This article looks at the relationship between the three parts of the Heidelberg Catechism - sin, deliverance, and gratitude. These three parts form a reformed alternative to the sacrament of penance, which also contains three parts - contrition, confession, and satisfaction. In contrast to the sacrament of penance, the Heidelberg Catechism encompasses the whole life of the Christian. The sacrament of penance carries the idea that man can contribute to his own salvation, whereas the Heidelberg Catechism teaches that Christians are saved through grace alone, and therefore live a life of freedom!

Source: Una Sancta, 1995. 13 pages.

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