Moralistic, therapeutic, deism.

That is the term developed by Christian Smith and Melinda Denton in their book Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers. The idea is that today’s young adults believe in God, but their understanding is that God exists but is not directly involved in our everyday affairs – deism. The goal of our existence is to live a good life that makes us feel good about ourselves – that is the moralistic and therapeutic piece. Taken together, the current trend in American Christianity is to believe in a God Who helps us when we need it so we can be happy and feel good and helps us to lead a good moral life. This system of belief is “about providing therapeutic benefits to its adherents” rather than “repentance from sin, of keeping the Sabbath, of living as a servant of a sovereign divine, of steadfastly saying one’s prayers, of faithfully observing high holy days, of building character through suffering.” It is a “belief in a particular kind of God: one who exists, created the world, and defines our general moral order, but not one who is particularly personally involved in one’s affairs–especially affairs in which one would prefer not to have God involved.” This is a warped and self-centered view of God that does not match the description God gives of Himself in the Bible. Nahum 1:2-8 gives one of the longest descriptions of what God is like:

The LORD is a jealous and avenging God;
the LORD is avenging and wrathful;
the LORD takes vengeance on his adversaries
and keeps wrath for his enemies.
The LORD is slow to anger and great in power,
and the LORD will by no means clear the guilty.
His way is in whirlwind and storm,
and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
He rebukes the sea and makes it dry;
he dries up all the rivers;
Bashan and Carmel wither;
the bloom of Lebanon withers.
The mountains quake before him;
the hills melt;
the earth heaves before him,
the world and all who dwell in it.
Who can stand before his indignation?
Who can endure the heat of his anger?
His wrath is poured out like fire,
and the rocks are broken into pieces by him.
The LORD is good,
a stronghold in the day of trouble;
he knows those who take refuge in him.
But with an overflowing flood
he will make a complete end of the adversaries,
and will pursue his enemies into darkness.
That is the God we worship.

Bro. Paul preaches from
the Bible using ESV