I find it fascinating when someone says they abhor Calvinism specifically because it makes preaching the Gospel of no effect. I find this statement terribly ironic, precisely because of the reason why most people I know who came to believe in predestination and election came to it with with difficulty. It naturally makes one uncomfortable to think that God selects certain people to grant the faith to be saved and not others, and yet God does not share with us WHY He chooses one over another. So we who believe scripture unmistakably teaches this doctrine must rely on a simple assumption: That whatever scripture teaches must, indeed, be true. And whether or not the truth makes us uncomfortable, we assume that God knows what He's doing, and follow what scripture says no matter how it makes us feel, or whether or not we can make sense of the WHY behind it. (I must add that, in the long run, I personally found that I can derive no greater security and satisfaction from knowing God is perfectly sovereign in election, but that is another story.) Now, if we trust scriptural truth whether or not it makes us feel this way or that, then what are we to make of the great commission? Shall we ignore it, because we know God can and will save whomever He will, no matter what we do? Of course not! If God commands us to share the Gospel, then share the Gospel we shall! Why? Because no matter what we think about predestination and election, we trust that God knows what He's doing, no matter how it makes us feel or whether or not we understand the WHY behind it. So if He commands us to do this, we shall do this, and if He commands us to do that, we shall do that -- precisely for the same reasons we trust God when He says He elects this person over that person according to His own good pleasure and not according to the will or desire of man. Now, as to the Gospel itself. What is the Gospel? It is good news. From John 6 "All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me." [...] Spurgeon says... If that's not GOOD news, I don't know what is. If you want some BAD news, let me offer some: That people will perish in spite of the fact that God wanted to save them. Why? Because God is not able to save people if someone doesn't reach them with the Gospel. Yet this is what Arminianism teaches, not Calvinism. Arminianism not only places the responsibility on man to decide of his own free will whether or not to accept the Gospel, it places the responsibility on man to share the Gospel, otherwise those who might want to be saved may never have the chance, because someone out there chose not to share it at the opportune moment. Can one think of any worse news than that -- that salvation hinges not only upon man's free will to choose salvation, but man's free will to share or not share the "good news"? And yet what does Spurgeon -- who equates election with the Gospel itself -- say at the end of his sermon? Once again, now THAT is good news.