Tim Tebow cancels visit to church of controversial pastor

Former Florida Gator QB says he learned of 'new information'

Published On: Feb 21 2013 11:45:36 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 21 2013 11:52:16 AM EST
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ORLANDO, Fla. -

New York Jets quarterback and former Florida Gator Tim Tebow has canceled an appearance at a Texas church criticized for its pastor's views against homosexuality, Islam and Mormonism.

The Heisman Trophy winner said in a series of 4 tweets on Thursday that he made the decision to cancel because of "new information."

"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," Tebow tweeted.  "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!"

Pastor Robert Jeffress has made several controversial comments in the past, including saying that Muslims practice a religion that came from the depths of hell and promote pedophilia.

Jeffress has also said that homosexuality is "perverse (and) represents a degradation of a person's mind."

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