Inspired today by coming upon yet more of this twaddle, I am moved to say that I hope no friend of ours will ever be misled by anyone’s profession that in coming to some strange or heretical opinion they have spent many hours agonizing in prayer, seeking the face of God in humble willingness to submit to his will, whatever that will might be, and whatever self-sacrifice it might involve–then, not surprisingly, finding at the end of the process, mirabile dictu, that God is exactly of their opinion.
To be frank, I would be suspicious even if they went as far as crying aloud and cutting themselves with swords and lances until the blood gushes out upon them. But the point here is that people who are led into error by sincere religious talk, delivered in the dialect of piety to which they are accustomed, are themselves fools.
I grew up among polite Evangelicals to whom saying "bullshit!" was functionally equivalent to taking the Lord's name in vain. But really, there are instances when the expletive is in fact a euphemism for some of their leaders' discoveries after "having been in much prayer." Now repeat after me . . . .