1. Is every sin done in God's sight? Yes: I did this evil in thy sight, Ps. 51:4. Is it heinous in God's sight? Yes: for he is of purer eyes than to behold iniquity, Hab. 1:13. But is every sin alike heinous? No: He that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin, John 19:11. Are some sins in themselves more heinous than others? Yes: If a man sin against the Lord, who shall entreat for him? 1 Sam. 2:25. Are presumptuous sins more heinous than others? Yes: the soul that doeth aught presumptuously, that soul reproacheth the Lord, Num. 15:30. Was ever any sin so heinous as not to be forgiven? Yes: the Pharisees' blasphemy against the Holy Ghost was so, Matt. 12:32.
2. Are sins against knowledge aggravated sins? Yes: that servant that knew his Lord's will, and did it not, shall be beaten with many stripes, Luke 12:47. And sins against mercies? Yes: Do ye thus requite the Lord, O foolish people, and unwise, Deut. 32:6. Especially against spiritual mercies? Yes: As Solomon, who turned from the Lord God of Israel which had appeared unto him twice, 1 Kings 11:9. Are sins against reproof aggravated sins? Yes: he that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, and shall suddenly be destroyed, Prov. 21:1. And sins against our vows and covenants? Yes: Thou saidst, I will not transgress, Jer. 2:20.
3. Are the sins of great professors aggravated sins? Yes: for the name of God is blasphemed through them, Rom. 2:24. And the sins of ministers? Yes: Thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? Rom. 2:21. May the place be an aggravation of the sin? Yes: They provoked him at the sea, even the Red Sea, Ps. 106:7. And the time? Yes: They turned aside quickly, Exod. 32:8.
4. Is it an aggravation of sin, if it be done with contrivance? Yes: Woe to them that devise iniquity, Micah 2:1. And if it be done with delight? Yes: They rejoice to do evil, Prov. 2:14. And without blushing? Yes: They declare their sin as Sodom, Isa. 3:9. And if it be boasted of? Yes: Whose glory is in their shame, Phil. 3:19. And if it be often repeated? Yes: They have tempted me now these ten times, Num. 14:22. Should we take notice of these aggravations in our confessions? Yes: Aaron shall confess the iniquity of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, Lev. 16:21.