You Won the Argument Pt. 2

They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth. (2 Timothy 3:6-7 NIV)

Decades ago, I began purchasing a synthetic oil for our only vehicle. When I moved to another location, I found another garage and maintained the practice with every oil change. For reasons that had to do with my financial situation, I changed back to a cheaper, regular “non-synthetic” oil; that’s when I ran into problems. When my engine developed a clang and bang, I went back to the oil dealer looking for his help. After some deliberation he said that I needed a new engine. When he told me how much a replacement would cost, I almost cried. It was an outrageous amount.

I was depressed. The Lord snapped me out of it by reminding me no one in my family was dead, or even sick. We were healthy. We had a roof over our head. We’d survive.

After mentioning my engine noise to a mechanically-inclined friend, he said he thought he could fix it. When I got it back, his bill was around $20. There was no clang or bang. Instead of pulling my engine for a new one, he changed the oil again. The expert at the garage, had tried to talk me into something I did not need. He had me believing a lie. He took advantage of my ignorance and trust.

In Part 1, I attempted to highlight a group of experts. They are well-educated, gifted talkers and skilled writers. They dominate political and, in some cases, spiritual discussions. I want to break down some of their strategy for winning arguments and persuading less-knowledgeable and trusting souls.

Several steps are involved: First, frame the argument. Whoever can frame the argument to suit them, has the best chance of winning.

Next, talk fast and make several assertions in rapid-fire fashion so that the opponent cannot address them separately.

Next, stress the first assertion is accepted by scholars and every Bible-believing Christian who ever lived. You would have to be a heretic to deny what they are going to say. It comes out like this: “Of course, we know that…” and it goes from there. Then the next point is built on the foundational statement, but is so quickly delivered you cannot interrupt and say, “Wait a minute! Who accepts that premise? I certainly don’t!”