“The reliance on intensifiers demonstrates the emptiness of American Christianity’s language. Previous generations were content singing ‘trust and obey, for there’s no other way.’ Today we have to really trust and truly obey. The inflated rhetoric is a sign of how divorced our churches’ vocabulary is from the simple language of Scripture.
And the intensifiers don’t solve the problem. Replacing belief with commitment still places the burden of our formation on the sheer force of our will. As much as some of these radical pastors would say otherwise, their rhetoric still relies on listeners ‘making a decision.’ There is almost no explicit consideration of how beliefs actually take root, or whether that process is as conscious as we presume.”
Christianity Today “Here Come the Radicals!”