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Anti-pelagian Writings by St. Augustine

Chapter 79 [LXVI.]--A Certain Necessity of Sinning.

But let us revert to the apostle's assertion: |The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.| By whom given if not by Him who |ascended up on high, led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men?| Forasmuch, however, as there is, owing to the defects that have entered our nature, not to the constitution of our nature, a certain necessary tendency to sin, a man should listen, and in order that the said necessity may cease to exist, learn to say to God, |Bring Thou me out of my necessities;| because in the very offering up of such a prayer there is a struggle against the tempter, who fights against us concerning this very necessity; and thus, by the assistance of grace through our Lord Jesus Christ, both the evil necessity will be removed and full liberty be bestowed.
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