In the SBC a recent report from a group of Calvinistic Baptists made this declaration: "The Offer of the Gospel We affirm that the Gospel is to be made known freely to all in the good faith offer that if anyone confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord and believes in his heart that God has raised Christ from the dead, he will be saved. We deny that the Gospel lacks any power to save anyone who believes in Christ and receives him as Savior and Lord. Anyone who understands the Gospel through the power of the Holy Spirit may, in prayer and petition, trust Christ through repentance and faith, and we should plead with all sinners to do so." Historically, Calvinists (the not hyper version) have affirmed that the gospel appeal is to be made to all equally and with a genuine desire and expectation that all may respond. Agreed? If so, here is my question for Calvinistic believers: When God chose to make an appeal for fallen sinners to be reconciled from that fallen condition (which we all agree he did), why do you believe he made that appeal such that it was not powerful enough to enable the fallen hearer to respond willingly? Isn't that a lot like a doctor saying, "I have found the cure for cancer but you are unable to receive the cure for cancer because you have cancer???" Do you understand my question? It just seems that at some point God had to either decide that man's nature would be 'too fallen' for the gospel, OR that the gospel would be 'too benign' for the fallen nature...or both? Why would he make such a decision? And is there biblical support for this?