Nobody has denied the importance of doctrine
Yes they have at least to me.
Rather, when love causes the initial drawing to Jesus, the doctrine will follow, and not the reverse. First milk, then solid food, as another poster put it
Good point Sirach2.
I am sure you know (but I will post it for others that may not) this concept is called “God’s prevenient grace.” This just means God makes the first move to us and is a movement of grace.
This was defined (but believed before) at the Council of Trent in the 1500’s.
COUNCIL OF TRENT Decree on Justification (Chapter V) The Synod furthermore declares, that in adults, the beginning of the said Justification is to be derived from the prevenient grace of God, through Jesus Christ, that is to say, from His vocation, whereby, without any merits existing on their parts, they are called; that so they, who by sins were alienated from God, may be disposed through His quickening and assisting grace, to convert themselves to their own justification, by freely assenting to and co-operating with that said grace: in such sort that, while God touches the heart of man by the illumination of the Holy Ghost, neither is man himself utterly without doing anything while he receives that inspiration, forasmuch as he is also able to reject it; yet is he not able, by his own free will, without the grace of God, to move himself unto justice in His sight. Whence, when it is said in the sacred writings: Turn ye to me, and I will turn to you, we are admonished of our liberty; and when we answer; Convert us, O Lord, to thee, and we shall be converted, we confess that we are prevented by the grace of God.
CANON III. (From Trent, Sixth Session) If any one saith, that without the prevenient inspiration of the Holy Ghost, and without his help, man can believe, hope, love, or be penitent as he ought, so as that the grace of Justification may be bestowed upon him; let him be anathema.
This concept of God’s prevenient grace is encapsulated nicely in 1st John.
1st JOHN 4:19 19 We love, because he first loved us.