Aaaak: Ignorance of any kind can't save anybody, it merely can, if invincible, excuse some breach of the law
Well, at least "humor me", SJB, and show me my error and/or misunderstandings on this thread.
P.S. Thanks, Bowler.
If your question had a point or motivation, I assume you think there is some contradiction that will be revealed in the answer. The answer is of course that the Gospel can and must be preached to all men. Ignorance of any kind can't save anybody, it merely can, if invincible, excuse some breach of the law. Implicit in your question, is an assumption of some kind of "salvific" ignorance being disturbed by the preaching of the Gospel, which is nonsense.
That response from SJB is the parroted "canned" answer that you'll get from BODers to your question. Like all of their answers to the inconsistencies in their Frankenstein belief system, they don't think about what they are saying, they just parrot it out.
Their "system" is this: They start out by first disbelieving that anyone nice (Like Ronald Reagan, Mahatma Gandhi, Flipper etc.) could go to hell, then they look for whatever confirms their belief, a line from this, a line from that. That is their system.
Here's their canned answer changed in a few words to show how silly they are:
"a bat can't hit homeruns, it merely can, if it is wielded perfectly by a competent athlete"
The answer of course is ridiculous, because anybody knows that bat can't hit homeruns by itself, it is just a piece of wood. AND No one asked that ridiculous question. We asked how does a batter hit a homerun? We did not ask how does a bat hit homeruns. And the answer is that he hits it because he has the athletic prowess to do it, and he does it with a bat.
The answer "Ignorance of any kind can't save anybody, it merely can, if invincible, excuse some breach of the law", is a stupid response from parrots who don't think, they just, well, parrot.