The Gospel is LIFE: Jesus calls his words "spirit and life" yet Calvinists maintain that men cannot accept them unless they have first been made alive (regenerated). The Gospel is TRUTH: Scripture also teaches that "the truth will set you free," but Calvinists maintain that men cannot accept the truth unless they first have been made free (regenerated). The Gospel is AN APPEAL FOR RECONCILIATION: Scripture teaches that the gospel is a message of reconciliation for the world, but Calvinists teach that men cannot be reconciled because they are enemies of God and thus must first be reconciled (regenerated) in order to accept the appeal to be reconciled. The Gospel is the POWER: Paul teaches that the gospel is the "power of God unto salvation" yet Calvinists insist that the power is in the secret "effectual call" (regeneration). It seems to me that Calvinists have negated the power and the purpose of the means God has clearly chosen to bring life, freedom and reconciliation. How? By insisting that the WORD is not powerful in and of itself, but that it needs another means to accompany it...the inward "effectual calling." A concept never clearly expounded upon in scripture, even if all Calvinistic proof texts on the subject were taken into account. One must first establish that the work of the Holy Spirit in producing and carrying the Gospel to the lost is somehow insufficient to allow men to respond to its appeal before they can insist on the NEED for an additional working of the Holy Spirit. Can anyone establish that the Holy Spirit's work in bringing the gospel isn't sufficient to provide men all they need to respond to the appeal to be reconciled?