In these continuing debates between Calvinism and Arminianism one thing that crops up is the non-Calvinistic contention that there would be no point to preach since God has already settled the matter before the world was created . We Calvinists ( following Scripture ) tell the other party that we are commanded to do so . That doesn't satisfy the Arminian . But we must heed the words from the mouth of Jesus and do what the Great Commision says . I do believe that the Bible clearly teaches , with no eqivocation , that there must be a universal proclamation of the law/gospel . And I also affirm that His saving power rests only on those whom He has predestinated before the creation of the world . Too many of you are sounding like the objectors that Paul had in mind in Romans 9 . How do you guys ( these days "guys" is inclusive of women ) deal with Jeremiah 7:27 ? When you tell them all this they will not listen to you ; when you call to them , they will not answer . Or how would you handle the the Lord's charge to Ezekiel in 3:4-9 ? He then said to me , " Son of man , go now to the house of Israel and speak my words to them . You are not being sent to a people of obscure speech and strange language , but to the house of Israel -- not to many peoples of obscure speech and strange language you cannot understand . Surely if I had sent you to them , they would have listened to you . But the house of Israel is not willing to listen to you because they are not willing to listen to me , for the whole house of Israel is hardened and obstinate . But I will make you as unyielding and hardened as they are . I will make your forehead like the hardest stone , harder than flint . Do not be afraid of them or terrified by them , though they are a rebellious house . Would you try to reason it all out and say "What's the point ? Why go when you have given me that depressing report ? I can't reconcile this tension in my mind ? "