Even mainstream evangelical theologians and Bible scholars recognize that Hebrew culture refers to the heart as the seat of the will, which is then linked to convictions. Before I moved away from evangelical circles, I already understood from my professors that convictions reflect the divine presence of God in your soul, and that they can overrule your reasoning. That much is mainstream already.
My efforts to implement a sense of moral focus based on that teaching is what led me to leave the mainstream church. At some point I realized that God speaks primarily in our convictions, in the sense that if we argue with our convictions, we will find ourselves opposed to God’s work in our lives. Most evangelicals understand that this is territory difficult to explain and often tell you that you must follow your own convictions where they take you, even if it means changing churches. To be honest, most often they say that as mere political wisdom. If you don’t fit where you are, staying will cause trouble. Big shot leaders told me as much personally. I left their ministries out of compassion; I was unwilling to cause trouble.
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