Okay, I know that this is a hot topic here on the BB. I have not done much posting but I have spent a lot of time reading the threads and the posts and I have noticed that the topic of Calvinism vs Freewill tends to spark much heated debate. My purpose in asking this question is not so much to debate but to try to get some information. I will admit that I am a freewiller (is that even a word)? Anyway, with the exception of the acrostic TULIP and the basic idea that according to Calvinism God chooses who will be saved and who wont be saved I really don't know much about what Calvinism teaches. I have been spending more time looking at this and while I am not close to moving from free will to Calvinism, I am starting to see it in a different light. One of the questions that I have is this, lets say that I am one of the ones that God has not chosen for salvation, according to Calvinism regardless of what I choose or desire there is no chance of me getting saved (again, I freely admit that I do not know much about this teaching so if this is NOT true please correct me this is my understanding of it however). If I am not chosen for salvation, what impact will hearing a gospel message have on me? Will I experience conviction? A desire for salvation? Or will it basically have no impact and I will simply reject it and go on my way. What I have a hard time with is the thought that a person could hear a message be convicted of their sins and cry out for a savior to no avail. If any of my Calvinist brothers could correct any misconceptions that I might have about this teaching as well as provide any information I would appreciate it. Thanks in advance.