People who know a little theology sometimes offer another excuse. “Well, pastor, as a sinner you say my will is in bondage, and if I am not predestinated to salvation, then it is impossible that I could ever believe the Gospel. So how can you expect me to receive Christ?” Well, now, let’s think about that for a moment. Because we all start out as unbelievers, no one in this world knows that he is not among God’s elect. So for all you know, you may be predestined to salvation after all. And this I know: if you will go to Christ in prayer, and tell him of your inability, and beg him sincerely and earnestly and incessantly to have mercy on a wretched, hopeless sinner like you, and to give you spiritual life, with the gifts of faith and repentance, which you could never have otherwise, he will hear and answer you. But if you persistently refuse his overtures of mercy toward you until you die or he returns, it will only be because you hate God and love death, and your damnation will be just. Your fancy theological excuses will only torment you when you finally open your eyes in hell.