Pastor Pokluda Stresses Exclusive Truth of Jesus at Passion 2024: ‘No Other Way to God’

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In a powerful message at Passion 2024 in Atlanta, Jonathan Pokluda, pastor of Harris Creek Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, criticized the growing acceptance of the idea that various religions can lead to eternal life. 

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Speaking to thousands of young attendees, Pokluda emphasized that Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation, challenging the prevailing notion that all paths lead to God.

Referencing USA Today statistics showing that 70% of religious groups believe in the possibility of multiple paths to eternal life, Pokluda urged believers to confront the issue. He pointed out the contradiction between saying Jesus is the only way and living as if other paths are equally valid.

The pastor highlighted the importance of recognizing absolute truths, stressing that Jesus isn’t just historically true but the embodiment of truth itself. He debunked the notion that all religions teach the same thing, citing examples from Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism, each claiming exclusive paths to spiritual fulfillment.

Pokluda underlined the exclusivity of Christianity but framed it as the most inclusive of all world religions. He explained that Jesus offers salvation to everyone, regardless of their background, making Christianity unique in its inclusivity within its exclusivity.

Using a powerful metaphor about a lost traveler and misleading directions, Pokluda illustrated the necessity of finding the right path to salvation. He emphasized that claiming all religious paths lead to salvation is as misleading as telling a lost traveler that any gate at an airport leads home.

The pastor shared a personal story about his daughter’s illness during a mission trip, using it to illustrate the urgency of finding the right path. He asserted that Jesus is the only way to heaven, and this exclusivity is an expression of love because it is true.

Pokluda addressed the misconception that following Jesus restricts freedom and fun. He clarified that Jesus calls people to a life of repentance not to limit enjoyment but to guide them to a fulfilling life in a right relationship with God.

Discussing the concept of “new tolerance,” Pokluda contrasted it with “old tolerance.” He argued that new tolerance demands agreement with others’ beliefs, contradicting God’s will. He encouraged attendees to live without being enslaved to others’ opinions, promoting a genuine, uncompromising faith.

Passion 2024, a gathering for 18-25-year-olds focused on the fame of Jesus, featured other speakers such as Sadie Robertson Huff, Louie Giglio, and Levi Lusko. Musical performances from artists like KB and Kari Jobe added to the event’s vibrancy. Pokluda concluded his message by reiterating that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, emphasizing that no one reaches the Father except through Him. Passion 2024, held from Jan. 3-5, aimed to unite young people and their leaders in their devotion to Jesus Christ.

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