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 truly repent.  Men and women ought not to content themselves with a general repentance, but it is every person’s duty to endeavor to repent of his or her particular sins particularly.  As every person is bound to make private confession of his or her sins to God, praying for the pardon thereof, upon which and the forsaking of them he or she shall find mercy, so he or she who scandalizes his or her brother or sister, or the church of Christ, ought to be willing, by a private or public confession and sorrow for his or her sin, to declare his or her repentance to those who are offended, who are, thereupon, to be reconciled to him or her and, in love, to receive him or her. – Westminster Confession of Faith (1647), 15.4-6. (amended slightly for clarity)


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