“We may also take notice of the great ambiguity of the words and phrases which have been used on this subject [the gospel–CD], and the changes which have happened in them; some falling into disrepute, and replaced by others of less obnoxious sound: for no stone has been left unturned to intercept the light of the sacred truth, and decoy our attention with an endless variety of the most abominable jargon about faith. The time and pains taken by the apostles, in holding forth the heavenly ray of hope, have been employed by thousands of preachers in directing us how to search for farthings in a dunghill” (Sandeman).
I can think of nothing to add except to quote Romans 10:9 and say that many popular preachers who use the phrase “intellectual assent” as a pejorative, if consistently honest, MUST take issue with what Paul said here:
“Because if you confess the Lord Jesus with your mouth, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
A list of popular preachers who make faith convoluted and complex and turn it into mystical mush. Or, to word it similar to Sandeman: A list of popular blind preachers who are leading the blind to search for farthings in a dunghill:
Jonathan Edwards (in works such as Religious Affections), Matthew Mead (in works such as The Almost Christian Discovered), Thomas Shepherd (in works such as Parable of the Ten Virgins), and John Piper (in works such as Future Grace, The Pleasures of God, and Desiring God) DO twist, pervert, obscure, darken, and turn into self-righteous mystical mush the clear definition of faith given in such passages as Hebrews 11:1 and Romans 10:9.