Using and Misusing Words

The Equivocation of Language is the result of misusing words.  Webster defines equivocation as “the use of equivocal or ambiguous expressions, in order to mislead…” The principle denigrates the proper use of the language in our culture. The intentional effort to equivocate language has been with us since the fall of the human race.  In fact, deceit was one of the causal factors in the fall.  It was the father of deception that said to Eve, “Has God indeed said… (Genesis 3:1).  From Adam and Eve to the last baby born, there will always be the twisting of language.  The Sophists of the 5th century B.C. were famous for turning philosophical skepticism into the impossibility of absolute knowledge, which in essence denies absolute truth.  In the middle ages some philosophers adopted nominalism as a theory of knowledge which distorted the meaning of words.  The postmodern agenda deceives people by using literary deconstructionism to displace the concept of absolute truth. Every word in every language has a specific meaning.  To equivocate words is to deceive.

The biblical doctrine of sound words is necessary to avoid the equivocation of language.  “Hold fast the pattern of sounds words which you have heard from me…”(1 Timothy 1:13).  I translate it from the Greek text in terms of having an outline of healthy words.  There are three parts to this short phrase from the Bible.  The command is have or to hold fast.  The pattern refers to a summary account or an outline of sound words.  Sound words are healthy words which provide good health for the soul.

Theological Terms in Layman Language was written to define meaningful words used by Christians. This book is written so that simple words like faith or not so simple words like aseity are explained in plain language. Although there are numerous dictionaries, concordances, and encyclopedias that define theological words, phrases, and concepts, there are few that are concise and simple.  Theological Terms in Layman Language is easy to read and designed for people who want a brief definition for theological terms.  The terms are in layman friendly language.  Every attempt has been made to keep the definitions as objective as possible.  It is a great resource to have for Bible study or sermon preparation.

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