One talking point of those either Calvinistic in theology or leaning hard towards Calvinism, is that either you accept the Calvinistic notion of grace or you deny grace. Nothing could be further from the truth. Augustine enforced the same convoluted notion of grace upon those he ruled over, including but not limited to Pelagius. When Pelagius stated that man was gifted by God with everything necessary to repent and believe, even in his sinful state, Augustine charged him with heresy, claiming that by doing so Pelagius was denying the grace of God was needed for salvation. Nothing could have been further from the truth or further from anything Pelagius said or wrote that I can find. Grace by no means precludes the God given abilities all men possess in their sinful state, i.e. the necessary abilities and capacities to repent and have faith in God. No man, once he has sinned, has any hope or ability to do something meritorious in order to be saved. If any man is saved, it is due to the grace of God alone, God's unmerited favor. Grace does not preclude the fact that God is Sovereign, and in His Sovereignty chose to place some conditions upon His grace, only showing mercy upon those that would comply with certain conditions. There is absolutely nothing about grace, regardless of the wails of "salvation by works' from the Calvinistic crowd, that in any way precludes or diminishes the fact that God, in his Sovereignty, calls upon man to exercise his will in repentance and faith in order to receive of the grace of God in salvation. God demanding for man to fulfill the conditions He set forth in no way demeans or diminishes His grace in the least. A Sovereign God can, and indeed has, chosen to grant grace subsequent to, not antecedent to, His stated conditions being met. Just as a pardon is by the grace of a governor in no wise precludes that certain conditions must be met by an prisoner to be pardoned, antecedent to any just governor pardoning a prisoner by grace. Nothing a recipient of a pardon could do would ever merit a pardon, yet some things must be accomplished by the prisoner himself, before one will ever receive a pardon from a just governor. Such is the case in salvation. Once we are sinners, nothing we can do will ever merit a pardon from God. Nothing we do can force God to pardon us, not even our repentance or faith. Still yet, there are some conditions a Sovereign God has chosen for man to be willing to do antecedent to showing him grace in a pardon from sin. Repentance and faith are not works God performs for man, nor does God have to grant us any special powers to be able to fulfill His commands. God grants to all men the necessary abilities to be able to repent and exercise faith. it is up to man to voluntarily yield themselves to God and voluntarily, of their own free will, yield to his commands in repentance and faith. That in no wise takes away even the least scintilla of grace being the grace that it is from God. Repentance and faith will never merit us a pardon, but neither will any salvation be accomplished apart from fulfilling the conditions mandated by God, which are initially repentance and faith. Oh the wonderful riches of God's grace as evident when man fulfills His stated conditions!!