One of the arguments Arminians level against Calvinism is that it makes evangelism superfluous. After all, if your neighbor is part of the elect God will ensure that he comes to faith whether you preach the Gospel to him or not. As part of God’s elect, it would be impossible for him not to come to faith. Likewise, if your neighbor is not part of the elect, no amount of evangelism will be effective for his conversion. So why evangelize if Calvinism is true? What’s the point?
Calvinists typically respond by saying God doesn’t just predestine the ends, but also the means. While God may have predestined your neighbor’s salvation (the ends), He also predestined that your neighbor would receive that salvation in response to your evangelism (the means).
While I can appreciate this response in principle, how exactly is God using your evangelism to bring about your neighbor’s salvation? To speak of God using evangelism to bring about salvation implies that evangelism contributes to the desired end in some way. I fail to see how this is so, given the strict monergism of Calvinism. Let me explain.