Carbon, what you dismiss here with "Nice try" deserves to be substantively engaged... or concede the point.You're right that "Jesus didn't go into the tomb, sit at the side of dead Lazarus and persuade him to rise;" however, sinners to whom the gospel is preached are not dead bodies in a hole dug in the ground, either. This is one of the problems with Calvinism: you err by taking what is literal and treating it as a figure, analogy or metaphor. Spiritual death is a literal condition, and not an analogy to an inanimate body in a grave. Spiritual death is not about being inanimate--it's about being separated from God. "As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead." And a spirit without God is dead. There is also the condition of being "dead in sins," in which you are not only spiritually separated from God, but also a dead man walking, as it were, regarding the coming judgment. But neither way of expressing the condition of spiritual death contains within its meaning the idea of being inanimate.