As much as I respect Augustine and his great intellect, there were times that he got it wrong. John Piper deals with one such issue.
In Augustine’s Enchiridion, chapter 46, which I am listening to in spare moments, he says this:
Here lies the necessity that each man should be born again, that he might be freed from the sin in which he was born. For the sins committed afterwards can be cured by penitence, as we see is the case after baptism.
This is, if I understand him, misleading at best.
Not that I want to minimize the significance of 1 John 1:9 (“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins”). But to speak of new birth as being the way we are freed from pre-baptismal sin, and then penitence as the way we are freed from post-baptismal sin, is to create a two-phase dealing with sin that contradicts the way the death of Christ works—propitiating every sin of God’s elect, past, present, and future.
Read the complete post at No, No, Augustine! – Desiring God.
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