"You have set our iniquities before You,
our secret sins in the light of Your countenance." (Psalm 90:8 NRSV)
cannot mean that we cover up a fault with the "mantle of charity."
Divine things are never a matter of illusion and deception. On the contrary,
before the sin is forgiven the mantle with which it is covered must be removed.
The sin must be unmercifully -- yes, unmercifully -- exposed to the light of
Helmut Thielicke in Our Heavenly Father