Ob·fus·cate, tr.v. To make so confused or opaque as to be difficult to perceive or understand
I'm sure we all remember the furor cause over Franklin Graham's comment in 2001 that Islam is, "very evil and wicked." I remember how Evangelical leaders tripped all over themselves to distance themselves from Graham. The remark that particularly bothered me was when one minister acknowledged that technically Graham was correct, but that his statement, "lacked nuance." I hate nuance!
The past decade and a half of PC sensibility has turned us all into spineless cowards that are no longer able to speak their minds. That's why I hate "nuance." Nuance is just another way cloud one's meaning enough to avoid the inconvenience of stating what one actually believes. Instead of just stating that the Bible abominates homosexuality, our ministers hem and haw, they multiply their words and obfuscate their intentions so that no one can pin them down as "intolerant" or narrow-minded. When asked about Islam, Franklin's own father beat around the bush and started talking about friends and acquaintances who are Muslim. Can no one just speak the plain truth anymore?
I have sat through countless sermons where an obviously intentional effort was made to avoid saying anything emphatic or objective that might convict the listeners. I think of the era of the Fathers and Reformers: no ambiguity with them! I long for that again.
Here is the way preachers used to speak; no "nuance" here. At least we knew what they really meant.
"...a melon, which Marcion must have had in lieu of a heart!" - Tertullian, The Five Books Against Marcion, Bk 4, Ch. 40.
But there is another among these heretics, Marcus by name, who boasts himself as having improved upon his master. He is a perfect adept in magical impostures, and by this means drawing away a great number of men, and not a few women, he has induced them to join themselves to him, as to one who is possessed of the greatest knowledge and perfection, and who has received the highest power from the invisible and ineffable regions above. Thus it appears as if he really were the precursor of Antichrist. For, joining the buffooneries of Anaxilaus to the craftiness of the magi, as they are called, he is regarded by his senseless and cracked-brain followers as working miracles by these means. Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Bk 1, Ch. 13
Lord, keep us in Thy Word and work,
Restrain the murderous Pope and Turk,
Who fain would tear from off Thy throne,
Christ Jesus, Thy beloved Son.
Martin Luther, Lord, Keep us in Thy Word and Work.
"We are all Papists; at least, I am sure, we are all Arminians by nature; and, therefore, it is no wonder so many natural men embrace that scheme." George Whitefield, The Lord Our Righteousness
"And what are the new Arminians but the varnished offspring of the old Pelagians, that makes the grace of God to lackey it at the foot, or rather, the will of man? that makes the sheep to keep the shepherd? that puts God into the same extremity with Darius, who would gladly have saved Daniel but could not (Dan 6:14)?" Christopher Ness, An Antidote Against Arminianism