just in order arbitrarily to send people to hell for not choosing a salvation offered only to the 'elect.'Again, God is not arbitrarily doing things with the flip of a coin. But even more importantly, this statement assumes that men go to hell because they are not of the elect.
Now it is true that men do not believe or hear Christ's word because they are not of God. However, they go to hell because they are sinners. Phillips as well as Wiemers seem to think that Calvinists teach that men are desperately trying to get to heaven through Christ, but God is shutting them out because God did not choose them to be elect.
In an anti-Calvinist sermon from last year, a pastor used the analogy of men trying to board a bus destined for heaven. But the bus driver would not let them on due to the their not being of the elect. Again, this is not Calvinism.
Salvation is not merely "offered only to the elect". Christ is to be proclaimed and "offered" among all men without distinction. Men who remain in their unbelief will perish in their unbelief. The truth that God must draw men to be saved only demonstrates how wicked we truly are.
In other words, Calvinism teaches that it is the power of God in the proclamation of the Gospel that takes dead sinners and raises them from the dead. It is God by His Holy Spirit that takes the Gospel and applies it to dead sinners. It is the Holy Spirit who takes the Gospel preached and breathes new life into the soul.
This is the difference between a man centered Gospel and a God centered Gospel. Non-Calvinists quite often use extra biblical means to gain false conversions. Paul tells us,
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.and again
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things