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Anti-pelagian Writings by St. Augustine

Chapter 8 [VII.]--(2) Whether There is in This World a Man Without Sin.

[2nd.] If, however, I am asked the second question which I have suggested, -- whether there be a sinless man, -- I believe there is not. For I rather believe the Scripture, which says: |Enter not into judgment with Thy servant; for in Thy sight shall no man living be justified.| There is therefore need of the mercy of God, which |exceedingly rejoiceth against judgment,| and which that man shall not obtain who does not show mercy. And whereas the prophet says, |I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord, and Thou forgavest the iniquity of my heart,| he yet immediately adds, |For this shall every saint pray unto Thee in an acceptable time.| Not indeed every sinner, but |every saint;| for it is the voice of saints which says, |If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.| Accordingly we read, in the Apocalypse of the same Apostle, of |the hundred and forty and four thousand| saints, |which were not defiled with women; for they continued virgins: and in their mouth was found no guile; for they are without fault.| |Without fault,| indeed, they no doubt are for this reason, -- because they truly found fault with themselves; and for this reason, |in their mouth was discovered no guile,| -- |because if they said they had no sin, they deceived themselves, and the truth was not in them.| Of course, where the truth was not, there would be guile; and when a righteous man begins a statement by accusing himself, he verily utters no falsehood.
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