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Pastor Says He is Not Tebow's Pastor, Does Not Believe God Favors Broncos

A Denver-area pastor clarified earlier comments to a TMZ reporter, saying news outlets have wrongly portrayed him as Tim Tebow's pastor who believes God plays favorites.

Tebow has long been outspoken about his Christian faith, but his late-game wins have attracted even more attention this season as he began starting as the Broncos' quarterback, making him one of the most hot button athletes this year. Earlier this week, TMZ quoted a Colorado pastor suggesting God might favor Tebow.

Pastor Wayne Hanson – who runs Summit Church in Castle Rock, CO where Tim's dad often speaks – tells TMZ God is actively intervening in Denver Broncos football games ... and aiding Tim on the field because of his strong faith.

Hanson tells us, "It's not luck. Luck isn't winning 6 games in a row. It's favor. God's favor."

However, he told the Denver Post that he is not Tim Tebow's pastor and he does not believe God plays favorites with the Broncos.

For starters, he is not Tim Tebow's pastor. He has met the Broncos' quarterback and visited his home, but Tebow has never attended his church. And for good measure - no, Hanson does not believe God is choosing the Broncos over opponents because of Tebow's presence on the field.

..."I don't think God cares about who wins a football game," he said. "I do think he cares about people and people care about football. I think Tim has favor from God in his life, but that is there win or lose," he said.

Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner recently suggested that Tebow might consider toning down. CT interviewed Tebow earlier this year about his public expressions of faith.

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Posted:December 14, 2011 at 10:52PM
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