In another thread, someone asked... The powerless, pitiful Christ vs. the Sovereign LORD. No doubt someone will think or respond that it doesn't matter to a Calvinist, anyway, since Calvinists don't have to preach the word -- whoever is elect will get saved anyway. That is an oft-debated criticism Arminians tend to lodge against Calvinists. IMO, it is about time to point out the danger of the other side. In fact, IMO, the Arminian approach to preaching actually poses the greater danger. It's bad enough that the preached message is error instead of truth - that salvation comes by a free-will choice. It's bad enough that they are appealing to the pride of the listener and dishonoring the Sovereignty of God. There's yet another danger people rarely address. If the preacher begins with the presumption that the salvation of anyone in the audience depends on their free-will choice, that tempts the preacher to do whatever is necessary to "win their souls to Christ". Preaching the Word becomes a matter of quality of salesmanship. If one approach doesn't get a decent alter-call response, then perhaps another will. And if you have to wrap the truth in a little sweeter candy each time to get a better response, so what if it's not entirely Biblical, as long as more souls are "saved"? Do all preachers who believe in free will salvation fall into this trap? Of course not, but I've witnessed too many who have. One is too many, IMO, and I've witnessed well more than one. Calvinists are humans, too, and make mistakes. But they are far less likely to be tempted to sweeten and potentially pervert the message. Calvinists can preach the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth with the knowledge that God will use it for His own good pleasure. Even if God uses the preached word to harden some and save others, to God be all the Glory and power. A Calvinist preacher never has any reason to be discouraged by a small alter-call response. God uses one to plant a seed, another to water it, but God gives the increase. Calvinists know that God's word will not return void, and that cannot be measured by the visible response of the people who receive the message.