“From such presuppositions, the necessary and most useful distinction follows between internal works of the Law, and external observances. Accordingly, attributed to free will are outward conduct, civil righteousness, activities of the flesh (thus speak the Augsburg confession and the Apology), and the like, whatever terminology is used. Augustine calls them “outward things,” works of the present life. But spiritual righteousness, worship from the heart, spiritual impulses and acts, divine matters, works which relate to God, these are attributed to the operation of the Holy Spirit through the Word. In the Schools they use the terms “naturally good” and “morally good,” “essentially good” and “circumstantially good.” But these terms do not satisfactorily shed light on the real issue.” (pg.79)
I just find that paragraph profound. It sets the terms for the rest of the discussion. In a footnote to the same paragraph it says “The core of the problem is not whether man has some freedom of will in acts such as eating a meal, buying a house, etc. The real problem is whether my will is by itself free to desire what is truly good or what God wills. It is Augustine’s opinion that Pelagius shifts the discussion of freewill to external actions, thereby obscuring the real issue.” And that is the question, can I really desire what is truly good, and conforms to God’s will. I can choose to chase a skirt all the way to church, but I can’t choose to believe. Believing, coming to life, etc. that is the work of the Holy Spirit who works through the means of Grace in that church. Hopefully anyway, suppose that depends on the Church, the skirt led you to.