"And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear."
Matthew 13:3-9, the parable of the sower and the seed, is often cited as another example of verses, which refute "election."
Overlooking verses Mat 13:10-11,
And the disciples came and said to Him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?"
He answered and said to them, "Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given."
A jump is made to verse Mat 13:23,
"But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."
Then the claim is made that anyone who hears the Gospel message has the capacity to accept or reject its message of salvation. Jesus' declaration in verse 11 is slid under the rug, His teachings in other portions of Scripture are overlooked, and the Biblical teachings concerning natural man and his spiritual depravity are disregarded.
Any farmer can tell you that spreading seed on his best, unprepared, soil will not yield a harvestable crop. To one knowledgeable in growing crops, good soil is that which has been worked, fertilized, and prepared prior to planting seed. Therefore, it follows that someone prepared, made open or receptive, the "good ground" in verse 23, to the "seed" of the Gospel. The Bible teaches that it was God, not man.