I have a question about Mark 4:12-13. Christ says that he speaks in parables so that the pharisees will not turn and repent. Now I'm NOT doubting total depravity for a second. But it was my understanding that total depravity teaches that man is totally unable to respond to the gospel. Assuming the pharisees aren't elect, how then could the pharisees have been able to turn to Christ if he had spoken to them plainly instead of keeping the secrets of the Kingdom of God from them?