If this was true, then you would be putting the sin of some people beyond the reach of grace, Roger - making their evil the stronger party in a contest against Christ’s grace. It is true that grace will not be forced on anyone who refuses to accept it, but that is worlds different than declaring them eternally beyond the reach of grace. Tell us what the point of the parable of the prodigal was if the older brother is to be considered permanently beyond the Father’s reach. That parable was practically designed to provoke the jealousy of a self-righteous older brother toward re-examining himself and his own grown-cold love. Why would Jesus share such things with people who have no hope? Why get angry with them at all? Because he wants them to turn from their wicked ways too - and the Lord does not hope for hopeless things. We also see this motif in the rest of scriptures too, such as when the gracious invitation toward the gentiles is put forward as a provocation toward the “original chosen” - the Jews, to cause them also to return. And the gentiles in their own turn are reminded not to become conceited because if the original chosen could fall away, then they too can fall away, and the “original branches” can certainly be grafted back in. God is not above using all these sneaky means to prod us toward repentance. It is a cause of hope for the worst of us, as Paul (the chief of sinners) takes great pleasure to remind any who will listen.
I don’t think it’s Shawn that is mistaking Jesus here, Roger.