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Anti-pelagian Writings by St. Augustine

Chapter 30 [XXIX.]--What Pelagius Thinks is Needful for Ease of Performance is Really Necessary for the Performance.

In like manner, in another passage of the same book, he says: |In order that men may more easily accomplish by grace that which they are commanded to do by free will.| Now, expunge the phrase |more easily,| and you leave not only a full, but also a sound sense, if it be regarded as meaning simply this: |That men may accomplish through grace what they are commanded to do by free will.| The addition of the words |more easily,| however, tacitly suggests the possibility of accomplishing good works even without the grace of God. But such a meaning is disallowed by Him who says, |Without me ye can do nothing.|
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