Andrew Fuller on the Objectivity of the Gospel: Christ, not Emotion

If the attention of the awakened sinner, instead of being directed to Christ, be turned inward, and his mind be employed in searching for evidences of his conversion, the effect must, to say the least, be uncomfortable, and may be fatal;as it may lead him to make a righteousness of his religious feelings, instead of looking out of himself to the Saviour.

Nor is this all: If the attention of Christians be turned to their own feelings, instead of the things which should make them feel, it will reduce their religion to something vastly different from that of the primitive Christians. Such truths as the following were the life of their spirits: “Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners” [1 Timothy 1:15]—“Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and was buried, and rose again the third day, according to the Scriptures” [1 Corinthians 15:3-4]—“Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel” [2 Timothy 2:8]—“We have a great High Priest that is passed into the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God” [Hebrews 4:14], etc. But by the turn of thought and strain of conversation in many religious connexions of the present day, it would seem as if these things had lost their influence. They are become “dry doctrines,” and the parties must have something else. The elevation and depression of their hopes and fears, joys and sorrows, is with them the favourite theme. The consequence is, as might be expected, a living to themselves rather than to him that died and rose again…
Works, II, 564