The confession has the following outline. The description following each point is rich.
- I do not love God. For if I loved God I should be continually thinking about God with heartfelt joy.
- I do not love my neighbor either. For not only am I unable to make up my mind to lay down my life for my neighbor's sake (according to the Gospel), but I do not even sacrifice my happiness, well-being and peace for the good of my neighbor.
- I have no religious belief. . . . If I were firmly persuaded and believed without doubt that beyond the grave lies eternal life and recompense for the deeds of this life, I should be continually thinking of this.
- I am full of pride and sensual self-love. . . . Seeing something good in myself, I want to bring it into view or to pride myself upon it . . . If I notice a fault in myself, I try to excuse it, I cover it by by saying, "I am made like that"