First, let's get our terms straight. The words "all" and "any" can refer to "all/any without exception" or "all/any without distinction" (as in all/any nations). When Arminians interpret "all/any" they tend to refer to it as "all/any without exception". Arminians like to quote parts of Matthew 11 to "prove" that people have the power to repent. In the whole context, however, this passage not only says exactly the opposite, it flies in the face of Arminian principles. First, the Arminian must answer the question, if God is not willing that any (without exception) perish, and mighty works could have saved Tyre and Sidon, then why didn't God do those might works in Tyre and Sidon? Second, if God is not willing that any perish, but all (without exception) come to the knowledge of the truth, then why does Jesus REJOICE at the fact that God hides the truth from some and reveals it to others? 20 Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: 21 "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you." 25 At that time Jesus answered and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. 26 Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. The parallel passage in Luke is even more revealing... 21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. Here you have Jesus REJOICING over the fact that the Father has chosen to hide the truth from some and reveal it to others! Why would Jesus rejoice over such a thing? Because God is sovereign, and His will is ALWAYS the best will, no matter what the corrupted human mind reasons about it. "Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight." This is the only reason we need to accept election.