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“For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner? And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.” - Romans 3:7, 8.

Comment:

In this text St. Paul speaks of how some people, through the influence of the devil, misrepresent the true servants of God, putting them in bad light before the public. They even had been reported to be preaching that when people do evil or break the laws of God, good will follow them.  St. Paul says the charge amounts to slander, which is the act or offence of saying something false or malicious with the intent of damaging someone's reputation. Those who indulge in such actions are opposers of the work of God and will never go unpunished, unless they repent.

But by God's grace, the true converts who, like St. Paul and others, know why they are serving God, will not be moved by such misrepresentations, they will not look back. Hence St. Paul stated, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake ...” (2 Corinthians 12:10) We too should continue to forge ahead in spite of misrepresentations by people who do not want to do the righteousness of God but prefer to follow the devil's devices. St. Peter said we should have “...a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing”. - 1 Peter 3:16-17.

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