The old legalism of “be good” (God is all about me being moral) …
Was followed by the current legalism of “do good” (God is all about me doing good, like helping the poor) …
Which rapidly is being replaced by the new legalism of “feel good” (the existential fad that God is all about affirming me, filtered through my own hurts, needs and sensibilities) – as its devotees now diss anyone or anything that doesn’t feed their need.
Seriously, these things run in cycles and there is just enough “truth” in each extreme to trap the unwary.
Unfortunately, those who buy in to each “goodism” seldom see how artificial and myopic it tends to be.
Although God is big enough to encompass each of these “goodisms”, He’s also sovereign enough to smash them when they become your idol.
~ Jim Wright