My beloved new bride and I were discussing the subject of Holy Spirit Conviction and she asked the question, "Can a person who is not elect come under conviction? Her point in asking the question was, if God knows who will reject Him, what's the point in bringing them under conviction in the first place? She was asking the question from the point of view of someone who is not a full five-point Calvinist. The Calvinist answer would logically be no. But shouldn't the non-Calvinist answer also be no? Yet, many of us know of people who seemed to be obviously under great conviction (pew gripping, etc.) who to our knowledge never came to faith in Christ. Were they truly under Holy Spirit conviction or some sort of emotional reaction to a sermon or invitation? Release the hounds! Tom B.