I must admit I do not understand the double speak of being chosen but faith being our human response. Even if one thinks the grammar is not supportive in Ephesians 2:8, what of other verses like Romans 12:3 or Phil 1:29?
Here are a few more questions to the person seeking to deny faith is a gift:
If everyone that believes first was born of God (John 3:3, 1 John 5:1), is there something to be gained by denying the gift status of faith but acknowledging the need to be born from above in order to believe?
The gift status of faith is acknowledged by Augustine (here), Thomas Aquinas (here), Martin Luther (here) and John Calvin (here). I just don’t see the gain of denying this long standing doctrine in preference to “human response.” Do we really want to say that even Thomas Aquinas erred too much on the side of God’s sovereignty and we need to be more loose on it than the Roman Catholics?
Help me out here, does anyone out there deny faith is a gift? Why?