The unsaved man is dead in sin, I think we all agree. Agreeing on the definition of "spiritual death" is another matter. Calvinists say that man is dead. In his natural state, he is unable to hear, understand, or believe the gospel. Yet, how do we reconcile this with James 2:19? In that verse, the demons know that there is one God, they understand this fact, and they believe it. They even respond to it in an appropriate way; they tremble. This verse is commonly applied to mean that there is a kind of "false faith" which men can have. They can be orthodox, they can understand the gospel, and can even give verbal assent to it, yet not be saved. I find it difficult to reconcile this teaching from James with the doctrine of spiritual death as defined by calvinists. If spiritual death means that a man cannot hear, know, understand, or respond to the gospel, how can we have people who have "false faith" in which they do understand and give verbal assent, yet they are unsaved?