Below is a little parable I created about two men--Sam and Jack. Perhaps the parable may offer some insight into why many non-Calvinists frequently express that, in their view, strict Calvinism insincerely offers the gospel >>>
Sam, Jack, and the homeless man
Every morning Sam gets up at 6AM to do his morning walk. Inevitably, a homeless man sits at the end of his street with his cup. For reasons unknown to Sam, the homeless man has no use for him. In fact, he appears to hate Sam. Every time Sam passes, the man cusses and swears and yells out obscenities to Sam. Day in and Day out this takes place.
Not only so, but Sam always takes a $5 bill with him when he walks. He has for years now attempted to give the homeless man the $5 but the man turns his head, refuses it and curses even more. It's become a daily thing. Sam offers the $5 and the man refuses the $5. It's happened now so many times, Sam has the rhythm to an art. He knows when the man will speak, when the man will curse, when the man will refuse. Yet, Sam continues offering the man the $5 bill anyway. He holds the $5 bill well within reach of the homeless man's hand. Yet the homeless man will not take it. In fact, Sam knows he's not going to accept it but he offers nonetheless. Sam kept doing this. The man eventually died.
Let's consider a twist:
Every morning Jack gets up at 6AM to do his morning walk. Inevitably, a homeless man sits at the end of his street with his cup. Jack always takes a $5 bill with him when he walks. He has for years now attempted to give the homeless man the $5 but the man doesn't respond to the $5. The man is blind, so he cannot see either Jack or the $5 bill Jack offers. The man is deaf and he cannot hear Jack when Jack calls to him to offer him the $5 bill. On one occasion, Jack left the $5 bill a few feet in front of the man, but the homeless man was paralyzed and, even if he could see where it was, could not move to get it. Interestingly, Jack knew the homeless man was blind but he showed him the $5 bill anyway. Jack knew the man was deaf but he kept telling him each and every day he had a $5 bill for him. Jack knew the man was paralyzed but he laid the $5 bill close to the man knowing, nevertheless, he could not lift a finger to get it. Jack kept doing this. Eventually the man died.
Consider: Is Jack just as sincere in his offering the homeless man the $5 bill as is Sam?
With that, I am...