Of Confession, as Regards its Necessity

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Of Confession, as Regards its Necessity

We must now consider confession, about which there are six points for our consideration:

  1. The necessity of confession;
  2. Its nature;
  3. Its minister;
  4. Its quality;
  5. Its effect;
  6. The seal of confession.
Under the first head there are six points of inquiry:
  1. Whether confession is necessary for salvation?
  2. Whether confession is according to the natural law?
  3. Whether all are bound to confession?
  4. Whether it is lawful to confess a sin of which one is not guilty?
  5. Whether one is bound to confess at once?
  6. Whether one can be dispensed from confessing to another man?