In The World According to God, Greg Johnson writes: “Today it’s not unthinkable that an Evangelical scholar might say something like this:
‘For me personally, from my limited perspective, I think it would appear to me, if I’m not mistaken about this, that there’s one primary Savior in the Bible, at least according to my faith tradition, within my circle of meaning, assuming a pre-modern metanarrative in a faith-based discourse, as we tend to do, I think.’
Johnson responds: “WEASEL! There’s a difference between being aware of your limitations and being a coward. We used to say, ‘Jesus is the only Savior.’ It’s a clear, concise statement, powerful in its simplicity. Besides, GOD says so!”
1. We sometimes use the expression “weasel words” referring to “words or phrases aimed at creating an impression that a specific and/or meaningful statement has been made, when in fact only a vague or ambiguous claim has been communicated, enabling the specific meaning to be denied if the statement is challenged. A more formal term is equivocation.” (friendly neighborhood Wikipedia). What are some “weasel words” in theology, do you think?
2. One preacher said, “When I share the gospel, I worry about what people will think about me, and I worry about what people will think about Jesus. But mostly, I worry about what people will think of me.” The Bible says that the fear of man brings a snare. In our postmodern culture, how have Christians capitulated to the relativistic spirit of this age in whittling down the gospel message to only peace and happiness in Jesus?