"I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh....I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." (Ezekiel 11:19 - 36:26) Does this prove that men have no control over the condition of their hearts? Ezekiel 18:31 Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, O house of Israel? Or, does the context still validate the NEED for mankind to respond? No one denies the need for man to receive a new heart, we are only saying that the person is not born totally unresponsive to God's revelation. In fact, the text indicates that they are RESPONSIBLE for the condition of their hearts. Calvinists make this same mistake many times. Two other examples are listed below: 1) They teach that men have a veil covering their eyes as proof that they have no response-ability or control over not being able to see (as if man can't do anything about this veil), but they ignore the text just before which clearly teaches, "a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away." 2) Calvinists do this with the potter and the making of vessels for noble and common use, in the all too overused passage in Romans 9. They ASSUME that to mean men aren't response-able or in control over this in any way, because after all they aren't the potter. But they ignore the text which clearly states, "If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes..." (2 Tim 2:21) Of course God is the one who gives a new heart, cleanses the vessel, and removes the veil but only if the man turns to Him for cleansing/veil removal/forgiveness. IF you confess, THEN He is faithful to forgive, not the other way around.