A pastor queried for a series being run on the website of The Gospel Coalition made this observation to support his advice to young pastors:
Much evangelical preaching tends to be either therapeutic or moralistic, regardless of theological persuasion.
That may or may not be true, of course, but there is no way of disputing it. The man making the claim preaches most Sundays, so he can’t have much personal experience by which to make such a judgment. I can’t imagine how he has researched this claim, nor does he cite the research of others. How can he make the claim? Is it because we grant such leeway unthinkingly to prominent pastors?
I’m not sure why without support we are supposed to accept such claims. Maybe no one does. Or maybe they do. I can’t claim to know one way or another.