Calvinists often point to 1 Cor. 2:14 as proof that man cannot understand the gospel message and therefore could not believe it and be saved unless the Holy Spirit first indwelled the man and gave him understanding of the gospel truth. This is a poor application of this text. In just a few sentences following this verse Paul writes: Brothers, I was not able to speak to you as spiritual people but as people of the flesh, as babies in Christ. I fed you milk, not solid food, because you were not yet able to receive it. In fact, you are still not able, because you are still fleshly. The believers, the ones with the Spirit already residing in them, were NOT ABLE to receive the Spiritual matters that Paul is refering to in this passage. If Paul were talking about understanding the gospel for salvation then we must induce that the Corinthian church members were unsaved, because according to this passage they "were unable to receive it" just like the "natural man" of verse 14. This passage is clearly talking about understanding the "deep things of God" after you have received the Spirit which the Bible teaches comes through faith (Gal. 3:14). In addition, Romans 1:19-20 clearly shows us that the natural man can understand the things of God: 19 since what can be known about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them. 20 From the creation of the world His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse. Notice that their understanding of God and his attibutes was what made them without excuse for the day of judgement. If Calvinists claim the lost cannot understand the revelation of the gospel message then the lost will have an excuse on that day of judgement. What do you think?