The idea came from Eph. 2:8-9 where Paul states, “For by grace are ye saved, through faith and that not of yourselves: (it is the gift of God), not of works, lest any man should boast.” The subject through out this passage, beginning in verse one is Salvation, which is the wonderful gift of God. This salvation comes to us by God’s Grace, which is unmerited favor, and it is received by faith. The issue here is, how does faith operate and where does faith come from? One thing we know about faith is that it is simply taking God at His word. It was said of Abraham that “Abraham believed God and it was accounted unto him for righteousness.” From what we see through out the Bible, it is also an exercise of the will. For instance, in Hebrews 11, the Bible says that, “By faith Abel offered up a more excellent sacrifice than Cain.” That is an exercise of the will. In John 1:12-13 we read, “But as many as received Him (Christ), to them gave He the power, (authority) to become the sons of God, even to them that believe (faith) on His name. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” Again, this is an exercise of the will.
Dr. Lawrence Hufhand
Pastor George Zeller, The Dangers of Reformed Theology
The Danger of Teaching That Regeneration Precedes Faith