nut-jobs are always trying to use theology against normal people, but they never have it right.

In 2003, Rush Limbaugh was fired from his position as a sportscaster for saying, with regard to Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Donovan McNabb:

“I think what we’ve had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well,” Limbaugh said. “There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn’t deserve. The defense carried this team.”

That sent the media scum into a grand mal self-righteousness seizure.

But what are they doing here exept being too hard on a new quarterback for being a Christian?


35 posted on 08/14/2011 1:32:45 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“CBSSports.com national columnist Gregg Doyel recently analyzed Tebow’s interview with Denver Post and said the way he equated his love for God in heaven with tangible rewards on earth amounted to blasphemy.”

What would anybody at SeeBS know about God?


36 posted on 08/14/2011 2:41:51 PM PDT by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: onedoug

“Joshua 1:19 bump....”

Joshua 1 ends with verse 18.


37 posted on 08/14/2011 2:44:59 PM PDT by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: SeekAndFind
John 16:1-4
38 posted on 08/14/2011 2:48:54 PM PDT by Jim Noble (To live peacefully with credit-based consumption and fiat money, men would have to be angels.)
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To: Invincibly Ignorant

“I’m not a Christian but I recognize irrational “Sarah Palin” type of hatred when I see it.”

Good for you! I commend your outspoken integrity!


39 posted on 08/14/2011 2:50:57 PM PDT by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: SeekAndFind
CBSSports.com national columnist Gregg Doyel recently analyzed Tebow’s interview with Denver Post and said the way he equated his love for God in heaven with tangible rewards on earth amounted to blasphemy.

Doyel is a known imbecile, much like Colin Cowherd.
40 posted on 08/14/2011 2:55:01 PM PDT by Terpfen (Buh-bye, Suntan Charlie.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
I don't know which are worse, the girlymen who cover politics or the girlymen who cover sports. I do know that they are all loud-mouthed freaks who can't make it doing a real job.

This one tried both:

olb

41 posted on 08/14/2011 2:58:21 PM PDT by zzeeman ("We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality.")
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To: don-o
Has “pearls before swine” ever been more aptly illustrated?

"Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." Matthew 7:6

Tebow's a class act. The lamestream media will never understand those of faith, period. Tebow proved it in one brief interview.

42 posted on 08/14/2011 3:06:24 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Alberta's Child; Common Sense 101
My point is that he's not cut out to be an NFL quarterback -- or at least not an NFL quarterback who would warrant such a high draft selection.

It all depends on the system. If a team is looking for a classic drop back passer Tim Tebow doesn't fit, but if they are looking for a QB that rolls out, or run a west coast style offense he might fit. Knowing that he is a Born Again Christian who works hard and doesn't run around with the wrong crowd makes him a better choice than a Ryan Mallet, even though Mallet is taller and throws harder.

The lack of NFL star QB's on your list just illustrates that the Heisman Trophy is not based on who is the best fit for the NFL.

The criticism that Tim Tebow gets from the secular sports media is no different then what happened to Kurt Warner. Instead of raising these fine men up as examples to young boys and girls they seek to mock them and if they stumble make sure everyone knows. It just shows how far we've fallen.

43 posted on 08/14/2011 5:44:03 PM PDT by wmfights (If you want change support SenateConservatives.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah I seriously doubt this writer knows what blasphemy is. He apparently regards ANY criticism of him to be “hate emails” which tells us know thin skinned he is. This is another example that we often see from the celebrity media where they seem to know just enough about the Bibel to be dangerous.


44 posted on 08/14/2011 7:14:09 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: SeekAndFind
Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, (2 Timothy 2:12-14)

“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.

“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:11-12

“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.

“If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.

“Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.

“But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me. (John 15:18-21)

Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you. (1 John 3:13)

Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good?

But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled,

but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.

For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. (1Peter 3:13-17)

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,

knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.

And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4)

The reality is this: it does not matter if you are a star NFL player or a person on the lowest rung of society's ladder. If you have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and believed upon Him; if you are living for Christ and sharing your faith... God's Word is clear: you will be a target of Satan's attacks and you will be persecuted and attacked by "the world": those who are lost and controled by Satan and the Satanic world system which hates the Lord Jesus Christ and ALL OF THOSE WHO BELONG TO Him: See Ephesians 2:1-2

45 posted on 08/14/2011 7:39:11 PM PDT by Jmouse007 (Lord deliver us from evil and from those perpetuating it, in Jesus name, amen.)
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To: RoadTest

You´re right. So sorry.

It´s even on my ¨Shields Of Strength¨ keyring, and one would think I´d have at least looked at it...which means I really should more often anyway.

Thanks.

God´s blessings on You and Yours....


46 posted on 08/14/2011 9:40:40 PM PDT by onedoug (SARAH!)
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To: onedoug

“God´s blessings on You and Yours....”

And you and yours!


47 posted on 08/15/2011 4:50:00 AM PDT by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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