Again we are using different definitions, we are back with Humpty Dumpty.
What you claim Lutherans believe is what Catholics believe. Augustine was a Catholic (all Christians were prior to the Reformation). We will not argue this here.
For me, Luther = single predestination, Calvinist = double predestination. Also, Luther = Pastor/exegist, Calvin = theologian/lawyer.
Catholics believe in prevenient (antecedent) grace, as my friend Prof Google (who is always correct) says
Prevenient grace is a Christian theological concept rooted in Arminian theology, though it appeared earlier in Catholic theology.
Luther or the Wesleys did not originate the idea of grace being a free gift of God, no more than Augustine. All Christians do have the NT.
In Catholic school I learned that grace is a gratuitous gift of God. Augustine held this prior to Luther. It may be unfair, but on his own a person cannot perform any meritorious act. Pelagians differ from Catholics on what grace means.
You wrote ‘You’re speaking here of the role of faith. Justified by faith alone. Faith is a gift from God. This is a non-issue.’
We all agree faith is a gift and we are justified by faith. The ‘alone’ came in due to Luther. It is not in the NT. In the KJV ‘alone’ is used four times in the context of being left alone always, never in one of the Solae senses.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God;g (Eph. 2:8 NAB)
We all have Paul and the Bible.
There is an issue for me.
In Ireland (Republic of) we usually mean Anglican when we use the term Protestant. They are usually closer to us than Lutherans. The defining point of being a Christian is the believe in Jesus as our Savior.
Usually when I submit a query to CAF I end up more confused that I usually am. Here I think there is clarity.
For Lutherans justification is not chosen, but for an Evangelical it is. Sounds odd!