There are many churches, campus ministries, tv preachers, etc. that you may hear the “gospel” from. But is it the true gospel? We naturally gravitate toward messages that make us feel good. We don’t want to be confronted with our sin. However, we must be careful of drifting toward a false gospel, which is different than the one that Jesus preached and died for. When Jesus began His ministry in Mark 1:15, His message was consistent to that which had already been preached by John the Baptist and the prophets. What was that message? “Repent and believe.”
Today, we hear a lot about belief in Jesus, but we don’t hear about repentance. It is not a popular part of the gospel message, but it is essential. Without the need for repentance from sin, it is a different gospel than Jesus preached, and it ultimately eliminates the need for Jesus Himself. Be discerning! If you are attending a church, Bible study, or watching someone online who doesn’t talk about sin and repentance, you are likely listening to false teaching. Look for teachers who teach all of Scripture, even when it takes you out of your comfort zone.