The net effect of psychology and human philosophy over the past 50 years is that people no longer hear with their ears, but with their emotions. Rather than going from the ears to the brain for cognitive logical evaluation, every word is filtered through the emotions first, causing impulsive reaction instead of a methodical weighing of the results of impulsive outbursts.
Comments and disagreement are automatically perceived as personal attacks. Differences of opinion become unscaleable walls. Unchecked anger and rage as well as deep feelings of loneliness, abandonment or sadness rise like a torrent at the slightest provocation.
Enter contemporary christian music and the emotional feel good preaching in the church growth world. Nothing challenging or controversial is ever preached so as to not offend any hearer. Everything is loveydovey and soft so that people can feel good about themselves. Repetitive lyrics that could be in any love song between two lovesick teenagers draw and manipulate people to a plane where they believe shedding tears is equivalent to seeking forgiveness.
God is more interested in repentance and change than some great emotional flood or rending of the heart. Sin is against God and there must be awareness, evaluation, contrition, and genuine obedience.
“What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.
(I Samuel 15:22)
6 You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings. Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand*— you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings. Then I said, “Look, I have come. As is written about me in the Scriptures: 8 I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.”
1 Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins.
2 Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. 3 f3 For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. 4 Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight.
You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just. 5 For I was born a sinner— yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. 6 But you desire honesty from the womb,*
teaching me wisdom even there. 7 Purify me from my sins,* and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me— now let me rejoice.
9 Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.
We need less human philosophy and psychobabble from the pulpits of America and more of God’s word. We do people an eternal disservice when we refuse to warn them of the consequences of sin. The benefits of God’s love are predicated on salvation and consecration lived out daily. We must be holy as God is holy. In order to do so, we must recognize and accept that we are sinners bound for hell without Christ. Many “good” people and “church” people who never heard the truth of God’s word will find themselves in hell one day and for the rest of eternity.