Pilgrim certainly doesn't need defending; however I can't help but think you are not actually reading what Pilgrim is saying.
At no point has he stated that man has free-will.
He has stated clearly as far as I can tell, that man has free-agency; however free-will and free-agency are not the same.
Free-agency means that man is free to choose whatever they want; however they will never choose anything outside their natures.
When God regenerates (makes alive) the sinner, they are irresistibly drawn to Jesus. They are given faith, but it is them that put their faith in Christ alone, regardless of the fact that their faith was gifted to them. (Eph.2:8-10)
As these verses indicate they cannot boast in their faith as though they played a part in their justification, seeing it is a gift.

Can I ask you to exegete John 6:37? "All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out." Where it says "will come to Me" does it indicate an action on the part of those whom the Father gives to Jesus? Or does it indicate an action done by God?

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