Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers: Series I/Volume VII/First Epistle of John/Part 13

Liber de Correptione et Gratia, § 35.

By this grace such is the liberty they receive, that although as long as they live here they have to fight against the lusts of sins, and are overtaken by some sins for which they must daily pray, “Forgive us our debts,” yet they no longer serve the sin which is unto death, of which the apostle John saith, “There is a sin unto death, I do not say that he shall ask for that.” Concerning which sin (since it is not expressed) many different opinions may be formed: but I affirm that sin to be the forsaking until death[1] the “faith which worketh by love.”


  1. So in the Retractations, supra, note b. Si in hac tam scelerata mentis perversitate finierit hanc vitam: “unto death,” in the sense, “until death.”