NFL Quarterback Says He’s Grounded By His Faith In Jesus Christ – How About That, ESPN?

NFL Quarterback Says He’s Grounded By His Faith In Jesus Christ – How About That, ESPN?

The NFL — and the sports world in general — is not kind to athletes who live as open Christians. It’s one thing for them to practice their faith quietly, but if anyone is too obvious about their beliefs, then they’ll be punished (just look at Tim Tebow!). But that’s not stopping one quarterback from speaking out.

Carson Wentz is in his second year as quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, after being chosen as their first round pick in 2016. Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Wentz is not shy about his Christian faith — and he recently gave a sermon at a church in his hometown.

Speaking at First Assembly Church, he said, “The myth in our world, in our society, and even in the church, is that if I just have faith in Jesus, and I do enough good, that I’ll have salvation. You see that’s wrong.”

“The truth is faith alone in Jesus Christ is what equals salvation plus the works,” he continued. “It’s not just for the pastors to tell the world about Jesus. They can’t reach the majority of people that we can. We all have to work together to make a difference.”

He concluded by quoting Ephesians 2:8-10, which reads, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

According to Wentz’ father, Doug, he became religious during his freshman year in college. “You raise the young man to go to church, but a little light came on his freshman year,” Doug said. “He tackles that just like he does buying a hunting dog. He learns and he digs.” And to this day, Wentz says that his faith is still the number one priority in his life and has kept him from getting caught up in fame and fortune. But even if he becomes the next NFL superstar, family members say that it won’t change him.

“[His faith] will keep him level-headed,” his cousin Connor Wentz said. “I think it will keep him grounded and down-to-earth, whereas a lot of those guys once they go pro they go crazy. His faith will keep him down-to-earth.”

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