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Article XII: Of Repentance.
they teach that for those who have fallen
after Baptism there is remission of sins whenever they are converted
and that the Church ought to impart absolution
to those thus returning
to repentance. Now, repentance consists properly of these two parts: One is contrition
, that is, terrors smiting the conscience through the knowledge of sin; the other is faith
, which is born of the Gospel, or of absolution, and believes that for Christ
's sake, sin
s are forgiven
, comforts the conscience, and delivers it from terrors. Then good
works are bound to follow, which are the fruits of repentance.
They condemn the Anabaptists
, who deny that those once justified can lose the Holy Ghost. Also those who contend that some may attain to such perfection in this life that they cannot sin.
also are condemned, who would not absolve such as had fallen after Baptism
, though they returned to repentance.
They also are rejected who do not teach that remission of sins comes through faith
but command us to merit grace through satisfactions of our own.