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Confession of Faith Ratification Act 1690

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Chap. xv. Of Repentance unto Life S

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REPENTANCE unto life is an evangelicall grace the doctrine whereof is to be preached by every minister of the Gospell

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BY it a sinner out of the sight and sense not only of the danger but also of the filthiness and odiousness of his sins as contrary to the holy nature and righteous law of God and upon the apprehension of his mercy in Christ to such as are penitent so grieves for and hates his sins as to turn from them all unto God purposing and endeavouring to walk with him in all the wayes of his commandments

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ALTHOUGH repentance be not to be rested in as any satisfaction for sin or any cause of the pardon thereof which is the act of Gods free grace in Christ yet is it of such necessity to all sinners that none may expect pardon without it

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AS there is no sin so small but it deserves damnation so there is no sin so great that it can bring damnation upon those who truely repent

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MEN ought not to content themselves with a generall repentance but it is every mans duty to endeavour to repent of his particular sins particularly

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AS every man is bound to make private confession of his sins to God praying for the pardon thereof upon which and the forsaking of them he shall find mercy so he that scandalizeth his brother or the church of Christ ought to be willing by a private or publick confession and sorrow for his sins to declare his repentance to those that are offended who are thereupon to be reconciled to him and in love to receive him

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