Emotional Empiricism

There is a rhetorical trope in Christian circles that follows this structure: 

It must be true because it is what I need.   

That is gospel which feels like gospel to me.   

The worst offenders are blogging clergy who write long posts decrying the subjectivity of the age, then fend off any threat of sanctification by invoking this pseudo-humility:  “I have no hope other than forgiveness, and any gospel that has anything else is not good news to me.”  

God forbid grace should threaten to change you.

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