The Sinfulness of the Saints

“For since no perfection can come to us so long as we are clothed in this flesh, and the law moreover announces death and judgment to all who do not maintain perfect righteousness in works, it will always have grounds for accusing and condemning us unless, on the contrary, God’s mercy counters it, and by continual forgiveness of sins repeatedly acquits us.  Therefore, what I said at the beginning always holds good:  if we are judged by our own worth, whatever we plan or undertake, with all our efforts and labors we still deserve death and destruction.”—John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (1559)

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