Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 2/23/13

Tim Tebow still plans to preach his message of faith to the masses, just not at the risk of his reputation. After agreeing to a speaking engagement at the First Baptist Church of Dallas last week, Tebow changed his tune on Thursday. Tebow was scheduled to deliver two sermons to the church audience of more than 11,000, but the controversial views and beliefs of reverend Robert Jeffress have apparently led the New York Jets quarterback to take a knee instead. Tebow used Twitter as his medium to distribute the message on Thursday morning, citing “new information” as the reason behind his change of heart. While I was looking forward to sharing a message of hope and Christ’s unconditional love with the faithful members of the historic… — Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) February 21, 2013 … First Baptist Church of Dallas in April, due to new information that has been brought to my attention, I have decided to cancel my… — Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) February 21, 2013 …upcoming appearance. I will continue to use the platform God has blessed me with to bring Faith, Hope and Love to all those… — Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) February 21, 2013 …needing a brighter day. Thank you for all of your love and support. God Bless! — Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) February 21, 2013 Rev. Jeffress has made a bevy of anti-gay and anti-Semitic remarks in the past, which have drawn national attention. That sort of press likely isn’t something Tebow is interested in involving himself with, which explains his recusal. Considering his past, Tebow probably wouldn’t have said anything outlandish or inflammatory anyway. But it was smart of him to steer clear of any potential trouble before it could even begin. Have a question for Luke Hughes? Send it to him via Twitter at @LukeFHughes or send it here.

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