Biblical truths that Christians have upheld for millennia are under severe attack in our day.
“Believers have opposition coming from every direction,” says Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, and host of the TV and radio program Pathway to Victory. “We have a culture that is hostile to the things of God, and we have a church that, in many ways, has compromised the truth of God’s Word.”
Of those biblical truths, few have been as vehemently opposed as the exclusivity of Christ, that is, the doctrine that Jesus is the only way to heaven.
“The disturbing trend is that even evangelicals are rejecting that doctrine,” Jeffress continues. “I wrote a book a couple years ago called Not All Roads Lead to Heaven. And at that time, nearly 60% of those who identify as evangelicals believed there’s more than one way to God. And that's an astounding figure when you think about it—60% is nearly two-thirds of evangelicals.”
How did the American church get to this point? Why have so many self-professed Christians embraced this serious doctrinal error?
“I think it’s because we've allowed the world to shape the beliefs of the church rather than allowing the church to shape the beliefs of the world,” Jeffress says.
Instead of isolating from the culture, Christians are called to engage it. This was Jesus’ point when He commanded His followers to be salt (see Matthew 5:13). Salt is a preserving element and was often used to prevent meat from decaying, Jeffress says. But in order for salt to do its job, it has to penetrate the meat; it can’t stay in the salt shaker.
The question is, are we willing to leave our comfort zones to engage our culture with the truth and love of Jesus?
The Intolerable Christ
As more evangelicals doubt the exclusivity of Christ, it’s no wonder fewer Christians are willing to engage the culture and share their faith. A 2019 Barna research study revealed that almost half of Christian Millennials believe it’s wrong to evangelize to someone of a different religion in the hopes that they will become a Christian one day.
After all, if there are many ways heaven, why risk offending someone by sharing the gospel? Yet there’s a reason Christians throughout the centuries have been willing to take that risk. The blood of every martyr who has died for sharing their faith testifies to this truth: Jesus is, and always will be, the only way to heaven. Jesus left no room for doubt when He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6, ESV).
That’s why Jeffress is excited to preach this truth at the upcoming 40 Days & Nights of Gospel Music at the Ark Encounter. The 40-day event will feature renowned Gospel music artists and preachers as well as fun activities for the family at the faith-based attraction.
Jeffress finds it fitting that he’ll be preaching on the exclusivity of Christ near a life-size replica of Noah’s Ark, which he calls a picture of Christ’s salvation. Just as the Ark was the only way to escape the global Flood that destroyed the earth, so Jesus Christ is the only way to escape the Father’s holy wrath and judgment of sin (see 1 Peter 3:20-21 and Matthew 24:38-39).
In light of this truth, every Christian can have confidence that sharing their faith isn’t an act of intolerance—it’s an act of love.
“The fact that God says, ‘There's only one way to be saved’ is not a sign of His injustice,” Jeffress says. “It's a sign of His love. The most loving thing we can do for people is point them to that one way of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.”
Come be challenged and encouraged as Robert Jeffress preaches live at the Ark Encounter August 25-26. Save your spot today!