9445. That from himself a man cannot do what is good or think what is true; but only from the Lord, is evident in John:
A man can do nothing except it be given him from heaven (John 3:27).
He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit; for without Me ye can do nothing (John 15:5).
From this it is evident that no one can withdraw anyone from sins, thus forgive them, save the Lord alone.