Why is this so difficult for arminians/free-will advocates to address? Can I get some straight answers here, please? 1. Is there a difference between believing in the facts of the Gospel and believing/trusting in Jesus? 2. Does the Holy Spirit play any direct part in enabling you to believe the facts? In other words, does the Holy Spirit influence you directly in order for you to believe the facts of the Gospel? Or is it entirely up to you to believe the facts of the Gospel? Examples of direct influence: The Holy Spirit directly "convicts" you of your sin. The Holy Spirit "opens your eyes" to the fact that the Gospel is true, no matter how ridiculous it seems from a rational perspective. And so on... Examples of no direct influence: You hear the facts. You decide for yourself whether or not you believe them. (Hint: Mr. Bill says the Spirit works indirectly through the person who delivers the message - so if you agree with him, the answer is "No, the Holy Spirit does not work directly, it is entirely up to you to believe.") 3. Having believed the facts, does the Holy Spirit enable or influence you in your ability to trust (believe on) Jesus? Or is it entirely up to you and your free-will decision to trust (believe on) Jesus? Examples of direct influence: The Holy Spirit indwells you and gives you the power to trust Jesus when it does not seem natural/rational to do so. The Holy Spirit does not indwell you, but directly influences your state of mind in order to strengthen your faith. Examples of no direct influence: You know the facts and decided they are true. Now it is entirely up to you whether or not you want to trust your life to Jesus.